• Melissa Rosales

EIV: HUBWeek returns with robot block party

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Boston celebrated its third weeklong festival of art, science, and technology, HUBWeek, last Tuesday, Oct. 10 to Sunday, Oct. 15. According to the event’s website, the civic collaboration aims to strengthen the innovation ecosystem in order to improve human life.

This year, HUBWeek opened its first festival site at the City Hall Plaza to the public last Thursday. Six geodesic domes and more than 80 shipping containers now house the festival’s exhibits. Conferences and tours continue to take place around the Boston area, WBUR reports.

“We used these shipping containers as modular objects, so we created a really experiential design so that people could come in, explore, find something new, and kinda be really inspired by this space,” said Brian Bishop of CBT Architects and designer of the hub.

The festival also displayed more than two dozen robots in a “robot block party,” Boston.com reports. The gathering came about from a partnership between the city of Boston and MassRobotics,  a collective of engineers, rocket scientists, and entrepreneurs.

The block party also included an “autonomous vehicle petting zoo” where self-driving vehicles created by nuTonomy, Optimus Ride, Delphi and a collaboration between Toyota and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology were showcased.

HUBWeek is founded by The Boston Globe, Harvard University, MIT, and Massachusetts General Hospital. It includes 175 events and 500 speakers. Fifty thousand people are estimated to have attended this year’s events.