Boston has always been known as a center of innovation. The greater Boston Area alone is home to 6 Universities listed in the Top 50 National Universities Ranking in 2016. When the 2 most prestigious of those Universities, Harvard and MIT, collaborate to form HUBweek, the slogan "A week-long exploration of innovations & creativity" should come as no surprise.
The week-long event exceeded expectations and drew in 46,000 attendants in 2015, that was its first year! The event, hosted by MIT, Harvard, Massachusetts General Hospital and The Boston Globe has a lot going on between Sept. 25 and Oct. 1 2016. While HUBweek is open to all interested parties, some of the events are better suited for people of certain industries or area of expertise. This however, does not mean there are not events that everyone can go to. In fact they encourage people from all different backgrounds to explore their events. In this article. we will highlight only 5, of the many thought provoking events. We picked the events not just by importance, but with the belief that they will be especially beneficial to people from all backgrounds.
- Sept.26 6:00 - 8:00pm - Free
Whether you like politics or not, the fact is that politics effects everyone. This is especially true if you are a business, even if it will effect some more than others. Taking place in the historic Faneuil Hall, this event is a discussion about the legitimacy of proposed policies and issues that surely effect us all. This HUBweek event that links politics with technology is surely vital for everyone.
- Sept.27 10:00am - Noon - $25
Hopefully the title makes it pretty clear why it's applicable to everyone since we're all living in the digital/information age. This event goes beyond explaining how companies and businesses can and have used the rapid technological advancements. Hear a variety of personal stories from workers to learn about how technological growth can benefit you.
- Sept. 28-29 8:30 - 12:30pm - $50
Climate Change is one of the biggest topics of the 21st century. There are countless numbers or jobs and even companies that were created solely because of climate change and the research that has been done for it. MIT's Climate CoLab alone has 60,000 people all over the world working together online to help address climate change. The climax of this Crowds & Climate Conference is the fact that the 2016 Climate CoLab contest winners will be talking about unique solutions to battle climate change from 20 different countries.
- Sept. 29 4:00-7:00pm - Free
IoT stands for Internet of Things. Explained simply, Internet of Things refers to objects that are not only connected to the internet, but can communicate with each other and various other electronic objects. The opening paragraph should make it clear why Boston can be considered a "Hub of the Future". Make no mistake, this event is easier to benefit from if you are a techy, however if you value keeping up with technological trends; this event is essential. The entire theme of this week is extremely entrepreneurial and innovative. If these are categories you think you or your company belong to, then you might be able to use the IoT to your success.
- Sept. 30 11:00 - 6:00pm - Free
From all of HUBweek's events, this has to be one of the funnest and (obviously) most interactive events. You might think that this event will be dominated by tech companies, which let's be honest, demo shows usually are. However, there will be a large variety of companies that show up to showcase their unique approaches and innovations in their own industry. This is definitely an event that everyone can have fun at and learn a lot from if they are willing to engage with the showcasing companies.
But Kendall Press, You're a Printing Company, Why Are You Writing About This?
Although on the surface we are a printing company, we are far from just a printing facility. We are also designers, consultants and partners. We will be attending this event ourselves for multiple reasons.
- By keeping up with innovation of other industries, we are flexible to our partner's changing needs by preemptively adapting the products and services we offer.
- As consultants and designers, we can further improve our partner's visibility when assisting with their trade shows/conventions, by evaluating the presence of companies at HUBweek and keeping up with trends.
- As a company based in Kendall Square and serving the Greater Boston area, it is important to stay up to date with important events.
Hopefully this article will help you prepare your attendance for HUBweek. If you enjoyed this article feel free to subscribe!