HUBweek // Future Forum
Inventing the Future
Friday, October 13, 9:00AM-7:00PM
Meet the people who are literally inventing our future–whether that’s splicing the genes of modern Asian elephants with DNA locked in arctic ice to bring back the woolly mammoth; 3D printing metal to revolutionize manufacturing; or putting robots in your homes. What impact will they have on our lives? Featuring Abby Johnson and Michael R. Bloomberg; Malcolm Gladwell and Atul Gawande; CEOs from nuTonomy, iRobot, Desktop Metal and Rapid7; revolutionary geneticist George Church; and reporters from The Daily Beast, Axios, The Atlantic and more.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, FMR LLC (Fidelity Investments)
Michael R. Bloomberg
Founder, Bloomberg LP & Bloomberg Philanthropies
Dr. Atul Gawande
Executive Director - Ariadne Labs
New York Times best-selling author
Chairman, CEO and Founder; iRobot
President & CEO, Rapid7
Dr. George Church
Co-Founder and Advisor - eGenesis
At this full-day experience, hear from leaders across industry as we explore the most cutting-edge and impactful ideas today. Please note: Insider Day Passes are required to attend these sessions.
The Future Forum Lounge Opens 9:00AM
Connect with fellow attendees–a mix of CEOs, founders, artists, researchers, students, up-and-comers and more–throughout the day in the lounge.
Genomics, Board Games, and Artificial Intelligence 10:00AM; Green Dome
- Featuring Mirza Cifric, Co-Founder and CEO
In the midst of this genomic revolution, Mirza Cifric, Co-Founder and CEO of Veritas Genetics, illustrates the sheer size of the genomic data we are dealing with and why A.I. is the only way to make sense of it all.
- with Desktop Metal CEO Ric Fulop, Co-Founder & CEO, Desktop Metal
The factory of the future is here, and it’s digitized. From metal 3D printing to human-assistive robots, the Factory of the Future is shaping the next generation of disruptive technology and manufacturing. Ric Fulop CEO of Desktop Metal explores the latest technologies, devices and techniques that will push the boundaries of what’s possible and revitalize the American manufacturing industry. Moderated by Jeff Engel Xconomy.
Sustainable Urban Food 10:30AM; Blue Dome
- Mary Dumont, Chef, Cultivar
Chef Mary Dumont of Cultivar discusses the future of urban sustainable culinary practices at Cultivar's rooftop garden at the Ames Hotel.
Despite constantly shifting political and regulatory roadblocks, inventive entrepreneurs are forging the path forward in revolutionizing how we deliver and receive care. From quite literally shedding physical boundaries via telemedicine and innovative drug delivery tactics to totally reimagining patient care itself, how do we push emerging tech-enabled solutions past the red tape and into the hands of people who need them? Moderated by Program Director of PULSE@MassChallenge, Nick Dougherty.
Join Fidelity Investments Chairman and CEO Abby Johnson, who will interview Michael Bloomberg for a frank (and dare we say, pragmatically optimistic) discussion on the state of innovation. Across climate, economic mobility, technology, policy, and education, where are the areas that we can apply pressure to affect meaningfully positive change? What can we do, right now, to move our communities, cities, and country forward in these otherwise uncertain times?
Join us for a conversation with renowned transportation experts as they work to balance the transportation needs of the future with our desire for a cleaner environment over the next 30+ years. Moderated by Mark Yamauchi.
Eliminating Lethal Disease 1:00PM; Green Dome
- Featuring Lee Cooper, Founder, Institute for Genetic Disease Prevention
Placing the Displaced 2:30PM; Green Dome
- Featuring Wafaa Arbash, Co-Founder & CEO - WorkAround
A Syrian woman who moved to the U.S. in 2013, Wafaa Arbash is the CEO and Co-Founder of WorkAround who is working to revolutionize the systemic lack of employment opportunities available to refugees/displaced peoples. What role can technology play in providing economic opportunity for those building new lives in foreign countries?
- with Admiral James Stavridis, Dean, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University
Admiral James Stavridis, retired 4-star officer in the U.S. Navy and Dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, envisions the future of global security in an increasingly complex world.
- with Joelle Renstrom, Lecturer of Rhetoric, Boston University; Robotics Columnist, The Daily Beast
Will robots take over the world or will they help humanity evolve? Your answer likely depends on the sci-fi you've consumed and the values you've grown up with. This talk explores why we feel the way we do about robots and why for some people, a future of robotic service workers, caregivers, and even friends can't come soon enough, while others believe the development of robots/AI might doom the human race. Love them, hate them, or fear them, our views of robots exemplify cultural beliefs that will determine how our relationships with our mechanical counterparts will play out.
Splice genes from a woolly mammoth locked in Arctic ice with genes from a modern Asian elephant and you just might be able to resurrect an extinct species to combat climate change. Synthetic biology–the fabrication and assembling of biological building blocks in novel ways–is paving the way for us to build bacteria factories, architect artificial life, and deepen our understanding of the mysteries of the living world. What happens next? Moderated by the Editor of The Atlantic Scott Stossel.
- with Colin Angle, Chairman, CEO and Founder; iRobot
We’re currently in the midst of an explosion of connected possibilities in the home. With a mobile device, you can turn on lights, play music, set the thermostat and even darken your toast, but is you're your life easier, is your home smart? If not, what stands in the way? During this talk, we will explore challenges of making a truly smart home. We will discuss where robots fit into the equation, and how robotic technologies like mapping, navigation, and cloud robotics will help create dynamic and more user-friendly connected home. Moderated by Globe correspondent Scott Kirsner.
Breaking the Shackles of the Past 4:30PM; Blue Dome
- Corey Thomas, President & CEO, Rapid7
Keeping an organization’s most sensitive data secure can feel like a daunting task. However, we can not only gain back control, but do so in an innovative way without sacrificing security or usability. In order to achieve this, we must break the artificial shackles that bind us, forging a new path forward through more efficient methodologies and new ways of thinking. What is the future of security? How can today’s business leaders can work to remove siloed operations within their organizations to take a more holistic approach?
Future Fete 4:30PM
The Future Forum Lounge transforms into an evening celebration. Grab a cocktail (21+), mingle with speakers, and debate the pros/cons of technological advancement with your fellow attendees.
- Dr. Atul Gawande, Executive Director - Ariadne Labs
Ariadne Lab’s groundbreaking research on system innovations will save lives and revolutionize how we deliver care. From programs to reduce child mortality in India and Africa to improving end-of-life care in Massachusetts, New York Times best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell will interview Dr. Atul Gawande about his vision for the future and how a new approach to innovation will improve lives for millions of people around the world. Moderated by New York Times Bestseller Malcolm Gladwell.
After a full day of sharing ideas, unwind and join us at the nightly HUBweek Party during Immersion. The HUBweek Party includes access to bars at The HUB (21+), the domes on City Hall Plaza, live entertainment including DJs, VJs and projections, and signature experiences. Note you do not have to be 21+ to attend, but you must be 21+ to consume alcoholic beverages.
...and more speakers to come
The Nitty Gritty
This event is part of HUBweek’s Future Forum presented by MilliporeSigma, a multi-day ideas festival and confab taking place Oct. 12-14 at The HUB presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance. Day Passes are on sale now and include admittance to Saving As Many Lives As Penicillin with Atul Gawande and Malcolm Gladwell.
Saving As Many Lives As Penicillin
Single Session Tix: Sold Out