Participate in HUBweek—Where Art, Science, and Technology Collide!

October 01, 2018

To the members of the MIT community,

We write to bring your attention to the variety of opportunities being presented by HUBweek—the art, science, and technology festival. Founded by MIT, The Boston Globe, Harvard University, and Massachusetts General Hospital, this greater Boston collaboration is a “festival for the future.”

Now in its fourth year, HUBweek will take place October 8 through 14, with over 200 activities at Boston’s City Hall Plaza—the HUB—and many neighboring communities, including Kendall Square. MIT is leading many innovation-based activities, and we hope you’ll participate in one or several of them.

Here are just a few:

  • Kendall Square: Innovation Playground, Tuesday, October 9. Unlock your imagination by teleporting around the world to various tech hubs, immersing yourself in a life-size coloring book, creating visual effects through augmented reality, or dropping a beat on the turntables. Don’t miss this interactive celebration of community, arts, and technology, culminating in a groundbreaking ceremony at 5:30 pm for 314 Main Street, the future home of the MIT Museum, the Boeing Aerospace & Autonomy Center, and other innovators.
  • MIT Policy Hackathon, Monday, October 8 and Tuesday, October 9, with a closing ceremony on Friday, October 12, 5–6 pm. A two-day hackathon convened by students from MIT’s Institute for Data, Systems, and Society, focused on the HUBweek 2018 theme, “We the Future.” This program brings together people from across the Greater Boston community who have backgrounds in data science, public policy, urban planning, and more to tackle societal challenges by proposing data-driven policy solutions.
  • Demo Day Showcase, Saturday, October 13. In a massive celebration of entrepreneurship, this Demo Day will showcase more than 100 of the most promising early-stage startups from Massachusetts and around the world. Many MIT-affiliated startups are participating from sectors including artificial intelligence, augmented reality, cybersecurity, education, clean energy, food, life sciences, social impact, and more.
  • Future Innovators Day, Sunday, October 14. Families are encouraged to head to the HUB to experience the second annual Robot Block Party, take part in STEAM programming, experience interactive youth programs, and more.


We are grateful to members of the MIT community who are providing expertise, sharing research, and showcasing the Institute’s spirit of innovation for a better world during HUBweek. We encourage students, faculty, staff, and families alike to explore and participate. Most HUBweek events and experiences are free. Register for your HUB Pass today, and read more on MIT News.


Martin A. Schmidt

Israel Ruiz
Executive Vice President and Treasurer