Talks, Panels, and Tours
Designing Biology: New Paradigms for Collaboration
The act of designing biology brings together engineers, makers, designers, biologists, tasters, futurists, doctors, philosophers, and more. Interdisciplinary to its core, biodesign’s existence relies on collaboration through the blurred boundaries of specialty fields. Visitors joined Ginkgo Bioworks in a conversation on the role of multidisciplinary thinking in building a future filled with biology.
Create, Engage & Change: Urbano Project Open Studio
The Urbano Project's Open Studio event was a fun and engaging opportunity for HUBweek attendees to learn more about collaborations with social practice artists, local organizations and Boston-area youth. Visitors enjoyed a walk-through of an exhibition with Director/Founder Stella McGregor, participated in interactive arts activities, and heard from professional and youth artists. The organization also hosted some of their favorite musicians and poets, and offered samples from some of their favorite local brewers and restaurants.
Innovation in the Regional Food System at Commonwealth Kitchen
Attendees learned about an innovative model of food manufacturing that combines small food businesses run by low-income women, immigrants, and people of color with small batch food manufacturing. A talk and tour of the facility by Jen Faigel, Executive Director, was followed by stories from food entrepreneurs and delicious treats from Jamaica Mi Hungry and Sweet Teez Bakery.
War on Cancer 3.0
Attendees got an inside look at the most pioneering innovations in cancer research and treatment from a panel of cancer experts working at the forefront of oncology. Visitors learned how scientists are learning to manipulate the body’s immune response to mount targeted attacks on cancer cells. At the same time, genomic and other advances have given cancer doctors new tools to more precisely characterize individual tumor cells and the mutations driving cancers, opening up a range of new treatment options, including CAR-T therapies, neoantigen vaccines, and kinase inhibitors.
Roxbury Innovation Showcase
Attendees joined the leadership of the Roxbury Innovation Showcase to hear the untold stories of Boston’s rich history of innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity. Programming included a showcase of 25 local startups and accelerator programs, a demo of the Fab Lab Roxbury, a taste of Roxbury featuring Commonwealth Kitchen, a performance by the 826 Boston Slam Poetry Team, and a discussion on the innovation ecosystem in Roxbury with local entrepreneurs and leaders.
Harvard Innovation Labs Startup Showcase and Stories
Visitors joined the Harvard Innovation Labs for a showcase of the remarkable breadth of companies emerging from its ecosystem, and explored the importance of storytelling in the context of innovation and entrepreneurship. Attendees first heard from a group of select Venture Incubation Program (VIP) teams as they shared their own stories from a wide variety of business perspectives and industries, then explored a showcase of multiple VIP teams. The evening also featured a keynote speaker exploring the relationship between story, business development, and branding.
Out and About in Greater Boston
Marine Science Boston Harbor Cruise
UMass Boston’s School for the Environment faculty led a Boston Harbor cruise during high tide focused on sustainability, marine life and climate adaptation. Attendees got up close with UMass Boston’s state-of-the-art equipment before setting out on the water for a unique and informative harbor cruise.
Kendall Square Innovation Playground
The Kendall Square Innovation Playground featured an interactive celebration of community, arts and technology in the most innovative square mile on the planet. The event included a diverse array of hands-on activities for all ages, culminating in a celebration to mark the installation of a special community-based mural designed by the Community Art Center’s Teen Media Program. Other activities included laser graffiti, augmented reality experiences, a GIF photo booth, and drone racing.