Tuesday, April 17 – Friday, April 20, 2018.

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.

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

Innovation Week culminates with our first-annual IDEA 2018: The Innovate@BU Conference on Saturday, April 21, 2018.

Whatever form innovation takes in your life, career, major, or student club, we want to celebrate it during Innovation Week at BU! Aside from attending an Innovation Week event (calendar coming soon), here’s a few suggestions for how faculty, students, staff, and alums can participate:

  • Faculty could consider opening up their classrooms the week of April 17th to the BU Community and incorporating an open conversation focused on innovation and transforming ideas to impact.
  • Host an innovative BU alum or speaker in class, at your school/college, or a student club meeting.
  • Have a Pitch Practice session in class or during a student club meeting. Open the event up to the BU community for feedback or advice!
  • Present a social challenge to your class or student club and work together to come up with new, creative solutions. Present your ideas  in class or open it up to the BU community!
  • Hold a class or club meeting in an innovative space like the BUild Lab IDG Capital Student Innovation Center.
  • Screen a film or host an art showing – maybe it’s a documentary about innovation in a specific field, or artwork that modifies traditional methods and materials.

Don’t overthink it!

Don’t feel pressured to re-work your class or club calendar to make it fit the timing of Innovation Week at BU.

  • Our intention is not to make more work for staff and students.
  • We see this week and culminating conference as one of many ways to highlight innovations happening across campus year-round!

Keep in mind:

  • Monday, April 16, 2018 is Patriots Day so Wednesday will be a Monday class schedule.
  • Innovate@BU will be hosting an evening alumni event on Friday, April 20th and a one-day student conference, IDEA 2018: The Innovate@BU Conference on Saturday, April 21st (details coming soon).

What’s next?

  1. Register your event with Innovate@BU using this form. We’ll include your event on the official Innovation Week at BU calendar, promote your event and share marketing materials that you can use or add to your own. Submit event details by March 23, 2018 to be included on Innovate@BU’s printed materials. Events submitted after this deadline will only be included in digital promotion. 
  2. Apply for a grant up to $500 to support your event or program. Find this option on the Innovation Week at BU event form. We have a limited number of grants and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis so get your idea in early!

Have questions or want to discuss your idea with an Innovate@BU team member? Contact Blake Sims, Program Director – Social Innovation:

Check back regularly as new Innovation Week events will be added!

Tuesday, April 17th: 

  • Project Soar, 1-3pm: Help create the world’s largest paper airplane! Please join Jerry Beck, Executive Director of The Revolving Museum and Assistant Professor of Photography Toni Pepe and her experimental photography students in PROJECT SOAR! Project Soar aims to win entry into the Guinness Book of World Records by constructing a 60 foot paper airplane. Together, we will assemble old vintage photographs to be used as part of the paper airplane.
    • Free. No RSVP needed.
    • BUild Lab IDG Capital Student Innovation Center, 730 Commonwealth Avenue.
  • Questrom Dean’s Speaker Series with Nigel Travis, CEO, Dunkin’ Brands, 5-6:15pm: Join Questrom School of Business for a talk with Nigel Travis, CEO, Dunkin’ Brands including an audience question and answer session.
    • Free. No RSVP required. 
    • 595 Commonwealth Avenue, Questrom Auditorium. 
  • Idea Night, 5-7:30pm: A meetup to crowdsource diverse perspectives and insights to help move ideas forward. It’s a chance to stir innovation at the cross-roads where different points of view meet and join forces. Gain feedback on your own ideas, or come and share your knowledge/expertise to help fellow BU Terriers!
    • Free.
    • BUild Lab IDG Capital Student Innovation Center, 730 Commonwealth Avenue.

Wednesday, April 18th: 

  • BU Venture Accelerator Club Demo Day, 6:30-8pm: After an 8-week program, check out the work and prototypes from five early-stage student startups.
    • Free. No RSVP required.
    • BUild Lab IDG Capital Student Innovation Center, 730 Commonwealth Avenue.

    Thursday, April 19th: 

    • AR/VR Festival, 10am-3pm: Hosted by BU’s new AR/VR Club. Companies within the AR/VR industry, including PTC and Wayfair, will showcase their devices, technology, and career opportunities. 
      • Free. RSVP here.
      • BUild Lab IDG Capital Student Innovation Center, 730 Commonwealth Avenue.
    • Earth Day Festival (Charles River Campus) 11:00am-2:30pm: Join Sustainability@BU in celebration of Earth Day 2018. This year’s celebration is focused on actions at all scales: Global, Local, and Personal.
      • Free. No RSVP required. 
      • George Sherman Union Plaza, 775 Commonwealth Avenue. 
    • Connecting the Heart to the Mind to the Wallet,12:30-1:30pm: Come explore ways to think about your business venture with a lens towards social impact and innovation. Understand and explore burgeoning, creative ways to seek funding for your venture that pitches a different story and definition of impact.
      • Free. RSVP required. Please note this event is during the first portion of a class taught by Professor Ian Mashiter. 
      • Questrom School of Business, 595 Commonwealth Ave, Room 406. 
    • Collaborative Performances by CFA Theatre Ensemble, 12:30-3:15pm: All semester in CFA’s Theatre Ensemble 1 course, first-year Performance Core and Design & Production students have been working together to create a collaborative performance piece. Catch their performances throughout the afternoon!
      • Free. RSVP not required. Seating will be informal, and audience may come and go as their schedule requires, but we do encourage audience members to arrive at respective start times.
      • Section A will present from 12:30pm to 1:15pm in CFA Room 102; Section B from 1:30pm to 2:15pm in CFA Room 109; and Section C from 2:30pm to 3:15pm in the Plaza in front of Booth Theatre (or in event of bad weather, Room 270A in 808 Commonwealth).
    • Engineers Got Talent, 7-10pm: Singers, comedians, artists and more. Watch 10 student and faculty members from ENG share their special talents! Interested in sharing your talent? Register here.
      • Free. RSVP not required. Sign-up here.
      • BU Central, basement of George Sherman Union. 775 Commonwealth Avenue.
    • InMotion Theatre: THE JOURNEY: Moby Dick thought he met his match with Captain Ahab, but then Ahab’s wife arrived. The Journey is an imaginative and original physical performance that celebrates empowerment, overcoming fear, and highlights the tenacity of the human spirit. Show runs April 19th-22nd.
      • $15 general admission. $10 BU alumni. $7.50 with CFA Membership. Free with BU ID. Buy tickets here.
      • Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre, 820 Commonwealth Avenue

    Friday, April 20th: 

    • Changing the Climate: How Public Health, Cities, and the Media Can Advance Climate Solutions, 8:30am-4:30pm: Climate change will have enormous impacts on human health and well-being throughout the world. In response, many cities are developing farsighted policies to reduce carbon emissions while also adapting to ongoing changes. However, high level political support for climate action remains weak, and policymakers need to be able to articulate the benefits of their climate policies. Public health researchers are documenting how urban climate solutions can directly benefit the health of local residents, but this research has not yet been communicated in a manner that has motivated effective action. This symposium will bring together thought leaders from public health, cities, and journalism to develop strategies that bring greater attention to and produce visionary actions addressing the global climate challenge. Co-hosted with the Pulitzer Center. Additional partners include Boston University Initiative on Cities and Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment.
      • Free. Register here.
      • Hiebert Lounge, 72 East Concord Street, Boston. 
    • Innovator and Athlete: A Talk with Dr. Kim Blair, 10-11:30am: Dr. Kim Blair, founding Director of the Sports Innovation Program at MIT, will share how athletics and engineering have influenced his career. When he is not teaching for the aeronautics and astronautics department at MIT, he can be found training. Having participated in over 100 endurance events around the world on an elite level, Dr. Blair established himself as an athlete as much as an engineer.
      • Free. RSVP here. 
      • BUild Lab IDG Capital Student Innovation Center, 730 Commonwealth Avenue.
    • Mochi with OTD, 3-5pm: An Open House with Office Of Technology Development to learn patenting strategies and principals of licensing academic discoveries.
      • Free. No RSVP required. 
      • 53 Bay State Road. 
    • Interactive Workshop with Katy Rubin (CFA ’07), Executive Director of Theatre of the Oppressed NYC,  4-5:30pm: Katy Rubin, will run a workshop that plays essential games from the arsenal of Theatre of the Oppressed. The program connects the tool of Theatre of the Oppressed to human rights and oppression as it affects community through dialogue and brainstorming.
      • Free. Email to reserve your spot. 
      • College of Fine Arts, 855 Commonwealth Avenue. 
    • Creative Code & Design Mini Hack 3:00-7:00pm: During the afternoon, selected students from the AR/VR Club and MFA candidates in the School of Visual Arts Graphic Design program will come together in a mini hack-a-thon combining code and design. Join them at 6pm for the unveiling of their projects! Refreshments will be provided.
      • Free. RSVP here.
      • 808 Commonwealth Avenue, 4th Floor.