TechSandBox: MetroWest Innovation Hub 

Our Mission:   Connect Innovation-driven enterprises and their entrepreneurs to needed resources, accelerating success by bringing the ecosystem together, right here in MetroWest.

Robotics, Sensors, Automation, Manufacturing SIG (RoboSAM)
1st Mondays, 5:30p-8:15p
(some exceptions so please see Calendar). We start food, networking and registration at 5:30p with program proceedings about 6:15p unless noted. $25 up until a week before the program/ $30 until 2pm day of program/ $35 at door; Includes food. Members of this SIG are admitted free.  This special interest group is targeted at the folks who make the products that help make the products and people using these tools to make their own product. This includes thoseusing or making sensors, prototypes, signal processing, testing, measurement, vision, robotics, automation, consumer electronics, medical devices, and even MEMs and semiconductors.

Thank you to our Sponsors. EMT contract manufacturing and PCB assembly




June 13: Manufacturing: Making it in MA -- Literally. Starts at 6pm

The region clustered around I-495, I-90 and I-290 are abounding with the right mix of companies that support making physical products.

From contract manufacturing, to product developers, to fabricators, to PCB layout and machine shops, we have them all. Combine this with inexpensive real estate, easy parking, and roads that are certainly more accessible than Boston, and we have a compelling story to be based here.

We’d like you to join us in our first (hopefully annual and growing) showcase.

Showcase Companies help make medical instruments, medical devices, electronics, windturbines, solar panels, machined parts, robots, coatings, special materials or MEMs. Plus, contract developers to get the product designed, costed, and built.

Attendee companies: Are you a company in need of design, development or manufacturing assistance? Starting a product company?

$30 general admission to talk to helpful people!

MassMEP     ElectroMechTech     Central Coating -- EMI  Distron Contract Manufacturing

PanelRight at TechSandBox with MassMEP    Anchor Engineering Anchor EngineeringTri-Star Design Electro-mechanical design

 CogMedix           Tektronix            UMass CEERE

FOR SHOWCASE COMPANIES: SETUP 5:30p. Program starts at 6pm for this one.

Contact the Chairs if you have an interest in serving on the Steering Committee. One year+ commitment,  attendance at committee meetings and programs, ability to attract panelists/speakers/cases and organize/ moderate the program 2x a year in a timely fashion. Build a strong(er) network, meet interesting people, lead, and help. Membership included as a small reward fro us to you.

Committee: Peter Mongeau, Kapeel Krishana, Barb Finer

    Robotics, manufacturing, sensors, Mems, imaging, and industrial automation cluster at TechSandBoxRobotics, manufacturing, and industrial automation cluster at TechSandBox           Kapeel Krishana   Peter Mongeau, ElectMechTech EMT    

Speaker’s Name:     Candace Sidner

Speaker’s Title:       Research Professor, Computer Science

Short Bio:                   Candace L. (Candy) Sidner has a long-standing interest in human communication and collaboration, and their application to agents, robots and interfaces, especially those using gesture, social behavior, speech, and natural language.  


Candy is a Research Professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, with extensive experience in industrial labs, and independent consultant on projects including the RESPECT project for health information for clinical trials. She is PI of the Always On Relational Agent project with Chuck Rich at WPI and Tim Bickmore at Northeastern University, Co-PIs. She has recently worked on multimodal (including gesture) interfaces using a humanoid robot for the role of engagement in conversation.  


Candy is a Fellow and past Councilor of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, was elected a Fellow of the Association for Computational Linguistics in 2013, and is a senior member of the IEEE.  She has been general chair for a number of conferences, and services on two journal editorial boards.  She was also President of the Association for Computational Linguistics.  She received her Ph.D. from MIT in Computer Science.


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Company Pitch:    WPI’s Computer Science program is as diverse and varied as the field of computer science itself, offering course work and specializations in areas such as human-robotic interaction, intelligent tutoring and educational data mining, bioinformatics, computer security and privacy, and graphics and animation among many others. 

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