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Boston 2035

Boston 2035

Kishore Varanasi from CBT Architects shows a fascinating slide comparing the design of innovation clusters. Could spend a whole day on this alone.

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Boston 2035

Boston 2035

Bill Sahlman from HBS (left) chats with Sandra Fenwick and David Margulies of Boston Children's Hospital. Should help him make the case for optimism.

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Boston 2035

Boston 2035

Desh Deshpande kicks things off with efforts to bring entrepreneurship to all areas of the state, country, and world.

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Boston 2035

Boston 2035

Ric Fulop from North Bridge (left) chats with Reed Sturtevant of Project 11. Probably hatching the next great Boston tech company, no big deal.

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Boston 2035

Boston 2035

Techstars' David Cohen (nice shirt) chats with Xconomy's Bob Buderi about the future of entrepreneurship. Hint: it's spreading.

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Boston 2035

Boston 2035

Our audience asked deep questions about venture capital investing, startup trends, and relationship building.

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Boston 2035

Boston 2035

Zipcar co-founder Robin Chase says the sharing economy gives rise to exponential learning and an unprecedented diversity of approaches and connections. More powerful than Superman.

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Boston 2035

Boston 2035

David Manfredi (center) says the 2024 Olympics could catalyze connections and infrastructure in Boston, in a discussion moderated by Olin's Ben Linder (far right).

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Boston 2035

Boston 2035

They're either listening carefully, or playing video games. Can't tell with this generation.

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Boston 2035

Boston 2035

Abby Speicher of DARTdrones didn't buzz us with her drone, but she could have.

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Boston 2035

Boston 2035

Moderna's Stephane Bancel (left) and Flagship Ventures' Doug Cole talk about new models for biotech and pharma innovation. For now, Boston is leading the field.

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Boston 2035

Boston 2035

Enjoying a picture-perfect June day with a hybrid-electric bike equipped by Superpedestrian.

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Boston 2035

Boston 2035

Jodi Goldstein of the Harvard i-lab shows stats on where alumni set up their companies. L-R: John Harthorne of MassChallenge, Ryan Mack from Facebook, Frank Moss of Twine Health.

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Boston 2035

Boston 2035

Attendees saw reasons to be optimistic about the future, but also huge and difficult problems to be solved. Entrepreneurship and new kinds of partnerships will be key.

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Boston 2035

Boston 2035

Rodrigo Martinez of IDEO presents his view of the future of innovation clusters: we need a mindset shift to design them for young people.

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Boston 2035

Boston 2035

David Margulies (left) and Sandra Fenwick (center) of Boston Children's Hospital talk with Michael Greeley about a new model for merging healthcare and research.

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Boston 2035

Boston 2035

Attendees made connections that we hope will lead to important things in the innovation landscape. Give it about 20 years.

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Boston 2035

Boston 2035

Robert Goldberg from Neumitra shows his stress level rising while briefing the Pentagon. This sort of data is starting to be analyzed on a wide scale.

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Boston 2035

Boston 2035

Skedaddle founders Adam Nestler (left) and Brad Werntz help attendees get to and from the show with style.

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Xconomy Boston 2035

Xconomy Boston 2035

Left to right: Acquia's Tom Erickson, North Bridge's Ric Fulop, and Localytics' Raj Aggarwal chat with Babson's Jay Rao about managing startups for growth---a big problem in innovation.

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Boston 2035

Boston 2035

Assaf Biderman of Superpedestrian and MIT (left) greets an attendee.

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Boston 2035

David Cohen (right) chats with speakers and attendees, including Indico's Slater Victoroff and Analog's Bruce Hecht.

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Boston 2035

Boston 2035

Bruce Booth of Atlas Venture (left) says biotech entrepreneurs will still tend to be older than in tech. Veracode's Bob Brennan raises questions about traditional education.

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Boston 2035

Boston 2035

Jim Da Silva of GW & Wade (left) chats with James McCloskey of American Instrument Exchange.

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Boston 2035

Boston 2035

Rich Eckel from Macromicro has questions for the speakers on the future of their industries.

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Boston 2035

Boston 2035

Left to right: Jibo's Steve Chambers and iRobot's Chris Jones talk about the future of home robots and artificial intelligence with Kara Miller of WGBH. Ideally robots will do tasks, but also help you connect with other people.

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Xconomy Boston 2035

Xconomy Boston 2035

RIght to left: C.A. Webb from NEVCA and Tom Erickson of Acquia chat with Xconomy's Martina Toponarski and Analog's Bruce Hecht over coffee.

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Boston 2035

Boston 2035

The flow of the day kept attendees active, and we wanted everyone to make new connections.

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Boston 2035

Boston 2035

Diane Hessan of Startup Institute says Generation Z is totally different from Millennials, and they'll learn differently, too. With (l-r) Bruce Booth, Bob Brennan, and Actifio's Mike Troiano.

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Boston 2035

Boston 2035

The audience questions came fast and furious throughout the day. Kept the speakers honest.

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Boston 2035

Boston 2035

What about using drones with lasers to shoot mosquitoes and curb malaria? Can we make them wearable? We could get that funded.

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Xconomy Boston 2035

Xconomy Boston 2035

Andrew Clement, a Northeastern student and former U.S. Army drone pilot, is working on DARTdrone's training curriculum.

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Boston 2035

Boston 2035

Future leaders of the world enjoying happy hour refreshments at Babson College.

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Boston 2035

Boston 2035

Xconomy's own Martina Toponarski takes a Copenhagen Wheel for a spin. This invention could help change how cities are designed.

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Boston 2035

Boston 2035

Attendees gathered to talk about the future of innovation. They left ready to help create it.

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Boston 2035

Boston 2035

We hope the conference inspired everyone to tackle big problems in areas they might not have thought about before. And gave them new tools and contacts to do it.

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Boston 2035

Boston 2035

Boston 2035

Boston 2035

Xconomy Boston — 

Creating the future: that was the big theme at Boston 2035, our special full-day conference looking at how the innovation landscape in New England and beyond will evolve over the next 20 years.

The event was co-hosted by Babson College and Olin College on a picture-perfect June day. It was great to see so many of you there; we couldn’t have done it without your ideas, questions, and interactions.

Huge thanks to our supporters: Platinum sponsors CBT Architects and Elkus Manfredi Architects; Silver Sponsors Boston Children’s Hospital, Fish & Richardson, InkHouse, the Kauffman Foundation, and Xerox. And to our transportation partner, Skedaddle, and event partner, WGBH.

A few high-level takeaways from the day:

1. Look for some totally new ways of developing drugs and treating underlying causes of disease. Over the next 20 years, we will all be grateful for that. And Boston is positioned to lead the world in those areas.

2. There will continue to be wild swings in what’s fashionable in the tech startup world—think drones, virtual reality, and wearables today. Also be ready for at least a couple more entrepreneurial crashes over the next two decades.

3. What will education look like? It will be more distributed over space and time, but also more compressed into bite-sized chunks, with people learning new skills on a daily basis. Boston could be a model for that.

4. None of this matters if we don’t also solve pressing global problems of inequality, infrastructure, climate change, renewable energy, and healthcare. But there are reasons to be optimistic.

We hope you enjoy the pictures from the day. Special thanks to Keith Spiro Photography for the shots.