HUBweek // The HUB

The heart of HUBweek,

on City Hall Plaza

Connect, learn, wander, and create at HUBweek’s first-of-its-kind centralized festival site. Presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance, The HUB features signature events, workshops and hackathons, creative gathering spaces, competitions, art installations, and unexpected experiences.

The HUB is being designed in collaboration with award-winning Boston design firm CBT and will be open to all HUBweek attendees October 12-15, 2017. Registration is free, but required and passes are open now. Interested in who and what you’ll find at The HUB? You can now check out the initial lineup and details on how to attend below!

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Attend a HUB Event

Interested in a specific topic or experience? Want to swing by The HUB for an hour or two? We've got you covered. More than 5 dozen events are now open for registration. Here's a taste for what you can expect:

Explore Dozens of Shipping Containers

Wander your way through a number of reimagined shipping containers, brought to life through demonstrations, performance, and immersive experiences.

    Containing Addiction: Painting, rapping and writing toward recovery

    Mass General Center for Community Health Improvement and the Artists Group of Charlestown

    Join us in this immersive art experience and creating a community portrait of addiction and recovery in Boston.

    Curiosity Cube


    Designed to inspire curiosity and bring science to the masses through hands-on science experiments, MilliporeSigma's Curiosity Cube is a recycled shipping container that has been retrofitted into a solar-powered mobile science lab.

    Freight Farms

    Check out the Leafy Green Machine: a pre-assembled hydroponic farm inside an up-cycled freight container, capable of producing yields at commercial-scale in any climate and any season.

    FreshTruck Mobile Market Renovation


    Fresh Truck is renovating their Weekly Market vehicle to become a full service mobile grocery store. In collaboration with sweetgreen, they are rethinking the retail layout and market aesthetics to drive nutrition education and behavioral change in the shopping experience. They are also working with an engineer from the MIT Media Lab to install a custom refrigeration unit that will enable them to carry meat, dairy and prepared food items. These changes will help them get more fresh food to more Boston families all year round.

    Go to the Light: Neon Dream

    Helen Popinchalk and Morgan Grenier, Trifecta Editions, and Jay LaCouture, AntiDesigns

    Go to the Light: Neon Dream is a unique, immersive black light experience! Drawing inspiration from interior design and all that glows and fluoresces in the natural world, they create a dayglow cavern – the ultimate neon clubhouse that combines elements of interior environments with ephemera and 3-D objects inspired by nature.


    Gabriel Mugar and French 2D, Anda French and Jenny French

    Place/Setting is a series of collaborative meals that traces the productive conversations that happen within its space during HUBweek. Each meal, hosted by one organization, encourages networking, knowledge-sharing, and collaboration in order to demystify the feasibility and value of cooperative models in a variety of contexts.


    Jason Hoelscher and Jessamy McManus, Umwelt Operations Unlimited, Will Penny, Michael Porten, and Britt Spencer, Widowmaker Collective, Jeff Schmuki and Wendy DesChene, PlantBot Genetics

    POLLINATE intertwines artistic creativity and science / tech / biology with coevolutionary aesthetics to explore issues of collaboration cascades, fragility, and robustness in terms of conceptual attractors and complex adaptive network ecologies.

    Pop-up Play Cubes

    studioMLA Architects

    Pause, reflect, relax and recreate in this series of occupiable and interactive contained spaces throughout The HUB.

    Shadow Coding

    Karen Schoucair and Rachelle Villalon

    Shadow Coding is an experiment that transforms the small confines of a physical space into an interactive and engulfing spatial experience, emanating from the larger than life responsive shadows of everyday objects. The shadows respond to physical human gestures when they are touched against a walled surface, allowing an individual to step into another dimension of still life objects seen from an object’s point of view.

    Pop-up Play Cubes

    studioMLA Architects

    Pause, reflect, relax and recreate in this series of occupiable and interactive contained spaces throughout The HUB.

    The Unconscious Mind: Anesthesia Today and Tomorrow

    Russell Museum of Medical History and Innovation at Mass General Hospital

    In this mini-museum, explore how surgical anesthesia revolutionized health care when it was introduced in 1846. Discover what happens in the brain in the space between consciousness and anesthesia, and how new anesthesiology research is changing our understanding of brain science.


    Philip Gedarovich

    There are myriad forms of media which abstract and transform the self in varying degrees. TriMe takes this abstraction a step further, by removing all concrete physical properties of the self, replacing them instead with a digital triangulation of the human form and providing the opportunity for gestural expression and play.


    Clint Baclawski

    Drawing inspiration from the pioneering spirit of the California Light and Space movement, this work moves the medium into newly deconstructed ground beyond the tradition and constraints of a photographic frame. Light itself is reconfigured. The bulb becomes the medium. The photographic image takes an unexpected form like the stanzas of a sonnet or the sequencing of notes in a music composition.

Experience HUBweek Walls

Check out this collection of murals showcasing 8 local artists' unique creative skills as they take over a shipping container with paint and passion. Stay tuned to learn which artists will be painting live!

    Caleb Neelon

    Caleb Neelon is an artist and writer based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His murals and artworks can be seen in city streets and exhibitions throughout the world. Neelon's broad range of recent activity includes studio artwork, cultural diplomacy projects through the U.S. State Department; curatorial work at museums, projects bringing artwork to hospitals, documentary film production, and painting for fun in the street.

    Dana Woulfe

    Dana Woulfe is a visual artist living and working in Boston. He is also co-director of the Project SF artist collective, where he has directed and exhibited worldwide and worked with clients including Nike, Converse, Vitamin Water and Bodega. He is known for his vivid, abstract paintings and large scale mural work.

    Kenji Nakayama

    Kenji Nakayama is an artist who lives and works in Boston. His diverse practice encompasses careful pinstriping and gilded lettering, abstract line compositions, and hand­cut, multi-­layered stencil paintings. Regardless of form, all of his work serves as a personal diary of experience and influence, and his process can be described as a balance between meditation and highly­ trained craftsmanship.

    Percy Fortini-Wright

    Percy Fortini-Wright is a Boston based artist who received both his BFA and MFA from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. While in his youth, he started by writing graffiti; becoming a technician of wild style graffiti letters, tags and bubble letters. Simultaneously, he evolved as a traditional painter of city scenes, abstract and classical painting. While not fishing with his son, he paints and teaches art.


    Born in Juarez, Mexico, and raised in Dallas, Texas, Marka27’s foray into the art world began in the city’s streets mastering the art of graffiti. Advancing to earn his BFA from The Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston, Marka27 became a household name for his “audio canvas” series and elaborately executed installation art and murals. Largely inspired by multi cultural influences, Marka27’s art has served as a reflection of his varying interests.

    IMAGINE (aka Sneha Shrestha)

    IMAGINE (aka Sneha Shrestha) is an artist and educator from Kathmandu, Nepal. She has established herself as a Nepali street artist meshing the Nepali alphabet and the Boston street art scene. Her works can be described as thoughtful yet irreverent pieces, marrying the beauty of an elegant script with the droll text she often incorporates into her canvases. In 2013, Sneha established Nepal’s first Children’s Art Museum to provide a creative space where children and youth can get hands-on art experience and are encouraged to express themselves creatively.

    Rob Gibbs

    Rob “Problak” Gibbs grew up in Roxbury, MA venturing between Lenox St. apartments and Orchard Park projects. From a young age, he had a vision of beautifying the ghettos of Boston with graffiti art - an art form that is frequently overlooked, undervalued and misunderstood. His work impels the viewer to allow imagination to become a playground for testing boundaries and breaking rules. Rob is a painter, muralist and graffiti artist who was one of six urban teens to co-found the non-profit youth development organization, Artists For Humanity (AFH) in 1991.

    Cedric Douglas

    Cedric Douglas is the Founder and Creative Director of The Up Truck, a mobile art lab designed to engage underserved Boston communities through art and creativity.  Douglas is also an artist who combines the use of street art ideology and raw creativity to connect, inspire and interact with the community.

Attending the HUB

Registration is free,
 but required to visit The HUB