Microsoft New England’s (Un)Official Guide to HUBweek 2016

| MSNE Staff

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! For innovators, artists, scientists, citizens, and more — those who love Boston — HUBweek is here from Sunday, September 25 through Saturday, October 1 to celebrate the best of the best our city has to offer. HUBweek is an annual celebration focused on the future that is being built in and around Boston, spotlighting innovation at the intersection of art, science, and technology. Over 130 organizations have teamed together for behind-the-scenes views, live talks, demonstrations, and parties that encourage HUBweek-goers to explore, imagine, and exchange ideas.

We’re honored to not only be in the middle of the celebration at our Kendall Square offices but by sponsoring HUBweek and hosting/co-hosting events of our own throughout the week. We’ve gathered some of these events (and some bonus events) to give you, our beloved reader, an insider’s guide to HUBweek 2016:

Monday, September 26

Roxbury Innovation Showcase
Roxbury Innovation Center
2300 Washington St
Boston, MA 02119

The impact of innovation in Greater Boston spans from art and food to technology and community.

At the HUBweek Roxbury Innovation Showcase, now’s your chance to taste innovation in Roxbury. Hear from leaders making an impact by promoting inclusive innovation in our city. Meet tomorrow’s innovators who are shaping the future of business, technology, design and fashion. Learn, mingle and share experiences to help each other take new ideas and ventures to the next level.

Tuesday, September 27

Kendall Square Innovation Walking Tour
Kendall Square Association
510 Kendall Street
Cambridge, MA 02142

What does it take to make a building extroverted? How do parks, plazas, and streetscapes foster collaboration and innovation?

The future is always under construction in Kendall Square: world-shaping ideas, breakthrough discoveries, and a built environment that constantly responds to the ever-changing needs of Kendall’s vibrant community.

Join us for a walking tour of Kendall Square. Visit the places that make work work and learn how developers and planners are mixing living and working in this emerging neighborhood. You’ll get an insider’s view on the development strategies that artfully blend high tech labs, eateries, walkable outdoor civic spaces, co-working incubators and corporate campuses.

The tour culminates with an insightful panel discussion where you’ll hear from urban planners, architects, and designers on how they collaborate to create an environment that’s as exciting as the inventions it helps to spawn.

This event is sold out, but the waitlist is still open.

Women in Innovation Story Slam
Microsoft New England R&D Center
1 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02142

Join us for an evening of storytelling with some of Boston’s top female leaders in the innovation economy as they share their biggest “Aha Moments.” Storytellers will share a 10 minute story about a realization, discovery or instrumental conversation that changed the course of her career. There will be plenty of time for audience Q&A, so bring your pressing questions and let’s tip the scales toward more women in leadership positions in Boston and beyond!

This event is sold out, but the waitlist is still open.

Sosolimited Artist Tour and Happy Hour @Kendall Square
Shire HQ
650 Kendall Street
Cambridge, MA 02142

Come meet the artists behind a series of interactive installations in Kendall Square.

Join fellow creatives on a tour of three digital artworks, and learn about their inspiration and how the pieces were made

Wednesday, September 28

HUB Presents: Data Science, Journalism, and the Future of Justice
John A. and Marcia E. Curry Student Center
Northeastern University
Boston, MA 02115

The overwhelming abundance of granular data is recasting and overturning public perceptions in a number of different fields, from criminal justice to health care. An interdisciplinary group of scholars, technologists, and media members will leverage administrative data, both historical and current, to explore pressing, emerging trends and deeper issues around fairness, community, safety, and privacy during HUBweek’s first annual hackathon: Data Science, Journalism and the Future of Justice.

Thursday, September 29

pARTy On the Greenway
Rings Fountain
The Wharf District Parks of the Rose Kennedy Greenway
Boston, MA 02109

Food, music, and art collide at the pARTy on The Greenway at the Wharf District Parks for a massive celebration of Greater Boston’s creative community and the kickoff of ArtWeek Boston. This block party-meets-nighttime-arts festival will feature a one-of-a-kind musical performance by The ECCE Ensemble who will premiere their performance of Allegorical Gardening: a music, dance, and visual arts event that combines Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads, Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Tierkreis, and the choreography of Creative Collaborator Colin Gee, around the The Greenway’s Rings Fountain.

Friday, September 30

Concrete Sounds: Multichannel Experimental Electronics In City Hall
Boston City Hall Mezzanine
1 City Hall Square
Boston, MA 02114

Musicians Ernst Karel & Bhob Rainey (duo) and Caroline Park (solo) perform original multichannel works within the enormous mezzanine of Boston City Hall. Taking their cues from the unusual raw concrete forms and cavernous space of this icon of Brutalist architecture, the musicians will use the room’s fantastic, complex acoustics to shape and diffuse the sounds.

Saturday, October 1

Building The Hospital Of The Future: A Kids-Only Minecraft Hackathon
The Museum of Science
1 Science Park
Boston, MA 02114

Share your vision for the hospital of the future.

At this first-of-its-kind event, HUBweek, the Museum of Science, Boston Children’s Hospital, Hacking Pediatrics, and Microsoft invite children and their families to join us in reimagining the future of health. Using the beloved game of Minecraft, participants and patients from Boston Children’s Hospital will work together to build the hospital of the future in worlds created specially for this event. Children will be encouraged to think creatively and to build spaces that promote fun, health, and happiness.

Boston Geek Street Fair
Boston Children’s Museum
308 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02210

Created to inspire youth to take interest in the fields of science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and computer science, Google Geek Street has partnered with local technology organizations for a free, fun-filled day of interactive demos like virtual games, robotics and electronic tinkering. Music, giveaways and tasty treats will be available!


While you’re celebrating HUBweek in Kendall Square, don’t forget to look up at our video wall at 522 Main Street — your #HUBweek tweets may be featured LIVE!

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