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Hi there,

We launched the HUBweekly newsletter to showcase the brightest ideas and most newsworthy innovations in art, science, and technology coming out of the Boston area, and to help you stay on top of it all. 

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In newsletters and friendship,

The HUBweek Team


1. COLLABORATION FOR A HEALTHIER FUTURE From our partners at Pfizer:

Gone are the days when scientific research was an insular activity that took place within the walls of a single company—today, collaboration has become more important than ever in developing new therapies and improving our healthcare system. This is especially true in Boston, with over 300 companies in the local biotech ecosystem and over 1800 drug candidates from Massachusetts in clinical studies. During HUBweek 2018, Pfizer’s Barbara Sosnowski and David Shields explained how, to advance drug discovery, they source the best assets and talent from within their company, while also finding creative ways to work with a variety of partners in their broader Kendall Square community. 



Art institutions are increasingly using technology to engage their visitors and make the most of their collections, and the MFA is no exception. According to the Museum’s interactive media team, tech in the gallery aligns with how we're used to consuming information (from social platforms and our smartphones), so interactive experiences can deepen engagement with artworks and make museum-going more accessible and fun for everyone. Looking to experience some art in VR for yourself? Lucky for you, Google Arts & Culture recently unveiled their new Pocket Gallery that brings together all of Johannes Vermeer’s known works, including those stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, in a virtual exhibition.



Researchers in MIT’s Senseable City Lab recently released a study that showed how easy it is to “re-identify” our data, even if tech companies say its anonymized. As we move through cities — swiping our transit passes, sending texts, using GPS — we leave behind a huge amount of location data that, although our identities may be initially removed, can still be traced back to us using an algorithm. Want to limit how much information you share? Here are some tips and tricks. Health data is especially important to protect, so hospitals are increasingly turning to the blockchain: MGH recently teamed up with Korean startup MediBloc to explore how the hospital can use the technology to more securely and efficiently manage patient information.



The Massachusetts Conference for Women took place in Boston last week, and featured, among an impressive lineup, Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman and human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, who told audiences that although we’re “living through a defining moment in the fight for gender equality,” there is still much more work to be done to ensure that women have equal opportunities across race, class, and industry. Millennial women throughout Boston also rejoiced (including Zoe Dobuler, this newsletter’s writer) when The Wing, a network of community spaces designed for self-identifying women, announced that it will be opening a co-working space in Back Bay this coming year.



The urban landscape of Greater Boston is rapidly transforming, as the region tries to balance a growing population and shifting business demands with preserving neighborhood character. In Somerville, Union Square is on the verge of a $1.5 billion makeover — one that proponents say will give the city a much-needed downtown, but that some local groups worry might price out some longtime residents and small businesses. To the south, the long-delayed Dot Block development in Dorchester is aiming to break ground next year, bringing with it an underground parking garage, apartments, and retail space. One of the biggest challenges facing the city today? A shortage of housing, which some lawmakers are trying to fix with new legislation and zoning laws that would pave the way for more affordable options.


Getting to the Point with Congresswoman-elect Ayanna Pressley

Thursday, December 13, 6:30PM—8:00PM, Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

210 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125



2018 Boston Digital Health Conference

Saturday, December 15, 1:30PM—5:00PM, Ray and Maria Stata Center

32 Vassar Street, Room 155, Cambridge, MA 02139



Upcycling UNLESS: Make-Your-Own Reusable Tote Bag Event

Monday, December 17, 4:00PM—7:00PM , Prudential Center

800 Boylston Street Boston, MA, 02199



BUILD Boston Holiday Sales Bazaar

Tuesday, December 18, 4:00PM — 6:00PM, District Hall

75 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210


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What do a neuroscientist, a superintendent of the year, and the MA Commissioner of Education have in common? They're all coming to the 7th annual LearnLaunch Across Boundaries Conference, January 31 and February 1, 2019, in Boston! Don't miss your opportunity to explore the cutting edge of education with 1,400 of your fellow innovators, educators, entrepreneurs, investors, and education professionals from across the ecosystem, and to discuss the challenges and opportunities around technology in education. Register by December 18th for your special early bird discount!

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Dhash ShrivathsaLINE-8

Founder and CEO, Radix Labs

Dhash Shrivathsa is founder and CEO of Radix Labs, a startup that provides biologists with software to automate and efficiently share their work, connecting scientists and their labs with an interconnected, easy-to-use system that requires no coding experience. Radix Labs was launched at Y Combinator's Summer 2018 Demo Day, and is now in residence at MIT's The Engine, a startup incubator for tech and science companies.

Q: What have been the biggest challenges you've faced in founding and growing a startup? How have you overcome them?

A: Scaling yourself is one of my biggest challenges. Every day I have to be in three places at once, and I should always be writing code. I really enjoy it—I still write for fun on my one day off a week, but doing what you’re good at or enjoy is rarely what the business needs. Making myself confront new situations such as enterprise sales and constantly pushing myself out of my comfort zone are the norm...I’ve sure gotten a lot better, but by getting better you can see further into where you need to grow as a head of a company, so it’s a never ending challenge. More fun that way! Also, just the fact of writing code on a manager’s schedule is hard. I haven’t found a good way to roll that in, so I usually block out some days just to write code, and over the weekend is by far my most “productive” time for doing technical work.

Read the full interview with this week's Change Maker Dhash Shrivathsa

Pfizer's Global Head of External Partnerships Barbara Sosnowski and Executive Director of Centers for Therapeutic Innovation, East David Shields discussing the necessity of collaboration in pharmaceutical innovation during HUBweek 2018.