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FEI: Front End of Innovation
June 10-12, 2024
Omni Boston Hotel at the SeaportBoston

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Each year, FEI: Front End of Innovation offers a curated selection of learning, networking and knowledge-sharing events held off-site at local businesses in the heart of Boston's thriving innovation community. From interactive panel discussions involving real-life challenges, case-studies, prototype and knowledge sharing to informal problem-solving among peers, these unique off-site events take your FEI experience to the next level—ensuring unmatched interpersonal collaboration and experiential participation.

The (Front End of) Innovation Trail Experience

Monday, June 103:45pm-5:00pm

Like Boston's infamous Freedom Trail, this unique innovation experience tailored to FEI attendees is a walkable, guided tour of 21 key innovation sites, including four museums spread across South Boston. Can't miss stops include: 

MIT Museum. Explore the museum's more than one million objects that depict the wide interests of the MIT community from its founding in 1861 to today's cutting-edge current research. 

Broad Discovery Center, Experience the active, public educational space that showcases how researchers around the world seek to understand and treat human disease.

Draper Laboratory, Examine this independent engineering innovation hub at the forefront of academia and technology, with experts in strategic systems, space, national security, and biotechnology. 

Experience MassRobotics

Tuesday, June 11, 3:45pm-5:00pm

Join fellow innovators for a custom, behind the scenes tour of the largest independent robotics innovation hub dedicated to accelerating technology and adoption in the field of robotics. FEI attendees enjoy exclusive access to MassRobotics, with an indepth look at the ways in which the non-profit uniquely educates, connects, advocates and escalates global robotics innovations to create opportunities and accelerate the success of entrepreneurs and start-ups around the world.

Key features of the MassRobotics tour for FEI attendees include: a view of trends and enabling technologies, an overview of funding, growth and impact on industry verticals, and the future for robotics. MassRobotics is an encouraging and open environment where questions and discussion are encouraged. After a short presentation, the tour will break into smaller groups for demonstrations that include the first collaborative robot and an autonomous mobile robot (AMR). 

Harpoon Brewery Experience

Tuesday, June 11, 3:45pm-5:00pm

After traveling through Europe and enjoying its widely diverse beer culture, three college friends dreamed of bringing it to Boston. In 1986, they did just that: Harpoon Brewery received Brewing Permit #001 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and began pioneering a craft beer revolution and today is one of New England's finest employee-owned independent craft brewers.

Join fellow FEI innovators for a private guided tour of the inner workings of Massachusett's first craft brewery in Boston's famous Seaport District. This interactive tour will cover the brewery's renowned history as well as its unique craft brewing and packaging processes, culminating in an interactive tasting session of Harpoon's unique beer, cider and seltzer offerings.

Innovation District Experience

Monday, June 10, 3:45pm-5:00pm

Boston’s Seaport by WS Development is the city’s new downtown—an urban waterfront neighborhood spanning 33 acres across 20 city blocks near the Boston Harbor where innovation and lifestyle intersect. Home to some of the world’s most innovative companies in technology and life sciences, more than 350 companies, including 200+ start-ups, have set up shop in the neighborhood since 2010. 

We'll join Yanni Tsipis, SVP of Development for Seaport for an in-depth tour of the neighborhood and learn more about Boston’s thriving Innovation District. This behind-the-scenes tour is an opportunity to visit 111 Harbor Way and 400 Summer Street, along with several of the new retailers, parks and amenities in Boston’s Innovation District.