Student teams & speakers announced for Next Generation of Ideas

With more than 60 colleges and universities, it’s no secret that some of the world’s most creative student-founded startups have called Greater Boston home. And we think there is no better time to showcase them than HUBweek.

The 4th annual Beantown Throwdown returns to HUBweek this fall.

At HUB Presents: Next Generation of Ideas, featuring the Beantown Throwdown, sponsored by SevOne, student teams will pitch their ideas to a live audience in hopes of being crowned the winner of the fourth annual Beantown Throwdown. We’re excited to welcome students from more than 10 local colleges and universities including Babson College, Berklee, Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University, MIT, Northeastern University, Tufts University, Wentworth, UMass Boston, and UMass Lowell.

This year’s teams are presenting a wide variety of innovative ideas–from using virtual reality to help aging populations to connecting vets to the resources they need. Here’s a rundown of 8 of the teams you’ll find at the event:

Dropzone for Veterans, Babson College: connecting vets to the resources they need

Echo, Boston College: turning every smart device into a personal DJ booth

Aday, Harvard University: using machine learning to take the pain out of hourly work scheduling

Rendever Health, MIT: helping aging populations by way of virtual reality

Cookin, Northeastern University: offering “buy-it-yourself” alternatives to expensive meal plan services

Huambo Group, Tufts University: bringing connectivity to millions across the globe

CircularBlu, UMass Boston: decreasing hospital waste by 20%

bistara, Berklee College of Music: empowering students to be their own bosses

After teams pitch their ideas, the audience–consisting of executives from public and private companies, angel and venture investors, startup founders and CEOs, students and the curious will vote using play money to “invest” in their favorite startup idea. Once the votes are tallied, an awards ceremony will follow to celebrate the winning student team.

The event will also feature an expert panel comprised of successful next generation startup founders.

Hosted by HUBweek in partnership with MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge, this competition connects student innovators with successful startup founders and CEOs in a fun, collaborative environment. The event will also feature an expert panel comprised of successful next generation startup founders including Elsa Sze, founder and CEO of Agora; Frederick Townes, co-founder and COO of Placester; and Rebecca Liebman, co-founder of LearnLux. Panel moderator Scott Kirsner from The Boston Globe will lead an insightful discussion with our panelists to uncover their key insights, advice and lessons learned from their startup experiences.

Interested in the next big creative idea or learning more about how to build a successful startup? Want to connect with some of the most promising upcoming local talent? Come to HUB Presents: Next Generation of Ideas, featuring the Beantown Throwdown on September 28th at Hatch Fenway and see what the next generation of innovators is bringing to the table.

HUBweek is less than a month away, so don’t forget to register today for the events you want to attend. You can also sign up to receive the HUBweekly newsletter for updates leading up to HUBweek 2016. For more information, and to join in the conversation surrounding HUBweek, you can connect with us on social media via Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, and Instagram.

We’ll see you at HUBweek!

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