FAQ

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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?
    • If you can believe it–yes. While we’ve announced over 200 speakers, 150 events, 130 artists and 110 collaborators, we still have more to share. There will be plenty more events, experiences, and speakers announced now through the September. Follow along closely by signing up for our newsletter here.
  • What are Spoke Events?
    • If you’ve attended HUBweek before, Spoke Events may feel similar to HUBweek events of the past. Ironically, they’re built to explore the future. Taking place October 10-11th, these events are hosted by HUBweek Collaborators and are designed to get you behind-the-scenes in the spaces where incredible work is happening throughout Greater Boston. They take place throughout the city, in a number of different neighborhoods, covering a number of different topics, in a number of different formats. All Spoke Events are f-r-e-e and registration is open now. Yes, you read that right.
  • What is The HUB?
    • The HUB is HUBweek’s first-of-its-kind centralized festival place, located on Boston’s City Hall Plaza. Designed in collaboration with design firm CBT and presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance, The HUB will be open from 10/12-10/15, from approximately 9AM-10PM (5PM on Sunday). The HUB features 6 geodesic domes which house fireside chats, panels, performances, and other interactive experiences. The HUB does require registration, but it is totally free. We do encourage you to sign up for one of our signature experiences taking place at The HUB (Future Forum, Immersion, or Demo Day) or any number of individual events, but you are also welcome to come stop by and explore more than 40 exhibits, connect with mentors or mingle with other attendees.

Future Forum

  • What is Future Forum?
    • Future Forum, presented by MilliporeSigma, is a 3-day ideas festival and confab. The experience will feature more than 50 leaders and creators across industries exploring the most cutting-edge and impactful ideas coming out of Boston.
  • What topics will be covered at Future Forum?
    • Falling under three key themes that address the impact of innovation, Future Forum explores a number of topics. A short list includes: advanced manufacturing, artificial intelligence, biodesign, biotech, class politics, climate change & sustainability, cybersecurity & privacy, design, digital health, education, health care, IoT, synthetic biology, and robotics. This will give you big picture across a number of industries from leading thinkers.
  • What formats can I expect?
    • The Future Forum will present a number of different formats–keynote speakers, fireside chats and panels, storytelling and short visions of the future, performances, Q&A, and networking opportunities, as well as some surprises.
  • Can I attend a portion of Future Forum?
    • This is built to be an immersive experience and we recommend folks stay for the full day if they are attending. There will be lounge space to check emails (we do it, too) and connect with speakers and other attendees, as well as a nightly reception. That said, there are two evening keynotes currently scheduled to take place on Thursday, 10/12 and Friday, 10/13 in Faneuil Hall. There are a limited number of single sessions available for these events. You can find details here.
  • Have all of the speakers been announced?
    • Negative. We’ve announced less than half of the speakers that will be part of Future Forum and we’ve got some exciting ones in store.
  • When will the full schedule be released?
    • Keep your eye out in mid-September! If you’re already signed up, you’ll receive details via email.
  • What does it cost?
    • There are a few different ways to attend. 1: Grab an Insider Pass. This pass costs $500 and gets you preferred access to Future Forum, as well as a number of other experiences and VIP events. Bonus: they’re being offered at buy 1, get 1 half off now through 9/7. 2: Get a 3-Day Pass. This gets you access to all 3 days, evening keynotes, the Future Forum lounge, and nightly receptions. Total is $300 (saving you $75 total). 3: Go for the 1-Day Pass. If you can only make it to 1 or 2 days of Future Forum, this is your best bet. Passes are being sold at $125/day. 4: Check out one of the evening keynotes. A very limited number of passes are being sold now for only $25. Note: this gets you access to that event only, and not the reception or lounge. You can grab more details here.
  • Do I have to attend Future Forum to attend an event at The HUB?
    • Nope! If you only have an hour or two to skip out of work, there are a number of modular events and experiences at The HUB presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance. Check out the schedule here.

Demo Day

  • What is Demo Day?
    • Demo Day presented by Bank of America is a full day program that includes three components: a showcase of 100+ of Boston’s most impactful startups, leading companies and innovation labs; a pitch competition; and programming that explores how to join, launch, or scale a startup.
  • How do I attend?
    • Access to the showcase floor is included in The HUB Pass. The programs and finale do require individual registration. You can find details on those here.
  • Have the full schedule and list of speakers been released?
  • What startups will be showcased?
    • The list of semi-finalists will be announced the week of 9/4. Stay tuned!
  • When does the pitch competition take place?
    • The semi-finals will be hosted on Monday, September 25 at District Hall prior to HUBweek. The finals will take place at The HUB during HUBweek on Saturday, October 14.
  • Can my startup get involved?
    • Applications are now closed to participate in 2017. We encourage you to come by and to apply in 2018!

Immersion

  • What is Immersion?
    • Immersion presented by Union Point is a 3-night live arts experience that takes place each night at The HUB, Oct. 12-14. It will feature live performances, dance parties, immersive exhibits in and amongst shipping containers, and live projections on Boston’s City Hall.
  • Have the full schedule and list of artists been released?
  • What artists will be featured?
    • Check ’em out here.
  • What time does Immersion start?
    • Immersion will kick off around dusk each night at 6:30PM and will run until 10PM.
  • I’m a local artist. How do I get involved?
    • Applications are now closed to participate in 2017. We encourage you to come by and to apply in 2018!

Attending HUBweek

  • 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. The majority of HUBweek events are free.
  • What are the ticketing options? How much does it cost to attend HUBweek
    • Many HUBweek events are open and free, but do require registration. The Future Forum is ticketed (see details here), as well as a handful of other events. The nightly Immersion Party and GlobeDocs Film Festival are also ticketed. All Spoke Events are free, as are a majority of events at The HUB. For more details on ticketing types and benefits, visit the ticketing page. Here is the breakdown:
      • Insider Pass: $500
      • Future Forum 3-Day & 1-Day Pass: $125-$300
      • Immersion Party Pass: $25-$60
      • GlobeDocs Early-Bird Pass: $40-$50
      • Single Session Tickets: $0-$50
      • The HUB Pass: Free
        • The HUB Pass is required to visit The HUB. Note that if you register for any event or purchase an Insider, Immersion or Future Forum Pass, you will automatically be registered for The HUB.
  • When does registration open?
    • Registration is open now on more than 150 events and passes are also available now.
  • Where can I find your schedule of events?
  • I just want to attend HUBweek. Is there an all-access pass?
    • This year, we are offering the Insider Pass. This pass includes curated experiences including VIP events, expedited entry to The HUB presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance, guaranteed and preferred access to paid events Future Forum, Immersion and the GlobeDocs Closing Screening, as well as early access to any new events that are released on the HUBweek schedule.
  • Will there be a student rate for HUBweek?
    • Definitely. We encourage and anticipate many students to be a part of HUBweek. If you are a student and are interested in attending HUBweek, please let us know here. Details will be released after Labor Day.
  • Are there any benefits to attending with a group?
    • For sure. We’re offering a select number of group passes for organizations with 5+ employees attending. Benefits include VIP passes, transferrable 3-Day Passes to Future Forum, and cost savings. Sign up for details here.
  • Do you recommend a hotel for my stay in Boston?
    • Yes! We are working on finalizing partnerships with a couple of local hotels. Details will be shared post-Labor Day.

Participation Opportunities

  • Who produces HUBweek events?
    • The HUBweek staff, founding partners, and collaborators produce HUBweek events.
  • 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 2017 Collaboration Call to host an event is now closed. Please sign up for our newsletter to be notified as new opportunities become available. We look forward to hearing your ideas in 2018!
  • Do you have a list of confirmed speakers? Can I suggest one or be one?
    • We’d love to hear more. We already have our speakers lined up for HUBweek 2017, but we are always open to new ideas. Please share them with us here.
  • Are you still accepting event proposals?
    • No. We are focused on making this year’s HUBweek the most valuable experience yet. We encourage you to come check it out and brainstorm ideas for how to make 2018 even better.
  • 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.
  • How do I become a Collaborator?
    • Collaborators are organizations who contribute programming and expertise to HUBweek. Our 2017 Collaboration Call is now closed. Check back in 2018!
  • Are there sponsorship opportunities available?
    • Yes. There are still a select number of opportunities beyond event collaboration for those organizations who are interested in getting more heavily involved in HUBweek. Please let us know more about your interests here.
  • 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’re covered for 2017, but we are always seeking ideas for next year. Shoot us a note here, we’ll do our best to get back to you soon.
  • Can my company still apply to Demo Day?
    • Unfortunately, the application for this year’s Demo Day is also now closed. We received over 200 applicants and look forward to seeing that number grow next year!
  • 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 next spring–there’s a good chance we’ll have what you’re looking for in 2018.
  • Are there volunteer opportunities available?
    • First, thank you for asking. Second, yes! We’ll be sharing details with our volunteer applicants soon. Let us know here why you want to be involved.

Press

  • Who do we contact for press inquiries?
    • Please contact our PR team at media@hubweek.org.
  • Will press credentials be offered?
    • Yes. Press credentials will be available on September 6, 2017.
  • Can I use the HUBweek logo and/or HUBweek media assets?
    • Reach out our marketing communications associate, Maria Medina–we’d be happy to share.