Registration Opens for IDEAS Boston

Office of Communications | June 10, 2011
Registration Opens for IDEAS Boston

Leading-edge Thinkers to Take Part in Oct. 20 Forum at the University of Massachusetts Boston

Today registration opens for IDEAS Boston, the forum that brings leading-edge thinkers and innovators together to showcase the innovation and creativity coming from Boston and the surrounding region. The forum will take place on Oct. 20, 2011 at IDEAS Boston’s new home, the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Since its founding by The Boston Globe in 2004, IDEAS Boston has attracted New England’s premier thought leaders to present their latest – and sometimes their next – big ideas. The day-long conference, a fast-paced format of lively presentations, artistic breaks, and networking and discussions – 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 design to business and economics to medicine and health care to the law.

“I’m looking forward to the meeting of great minds at the University of Massachusetts Boston this fall,” said Chancellor J. Keith Motley. “Our speakers represent such an incredible diversity of thought, talent, and experience, and I know they’re going to stir up fascinating conversations. This year and every year, IDEAS Boston will be a brainstorm to be part of on our campus.”

This year’s speakers range from an award-winning filmmaker, to the cofounder of a lifesaving equipment company that makes a real-life version of Batman’s grappling setup, to an expert and advocate of barefoot running.

Speakers confirmed to date include:

  • Chef Jody Adams
  • Poet and activist Marjorie Agosin
  • Inventor and entrepreneur Nathan Ball
  • Financial strategist and author Daryl Collins
  • Filmmaker Chico Colvard
  • Surgeon and musician Claudius Conrad
  • Museum curator Elliot Davis
  • Physician and medical IT expert John Halamka
  • Legal scholar and ethicist Lawrence Lessig
  • Evolutionary biologist Daniel Lieberman
  • Digital communications expert Andrew Lippman
  • Education economist Bridget Terry Long
  • Professor of Law Jeannie Suk

IDEAS Boston is sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Boston, Plymouth Rock Assurance, and Ambit Creative Group. This year’s media partners are The Boston Globe, WBUR radio, WCVB-TV Channel 5, and MassINC.

To register, learn more about sponsorship opportunities, or view presentations from past IDEAS Boston speakers, visit

About UMass Boston
With a growing reputation for innovative research addressing complex issues, the University of Massachusetts Boston, metropolitan Boston’s only 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 more than 15,000 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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