Registration Is Now Open for IDEAS Boston 2012 at UMass Boston

Office of Communications | July 25, 2012
Registration Is Now Open for IDEAS Boston 2012 at UMass Boston

Registration is now open for the 2012 IDEAS Boston conference, the University of Massachusetts Boston’s annual celebration of the most dynamic and provocative thinkers in the region. IDEAS Boston brings innovators from the worlds of science, psychology, foreign affairs, climate change, and the startup economy, inviting them to share their big ideas.

This year’s forum will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at IDEAS Boston’s permanent home, UMass Boston. Tom Ashbrook, host of NPR’s On Point on WBUR, will return as moderator.

“We are thrilled to host IDEAS Boston at the University of Massachusetts Boston again this year,” said Chancellor J. Keith Motley. “As Boston’s public research university, our campus is a hub of innovation and creativity, and we are so pleased to offer a forum that furthers the discussion around how our region can continue to lead the nation in this area.”

This year’s speakers include a private pilot who has invented a “plane you can drive,” a climate change expert who designs games that teach about extreme weather events, a psychologist who analyzes the way emotions effect social behavior, and the founder of an open-source directory that helps consumers learn where products really come from. 

The speakers are:

  • Consumer/Supplier Advocate Leonardo Bonanni
  • Startup ‘Doer’ David Cancel
  • Social Emotions Researcher David DeSteno
  • Artist, Composer, and Architect Christopher Janney
  • Global Economics Expert Simon Johnson
  • Climate Change and Gaming Researcher Janot Mendler de Suarez
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning Film Critic Wesley Morris
  • Pilot and Inventor Anna Mracek Dietrich
  • Emerge Massachusetts Executive Director Judy Neufeld
  • Architect and Designer Neri Oxman
  • Social Entrepreneur Tracy Palandjian
  • Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky
  • Expert on South Asia Vijay Prashad
  • African-American Historian Lynnell L. Thomas

Early-bird registration is now open. Tickets purchased before September 1 are $200, a savings of $50. Nonprofit and student tickets are available for $100.

To register, learn about sponsorship opportunities, or read up on this year’s IDEAS Boston speakers, visit

IDEAS Boston is sponsored by UMass Boston, IBM, Plymouth Rock Insurance, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Interise and Stay in MA. Media partners for the event are The Boston Globe, 90.9 WBUR, 89.7 FM WGBH Radio, WUMB 91.9FM, WCVB-TV, and MassInc.

About UMass Boston

With a growing reputation for innovative research addressing complex issues, the University of Massachusetts Boston, 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 eight colleges and graduate schools serve nearly 16,000 students while engaging local, national, and international constituents through academic programs, research centers, and public service activities. To learn more about UMass Boston, visit

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