Wednesday, July 29, 2015

All Hail HUBweek

It won't make up for the Olympics, but.... 

"HUBweek releases list of events for October" by Katherine Landergan Globe Correspondent   July 09, 2015

A special class on ethics and technology at Fenway Park, a film festival, and discussions on new health treatments are among the events scheduled for HUBweek — a weeklong innovation festival in October that intersects the arts, sciences, and technology, organizers announced Wednesday.

Scheduled for Oct. 3-10, HUBweek is a joint venture between MIT, Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital, and The Boston Globe.

It is billed as an opportunity to “create meaningful connections with leaders, neighbors, and change-makers, and an invitation for anyone to discover, try, and get inspired by something new.”

The festival will take place in Boston and Cambridge and is not limited to a particular industry, said Brendan Ryan, executive director of HUBweek. He said that it is about a certain mindset — one that intersects across the arts, science, and technology, and that the founders are looking to bring together thinkers who are tackling big problems, such as climate change.

“This whole region is the epicenter of advancement of science and technology,” said Ryan, a former chief of staff to Governor Deval Patrick.


Nutritionists, celebrity chefs, farmers, and policy makers will convene in Copley Square on Oct. 3 for interactive demos and discussions about food, with topics from sugar to seafood to school lunches.

Prominent figures in Boston’s tech sector have talked for years about giving the city a jolt of energy and excitement by launching an event in the mold of South by Southwest, a festival featuring film, interactive events, music, and conferences in Austin, Texas, organizers told the Globe in December.

HUBweek formally announced its partnership at a press conference in December with the presidents of MIT, Harvard, and MGH along with John W. Henry, principal owner of The Globe, and his wife, Linda Pizzuti Henry, the Globe’s managing director, whom organizers describe as a driving force behind the effort.

Ah, the agenda-pushing emperor has no clothes

Not really a big fan anymore.

Some of the topics can be intimidating, Ryan said, but the festival aims to make them more digestible to the average person.

The arrogance is astounding.

“We want to share the work that’s happening, and pull back the curtain,” he said. “These events are not just for people with PhDs in these topics, but for people who are curious.”

I'm not, but if you are....


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