January 9 – 10, District Hall


IC with DHall

From Detroit to Mexico City to Rotterdam to Tokyo, global cities are reshaping their economies around innovation and entrepreneurship.

Come and join the conversation on January 9th and 10th at Boston’s District Hall for the first annual Innovation and the City colloquium, and connect with the scholars, policy makers, and practitioners that are leading this global transformation.


Cities around the world have embraced the promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship to transform their economies. These efforts seek to create and attract businesses and jobs and more fundamentally, to carve a role for their cities in an increasingly competitive global economy.

They often share a narrative and an urban development toolkit that includes forms of spatial organization (such as shared working spaces, micro-housing, and innovation districts), business formation (such as entrepreneurship competitions, start-ups, risk capital), and talent development (such as STEM, coding, and entrepreneurship education).

Innovation and the City will help practitioners evaluate and deploy these strategies with an integrative and critical perspective that is both context-aware and informed by the latest thinking and practical experience. Guests include leaders of current innovation-related investments and strategies in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Holyoke, St. Louis and London.

Take a look at the program and speakers below:

Innovation Systems and Urban Economies


John Flavin, Chicago Innovation Exchange

Ray Leach, JumpStart Inc.

Dr. Carlos Martinez-Vela, Venture Café Foundation



Dr. Elisabeth Reynolds, MIT Industrial Performance Center

The Metropolitan Revolution and the Rise of Innovation Districts

This keynote address is free and open to the public : January 9, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM


Bruce Katz, Brookings Institution

Creating Places for Innovation


Nicole Fichera, District Hall

Travis Sheridan, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership

Paul Parkhill, Spaceworks NYC


Kairos Shen, Boston Redevelopment Authority

Organizing Innovation in Cities: Practice, Planning, and Policy


Andy Altman, London School of Economics

Pat Larkin, Mass Technology Collaborative

Kyle Polk, Detroit Future City

Shannon Powell, Midtown Atlanta


Jennifer Vey, Brookings Institution

Innovation and Inequality


Dan Kinkead, Detroit Future City

Darrin Redus, Main Street Advisors

Bob Weissbourd, RW Ventures

Harry West, Prophet


Teresa Lynch, Mass Economics

Can Innovation Save Detroit?

This keynote address is free and open to the public : January 10, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM


Dave Egner, New Economy Initiative