IDEAS Boston Moves to UMass Boston

April 22, 2011

Office of Communications


IDEAS Boston, the annual forum that brings leading-edge thinkers and innovators together to showcase the innovation and creativity coming from Boston and the surrounding region, is scheduled for Oct. 20, 2011 at its new, permanent home at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Since its founding by The Boston Globe in 2004, IDEAS Boston has managed to attract New England’s premier thought leaders who have presented their latest – and sometimes their next – big ideas. The day-long conference, a fast-paced format of lively presentations, artistic breaks, and networking and discussion – moderated by award-winning journalist Tom Ashbrook, host of NPR/WBUR’s national news-talk show On Point– promotes innovation and collaboration across a wide range of disciplines, from technology and business to the humanities and arts.

“We welcome IDEAS Boston to its new home at the University of Massachusetts Boston,” Chancellor J. Keith Motley said. “As the only public research university in the metropolitan Boston area, we think our campus is an ideal setting for this kind of information exchange and sharing of the best new ideas. We see IDEAS Boston as another way in which we can foster the collaborations that help keep our region in the forefront of innovation and ingenuity.”

Following its launch by The Globe, IDEAS Boston was reorganized as a nonprofit organization in 2006. To assist in the operations and promotion of the conference, the University of Massachusetts Boston agreed to assume oversight and management of IDEAS Boston effective November 2010. The October IDEAS Boston conference will be held in UMass Boston’s Campus Center.

"IDEAS Boston is an imaginative way to showcase the power of innovation in this region, and we are delighted to be a sponsor," said Chris Mayer, publisher of The Boston Globe, "We are especially pleased that our neighbor, the University of Massachusetts Boston, is providing the support and oversight of a program we have been associated with since its beginning in 2004."

In addition to The Boston Globe, other media sponsors are WBUR radio, WCVB-TV Channel 5, and MassINC.

Presentations from past IDEAS Boston speakers and additional information are available at

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