Boston 2034

Boston 2034

Inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen shared some big ideas for the next 20 years.

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Boston 2034

Boston 2034

Xconomy founder Bob Buderi welcomes the crowd to our biggest event yet.

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Boston 2034

Boston 2034

Ben Einstein of Bolt chats with Digital Lumens' Brian Chemel during the pre-event networking reception.

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Boston 2034

(L-R) Semyon Dukach of Techstars, Polina Raygorodskaya of Wanderu, and Bettina Hein of Pixability during the pre-event reception.

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Boston 2034

Boston 2034

The Boston University Academy team from FIRST, one of those showing off their handiwork in the exhibition hall.

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Boston 2034

(L-R) Olivia Dufour of NTT Data, Dave Bisceglia of The Tap Lab, and angel investor John Landry at our pre-event reception.

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Boston 2034

Boston 2034

Eddie Martucci of Akili Interactive Labs demonstrates the company's therapeutic video games.

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Boston 2034

Boston 2034

Attendees listen to a day full of thought-provoking talks.

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Boston 2034

John Abele of Boston Scientific and Danielle Duplin of Fidelity Investments talk between sessions.

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Boston 2034

Emily Reichert of Greentown Labs and Nicole Gardner of IBM at the networking reception.

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Boston 2034

MIT Media Lab and One Laptop Per Child founder Nicholas Negroponte's talk tackled "The Ironies of Innovation."

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Boston 2034

(L-R) Terry McGuire of Polaris Partners, Rodney Brooks of Rethink Robotics, Mark Levin of Third Rock Ventures, Alfred Spector of Google, and Kara Miller of WGBH in our final panel of the day.

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Boston 2034

Google's Alfred Spector, at right, talks with an attendee after our day wraps up.

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Boston 2034

Boston 2034

(L-R) Jean Hammond of LearnLaunch and Gershon Goren of Cangrade discussed education and talent in an afternoon session.

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Boston 2034

Boston 2034

Rodney Brooks of Rethink Robotics gave an entertaining look at how robots will help an aging population.

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Boston 2034

(L-R) Rob Go of NextView Ventures and Eric Paley of Founder Collective discussing the changes ahead in venture investing (e.g., wearing bras, swapping shirts, and being cyborgs).

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Boston 2034

Dean Kamen, at right, chats with attendees after his presentation.

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Boston 2034

Semyon Dukach of Techstars and Maia Heymann of CommonAngels on our investing panel.

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Boston 2034

A quick lunch break for the packed crowd as our all-day series of talks continues.

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Boston 2034

Boston 2034

Will Prendergast of Frontline Ventures, at left, and Xconomy's Greg Huang chat at the pre-event reception.

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Boston 2034

Assaf Biderman of MIT's SENSEable City Lab and Superpedestrian talks about transportation and city-building.

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Boston 2034

Pat Kinsel of Polaris Ventures, at right, chats with Romulus Capital's Krishna Gupta and Placester's Matt Barba during our pre-event reception.

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Boston 2034

Boston 2034

(L-R) Mike Phillips of Sage Devices and Mark Lowenstein of Mobile Ecosystem chatting during the networking reception.

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Boston 2034

There was plenty of time for meeting people and continuing the discussion between sessions.

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Boston 2034

Boston 2034

Our Platinum Sponsors.

Predicting the next five years can seem like a pretty tall order these days. So why organize an all-day conference around the idea of sketching out the next two decades?

Well, for starters, that’s how you get people thinking big. And the speakers at Boston 2034, our biggest and boldest conference yet, certainly didn’t disappoint.

Our daylong discussion revolved around ways to ensure the greater New England innovation sector maintains a leadership spot in the future, as bright ideas and powerful technologies continue spreading across the globe.

We heard plenty of smart answers: sensor-laden cities that respond to their residents’ movements, super-dextrous robots and prosthetics to aid the aging and disabled, and electronic medicine that could essentially put a pharmacy in your body.

Our thanks to the packed house of attendees, our sponsors, and the all-star speakers for making this our biggest, boldest, and best event yet.

If you were one of the unlucky few who missed out, check out the photos above to get a flavor of the festivities—and make sure you’re on board and on the lookout for our next event.

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Curt Woodward is a senior editor for Xconomy based in Boston. Email: cwoodward@xconomy.com