HUBweek: Boston's Own South By Southwest Festival?

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Every March, Austin, Texas hosts the annual South by Southwest festival, which draws indie musicians, filmmakers and techies. Las Vegas has the Consumer Electronics show and other major events each year.

And now Boston, long a hub of education, health care, the arts and technology, could get its own piece of the festival pie. MIT, Harvard, Mass General and The Boston Globe announced plans for the first annual "HUBweek" festival for next October.

Organizers say they hope the festival will highlight Boston's status as a global center of innovation and creativity.


Brendan Ryan, executive director of "HUBweek" and former chief of staff to Gov. Deval Patrick. He tweets @brendanbrendan and @HUBweek.


WBUR: Boston Institutions To Host ‘HUBweek’ In Fall

  • "Each institutional partner is also planning their own events. While some are still in development, MIT has already organized itself around four areas for research and problem-solving exercises."

The Boston Globe: HUBweek Festival Planned To Showcase Boston

  • "Organizers said prominent figures in Boston’s tech sector have talked for years about giving the city a jolt of energy and excitement by launching an event in the mold of South by Southwest. That festival, which began in 1987, has helped burnish Austin’s image as a haven for laid-back hipsters, musical types, and technology geeks."

This article was originally published on December 12, 2014.

This segment aired on December 12, 2014.


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