Innovate@BU to Celebrate and Inspire this April with Innovation Week & IDEA Conference

Take a look around BU’s campus and across the City of Boston and you’ll find innovation of every kind, shape, and size. 

Right now, recent alums Smaranda Tolosano (Pardee ‘17 ) and Matthias Grenon (CAS ‘17 ) are living in Calais, France, developing and testing a digital platform that helps NGO’s better track and care for teens after they’ve had to leave refugee camps. This summer, BU School of Music doctoral students Ines Anrade and Edoardo Carpenedo will head to the small village of Bandada, Portugal to host their third annual Bandada Music Festival. The festival is helping to build the villages’ economy by providing a week of music lessons for children, live performances, and cultural celebration.

These partnerships, ventures, movements, and projects help fuel energy into the BU community, inspiring us to transform new, innovative ideas into impact. 

This April, Innovate@BU is excited to introduce two new programs that celebrate and inspire innovation across the University and community!


Innovation Week at BU, Monday, April 17 – Friday, April 20, 2018:

Whatever form innovation takes in your life, career, major, or student club, we want to celebrate it during Innovation Week at BU! In addition to attending events, consider hosting an Innovation Week at BU events with friends, student group, class, alumni, or School/College.

Learn more about Innovation Week at BU and check out a few ideas of events you could host! Event grants are available to event hosts on a rolling basis.


IDEA 2018: The Innovate@BU Conference – Saturday, April 21, 2018

Exploring Innovation Through Design, Education, and Activation 

Innovation Week at BU culminates with a one-day event for BU students to explore innovation of every kind, including enterprise, social impact, arts, and culture. From start to finish, students will be inspired by world-class innovators, engage with strategies and tools for developing new ideas, and connected with resources throughout BU and Boston that can help them transform ideas into impact.

Registration will be opening on Tuesday, March 20, 2018! Learn more about the workshops and speakers. 

Get a reminder when registration opens!