TDRR Unplugged 2014

The Office of Technology Development (OTD) is always working on creative ways to connect our research faculty with entrepreneurs and industry representatives. On February 26, Metcalf Trustee Ballroom in the School of Management played host to the third annual “Tech, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll Unplugged” for over 70 attendees. BU’s Office of Technology Development organized the event, in a joint collaboration with the Boston University’s Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors. The event was designed as a networking and informational event to recognize the valuable contribution of BU’s innovative and entrepreneurial faculty.

Renuka Babu, Executive Director Accelerator Programs & New Ventures, moderated a panel discussion on “New and Alternative Perspectives of Funding Approaches”.  A distinguished panel of speakers was assembled from Boston University and Spinethera. In addition, TDRR Unplugged also featured various programs supported by The Office of Technology Development, Boston University’s Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors, and The Coulter Translational Partnership in Biomedical Engineering.

Boston University’s very own co-ed a cappella group, The Treblemakers, brought in a range of entertainment for the evening. Their one-hour set performance from 4:30 to 5:30 included the songs “Cry Me a River” by Justin Timberlake, “Never Let Me Go” by Florence and The Machine, “Eet” by Regina Spektor, and “Bills Bills Bills” by Destiny’s Child to name just a few. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres from Catering on the Charles, and entertainment from the Treblemakers stimulated the audience into networking with fellow Boston University faculty and members of the local entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Our “Tech, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll Unplugged” event was a great showcase of what is to come this summer, July 15th, in our larger-scale “TDRR” event. We hope to intertwine the same themes of networking and enjoyment this summer with our fifth annual run of “Tech, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll.” For more information about this summer’s event, please feel free to check out our website at

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