Maureen Dowd, David Hogg, Joi Ito announced as speakers for HUBweek 2018

The New York Times columnist, Parkland shooting survivor, and MIT Media Lab director are just three of the notable figures slated to appear at this year's event.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 20:  Parkland shooting survivor and activist David Hogg attends 'Women's March Los Angeles hosts March For Our Lives LA: Road to Change & the Parkland survivors & activists' at St. Elmo's Village on July 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
Parkland shooting survivor and activist David Hogg attends a rally. –Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

Activist David Hogg, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, and MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito are among the presenters scheduled to appear at HUBweek 2018.

The “festival for the future” founded by The Boston Globe, Harvard, Massachusetts General Hospital, and MIT in December 2014 will once again take over City Hall Plaza this fall, from Oct. 8-14, with a series of activations, installations, and conversations centered around the intersections of art, science, and technology.

“The HUBweek 2018 theme is We the Future. It’s intended to be a call to action and an invitation for our speakers, artists, and attendees alike to come together to explore the ways in which we can collectively build a more inclusive and equitable future,” HUBweek executive director Brendan Ryan said in a press release. “We hope the breadth and depth of community discussions, showcases and participatory art experiences provide our attendees a unique opportunity to access innovation and come together to shape that narrative.”


Hogg, a survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and a co-founder of March for Our Lives, will be part of a HUBweek forum in Faneuil Hall on “the successes and challenges of the nationwide student-led movement to end gun violence” alongside MGH physician activist Chana Sacks and a Boston Public Schools student.

Dowd will take part in HUBweek Forums, discussing how the future will look in terms of everything from cities to health and medicine. Other scheduled forum speakers include Amazon Robotics chief technologist Tye Brady, Harvard Business Review editor Adi Ignatius, Tulane professor and author Walter Isaacson, MIT associate professor Neri Oxman, and author and singer-songwriter Ruth Pointer.

Ito and UN High-Level Commissioner and CEO of The Omnis Institute Alaa Murabit are two of the speakers slated for the Change Maker Conference, a new HUBweek initiative for 2018. The interactive two-day program will bring together 300 people from Boston and beyond in an effort to “build community, inspire, plan, and problem-solve for our future.”

Tickets for HUBweek 2018 are now available at, and will increase in price after Aug. 30.