Kendall Square Innovation Festival, t=0, to Feature Brad Feld, Mitch Kapor, and (Probably) Entrepreneurial Walk of Fame, September 16-18
What time is it? Time to start looking forward to September events in the Boston tech world.
Xconomy has been hearing rumors about a big festival happening around Kendall Square next month. t=0, as it is being called, will kick off on the afternoon of September 16 and last through the 18th. We don’t have many details yet (like the exact venue), but t=0 sounds like it will be a celebration of technology, entrepreneurship, and business innovation meant to inspire a new generation of students and entrepreneurs around Boston.
According to the event’s sparse website (which includes a teaser video and preliminary schedule), the sessions will cover Web technologies, clean energy, and healthcare and life sciences. There will also be an MIT startup showcase and a “hack-a-thon” competition.
What we do know is the festival has attracted some heavy hitters from the national tech world. Computing pioneer Mitch Kapor is slated to give the opening keynote on the 16th. Kapor, for those who don’t know, is the founder of Lotus Development, creator of Lotus 1-2-3, and founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation; he has been involved with a number of startups over the course of his career. And giving the closing keynote on the 18th will be venture investor and entrepreneur Brad Feld, the co-founder of Foundry Group and TechStars.
Interestingly, the Entrepreneurial Walk of Fame, a major Boston-area community project that Bob reported on here and here, has targeted September 16 as its launch date—meaning that the first group of inductees (who will each get a tile with a star in Kendall Square, like their Hollywood counterparts) would be named on that day. So it sounds like the Walk of Fame announcement could be part of t=0.
The MIT Entrepreneurship Center, HubSpot, and Skolkovo (Moscow School of Management) are involved as sponsors of the festival, according to the website.
More details as they become available… Let the countdown to t=0 begin.