Monday, April 20 – Friday, April 27, 2019

Innovation Week is dedicated to recognizing and celebrating novel ideas and endeavors across our campus and community.

The AR/VR Club welcomed over 200 attendees to its first festival.

In 2018, the first Innovation Week at BU hosted over 25 unique events across the University including a tour through Boston’s cultural entrepreneurship centers, an interactive performance theatre workshops, a mini-hackathon bringing together graphic design and computer science students, a day-long AR/VR tech festival, and awarding the first Student Innovator of the Year.

Whether these events were informative or interactive, they created a platform for members of the BU community to highlight their work and projects or inspire new ideas.

In 2019, we look forward to celebrating the University’s partnerships, ventures, movements, and projects that fuel energy into the BU community, inspiring us to transform new, innovative ideas into impact. Check out the details below to learn how you can get involved as an event host! 

Have questions about Innovation Week 2019? Contact Rouwenna Altemose, Interim Program Director of Business Ventures:

2019 Schedule

Check back regularly as the schedule grows!


Weeklong Events


Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibitions
Varied installments throughout the week

Hosted in multiple installments, the Boston University 2019 MFA Thesis Exhibitions represent the culmination of two years of intensive studio work and artistic research by graduate candidates in Graphic Design, Painting, and Sculpture. For the first time, this year’s MFA Thesis Exhibitions are hosted both on-campus and off, simultaneously on view at Boston University Stone Gallery and at Laconia Gallery in the SoWa arts district of Boston’s South End.
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Learn Launch Lunch
Mon.-Fri. 1-4pm, Earl Center (Wheelock Campus), 180 Riverway

The Earl Center has teamed up with Learn Launch Accelerator, the leading Edtech startup program to host the Learn Launch Lunch Series. The series is designed to bring the educators and Edtech companies together to add the much-needed educators’ voice into the development process of educational products and services. The Earl Center will thematically host Edtech companies, who are in various stages so faculty members, staff and students come by and provide honest and constructive feedback to help build effective solutions.

  • Monday, 4/22 – ScholarJet
  • Tuesday 4/23 – BlocksCAD
  • Wednesday 4/24 – Unruly Studios and MentorWorks
  • Thursday 4/25 – Beagle Learning
  • Friday 4/26 – GoPeer

Learn more about the Earl Center

Saturday, April 20:

PR Hackathon
9am-1pm, BUild Lab IDG Capital Student Innovation Center, 730 Commonwealth Avenue

Are you looking for hands-on practical experience in Public Relations? Are you looking for jobs in Non-profit/for-profit business? Do you have an idea but struggle to communicate with others? The PR Hackathon 2019 will be a good fit for you! This signature event will walk you through the journey of self-discovery by applying professional PR expertise to startups and driving innovation further. For starters, startups begin with a clean slate and no brand awareness. Participants with various backgrounds, marketing skill sets, and creative abilities will serve as professional consultants to help startups advance their PR strategy.
Learn More & Sign-up


Sunlight Interior
2pm & 8pm, Studio ONE, 855 Commonwealth Avenue

As InMotion Theatre’s 2019 production, the School of Theatre is collaborating with the School of Music and the School of Visual Arts to produce Sunlight Interior, a production based on embracing the unknown with generosity, guidance, communal spirit, and light.
Learn More & Get Tickets


Monday, April 22:

PR Lab End-of-Semester Client Presentations
12:20-2:05pm, College of Communication, Room 101, 640 Commonwealth Ave.

Join us at PRLab’s End-of-Semester Client Presentations to see firsthand how the agency’s account teams have collaborated to push boundaries and produce results for clients such as Freebird Rides, Ben & Jerry’s, Clover Food Lab, and Goodwill. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to learn more about agency life and hear reflections from student staff members at the award-winning PRLab, the longest-operating, student-led PR agency in the country.
RSVP: Email


How Entrepreneurs Find Their Market: A Review of New BU Research
12:30-1:30pm, BUild Lab IDG Capital Student Innovation Center, 730 Commonwealth Ave.

Questrom Professor Siobhan O’Mahoney and Doctoral student Rebecca Karp present their research on how 28 entrepreneurs in a single cohort in a digital health accelerator attempted to develop a market for their digital health innovations.


The Sanctuary Movement As an Interfaith Response to a Humanitarian Crisis
1-5pm, Hillel House, 2nd Floor Lounge, 213 Bay State Road

The Jewish Cultural Endowment and the School of Theology are pleased to invite you to, “The Sanctuary Movement as an Interfaith Response to a Humanitarian Crisis.” Grace Yukich, Associate Professor of Sociology at Quinnipiac University, will deliver the keynote address, “A Refuge for Immigrants: The Promise and Challenge of Sanctuary in the United States.” Additional presentations will be made by Rady Roldán-Figueroa, Daryl Ireland, and Jonathan Calvillo. The forum will also feature panelists who were active in the first Sanctuary Movement and/or who are currently active in the new Sanctuary Movement.
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2-3:15pm, BUild Lab IDG Capital Student Innovation Center, 730 Commonwealth Ave.

Come get a taste of all the innovation on campus! Learn about the food organizations within the BU community and beyond that are creating their own recipes for innovation. Then stick around for activities, music, conversations and (of course) food!


Water-free Self-cleaning Solar Panel Demo
2-2:30pm, Photonics Center, 1st floor, Room 109, 8 Saint Mary Street

Solar energy is a critical part of the world’s strategy to combat climate change. Keeping solar panels clean is challenge, especially given that many places with lots of sun are dry and dusty. Most current strategies use water, but this is a limited and valuable resource. Come see the innovative solution – a water-free self-cleaning solar panel – created in Professor Malay Mazumder’s lab in Photonics, and learn how it could revolutionize the solar industry worldwide.
No RSVP needed


How BU Wellness Podcast “SpotOn!” Was Launched
5:30-6:30pm, College of Communication, Room 323, 640 Commonwealth Avenue

SpotOn! is a health and wellness podcast for college students, soon-to-be college students, or anyone who knows a college student. Spot On! breaks though the latest health and wellness information, hijacked from the media headlines, to provide the listener with real, accurate, and usable information that is Spot On to meet their needs. This is an interdisciplinary project involving a Sargent College nutrition faculty member and both Sargent College and the School of Communications students. Pizza will be served!
No RSVP needed


Tuesday, April 23

Boston’s Historical Hospitality Sites: Final Presentations from the School of Hospitality Administration (Session 1)
9-10:45am, School of Hospitality Administration, 1st floor Auditorium, 928 Commonwealth Avenue

Student teams will present their final “Pecha Kucha” presentations based on historical Boston sites that they have visited during the semester each with a current use as a Hospitality venue. These interactive multi-media presentations will focus on the historical importance of the site; how it has been an integral part of the Greater Boston area and how it has now become part of the Hospitality landscape.
No RSVP needed.


Tour of EPIC & Modeling Demos
10-11am, Engineering Product Innovation Center, Room 101, 750 Commonwealth Ave.

Tour BU’s on-campus student maker space, Engineering Product Innovation Center, including its facility, 3D printer, and CAD/CAM model fabrication demos!
Email to RSVP


Electrical Engineering & Computer Engineering Senior Project Showcase
3:30-5pm, Photonics Center, Room 111 & 113, 8 St. Mary’s Street

The ECE Senior Design Project Showcase is a display of two dozen completed undergraduate student projects which highlight innovation, design detail, and a commitment to societal engineering.
No RSVP Needed


How to Get Everyone on Campus Involved in Saving the Earth with Soli and Be Rewarded for Doing It!
4-6pm, College of General Studies, Room 511, 871 Commonwealth Ave.

Hear from Soli founder Robert MacArthur about how Soli was developed at BU and tested with students as a consumer reward that addresses climate change. He will be joined by BU students Kiersten Sullivan and John Sullivan. Our interactive, solutions-oriented session will begin with a powerful video, lasting 2 minutes, that introduces Soli’s mission. It will be followed with a clear, concise presentation that covers the important points about Soli, and how everyone can have an immediate impact on reducing carbon and fighting climate change!
No RSVP Needed


Global Impact Challenge: Health & Human Rights Hackathon
5-7pm, BUild Lab IDG Capital Student Innovation Center

Come hear the final pitches from the top four winners from this year’s Health & Human Rights Hackathon! They’ll be competing for a spot in the Innovate@BU Summer Accelerator with a stipend of $10,000!
Learn more.


MET Cultural Entrepreneurship & Site Specific Art Demos
6-8:45pm, 1010 Massachusetts Ave. Teaching Studio R122

Sit in on final project demos from students in Metropolitan College’s Cultural Entrepreneurship and Site Specific Art classes!
Email with questions


Wednesday, April 24

Innovative Solutions to Hospitality Leadership Challenges
8-9:45am and 10:10:-11:55am, School of Hospitality, 2nd Floor Room 210, 928 Commonwealth Ave.

SHA’s Leadership student teams are presenting innovative solutions to common problems that many hospitality leaders today face at work. Presentations will be 30 minutes each, and will include an engaging activity. Students will be basing their solutions on research, leadership theory, and their knowledge of the field. Some of the topics to be covered include: 1) how hospitality leaders can help keep their employees accountable, but at the same time, highly engaged and motivated at work, and 2) what hospitality leaders can do to effectively invite and retain more diverse talent into their workforce.
No RSVP Needed


Scaling Up: Women In Entrepreneurship
12:30-2pm, BUild Lab IDG Capital Student Innovation Center

A conversation with Emma Johnson of EmJohn Jewelry and Fiona Whittington of TechTogether Boston about their start in entrepreneurship. We will discuss their stories and hear about what they are doing to expand woman-run businesses and empowering women in entrepreneurship and innovation. You will also have the opportunity to share and gain feedback on your own ideas and hear about the ideas of others for inspiration.Lunch will be provided!


Draw Your Food: An Interdisciplinary Workshop
3-5pm, BUild Lab IDG Capital Student Innovation Center

This workshop engages all members of the BU community in thinking more deeply about the food they eat and its connection to culture, environment and marketplaces. How do you see your food? Do you think about its origins in the soil or personal memories it evokes? How can drawing our food make us more conscious of what we eat and what it means to us? Work with a culinary illustrator to learn some basic techniques for drawing food while engaging in discussion with faculty from Nutrition, Gastronomy, and Arts Education about connections between art, health, culture, and perception. No art-making experience required. Food will be provided both as models and for eating.


Careers in Sustainability Speed Chat
5-6pm, George Sherman Union Alley

As part of Earth Week at BU, Student Government, Innovate@BU and sustainability@BU are hosting a career speed networking event for students interested in working in sustainability. We invite alumni and other people who have built careers and invite them to answer questions students have about getting started.
RSVP Details Coming Soon


5:30-7:30pm, Fuller’s Pub, 225 Bay State Road

Every year in the US, 40% of food is wasted. Come hear how local companies have developed innovative and delicious solutions to this problem! Food and drinks (21+) included!

  • Food For All partners with the best restaurants so you can buy their unsold meals for at least 50% off – because delicious food should be tasted, not wasted!
  • Bruzd Foods recovers “ugly” or excess produce from local farms that would otherwise be wasted and delivers it to Boston Area residents for the fraction of the price that supermarkets would sell the produce
  • Brewer’s Crackers are delicious, sustainable and highly nutritious crackers made from the spent grains of local breweries.
  • Toast Ale is an award-winning craft beer brewed with surplus fresh bread that would otherwise be wasted. All profits go to charity!



BUilding Innovation Through Research
6-7:30pm, BUild Lab IDG Capital Student Innovation Center

This event will elucidate the relationship between research and innovation currently happening on campus and will expose students to a number of different routes their current research could take to become real-world applications. All students interested in the potential impact of their research are encouraged to attend!


AAUW Salary Negotiation Workshop
6:30-8:00pm, 100 Bay State Road, 6th Floor,

Graduating soon? Learn to negotiate your salary!AAUW Start Smart is specifically designed to teach you how to negotiate salaries for a new job. In every two-hour workshop you’ll gain confidence in your negotiation style through facilitated discussion and role-play and learn: How to identify and articulate your personal value; How to develop an arsenal of persuasive responses and other strategies to use when negotiating; How to conduct objective market research to benchmark a target salary and benefits; About the pay gap, including its long-term consequences.

Thursday, April 25

Boston’s Historical Hospitality Sites: Final Presentations from the School of Hospitality Administration (Session 2)
9-10:45am, School of Hospitality Administration, 1st floor Auditorium, 928 Commonwealth Avenue

Student teams will present their final “Pecha Kucha” presentations based on historical Boston sites that they have visited during the semester each with a current use as a Hospitality venue. These interactive multi-media presentations will focus on the historical importance of the site; how it has been an integral part of the Greater Boston area and how it has now become part of the Hospitality landscape.
No RSVP needed.


Earth Day Festival
11am-2pm, GSU Plaza

Join sustainability@BU to celebrate Earth Day at the 9th Annual Earth Day Pop-up! Join the challenge and find us all over campus to learn how you can get involved with sustainability and the climate action efforts on and off campus! Stop by the GSU plaza for the annual Chowderfest and vote for your favorite dining hall! Buy fresh produce and local goods at the Farmers & Sustainability Market.
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Startup Career Fair
2-5pm, BUild Lab IDG Capital Student Innovation Center

Find job and internship opportunities with inspiring startups in the Boston area for this summer or next semester! Hosted by the Entrepreneur’s Club, 20 amazing for-profit/non-profit companies will be set-up in the BUild Lab to learn more about you.
Learn more


VentureCafe BioConnect
5:30pm, Cambridge Innovation Center, 5th Floor One Broadway, Cambridge

Join Questrom School of Business Health Sector Management program at BioConnect 2019! VentureCafe is a weekly gathering of entrepreneurs, investors and other innovation ecosystem players on Thursdays 3-8pm in Kendall Square.April 25th’s theme is BioConnect! Registration is free. Questions? Email Professor Vinit Nijhawan.
Learn more & Register


IMPACT Film & Arts Festival
6-10pm, BUild Lab IDG Capital Student Innovation Center

This three-part event brings together innovation, arts, and technology created by Boston University students!  Get inspired by a student art gallery–including interactive installations, the IMPACT Film Competition finale screening and awards, and screening of MEOW Wolf. Drop in or stay the entire time!
RSVP & Learn About Showcase Opportunities

Friday, April 26

Greentown Labs Tour
10-11:30am, 444 Somverville Avenue, Somerville

Ever wonder what the cutting edge of sustainable technology looks like? Ever want to go to an incubator where people grow tomatoes, drive hydrogen fueled cars and build big cellphone signal blimps? Luckily, the US’ largest clean tech incubator is in Somerville and Innovate@BU has organized a tour!


Pilot Project to Impactful Science: Highlights from the BU Clinical and Translational Science Institute
11am-12pm, Boston University Medical Campus, 72 East Concord Street, Evans Building, 7th FL, Conference RM E730.

Moderator: Frederick L. Ruberg, MD (BUSM Medicine, BU CTSI Pilot program director) – Wachman, MD (BUSM Pediatrics)-
Lou Awad, PhD, DPT (Sargent College) –
Victoria Herrera, MD (BUSM, Cardiovascular Institute) –
Finn Hawkins, MBBCh (BUSM Medicine) –
Email with questions


Innovate@BU Hub Cocurricular Final Presentations
12:30-2pm, BUild Lab IDG Capital Student Innovation Center

Hear final presentations from students enrolled in Innovate@BU’s two Hub Cocurricular courses: Innovation for Social Impact and The Innovation Pathway.


Earth Week: Imperfect Food Live Demo
12-1:30pm, George Sherman Union, outside of Starbucks & Campus Convenience

Come see a live cooking demonstration to highlight the issue of food waste as a BU dining chef prepares a main course dish with a mystery basket of imperfect produce! Food samples will be provided.
No RSVP needed


Prototyping Fridays: How to Build a Website with BU Spark!
1-2:30pm, BU Spark! 111 Cummington Mall

Dont waste time! Bridge the gap between entrepreneurs and web developers. Attendees will develop a check list of items to consider prior to meeting with a website designer in order to maximize effectiveness.


BU Racing Car Tour
1-3pm, 110 Cummington Mall, Room B04

During this event we will be giving a tour of the BU Racing space, teaching about how our electric car works, and sharing our personal experiences with working on a Formula Hybrid team.


Coffee & Conversation: Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and a 21st Century Career
3-5pm, Howard Thurman Center, George Sherman Union Lower Level

Innovation, entrepreneurship, and start-up culture are all terms getting more and more play in our modern academic circles. But what exactly do we mean by these terms, and can they be cultivated in every person? How can young people prepare for careers in a century that will experience so much technological change that many jobs don’t yet exist? What does it mean to think like an entrepreneur or work like a start-up? Let’s talk at a special edition of “Coffee & Conversation.”
Drop In, No RSVP Needed


Innovation and Entrepreneurship Panel
5-6pm, BUild Lab IDG Capital Student Innovation Center, 730 Commonwealth Ave.

Want to learn more about the various entrepreneurship and innovation resources offered at BU? Join us for our Innovation & Entrepreneurship Panel where you’ll have the opportunity to hear from current Questrom MBA students and learn more about Innovate@BU – Boston University’s innovation initiative. Participate in an interactive discussion, speak with members of the admissions team, and network with other prospective MBA students – all while experiencing the BUild Lab, our on-campus student innovation center. Space is limited, so please register in advance.


The Lathe of Heaven
8pm, Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre, 820 Commonwealth Avenue

By Ursula Le Guin | Adapted by Natsu Onoda Power | Directed by Sara Katzoff. $15 General Admission | $10 BU Alumni | Free with BU ID, at the door, day of performance, subject to availability


Innovators Night
6-9pm, BU Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s Street, 9th Floor .

Join Innovate@BU for a night to celebrate student and alumni innovation! This year-end celebration will feature the grand finale of the annual New Venture Competition, a showcase of BU-led startups and social impact projects, award presentations, and more!


6-8:30pm, Agganis Arena, Burke Room, 925 Commonwealth Ave.

TEDxBU’s theme “Avant Garde” was chosen to embody the overall spirit of TED – spreading ideas that matter. Avant Garde defined emphasizes the introduction of new and experimental ideas in all industries from business to art. TEDxBU is a celebration of individual ideas and breaking the status quo. The event is a medium meant to facilitate discussion, and introduce radical ideas.Tickets are free for BU students.
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Saturday, April 27

#BUcityplanning Urban Studies Capstone Showcase
9am-7pm, Center for Integrated Life Sciences and Engineering, Colloquium Room 101, 610 Commonwealth Avenue

The Boston University City Planning and Urban Affairs Program invites you to the 2019 Urban Studies Capstone Showcase. Students will present their work over the course of one day from 9am to 4:30pm. Lunch will be served. The presentations will be followed by a networking reception from 5pm to 7pm.


Cross College Challenge
9am-12:30pm, George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Ave, 2nd Floor, Ziskind Lounge and Conference Auditorium

Final presentations of 5 teams as part of the Cross-College Challenge pilot course, HUB XC 433. Interdisciplinary teams from across BU will present their real-world projects undertaken in conjunction with a variety of on-campus and community clients.

Sunday, April 28

5-8pm, Hillel House, 213 Bay State Road

INFLUEXPO is the first East Coast networking event dedicated to College Instagrammers, Youtubers and the social media obsessed.This one night event, created by college influencers FOR college influencers, is where aspiring social media peeps can meet each other, get exclusive free brand merch, and interact with a panel of successful college Youtubers..

Monday, April 29

BU AR/VR Festival
12-5pm, George Sherman Union Metcalf Hall

BU AR/VR is hosting the second annual AR/VR (Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality) Festival on April 29th! This event is an expo where a variety of companies that are involved in AR/VR will be hosting tables and holding presentations! Drop by and meet the different companies and check out their tech.