HUBweek to highlight transparency, knowledge sharing

The “Hall of the Future” will rise on Boston City Hall Plaza during the annual HUBweek festival, which takes over the plaza from Oct. 10-14.
The “Hall of the Future” will rise on Boston City Hall Plaza during the annual HUBweek festival, which takes over the plaza from Oct. 10-14.(HUBweek)

Organizers of HUBweek, an annual festival that explores the intersection of art, science, and technology, said Friday they will install semi-permanent glass structures to promote the idea of transparency and sharing knowledge.

Attendees carrying a general admission pass, which is free, can step into the “Hall of the Future” glass structure on City Hall Plaza, where they can “touch and feel and interact with these new innovations that are coming out of the region,” said Liz Paquette, head of marketing and communications.

HUBweek, founded by The Boston Globe, Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will feature events around the city Oct. 8-9 and The HUB presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance Oct. 10-14.


“The majority of HUBweek events are free and are built to be welcoming and inclusive,” she said.

This year, the festival is not requiring paid tickets to attend the nightly parties on the plaza.

Events there will include live music and performances during the festival.

The theme of the festival, “We the Future,” is repeated throughout the week in public art, forums, and special collaborations.

“Last year,” Paquette said, “our theme was immersion and exploration. This year, we want to have clean lines ... and allow people to clearly understand what is happening where, what they have the ability to see while they are at the site,” she added.

The festival is fully embracing the transportation innovations and urging attendees to use Bluebikes, Boston’s bicycle-sharing system.

HUBweek is also providing valet service at City Hall Plaza to ease renting and returning the bikes.

In keeping with the idea of open access, over 150 events will be available through the free pass.

The venue layout at Boston City Hall Plaza can be viewed in this 3D rendering of the space.

The shipping containers that dotted City Hall Plaza last year will again be transformed by artists, including one the multimedia installation “We the Publics,” designed by Dan Borelli and Emmanuel Pratt. The piece will invite people to consider their ability to shape their government and environment.


The interactive project by Rashin Fahandej, “A Father’s Lullaby,” will explore the role men play in families, “with the lens on fathers’ absence in families due to racial disparities in the criminal justice system,” Paquette said.

A virtual reality experience, “Immigration in Full Frame,” will allow participants to experience the history of immigration in America, from the early 1600s through present day. Participants can record and submit a 360-degree video of themselves narrating their immigrant experience.

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