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IDEAS Boston’s mission is to promote innovation and contribute to the economic vitality and competitiveness of the region. Through a unique conference, dissemination of new ideas after the event, and connecting cutting-edge thinkers across sectors, IDEAS Boston serves as an important resource to individual innovators throughout the community, and from a civic perspective helps to build the region’s brand as a hub of innovation attractive to businesses, college students, and workers.

The core of IDEAS Boston is an annual conference where leading innovators present their latest – or sometimes their next – big ideas in a fast-paced format that combines succinct and lively presentations, artistic breaks, and time for networking and discussion. This cross-fertilization across sectors provides the ingredients for additional innovation and creative breakthroughs.

IDEAS Boston was created by The Boston Globe in 2004. After successful events in 2004 and 2005, IDEAS Boston was reorganized as a non-profit organization in 2006. Beginning with the 2007 conference, IDEAS Boston has operated with MassINC (The Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth) as its fiscal agent. It is now housed at the University of Massachusetts Boston (

IDEAS Boston has a track record for attracting top quality speakers and a diverse audience. Whether the outcomes from IDEAS Boston conferences are new ideas individuals use in taking their own work in different directions, or enabling diverse thought leaders to forge new networks, this conference is providing the fertile ground so important for fostering innovation.

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