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It’s Fall! As the weather cools, the events scene in Boston heats up with collaborations, conferences, and festivals designed to spark innovation, connect communities, and bring social entrepreneurs together to learn and network. This Fall brings exciting social innovation and nonprofit events to the city, from old favorites such as the Mass Nonprofit Net Annual Conference to HUBweek and more. Here’s a listing of some of the places you might want to go this Fall to learn the latest best practices from fellow social innovators:


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Boston’s Climate Vulnerabilities and Solutions Symposium

Thursday, September 15, 2016 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston – 7:30 am – 1 pm

This day-long, solution-oriented symposium and expo on climate preparedness will mark a shift from planning to action in the citywide Climate Ready Boston initiative. Expo topics will focus on technologies and policies that prepare the City’s buildings, businesses, and districts for the future. Register to attend the event here

HUBweek: A Festival for the Future

September 25th – October 1st — Multiple Locations

Founded by The Boston Globe, Harvard University, MIT and Mass General Hospital, HUBweek is a first-of-its-kind civic collaboration that brings together the most creative and inventive minds making a difference in Boston and around the world. Join over 130 organizations in 2016 for a look behind-the-scenes – visit our labs, our companies, our creative spaces. Meet those who are making a difference, from policy leaders and researchers to investors, founders and creatives. Explore, imagine, and exchange ideas that are shaping your tomorrow. Learn all about HUBweek here.



Tuesday, September 27 – Wednesday, October 28, at Microsoft NERD, 12:30 pm – 7:30 pm and 9 am – 2:30 pm

INNOVATION AND THE CITY convenes practitioners, policy makers, and scholars to discuss the strategies, opportunities and drawbacks associated with the innovation economy and urban economic development. Our goal is to help practitioners evaluate and deploy strategies with an integrative and critical perspective that is context-aware and informed by the latest thinking and practical experiences. Register here.


Co-Creating the Future of Our Cities: Economic MobilityEconomic mobility event at Impact Hub Boston Coworking

Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at Impact Hub Boston — 6 pm

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention our own event, part of an international event series, Co-Creating the Future of Our Cities. During the week of September 26-30, Impact Hub Boston joins with fourteen other Impact Hubs across North America to host programming to promote dialog and creative problem solving to address major urban issues. We are convening a varied group of social entrepreneurs, local government, community leaders, nonprofit professionals, business leaders, philanthropists, academics, and engaged citizens for productive conversation drawn from a wide a range of lived experience and professional experience in different fields, neighborhoods, and sectors. Presented in partnership with City Awake. Register here.


2016 Igniting Innovation Summit on Social Entrepreneurship

Saturday, October 1st, 2016 at Harvard University — All Day

The Igniting Innovation Summit on Social Entrepreneurship is the largest undergraduate-run conference on social innovation in the United States. The Summit unites students, academics, and leaders in the field who are passionate about developing innovative solutions to today’s most pressing problems. Over the past six years, the Summit has grown from a small-scale initiative of Harvard students to a nationally recognized forum for social change. Learn more here

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Norman B. Leventhal Excellence in City Building Awards

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 at the Boston Harbor Hotel – 6 pm – 9 pm

The annual Norman B. Leventhal Excellence in City Building Awards celebrates remarkable leaders who have made significant, innovative contributions to the Boston region’s built environment in the areas of transportation, land development, and environment. This year’s gala will honor representatives from Massport, CIC, and UMass Boston. The event is free; registration is required


6th Annual TUGG Tech Gives Back

Thursday, October 20th, 10 am – 3 pm; Block Party 3 pm – 6 pm — Multiple Locations

TUGG’s 6th Annual Tech Gives Back is coming to you this October in partnership with Silicon Valley Bank and powered by Building Impact. In true TUGG style (work hard, play hard), the day will be followed by what TUGG calls “the best block party of the year.”

Tech Gives Back offers Boston tech an opportunity to get out of the office and into the community to remodel classrooms, plant community gardens, prep and serve meals in soup kitchens, provide interview training for veterans, and much more. Find out how to take part here


Massachusetts Nonprofit Network Annual Conference: Moving Forward for a Better Commonwealth

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016, at the Framingham Sheraton — All Day

Each fall since 2008, MNN has hosted an annual conference and expo. This event brings together hundreds of nonprofit professionals — and the business leaders they work with — from across the state for a day of inspiration, learning, and networking. The nonprofit sector is constantly evolving, growing, innovating, and reforming to meet the ever-changing needs of those it serves. This year’s conference, Moving Forward for a Better Commonwealth, will tap into the collective expertise of the nonprofit sector and take a look at what’s working, and what needs to work better. Topics to be covered include: tried and true best practices; innovative technologies and techniques; effective advocacy skills; adapting to a changing funding landscape; and making diversity and inclusion cornerstones of your organization. Learn more here. 

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