IDEAS UMass Boston Conference Celebrates 10 Years of Ideas Wednesday

Office of Communications | October 28, 2014
IDEAS UMass Boston Conference Celebrates 10 Years of Ideas Wednesday

Wednesday Conference Starts at 8:30 a.m. in Campus Center Ballroom

The IDEAS UMass Boston conference, which will be held on Wednesday in UMass Boston’s Campus Center Ballroom, is celebrating 10 years of bringing innovators and leading thinkers from the worlds of science, the arts, technology, and business together to showcase the innovation happening in Boston.

“I’m thrilled that as we celebrate our 50th anniversary here at the University of Massachusetts Boston, we also get to celebrate IDEAS UMass Boston,” said Chancellor J. Keith Motley. “This university is in the process of transforming itself to better fulfill our urban mission and commitment to civic engagement. I am eager to hear the ideas from our speakers about how they too are meeting the challenges of the 21st century.”

Boston Globe correspondent and "Innovation Economy" contributor Scott Kirsner will host the morning sessions, and WBUR's senior reporter and host of NPR's All Things Considered Sacha Pfeiffer will host the afternoon sessions.  

Here is the list of speakers:

  • Medical Innovator James Collins
  • Political Trailblazer Charlotte Golar Richie
  • Violist and Social Change Advocate Ashleigh Gordon
  • Education Reformer Robert Hildreth
  • Homeland Security Expert Juliette Kayyem
  • Gamification Expert Naureen Meraj
  • Economist Nathan Nunn
  • Coastal Preservationist Sarah Oktay
  • Neuroscientist Rebecca Saxe
  • Food Rescue Activist Ashley Stanley

The event also includes a theatrical performance and remarks from Company One, which was founded to foster a new generation of theatre-makers and theatregoers.

To read up on this year’s speakers, visit

IDEAS UMass Boston is sponsored by UMass Boston, Plymouth Rock Assurance, The Boston Foundation, and Flagship Press, with ticket support from Flybridge Capital Partners and BREW Boston. Media partners are The Boston Globe, WBUR, and MassInc.

About UMass Boston

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the University of Massachusetts Boston is deeply rooted in the city's history, yet poised to address the challenges of the future. Recognized for innovative research, metropolitan Boston’s public university offers its diverse student population both an intimate learning environment and the rich experience of a great American city. UMass Boston’s 11 colleges and graduate schools serve nearly 17,000 students while engaging local and global constituents through academic programs, research centers, and public service. To learn more, visit

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