Open to the curious: HUBweek announces initial listing of smart, creative, social events

HUBweek will explore the intersection of art, science and technology through greater Boston this October

Boston, MA (July 9, 2015) – Organizers of HUBweek, a new weeklong festival happening this October 3-10 throughout Boston and Cambridge, today announced the first round of this year’s events and invite the community – and the curious – to join some of the world’s leading thinkers and creators in exploring the intersection of art, science and technology.

HUBweek – founded by The Boston Globe, Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – is a series of events and experiences that celebrate and showcase the world-changing work, art and taking place in the Greater Boston area. Today’s schedule release provides a preview of what to expect this October: unexpected, yet authentically Boston experiences; opportunities to create meaningful connections with leaders, neighbors and change-makers; and an invitation for anyone to discover, try and get inspired by something new.

“We know that the future is being imagined and built right here in greater Boston,” said HUBweek Executive Director Brendan Ryan. “We know that people here work on big problems and care about things that make a difference. We want to shine a light on those people and their work, and create a platform for sharing, learning and problem solving. The unique confluence of art, technology and science that is the hallmark of this region makes this the ideal setting to inspire and bring together leaders, thinkers, students and anyone else curious about the future being built here.”

Highlights of the initial event schedule include:

·  Caught Thinking: A Master Class at Fenway Park, presented by HUBweek. Michael Sandel – Harvard professor and host of the popular BBC series “The Public Philosopher” – will lead a lively public discussion of emerging ethical issues brought on by advances in technology. “Caught Thinking” will feature a panel of writers, entertainers, local leaders and well-known figures as they and the audience react to Professor Sandel’s thought-provoking questions.

·  ILLUMINUS on Lansdowne, presented by HUBweek. ILLUMINUS, a nighttime festival established last fall in Boston’s SoWa Art District, will bring its innovative and imaginative art interventions to Lansdowne Street. The exterior of Fenway Park will be transformed into a percussion instrument, a multidimensional screen for projection, and a beacon for an experiential art environment of light and sound-based art installations. A myriad of stages and performance spaces featuring musicians working in collaboration with visual artists will create an immersive spectacle and evolving soundscape on Lansdowne. Interactive and participatory projects will showcase artists and performers working at the intersection of art and technology.

·  The GlobeDocs Film Festival, presented by The Boston Globe. In recognition of Boston as a hotbed of outstanding documentary filmmaking, the Boston Globe launches the first annual documentary film festival. The festival will include 12 film screenings at Coolidge Corner Theatre, Harvard Art Museum screening room and the Paramount Theatre, as well as panel discussions moderated by Globe editorial staff featuring filmmakers and relevant experts at each event.

·  Celebrate Boston, presented by HUBweek and the MITX Future Leaders Group. Local tech companies, non-profits and restaurants come together to share what they’ve been passionately working on and their vision for their future in Boston. The public, young and old, will join techies, bloggers, foodies, students, and culinary masters for a party to celebrate the best in Boston. They will be invited to eat, drink, mingle and network with Boston’s vibrant tech community at the MITX Future Leaders Group first-party, Celebrate Boston.

·  Solve, presented by MIT. As a part of HUBweek, MIT will open up daily sessions of Solve, a multi-day convening of technologists, philanthropists, business leaders, policy makers, change agents, and activists to examine points of intersection between technology, business innovation, and smart policy to bring about real and lasting change.

·  Economic Growth for All: A U.S. Conference of Mayors Town Hall. The US Conference of Mayors’ Community Development and Housing Committee, chaired by Newton Mayor Setti Warren, convenes in Boston for the launch of a new initiative to strengthen pathways to the middle class and beyond. In this Town Hall discussion at Roxbury Community College, mayors from across the country will talk about what is being done to connect people with the economic opportunities they and their families need to be financially independent as well as potential strategies and a framework for promoting the innovation economy in a way that provides access to economic growth for all.

·  Managing the Impact of Climate Change, presented by Harvard University. We know climate change is rapidly altering our environment with a momentum that is now imposed on future generations. But we have the tools to make it better. The public will be able to join a panel of industry leaders, and local experts to examine the disruptive technologies, renewable energies, and broad political policies that are potential pathways for effective action and meaningful solutions that can help mitigate the impact of climate change.

·  Still Alzheimers, presented by Massachusetts General Hospital. Still Alice  author Lisa Genova, and experts from Boston’s leading medical institutions, will host a conversation about Alzheimer’s Disease, with experts sharing the latest breakthroughs that are making a difference for patients, and examine what the future holds for individuals and families affected by AD.

Also today, event organizers invited people to join the HUBweek community by signing up as a HUBweek ambassador. HUBweek ambassadors are a community of doers and leaders helping to build and spread the word about HUBweek, as it continues to grow as a platform that brings together leading thinkers and creators from diverse backgrounds to surface, discover and develop new solutions to local and global issues.

More details and more events can be found at hubweek.org. Early-bird registration for HUBweek events will open later this summer. Full registration will open to the public on September 9th. Events will be individually ticketed; many are free and open to the public.

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