Tuesday, October 1, will mark the beginning of the second annual Boston Idea Week. Hot on the heels of the Tech Tax repeal, and the announcement that MassChallenge will be moving to the Innovation and Design Center, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and the Boston Redevelopment Authority present a joint venture to celebrate the Innovation District, startup culture and booming Boston ecosystem.
Idea Week actually lasts for nine days, and all over the city there will be events of all types, at all hours, for all ages. You can get the full schedule of events here, but we have provided an overview and some highlights.
Tuesday 10/1: The morning features the Small Businesses of the Year Awards, followed by a day of TEDx-style talks and networking events. In the evening, the PayPal Start Tank will introduce their 23 diverse startups and give them a chance to pitch their ideas to the public.
Wednesday 10/2: Head over to the new Mariott Residence Inn on Congress Street for office hours with Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Paul Guzzi. In the evening, swing by the new Innovation and Design Center for ‘You, Me and the ID’ to meet the resident companies of the Innovation District.
Thursday 10/3: During the day, there will be plenty of round-table discussions and programs, including Office Hours with Innovation District Manager Nicole Fichera. The inaugural Boston TechJam starts at 4 p.m., and will showcase Boston startups, live music, local artists and a pitch-off that includes some of Boston’s most promising young companies.
Friday 10/4: At 7:45 a.m., the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce presents a government forum hosted by Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s Hardball. All registered attendees will receive a copy of Chris Matthews’ latest book, “Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked.” In the afternoon, KAYAK Founder Paul English will be holding Office Hours at Workbar Boston. Friday evening will be the beginning of a traditional celebration of a Seaport institution, Harpoon’s Octoberfest.
Saturday/Sunday 10/5+6: Octoberfest continues on Saturday but, for more family friendly fare, the weekend features a two-day celebration of the Boston Children’s Museum’s 100th birthday. Swing by the museum for games, music, live animals and interactive exhibits.
Monday/Tuesday 10/7+8: TBA. Check out the website for updates.
Wednesday 10/9: The main event on Wednesday is in the official opening of Workbar Boston’s new expansion at 711 Atlantic Avenue. Workbar, which has another location just off Central Square in Cambridge, provides rentable workplace for startups and includes meeting rooms, event space and a wide variety of amenities. Hosts Achvr and Samurai Investments will both be on hand and they have said they each have a big announcement.
Thursday 10/10: On the final day of Idea Week, members of the tech startup community come together for Boston Gives Back, hosted by TUGG. Volunteers will be dispersed over 29 locations around the city to give back to the community that supports them.
To keep tabs on all of the goings-on, be sure to download CO Everywhere, the voice of Idea Week. The CO Everywhere mobile app is an aggregate of all the social media surrounding a specific location that the user customizes. So, if you can’t get to all the events you want, you can still follow along via social media.
Check out this video to get a glimpse of the Innovation District: