This year’s HUBweek theme is “We the Future,” with programs scheduled Oct. 8-14, 2018, on the Mass General campus and in Boston on City Hall Plaza.

With a spirit of optimism and excitement, final preparations are underway for HUBweek 2018, Boston’s annual innovation festival co-founded as a civic collaboration of Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital, MIT and The Boston Globe.

Last year, 50,000 people attended HUBweek with attendees coming from Boston, throughout the U.S. and countries all over the world.

This year’s HUBweek theme is “We the Future,” with programs scheduled Oct. 8-14, 2018, on the Mass General campus and in Boston on City Hall Plaza. Keynote speakers include: Walter Isaacson, celebrated author and historian; Maureen Dowd, New York Times columnist; Ruth Pointer, singer-songwriter; Yeonmi Park, CEO and president of Freedom for North Korea; and Tye Brady, Amazon Robotics chief technologist. HUBweek will feature provocative speaking forums, a large exhibit hall, startup competitions, networking receptions and live performances highlighting the intersection of art, science and technology.

Focus on Young People

Embracing the “We the Future” theme, Mass General will focus much of its programming on young people, their health challenges, science education and their emerging role as community activists during this challenging period in history.

The Mass General Research Institute will reprise its lively American Idol-style science communication competition. This year the event features Boston Public School students as contestants, including science stars from the James P. Timilty Middle School.

Sessions about Key Issues

Mass General will host sessions about addiction and recovery in young adults, the connection between sleep and obesity in children and present a Morning Workout and Mindfulness program for children and their parents. Mass General’s Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds is hosting programs on parenting when pot is legal, TV watching for teens and 2-year-olds, and parenting a politically active teenager in the age of social media.

Mass General will convene an important community discussion in historic Faneuil Hall on the student-led movement against gun violence. Special guest David Hogg – a survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and co-founder of March for Our Lives – will join Chana Sacks, MD, of the Mass General Department of Medicine and co-founder of Mass General’s Gun Violence Prevention Coalition, and moderator Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, pastor at Boston’s New Work AME Church.

Register for a free HUBweek pass and see the full HUBweek schedule at www.hubweek.org.

For more information about Mass General programming at HUBweek, visit www.massgeneral.org/hubweek.

This story was first published in MGH Hotline.