October 7 – 8, 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 October 7th and 8th at Boston’s District Hall for the second 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.