HUBweek’s stacked 2017 lineup includes Malcolm Gladwell and Deepak Chopra

Rendering of HubWeek installation at City Hall.

HUBweek returns for its third installment in October, and the festival is bringing some big names to Boston this time around.

The five-day, citywide “festival for the future” — founded and organized by The Boston Globe (which shares ownership with, Harvard, MIT, and Massachusetts General Hospital — kicks off October 10 with a deep list of events highlighting innovation in art, science, and technology.

The festival has locked down some nationally renowned figures, including journalist Malcolm Gladwell and integrative medicine advocate Deepak Chopra.

The line-up also includes James Stavridis, the former supreme allied commander of NATO; surgeon Atul Gawande; national security analyst Juliette Kayyem; social psychologist Amy Cuddy; and Harvard neurology professor Rudy Tanzi.


Here’s the full list of speakers so far:

  • Martin Flusberg, CEO of Powerhouse Dynamics
  • John Valverde, CEO of YouthBuild USA
  • Dr. Catherine Havasi, CEO of Luminoso
  • Fady Saad, co-founder and partnerships director of MassRobotics
  • Kristian Olson, director of Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Ellen B. Braaten, director of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Learning and Emotional Assessment Program
  • Dekel Gelbman, CEO of FDNA
  • Patrick L. Purdon, associate professor of anesthesia at Harvard Medical School and director of the Patrick Purdon Lab
  • Malcolm Gladwell, writer for The New Yorker
  • Holly Yanco, professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Admiral James Stavridis, dean of Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
  • Deepak Chopra, founder of the Chopra Center
  • Dr. Rudy Tanzi, vice chair of neurology and director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit
  • Dr. Atul Gawande, executive director of Ariadne Labs, professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, and surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Udit Batra, CEO of MilliporeSigma
  • Dr. Jason Kelly, founder and CEO of Ginkgo Bioworks
  • David Kong, director of MIT’s Community Biotechnology Center
  • Dr. George Church, professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School and professor of health science and technology at MIT
  • Luhan Yang, co-founder and CSO of eGenesis and visiting scholar in genetics at Harvard Medical School
  • Juliette Kayyem, Belfer Lecturer in International Security at Harvard Kenndy School of Government
  • Dr. Keith Dreyer, vice chairman of radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, chief data science officer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and associate professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School
  • Ben Mezrich, best-selling author
  • Dr. O’Neil Britton, chief medical officer at Massachusetts General Hospital

At the heart of the festival will be a three-day panel series called Future Forum, during which speakers will discuss ideas such as, “bringing back the woolly mammoth to combat climate change and using systems innovation to save more lives than penicillin,” according to a news release.

The discussions will take place on a main stage in one of the geodesic domes at “The HUB,” the centralized festival site at City Hall Plaza complete with domes, art, and shipping containers to host events.

“HUBweek is a new kind of civic engagement, and The HUB is a prime example of that,” said Brendan Ryan, HUBweek’s executive director. “The week kicks off with events taking place all over the city, and lands at The HUB, where we’re bringing together artists, scientists, researchers, students, executives and entrepreneurs from across the city, and across the world, to share their work with their community and each other.”

Artists at the festival will include:

  • Caleb Neelon
  • Jason Hoelscher, Georgia Southern University
  • Saul Baizman, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  • Percy Fortini-Wright, Lesley University
  • Fish McGill, MassArt
  • Dana Woulfe, Studio Fresh
  • Elisa Hamilton, Boston Center for the Arts
  • Andrew Ringler, MassArt, Artisan’s Asylum
  • Natsai Chieza, Ginkgo Bioworks
  • Wendy DesChene and Jeff Schmuki, PlantBot Genetics
  • Rachelle Villalon, MIT
  • Jenny French, French 2D
  • Anda French, French 2D
  • Clint Baclawski
  • Will Penny, Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Karen Schoucair, MassArt
  • Gabriel Mugar, Emerson College Engagement Lab
  • Helen Popinchalk, Trifecta Editions
  • Jay LaCouture, AntiDesigns
  • Morgan Grenier, Trifecta Editions
  • Philip Gedarovich, MassArt, Continuum, Hasbro, Ernst and Young
  • Rob Gibbs, Artists for Humanity, ALA Alliance
  • Ian Diver
  • Britt Spencer, SCAD
  • Sarah Slifer Swift, Movement Arts Gloucester, Trident Gallery
  • Jessamy McManus, Georgia Southern University
  • Sneha Shrestha, Harvard
  • Cedric Douglas, The UpTruck

The majority of HUBweek events are open to the public. More information is available at

Ground-view rendering of “The Hub.”