2016 SHPE Boston Subregion Meeting


Saturday, September 24, 2016
10am – 5pm




SHPE Boston and SHPE Northeastern are proud to announce the 1st Annual SHPE Boston Sub-Region Meetup. This event will bring together all the SHPE university chapters across the Boston Sub-Region to get everyone to know each other, exchange best practices on running their organizations, get information on their regional contacts and receive training from their local professional chapter – SHPE Boston.

The Boston Sub-Region Meetup will be held at Northeastern University’s Raytheon Amphitheater on Saturday, September 24, 2016.

Are you ready to take your SHPE chapter to the next level?


Time Event Location
10:00am – 10:30am Reception and Breakfast Raytheon Amphitheater
10:30am – 11:00am Welcome Address Raytheon Amphitheater
11:00am – 11:50am Fundraising Fundamentals Raytheon Amphitheater
12:00pm – 12:50pm Effective Communication Skills – Akamai Technologies Egan206
12:00pm – 12:50pm Development Planning – Johnson Controls Egan306
1:00pm – 2:30pm Lunch Raytheon Amphitheater
2:30pm – 3:20pm Tackling Chapter Problems Head On – Breakout Session #1 Egan206
2:30pm – 3:20pm Tackling Chapter Problems Head On – Breakout Session #2 Egan306
3:30pm – 4:20pm Tips and Tricks for Your Chapter Raytheon Amphitheater
4:30pm – 5:00pm Closing Remarks Raytheon Amphitheater

Program Descriptions


Fundraising Fundamentals

Are you concerned about how to raise funds for your chapter? Learn how to request and obtain funding from different organizations and the best time to do it.

Speaker: Reinier Moquete. Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner for Advoqt, an IT consulting firm based in Cambridge MA. He is one of the leading corporate technology experts in New England. With over 13 years of industry experience, Mr. Moquete has worked for some of the leading technology vendors in the country including Verizon Business and Presidio Networked Solutions. His background includes cloud computing, cybersecurity, disaster recovery, and business continuity. His expertise is particularly deep on how to leverage technology to help customers reduce costs and mitigate risks.


Effective Communication Skills

In a diverse environment often times challenges arise from differences in communication styles. During this session, participants will be presented with tips for delivering an effective message, overcoming barriers in cross-cultural communications and making a lasting impression.

Speaker #1: Alex Caro. Vice President of Engineering for Akamai’s Web Performance Business Unit, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He leads the engineering team that develops web acceleration products used by the world’s most popular web sites. Previously, Dr. Caro was Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Services for Akamai’s Asia-Pacific-Japan region. Based in Singapore, he led the team responsible for pre-sales and post-sales technical management of all customers in the region. As CTO, he served as the technical liaison between Akamai’s engineering teams and strategic customers in APJ.

Speaker #2: Alex Bascuas. Principal product architect at Akamai Technologies, the leading provider of Content Delivery Network (CDN) services, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  In this role he works cross organizationally and directly with customers to create high-level designs for new products and features. Alex has performed a variety of roles in the tech industry, starting his career as a software engineer at IBM in 2003. He later moved on to a technical sales role at a small mobile-focused startup that was later acquired by Akamai in 2010. After the acquisition, Alex continued to work in sales and services as an enterprise architect until shifting to his current position in 2011. Alex attended Florida International University in his hometown of Miami, FL where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. 


Development Planning

How do we develop? This session will aim to define and explain the concept of development planning, its benefits, how to identify development opportunities around us and create clear development goals.

Speaker: Sergio Reyes. Senior Account Executive at Johnson Controls, Inc., a global diversified technology and multi industrial leader serving a wide range of customers in more than 150 countries. He has been working for Johnson Controls for the past 10 Years helping engineers, contractors and owners with their HVAC Equipment and Controls needs. Sergio is a Professional Mechanical Engineer, licensed in Puerto Rico, having graduated from the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico with a BS in Mechanical Engineering.  He is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.


Tackling Chapter Problems Head On

This breakout session will have the goal identifying student chapter problems/difficulties and proposing effective solutions in a collective manner.


Tips and Tricks for Your Chapter

What is the best way to acquire members? How do I retain my current members? This workshop will attempt to answer the basic questions of what does it take to run a SHPE student chapter.

Speaker: Elvia Bautista. Founder of eBaux, an IT consulting company for non-profits and startups. She focuses on content management, collaboration and other cloud-based IT solutions. She has assisted organizations as Project Manager and helping with their social media and internet strategy. Elvia has1 been a member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) since 2009. She is currently the Vice President of SHPE Boston Chapter. She has been part of the board of directors for SHPE Boston since May of 2012.


Our partner companies and organizations have made this event possible with their generous donations. They will be in attendance for the event and will have booths in the main hall throughout the entire event so get your resumes ready!

Meeting Location

Raytheon Amphitheater
Egan Research Center – Northeastern University
120 Forsyth St. Boston, MA

How to get there and parking options: http://www.northeastern.edu/egan/directions.html

Egan Center, Northeastern University, Boston, MA

Other Details

  • Dress code will be BUSINESS CASUAL
  • Light breakfast and lunch will be provided


Registration is now closed. See you all at the event!



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