Thursday, October 30
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
IDEAS Boston is a fast-paced one-day event where some of the region’s leading innovators from every imaginable field present their latest – or perhaps their next – big idea. It is a unique, truly interdisciplinary event where pushing the boundaries and sharing ideas across sectors creates fertile ground for innovation. The day is comprised of four speaking sessions, each made up of four exciting presentations, where speakers share their insights, passions, and ideas - rather than deliver typical ‘canned’ remarks. Speakers from divergent fields follow one another, providing a forum for leaps of innovation across sectors, and artistic breaks and ample time for networking, dialogue, and informal Q & A woven throughout the day. The event also includes breaks and a lunch, and it concludes with a gala reception to further encourage interaction and discussion.
Who Should Attend
The audience for IDEAS Boston is as diverse as the speakers. At IDEAS Boston you'll find thought-leaders from business, medicine, science, technology, non-profit organizations, education, and the arts. Business executives and scientists, artists and students, young entrepreneurs and seasoned academics - all come together in this brainstorm of new ideas.
IDEAS Boston is specifically designed to promote networking and the sharing of ideas. Attendance is kept intentionally limited to 400. For information on registration and rates, go to the
Attendees must register in advance to attend the event, and space is limited. Register by September 1 to qualify for Early Rate discounts
Tentative schedule for IDEAS Boston 2008:
Thursday, October 30
8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Registration and continental breakfast
8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
5:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Reception
IDEAS Boston 2008 Speaker List
Susan Athey, Economic Theorist
Harvard Professor of Economics and the first woman to win the prestigious American Economic Association’s John Bates Clark medal, awarded to the most accomplished American economist under age 40, for her contributions to industrial organization, econometrics, microeconomic theory and auctions.
Joseph Ayers, Biomimetic Roboticist
Professor of Biology and former Director of Northeastern’s Marine Science Center best known for his RoboLobster, whose recent research using technology to mimic biological organisms and processes may someday help rehabilitate people with traumatic brain injuries.
Robin Bowman, Photojournalist
A photojournalist devoted to documenting social and political issues at home and abroad, whose 2007 book, “It’s Complicated: The American Teenager” chronicles her 5 year journey across America to explore the shape of this generation and the country that formed them.
David Edwards, Art/Science Innovator
Founder of Le Laboratoire, an artscience center in Paris dedicated to experimental collaboration between artists and scientists, author and Harvard Professor of Biomedical Engineering interested in developing new cultural and educational environments for innovation.
Noah Feldman, Constitutional Law Scholar
Harvard Law professor, author and lecturer who specializes in constitutional studies with particular emphasis on the relationship between law and religion, constitutional design and history of legal theory, whose book, “The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State” was published in April 2008.
Paul Goodnight, African Cultural Artist
A world renowned painter, known for his colorful realism that captures the extraordinary in the lives of ordinary people around the world, whose recent commissions include a triathlon triptych for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Sheila Kennedy, Architect and Inventor
Principal of Kennedy & Violich Architecture, an inter-disciplinary practice that explores relationships between architecture, technology and emerging public needs. Kennedy creates design concepts and building projects that accelerate the implementation of energy harvesting nano-materials in architecture, textiles and building materials.
Vikram Sheel Kumar, Healthcare Technology Entrepreneur
Co-Founder of Dimagi, a healthcare informatics consultancy, and a pioneer in the field of community-based chronic disease management, who focuses on creating technologies specially customized for the conditions encountered in the developing world.
John Lester, Pathfinder Linden – Second Life Avatar
Boston Operations Director for Linden Lab, creator of the online world, Second Life, where he leads the company’s efforts supporting use of Second Life as a platform for education and academic research, focusing on strategies for success.
John Maeda, Designer, Creative Innovator and Academic
The President of the Rhode Island School of Design, and a world-renowned designer, visual artist, computer scientist and author known for his philosophy of humanizing technology.
Dava Newman, 21ST Century Space Suit Designer
MIT Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems, whose BioSuit™ advanced spacesuit research was named by “Time” Magazine as one of the Best Inventions of 2007, and was part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2008 “Superheroes” exhibit.
David Rattner, Trailblazing Surgeon
David Rattner believes an innovative natural orifice approach to surgery is imminent. Chief of General and GI Surgery at MGH, Dr. Rattner serves as co-chair of the national organization, NOSCAR, a research consortium of world-renowned surgeons and endoscopists who are working together on perfecting surgical approaches that will hasten recovery and be less painful for the patient.
Daniel Schrag, Climate Scientist
Harvard Professor and Geochemist who studies climate changes over the Earth’s history, currently working with economists and engineers on technological approaches to mitigating future climate change.
Sara Seager, Astrophysicist
MIT Associate Professor of Planetary Science and Physics is known for her research on exoplanets – planets orbiting stars other than the sun. Her research focuses on the search for Earth-like planets and signs of life on them.
Paul Watanabe, Political Science/Race and Immigration Specialist
Director of the University of Mass Boston Institute for Asian American Studies and Professor of political, cultural, and socioeconomic implications of the nation’s growing diversity shaped largely by immigration.
Martin Wattenberg, New Media Artist - Information Visualization
An IBM mathematician whose work focuses on information visualization and its application to collaborative computing, journalism, bioinformatics and art.
What past participants have said about IDEAS Boston
"A barrel of new brain grist and a shot of euphoria."
-Tom Ashbrook, Host of NPR/WBUR’s “On Point”
IDEAS Boston is an amazing forum of creative thinkers. You come away inspired and energized, and with new ideas you can use in any field.
-Keith Motley, Chancellor, University of Massachusetts, Boston
“The IDEAS Boston conference is a great experience – the Hub is crawling with Big Thinkers, but they never have a chance to be in one place at one time.”
- Steven Pinker, Professor of Psychology, Harvard University and 2004 IDEAS Boston speaker
Official Website: http://www.ideasboston.com
Added by acarey2 on July 17, 2008