Allow us to reintroduce ourselves: First news on HUBweek 2017

For the past few months, our small but mighty team has been busy dreaming, drafting, meeting, planning and snacking all to get to this point. Today we announce some of our initial plans for HUBweek 2017, and how you can get involved.

If you aren’t familiar, HUBweek is Greater Boston’s weeklong festival exploring innovation at the intersections of art, science and technology. In the past 2 years, HUBweek, together with over 150 organizations and institutions, has hosted more than 250 events, reaching approximately 20,000 registered attendees each year, with representation from 49 countries and 40 states in 2016.

And in 2017, we’re expanding.

This year’s festival will take place from October 10-15. Like years past, we will begin the week by taking over the city with events taking place from Roxbury and Dorchester, to the Seaport and Kendall Square. We call them Spoke events. The goal of these? To connect you directly to Boston’s most inventive laboratories, hospitals, companies, and creative spaces. Spoke events serve as a behind-the-scenes to the world-changing work happening here in Boston, in the spaces where it is actually happening.

So what’s new this year? We’re transforming City Hall Plaza to bring everyone together the second half of the week in a new, temporary custom-designed space we’re calling The HUB. October 12–15, attendees and collaborators alike will experience a collection of signature events, talks, roundtables, workshops, interactive demonstrations and immersive experiences throughout The HUB.

The HUB is being designed by award-winning Boston design firm CBT, in collaboration with HUBweek. Current plans include multiple stages for panels and speakers, geodesic domes for events and creative activations, space for social events and networking and several dozen individually designed and customizable shipping containers. The containers will house demonstrations, showcases, murals, performances, workshops and more. We’re pretty psyched to see what we create together here.

Within The HUB there are currently two main programs: Future Forum and Immersion.

  • Future Forum is a multi-day, multi-stage ideas festival. This series of keynote addresses, roundtables and panels will feature local and global innovators and creators in fields across education, technology, healthcare, science, and art. Future Forum will explore questions around the human impact of innovation, as well as innovations and research that are happening today that we expect to have an immediate impact on our near future.
  • We’re excited to share with you our first panel at Future Forum will be moderated by New York Times bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell as he interviews Dr. Atul Gawande, a renowned surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, researcher at Harvard T.H. School of Public Health, professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, executive director of Ariadne Labs, and author of best seller “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.” They will examine the future of medicine and the life-saving potential of health systems innovations.
  • At night, The HUB will come alive into an experiential live arts exhibition: Immersion. This is where artists, technologists and collaborators will blur the boundaries between art, science and tech. Our Director of Art and Creative Initiatives, Leonie Bradbury, is hoping “there will be several projects where you won’t know how to categorize what you are experiencing.”

The defining theme between all these experiences: they’re focused on innovation and driven by collaboration.

That collaboration bit is an important one. At HUBweek, we fiercely believe in collaboration, inclusivity, and above all, impact.

That is why we’re inviting you, our followers, to participate in HUBweek by submitting proposals, nominations and ideas to shape this year’s festival. A half dozen opportunities for participation will be open throughout the spring. At this time, we are particularly interested in your creative ideas for speakers and panel discussions as well as site-specific installations and custom activations for The HUB.

Have an idea? Want to collaborate, contribute or attend? Visit HUBweek.org or our participation page and drop us a line. We cannot wait to see what we build together.

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