Illuminus, one of the events that Boston Common magazine is proud to support, will turn Lansdowne Street into a light and sound installation.
Austin is known for South by Southwest, Miami for Art Basel, and—if Linda Henry, managing director of the Boston Globe, has anything to say about it—Boston will soon be known for HUBweek (among many other things, of course), a weeklong series of unexpected events and experiences throughout the city from October 3 to 10. The Boston Globe, Massachusetts General Hospital, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Harvard University have partnered to showcase the coolest medical, scientific, technological, and artistic breakthroughs in Greater Boston. The hope is that HUBweek will attract visitors from near and far, who will experience everything from philosophical discussions in Fenway Park to flying machines to 3-D illuminated alleys. We spoke with Henry, a cofounder of HUBweek, about the grand vision.
What is HUBweek’s mission? The future is literally being built here. [Boston is] where art, science, and technology collide. With HUBweek, we are coming together to tell the story of who we really are, to celebrate the meaningful innovation and culture of problem solving that this unique confluence of art, science, and technology creates here in Greater Boston.
What are the core events? On Sunday, October 4, MGH is presenting a massive relaxation exercise with mind/ body medicine—a large destressing of the city. There will be events focused on healthcare delivery, cancer treatment, and brain mapping. Harvard is welcoming civic start-up entrepreneurs to showcase their ideas for new apps, Web platforms, and policies to improve the quality of democratic governance at #Tech4Democracy (those with the best ideas will receive $5,000). MIT has a comprehensive initiative called Solve that will gather extraordinary people to work together to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges. We’re also doing a fabulous storytelling event, music events, and a documentary film festival.
Why is there a special focus on documentaries? We have an enormous documentary community here. Harvard was connected to almost every Oscar nomination for documentary this past year. We have WGBH-TV, which is the largest producer of public television nationally. The components are all here, making this region a cornerstone, nationally, for documentary film. To help promote this, we started free documentary film screenings every month. We also have a full page of documentary film coverage every Sunday in The Boston Globe. It will culminate during HUBweek’s film festival.
How can people attend HUBweek? There are some ticketed events, and many are free and open to the public. We want everyone to celebrate the great work being done in Boston. We are a smart and creative city.