Category Archives: Technology

Wellesley High grads’ bright computer lighting idea gets real

A startup formed by a crew of recent Wellesley High grads and now college students, who in June won a Boston hackathon, have now turned their idea for an easier-on-the-eyes computer experience into a tangible product. Antumbra on Thursday launched a limited beta sale of Glow, a small gadget that attaches to the back of […]

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Who’s Nextdoor in Wellesley?

A “private social network” app called Nextdoor is gaining in popularity across the United States, giving people an alternative to Facebook and other such networks for communicating with only those who live in their physical neighborhood (See “The anti-Facebook: One in four American neighborhoods are now using this private social network”). According to the app, […]

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How Dana Hall School avoids cellphone distractions

Middle School students at Dana Hall School in Wellesley have a new routine before they get down to school work: They deposit their cellphones into these new and nicely decorated boxes, known as the cell phone station. According to Kelly Walsh, assistant director of the Middle School, this policy was implemented to encourage students to be present, […]

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A very special edition of WellesleyWeston Magazine

I’ve got a piece about the mobile app developers of Wellesley and Weston (“Incubating the next Instagram”)  in the fall issue of WellesleyWeston Magazine. Thanks so much to creative developers William Agush, Jen Looper and Frederick Lee for agreeing  to be interviewed for the story. And thanks to WellesleyWeston‘s editors for accepting my pitch. The […]

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Wellesley startup counting on crowdsourcing

Crowdsourcing — think Wikipedia, Kickstarter and other efforts to solicit good information and great ideas typically via online crowds — is at the heart of a new Wellesley-based company called Yegii. I happened upon the startup recently at Babson College during a sort of coming out party for Yegii, which is led by Wellesley’s Trond […]

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Wellesley Students win at New England Regional Botball Tournament

Wellesley students took first and second place in the team competition at the New England Regional Botball Tournament on Saturday April 12 at UMass Lowell. 23 high school teams from across New England competed. Botball is a team-oriented robotics competition where teams design, build and program a pair of autonomous robots using a standardized kit […]

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Wellesley science fair a smashing success

Beakers, bubbles, Segweys, 3D printers and R2-D2 were among the big draws for science enthusiasts at the inaugural Wellesley Science & Technology Expo on Saturday at Wellesley High. (I took this video very early in the day…the floor quickly became more crowded than shown here.)    

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Wellesley Free Library scores $50K grant for iPads, other Apple products

Wellesley Media Corp., has given the Wellesley Free Library Foundation a $50,000 grant for Apple products including iPads and MacBook Pro computers that can be used to help expand computing classes offered at Wellesley Free Library. Wellesley Media anticipates lending its teaching skills to those classes. According to Anna Litten, WFL Technology Education Coordinator, one […]

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Wellesley Science & Tech Expo kickoff meeting Nov. 21

The committee for the first Wellesley Science and Technology Exposition (WSTE), a one-day Wellesley Education Foundation (WEF) event that we wrote about this past summer, next week kicks off the festivities with coffee, dessert and conversation about the future of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in Wellesley and its surrounding community. The meeting will be […]

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Wellesley Public Schools pluck head of technology from Hopkinton

Kathleen Dooley, currently director of technology in the Hopkinton Public School system, has been named director of technology for the Wellesley Public Schools effective July 1. Before joining Hopkinton’s tech team in 2008, Dooley was head of technology for Holliston’s school system. She has also worked as a software consultant. [Wellesley school administrators, most notably […]

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