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Building Innovation Infrastructure: Lessons from Boston

  • CIC Cambridge 1 Broadway, 5th floor, Havana Cambridge, MA, 02142 United States (map)

Attendees of BIO 2018, and innovation economy friends!

Over the last two decades, Boston has seen an enormous amount of transformative growth driven by innovation-focused companies and industries, from life sciences, information technology, food technology, big data, robotics, and many other high-impact fields.

Please join a panel of distinguished leaders from Boston's innovation economy who have built innovation ecosystems in Boston to discuss how to create innovation in your home town. We'll discuss what we've learned in building innovation locally, and share best practices for building a more connected, innovation-focused world.


Tom Ryden, Founder & Executive Director, MassRobotics

Nina Dudnik, Founder & CEO, Seeding Labs

Lauren Abda, Founder & CEO, Branchfood, and partner, Branch Venture Group

Tim Rowe, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board, LabCentral, and Founder & CEO, Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC)

Moderated by Stas Gayshan, Managing Director, Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC), & Founder, CIC Boston

Discussion topics:

Should we build innovation infrastructure?

What is the appropriate level of government and private sector investment in building innovation infrastructure?

How do we strike the right balance between building hard innovation infrastructure (wet labs, dry labs, robotics centers, shared kitchens) or soft innovation infrastructure (event spaces, programs, people)?

What can innovation infrastructure do in terms of community impact?

...and many more.


Havana Room, Cambridge Innovation Center

5th Floor, 1 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142

Event schedule:

4:00 PM - (optional) tour of CIC's first location, in Kendall Square, coined the original innovation district by the Brookings Institution.

5:00 PM - doors open, and open discussion

5:30 PM - panel start time

6:30 PM - panel end time

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM - open networking and discussion

7:30 PM - end of event