We’re Ready For HUBWeek! Are You?

Boston’s premier week long festival highlighting entrepreneurship and innovation is back September 25th.

A few years ago, MIT, Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hostpital & The Boston Globe joined forces to create a HUBweek, a week that promoted the inherent wealth of creativity and innovation in the city of Boston. Since its inception, HUBweek has grown and has garnered both nation & international attention.

There’s a lot going down during this year’s HUBweek and the long list of events happening may get a little overwhelming- here are some Epicenter favorites we think you should check out:

Sunday, September 25th: Museum As Teaching Lab: Experiments in Inclusive Design

“Discover new experiments with design, technology, and access in art museum spaces.

Join designers, technologists, and museum innovators to discuss speculative work that addresses how art museums can expand ideas of inclusive design and access. Meet at the Harvard Art Museums to learn with scholars who are working toward new ways of looking, listening, and learning.”

When: 1pm

Monday, September 26th: Roxbury Innovation Showcase

Besides our own Malia Lazu being one of the panel speakers at this event, the Roxbury Innovation Showcase is an opportunity for all of Boston to see all of the amazing things going on in Roxbury and the people behind them. The night will include a YouthBiz Showcase, featuring high school innovators from programs like BUILD Boston & The Possible Project, a Taste of Roxbury Reception, catered by Roxbury businesses like Haley House Bakery & Cafe & Fresh Food Generation, an Impact To Innovation Panel with speakers Malia Lazu (Epicenter Community), Gilad Rosenzweig (Founder of Smarter in the City), Liora Beer- (Fairmount Innovation Lab) and Ayele Shakur (BUILD Boston) & much more.

When: 4pm

Tuesday, September 27th

Lunch With Changemakers

Epicenter’s president Malia Lazu & HUBweek invite you to a one-of-a-kind opportunity: a private lunch with Boston’s change makers. “Have a seat at the table and engage in fascinating conversation, meaningfully connect with others making an impact, and enjoy tasty bites while you do it.

Lunches will take place at Evoo Restaurant, The Friendly Toast, Catalyst, and CommonWealth Market & Restaurant. There are only 5 spots available at each lunch which makes for an intimate and personal discussion. Each lunch will feature an interesting prompt from the lead change maker.”

When: 11:45

ASKWITH Debates: More Funding For Charter Schools?

“Voters will face a decision this November regarding charter school caps — whether or not to authorize up to 12 new charter schools or expand enrollment in existing Massachusetts charter schools beginning as early as January 2017.”

This debate will be particularly insightful and informative for anyone on the fence about whether or not to support charter schools on this year’s ballot. Speakers include Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson, Marc Kenen & Michael Robinson.

When: 5:30pm

Wednesday, September 28th: Open Studios at Artists For Humanity

Join Artists For Humanity for a unique edition of Open Studios on Wednesday, September 28 from 5–8pm featuring never-before-seen works by AFH alumni Kitauna Parker and Jameel Radcliffe. Enjoy wine and cheese while touring this spectacular space and celebrating our city’s creative, enterprising teens.”

When: 5pm

Thursday, September 29th: A Conversation On Racial & Ethnic Disparities With the Family of Henrietta Lacks

Deepening racial and ethnic divisions in the United States have created an urgent need for the healthcare community to re-focus attention on ending racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, brought world-wide public attention to the use of HeLa cells in medical research and ethical issues of race, class and consent. The story of Henrietta Lacks and her immortal HeLa cell line continues to be critically important as genetic research and big data processing have the potential to transform treatment of disease and save lives…The program will call attention to the Disparities Solutions Center’s efforts to create a national network of trained health care providers and policy makers committed to providing the highest quality care for all and ending disparities in health and health care.”

Speakers include: David Lacks Jr. & Joseph Betancourt

When: 7pm

Friday, September 30th: Speak Up! Art is Action Collaborative Mural

“The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is dedicated to educating the public about the important role of the Senate in our government, encouraging participatory democracy, invigorating civil discourse, and inspiring the next generation of citizens and leaders to engage in the civic life of their communities. Speak Up! Art is Action at the EMK Institute invites artists to share and celebrate a spectrum of political voices in a variety of mediums. We hope to inspire political empathy, understanding, and calls to action, truly turning our building over to the people. The week will feature a spoken word exhibition of young voices in our full-scale representation of the U.S. Senate Chamber and a collaborative public art project to which all are invited to contribute. The events of the week will represent the different ways artists interpret issues important to them and to their communities within their chosen mediums.”

When: 9am

Saturday, October 1st: MIT Museum’s Idea Hub- 3D Printing & Design

Learn how to design your own sculpture in three dimensions using Tinkercad and explore how 3D printers can turn digital models into reality. The Museum’s Idea Hub is a special, creative learning space where people of all ages can gain insight to research at MIT through hands-on explorations of innovative project-based ideas.

When: 12pm

Sunday, October 2nd: GlobeDocs Documentary Film Festival

This will be the last day of both HUBweek and of the film festival. Make sure to check it out before its gone!

“The GlobeDocs Documentary Film Festival is a five-day documentary film festival designed to engage, promote, and celebrate film and production talent. The festival, which takes place in select theaters across Boston, will screen fifteen films and is specifically curated to include a lively, hosted post-film conversation to turn screenings into an opportunity for the community to come together and have an open dialogue with each other. The festival will also announce the winner of the Boston Globe Filmmakers Fund Award during the week.

SACRED COD (Closing Night)
Directed by David Abel, Andy Laub, Steve Liss (USA, 2016, 66 minutes)
Produced by David Abel, Andy Laub, Steve Liss
SACRED COD thoughtfully examines the New England tradition of cod fishing with competing claims of the depleted stock, the impact of the government’s policies on fishermen and the fish, and what would become of a region built on cod without any cod left to fish.”