2011 is quickly creeping upon us all! It seems like just a few weeks ago summer ended and now all the Boston/Cambridge residents are putting up their holiday decorations and awaiting the first snowfall. December rolls around and it always seems to be the time of year when people start thinking, “What have we accomplished this year?”, “What’s in store for next year?”, “Did we meet these deadlines?”, “What resolutions can we make and hope to keep so next year will be the most effective?”.
For this final post of 2010, we thought it would be intersting to reflect back on some of the big movers and shakers for us this year and see what we can possibly expect from 2011.
Well to start it off…Do you pronounce it “twenty ten” or “two thousand AND ten”?
January 12th – A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hits Haiti and ends up as one of the deadliest on record. This event prompted FutureFridays to launch our non-profit organization ReliefHub.org to give people a place to help fund projects to assist Haiti in their recovery efforts.
February 11th- we lost world-renowned, British fashion designer Alexander McQueen.
March 23rd- The U.S. House of representatives approve Obama’s Health Care Reform Bill.
April 20th- Deepwater Horizon offshore oil platform explodes and is worst oil spill in history. 4.9 million barrels of oil went into the Gulf of Mexico. It took almost 4 months for the oil leak to be stopped.
May 4- Most expensive piece of art sold at auction surpasses world record in New York City with Pablo Picasso’s Nude, Green Leaves and Bust selling for $106.5 million dollars.
June 11- 2010 FIFA World Cup begins in South Africa and is one of the most viewed sporting events of all time. Spain wins!
July 25- Over 90,000 U.S. War in Afghanistan reports are made public via Wikileaks, thus begins the “War on Wikileaks” and their eventually demise.
August 31-The 7 year war in Iraq is ended by President Obama! Now the focus is on the U.S. economy and the other war in Afghanistan.
September 28- The technology and science Breakthrough Awards held by Popular Mechanics are announced. Everything from a Cellphone Microscope to an Electricity -Generating Soccer Ball are included among this years most innovative products and people.
October 1st- The movie “The Social Network” debuts and gives audiences an inside look into the Harvard student who created “the facebook” and the whirlwind you can get into when creating a start-up.
November 2- Midterm Election day for the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, Republicans take control of the House.
The year of 2011 is sure to bring about lots of interesting news, trends, and innovative products. There has been talk of mobile phones with “Glass-less” 3D display screens, Google testing auto-pilot cars, hopefully more jobs and a boost in the economy would be nice!