The HUBWeek Experience

It was just a casual night as my roommate and I did our typical nightly routine of walking through Faneuil Hall. This time, there were flashing show lights displayed outside of an event with large crowds of people. As we made our way to the entrance, we were informed that it was closed for the day. We gave each other the look of “Oh man” and walked away disappointed until one of the staff members informed that we could come by tomorrow.

This event I stumbled upon was actually an “Ideas festival,” that brings the ideas of science, art, and technology together. This festival occurs once every year for a weekend in the Boston area during the month of October. The event is sponsored by The Boston Globe, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Massachusetts General Hospital in order to bring together people of art, academics, entrepreneurs, researchers, executives, makers, and even up-and-comers. In the three short years of HUBWeek, it has brought together attendees from 59 countries, 46 states, and 38 industries.

When you walk in, your mind is blown away with the massive amount of art and science that filled the space. Multiple tent setups known as domes with their individual themes were areas with live performances and shows. People walked around with all sorts of cameras such as Canons, Nikons, and even phone cameras just clicking away to capture the beauty they witnessed right in front of them. Mini-galleries were set in trailers designed from head-to-toe displaying posters and art. There was even a test drive Tesla stimulation station for people to watch or try out. You could also sit in for a TED talk to get some inspiration and motivation

It was definitely a great place to take family photos, photos with your friends, or even your latest Instagram post. There were all sorts of art with different colors that were shown on walls or inside makeshift cube stands. One had bubble balls that lit up in different light patterns while another had a mini couch as if you were in a living room in the 70’s. It was a new experience for me, something that made me more curious about art and technology and the way it affects the world. Questions that ran through my head were “How much electricity is being used for this event and how are they able to keep these stations warm if it’s an outside event?” The event was a great way to explore your curiosity and imagination. Who would ever think they would even have a drag show at an art/science/technological event? I didn’t until I witnessed my first drag show, where I saw all kinds of faces entertained by the art and beauty of a drag queen while jamming out to the songs that brought out your inner diva. There was even one part in the show, that a drag queen used her platform to spread awareness about voting for the midterm election that was coming up.

The night ended with two separate finales. A club with live music and a silent disco party. My roommate and I found our way mostly through the silent disco party. It was super fun as you saw everyone around you jumping up and down to all different types of songs. Everyone around you could be listening to the same music as you or not, but it didn’t matter. What mattered was that people enjoyed themselves in a room of silence with a mind of expression and music. Three different stations with the music constantly changing, brought people’s energy to the roof. We even took silent disco outside the venue and just simply got loose.

This event known as HUBWeek is definitely a great experience for everyone to attend and even for all ages. The world of art, science, and technology has only evolved and is bringing people around the world together. Education and fun can definitely go together because HUBweek has been a wonderful time!

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