I wish we could claim it was our idea to schedule ScienceWriters2015 right after two of the most exciting science-and-technology events in Boston's history—Solve and HUBweek—but in fact, it's mostly an accident of good timing. One that you should take advantage of by arriving in town early!
HUBweek, October 3-10, is a weeklong celebration of innovation and creativity featuring more than 40 events and experiences showcasing the world-class work happening at the intersection of art, science, and technology across Boston and Cambridge. The events are individually ticketed and most are free; 27 so far are open for early-bird registration. You can find all the details at www.hubweek.org.
The event is a first-of-its-kind civic collaboration between founding partners the Boston Globe, Harvard University, MIT, and Massachusetts General Hospital. This week the organization announced nine new collaborating organizations and companies, including Uber, C Space, Converse, City Awake, Venture Café, the Greenway Conservancy, Ideas in Action, and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute.
The event will bring together change-makers, dreamers and the curious through new experiences in places familiar to Bostonians, from philosophy in Fenway Park to a nighttime interactive art festival on Lansdowne Street. Events will take place throughout Boston and Cambridge on sidewalks, in research halls, creative workspaces, and cutting-edge institutions, with major neighborhood activations in Roxbury, Kendall Square, Fort Point, and the Greenway.
Many of the events will be of natural interest to journalist covering science, technology, health, or the environment. Here's a sample:
- "Let's Talk About Food," a series of interactive demos and discussions with Boston chefs, nutritionists, and food policy experts on October 3
- "The Fenway Forum: What’s the Right Thing to Do?," an unprecedented civic discussion on ethical issues and the meaning of citizenship at Fenway Park, led by Harvard professor & philosopher Michael Sandel on October 4.
- "Where the Brain and the Law Intersect" will feature a conversation on the law and public policy implications of the latest neuroscience discoveries with Judith Edersheim, MD, JD, Co-Director of Mass General’s Center for Law, Brain and Behavior on October 4.
- "When Doctors Report the News" on October 5 will showcase a conversation between moderator Carey Goldberg, co-host of WBUR’s CommonHealth blog, and physician-journalists Suzanne Koven, MD, and Mallika Marshall, MD.
- “GlobeDocs Film Festival,” a five-day interactive community event series at theaters throughout Boston to engage, promote and celebrate documentary film October 7 – 11.
- "Managing the Impact of Climate Change," a panel discussion at Harvard University's Sanders Theatre on October 7, will examinethe disruptive technologies, renewable energies, and broad political policies that are potential pathways for effective action to mitigate the effects of global warming.
- "A Kendall Square Celebration," a neighborhood-wide party on October 8, will showcase the work of the companies, organizations and institutions that call Kendall Square home. (On a related note, see our special New Horizons Lunch With a Luminary panel "The Ingredients of Innovation in Kendall Square.")
- “#Tech4Democracy Showcase & Challenge," on October 9, will give students, entrepreneurs and community members the opportunity to showcase their ideas for new apps, web platforms and programs that leverage technology to improve the quality of democratic governance.
MIT's Solve conference is also an official part of HUBweek, as is HUB Slam, a live storytelling competition hosted by C Space. Check out the whole lineup of events here, and follow @HUBWeek on Twitter for updates as new events are added to the schedule.