HUBweek’s City Hall Plaza rendering released as early bird passes for 2018 festival go on sale

Domes were lit with colored light at HUBweek on City Hall Plaza in Boston on Oct. 12.
Domes were lit with colored light at HUBweek on City Hall Plaza in Boston on Oct. 12.(CRAIG F. WALKER/GLOBE STAFF)

Early bird passes are now available for the fourth annual HUBweek, Greater Boston’s “festival for the future,” which returns to City Hall Plaza this October.

The festival — founded by The Boston Globe, Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology — aims to bring together thousands of attendees for events and discussions exploring “innovation at the intersection of art, science, and, technology.” Past speakers have included prominent artists, writers, politicians, and, entrepreneurs.

This year’s theme, “We The Future,” calls on participants to “collectively imagine, discuss and shape a more inclusive and equitable future for all through dialogue, collaborative art and more,” according to a news release.


HUBweek 2018 will feature a series of behind-the-scenes events Oct. 8-9, followed by the main events on Oct. 10-14.

The lineup of speakers has not been announced. The festival site will feature two large glass pavilions on the plaza; a “Back Deck” area with local breweries and mixologists; and parties throughout the festival.

“HUBweek’s mission is to serve as an on-ramp to the innovation economy and our 2018 theme of ‘We The Future’ will explore the ways in which we can collectively build a more inclusive and equitable future,” said Linda Henry, cofounder of HUBweek and the managing director of the Globe, in the release. “We expect this year’s event to provide thought-provoking, relevant discussions that will serve as the foundation for subjects that matter on the world stage.”

An estimated 51,000 people from around the world attended last year’s festival, spanning a wide range of industries, according to festival organizers.

The festival will offer more than 100 free sessions, open to anyone who registers for a free general admission pass.

Insider Passes, which allow access to additional events during the festival, cost $75 for a day pass and $250 for the full week at the early bird rates.


The Insider Pass offers access to nightly networking events and daily breakfast sessions, as well as priority access to keynotes in Faneuil Hall and a VIP lounge.

“It offers entrepreneurs, executives, professionals, and knowledge seekers of all backgrounds a curated experience, with access to the people and ideas that are shaping the future and affecting businesses and organizations of all industries,” Brendan Ryan, executive director of HUBweek, said in the news release. “We know that time is precious, and staying ahead of the curve is essential. The Insider experience is designed to help on both fronts.”

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