Experience the future first hand.
We are less than a week away from Xconomy’s full day innovation extravaganza, Boston 2035, which will take place at Babson College next Wednesday, June 17. The speaker lineup for this event exploring the Boston region’s long-term future is already off the charts—with legendary entrepreneur Desh Deshpande, David Cohen from Techstars, Google’s Fernanda Viégas, and a host of leading innovators and investors in fields ranging from robotics to healthcare to architecture (think Boston skyline beyond the Olympics).
Now we have added a new, more experiential dimension. For starters, we will have 4-5 Copenhagen Wheel-equipped bikes on hand that attendees can ride at lunch time. We will also have a drone show-and-tell from DARTdrones CEO Abby Speicher, who runs one of the country’s only FAA-certified drone flight schools (yes, training helps you fly these things).
A few more details on the new additions are below, but visit our Event Site and registration page, where you can find the full agenda and other information. In addition to full-day tickets, we have morning and afternoon half-day tickets in case you have ADHD or can’t stay for the full day for some reason.
—Copenhagen Wheel Test Drives – Just before lunch, we’ll have an on stage demo from Assaf Biderman, CEO of Superpedestrian, an MIT spinout that makes the high-tech wheel. Then, during lunch, we’ll have four or five Copenhagen Wheel-equipped bikes that attendees can test out for themselves. The wheel is an electric motor, with tire, that replaces a bike’s normal back wheel to turn the bike into an electric hybrid.
—DARTdrones Flight Academy – DARTdrones was founded last year and bills itself as “a female run, military veteran owned, family business.” CEO Speicher, who will be giving one of the Startup Bursts at Boston 2035, will also give attendees a first-hand show and tell of one of her drones.
Other highlights of the day include a chat on the future of Consumer Robotics and AI with iRobot and Jibo; a look at Education and New England’s Talent Pool with John Harthorne of MassChallenge, Facebook Boston’s Ryan Mack, and Frank Moss, former director of the MIT Media Lab; and our Three Views of the Future predictions panel featuring Bruce Booth of Atlas Venture, Diane Hessan from Startup Institute and Communispace, and Veracode’s Bob Brennan.
There’s also what promises to be an eye-popping Architecture and Design session that includes David Manfredi of Elkus Manfredi Architects (who’s on the master planning advisory committee for the Boston 2024 Olympics bid), Kishore Varanasi of CBT Architects, and Rodrigo Martinez from IDEO.
And plenty more as well. Again, you can find the full speaker lineup and get your tickets here. We’ll see you in the future.