Category: Spark! News

BU Spark! welcomes Taylor Beauvais and Seth Villegas

BU Spark! is excited to welcome Taylor Beauvais, data science program manager, and Seth Villegas, associate program manager, to the Spark! staff team. Taylor earned a master’s degree in public opinion, research methods, and data analytics from the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from University at Buffalo […]

BU Spark! introduces new staff members

BU Spark! is excited to introduce new staff members Lydia Holck and Isabel Torres to the Spark! community. Lydia is Spark’s! new outreach director, overseeing day-to-day programs and activities. Isabel is Spark!’s new community and outreach manager, focusing on building and supporting the ever-growing Spark! community. “I’m thrilled that Lydia and Isabel have joined our […]

Words of Wisdom for the Class of 2021

As the Class of 2021 transitions to life beyond campus, there are a number of people sharing in their joy. As an integral part of Spark!, alumni reached out to offer words of wisdom for the more than 150 members of the Spark! family who turned their tassels. Congratulations to you Firestarters, the BU Spark! […]

Spark! Alum, Where Are They Now? Mark Bestavros

“Stay involved with Spark!. Mentor for the Innovation Fellows and the X-Lab. They’re a lot of fun, and you get to see familiar faces!” Mark Bestavros graduated from Boston University in 2019 and earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Science in Computer Science. Currently, Mark is a software engineer at Red Hat. A […]


A Look Back at NextTech 2020

Looking back on 2020 and how the Spark! community rallied together, one of the highlights is easily NextTech. The two-day event allowed our student innovators and technology’s most influential leaders to come together and explore how emerging technologies can help solve real-world problems.  Whether it was through panel discussions, mini-workshops, or the networking opportunities, students […]

Fall Demo Day 2020

In a whirlwind of a year that could’ve gotten to the best of us, Demo Day was a reminder that the Spark! community is just as resilient as ever. Every one of the participants demonstrated perseverance in the face of adversity. How else do you explain how they spent an entire semester developing fully functioning […]

Change – Nobody is Immune to it, Not Even Spark! Projects

2020 magnified several faults in our system that have existed for ages — xenophobia, racism, classism, among countless other defects. A single hackathon paved the way to addressing those issues head on.  Spark!’s Resiliency Challenge allowed students, mentors, partners and alike from around the globe to develop innovation which addresses challenges associated with COVID-19. Project […]