Last year, HUBweek brought educational events, networking parties, and huge, interactive art to venues throughout the city, and now the innovation and creativity festival is officially coming back for 2016.
HUBweek, organized in partnership by The Boston Globe (which shares ownership with Boston.com), Harvard, MIT, and Massachusetts General Hospital, just announced its upcoming dates and the first wave of what the 2016 festival will offer.
“The inaugural HUBweek festival was an outrageous success,’’ Linda Pizzuti Henry, HUBweek chair and the Globe’s Managing Director, said in a statement. “Together with our community of over 70 collaborating organizations, we hosted 106 [events] over 8 days, showcased 600 speakers and artists, and convened 46,000 attendees. We’re so thrilled to launch HUBweek 2016, and cannot wait to see what we create together this year.’’
From Sunday, September 25, to Saturday, October 1, HUBweek will host events around Boston and Cambridge. The full schedule will be released this summer, but HUBweek did announce the return of several signature events, like the Faneuil Forum, where HUBweek will take over Faneuil Hall with a panel of artists, entertainers, and thinkers for a conversation on issues from philosophy to civic debate.
Celebrate Boston — an event hosted at WeWork last year that brought together young professionals for a huge party (more than 2,000 people attended) — will be back with another workspace takeover, and the Globe will host its GlobeDocs Documentary Film Festival again.
HUBweek’s De-Stress Boston event, hosted by MGH, is returning, as is the MIT Inclusive Innovation Competition, where those in tech work toward helping the economy with their innovations. Applications are open now through June 1, and during HUBweek, four winners will be awarded a grand prize of $125,000 to implement their solutions.
Keep on the lookout for more HUBweek details to come, and check out the fest’s launch video below.