FAQ

General

  • Who is behind HUBweek?
    • HUBweek is a joint collaboration between The Boston Globe, Harvard University, MIT, and Mass. General Hospital. In addition to our four founders, HUBweek is a first-of-its-kind civic collaboration, and we have worked with a community of over 150 really smart, inventive and creative organizations to make HUBweek a reality each year. 
  • What’s the purpose of HUBweek?
    • We boil it down to three things: 1) our goal is to support and strengthen the innovation ecosystem in Boston–and to connect people to it from here and abroad. There is a unique concentration of brainpower, ingenuity and creativity in this region that has global impact. 2) To serve as a platform to spark ideas and trigger solutions that improve the human condition. We believe that collaboration accelerations innovation. 3) To provide an on-ramp to the innovation economy in Boston to both future and current innovators. We firmly believe that a good idea can come from anyone, anywhere.
  • Is HUBweek an annual event?
    • Yes. HUBweek is going into our third year. Expect HUBweek to look a bit different in 2017 than in years past.
  • How is HUBweek different than or similar to other city-based festivals?
    • Though we are not only for Bostonians, HUBweek is authentically of Boston and Cambridge. At HUBweek, you will find the top innovators and ideas from a wide range of industry in Boston that will have an immediate impact on our future. HUBweek is unique in that it has the backing of four global, leading institutions: MIT, Mass. General Hospital, Harvard and the Globe, who are working together to connect doers and dreamers to the work happening in the Greater Boston region.
  • What can I expect to get at HUBweek?
    • Besides a t-shirt, the chance to learn, meet, and try something new. Unexpected experiences. Ideas that challenge your status-quo. An understanding around what’s happening now that will impact your future tomorrow. The opportunity to create meaningful connections with change-makers, leaders, peers. A deeper connection to the innovation ecosystem in Boston.
  • Who attends HUBweek?
    • HUBweek is not an industry conference. One thing that is special about this experience is that you will find people from a number of different industries, job titles, backgrounds, age groups, and interests. We believe the best ideas happen when you break down silos and step out of your comfort zone. HUBweek programming is relevant for experts in related fields (education, technology, healthcare, science, art), but very much open to the curious. Attendees represent CEOs and founders, growing startups, leaders in the life sciences, biotech, and digital health, researchers, artists, scientists, policy nuts, service providers, and more.
  • Can I attend HUBweek?
    • If you made it this far, the answer is yes! HUBweek was built to be inclusive. There are no pre-requisites beyond curiosity, a hunger to learn and experience, and an interest in what’s happening in the Boston innovation ecosystem. 
  • When will HUBweek take place?
    • October 10-15, 2017
  • Will other events and speakers be announced?
    • This one is a big yes! We are very much just getting started for HUBweek 2017. There will be plenty more events, experiences, and speakers announced now through the summer.

Collaboration Call

  • Who produces HUBweek events?
    • The HUBweek staff, founding partners, and collaborators produce HUBweek events. There are a number of participation opportunities open now, with more to be announced throughout the spring of 2017.
  • What is the criteria for a HUBweek event?
    • HUBweek events align with the HUBweek mission and purpose, are non-discriminatory, collaborative and inclusive, and fit within the HUBweek 2017 framework (see participation opportunities). 
  • What is the HUBweek Collaboration Call?
    • An opportunity for you to get involved. HUBweek is fiercely collaborative and the majority of our programming is produced in partnership with our founders and/or collaborators. The Collaboration Call is an open period this spring where you will have a number of opportunities to submit to be a part of it.
  • Do you have a list of confirmed speakers? Can I suggest one or be one?
    • We’d love to hear more. We already have a number of inspiring speakers lined up for 2017 who will be announced throughout the spring, but you do indeed also have the opportunity to nominate a speaker now through April 14 on the “Participate” page. 
  • Are you still accepting event proposals?
    • Yep! Please see the “Participate” page.
  • How do I become a Collaborator?
    • Collaborators are organizations who contribute programming and expertise to HUBweek. Apply to one of the participation opportunities available on the “Participation” page in 2017.
  • What are the benefits of being a Collaborator?
    • As a HUBweek Collaborator, you will have the opportunity to share your expertise, connect with the HUBweek community, and be a part of a big moment here in Boston.
  • Are there sponsorship opportunities available?
    • Yes. There are a number of benefits beyond event collaboration for those organizations who are interested in getting more heavily involved in HUBweek. 2017 sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please reach out to our head of business development, Denise Thayer, for more information.
  • What is the process or cost of hosting an event?
    • While there is no cost to apply to participate, the process and cost depends heavily on the type of event you would like to host or participate in. Collaborators who host Spoke events are responsible for the costs of hosting their own event, and work with HUBweek to co-market the event as a HUBweek event. Panels at The Future Forum will be produced by HUBweek. Limited stipends will be available for artists producing custom work.
  • Can I apply to participate in more than one opportunity?
    • Though we can’t guarantee acceptance, we absolutely encourage you to apply to any and all opportunities where you can contribute meaningful content, ideas, and expertise.
  • Can I suggest something that doesn’t already exist?
    • Definitely! We’ve got a good chunk of this covered, but we don’t have all the answers. Shoot us a note here, we’ll do our best to get back to you soon.
  • What are the eligibility requirements for companies applying to Demo Day?
    • Hold tight. We’ll share these details as we get closer to May.
  • Are there exhibitor/booth opportunities available?
    • At this time, there are not exhibitor/booth opportunities. However, sign up for the HUBweek newsletter and keep your eye out this spring–there’s a good chance we’ll have what you’re looking for.
  • Are there volunteer opportunities available?
    • First, thank you for asking. Second, at this time, no. But in the near future, yes! We will be running a call for volunteers closer to this summer. Stay tuned!

Activating The HUB:

  • What is the protocol for attaching materials to the walls/ceilings/floors of the containers?
    • You are allowed to attach things to the containers (with permission), there are hooks inside, magnets also work really well, minimal screw holes are also allowed.
  • You show the containers with double doors on either end–is it possible to open only 1 door on either end so that there is more light control?
    • Yes, but once you only have one entrance you will run into egress and limited capacity issues. That said, you can use the container as a diorama where you just look inside rather than step inside.
  • Will there be electricity available?
    • Yes all the containers can be equipped with electricity upon request at no extra cost to you.
  • What days/hours will the containers be open?
    • It depends on the nature of the container and project. The HUB is generally open 10am -10pm October 12, 13,14, and 10am – 5pm on October 15. Immersion activities take place at points throughout the day and after 5pm until 10pm.
  • Will HUB workers be helping to man the containers or is that the artist’s responsibility?
    • It depends. HUBweek will provide 24/7 security of the site and can assist with turning things on and off. There will be HUBweek staff on site during all open hours although we will not be able to provide continuous staffing for individual containers for all open hours.
  • Location of containers in the city? Will they be all together or interspersed through out the city?
    • Our festival site is City Hall Plaza.
  • What kind of crowds do you expect?
    • We expect tens of thousands to experience The HUB. If the piece is supposed to be interacted with, we’d make it as sturdy as possible. All projects need to be safe to be interacted with by people of all ages.
  • What kind of frame of mind is the average viewer is coming to the event with?
    • Curiosity, fun, looking to be engaged.

Attending

  • What does it mean to “register” for HUBweek?
    • HUBweek events require that you sign up to attend the event, online or on-site depending on availability. Some programs will be ticketed and have a cost to register.
  • When does registration open?
    • June. Details on registration will be announced this spring.
  • Where can I find your schedule of events?
    • In the minds of our future collaborators and the HUBweek team. We’ll start releasing the full schedule details this summer.
  • How much does it cost to go to HUBweek?
    • Many HUBweek events are open and free, but do require registration. The Future Forum and Demo Day will be ticketed, as well as a handful of other events. We will share more specific pricing details this spring prior to registration opening.
  • Is there an all-access pass to HUBweek?
    • Yes, there will be an all-access pass in 2017 to ensure you can experience all that HUBweek has to offer. Details to come.
  • Will there be a student rate for HUBweek?
    • Definitely. We encourage and anticipate many students to be a part of HUBweek.
  • How do I register for HUBweek?
    • Wait until June. We’ll let you know details soon!
  • Do you recommend a hotel for my stay in Boston?
    • When we announce registration details, we’ll share some tips and advice on this front as well.

Press

  • Who do we contact for press inquiries?
    • Please contact our head of marketing and communications, Liz Paquette.
  • Will press credentials be offered?
    • Yes. Once registration opens in June, we will be offering press credentials and can share more detail on press opportunities at the festival.
  • Can I use the HUBweek logo and/or HUBweek media assets?
    • Reach out our communications manager, Kahlee Tsikalas–we’d be happy to share.