Share learnings and build community at the MIT Innovation Ecosystem Symposium on Oct. 12-13. Learn more


Hosted by: MIT Innovation Initiative, MIT Lab for Innovation Science and Policy & MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program 

MIT iEcosystem Symposium
October 12 – 13, 2017 
Tech Square @ MIT
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The MIT Innovation Ecosystem (iEcosystem) Symposium will bring a global community of practitioners from industry, risk capital, startups, academia, and government, together with thought leaders and scholars to explore the implementation of novel models, programs, and initiatives that enhance economic growth and social progress in innovation ecosystems.

The goal of the symposium is to learn from both successes and failures and to maximize collective impact in research and practice, exploring “what’s best” today and “what’s next” on the frontier. The overarching emphasis will be on the models, programs, and initiatives that develop, drive, and inform innovation ecosystems and the roles multi-stakeholder leadership plays in advancing them both individually and collectively.

  • Immersed in the Ecosystem. Home to MIT labs, makerspaces, and industry alike, the symposium will be held in the heart of Tech Square, an innovation ecosystem it aims to foster.
  • Broad Base of Inputs. Through a call for concepts soliciting novels models from around the world, the symposium tracks will be defined by the submissions received and will draw from them to coalesce and disseminate best practices and new ideas.
  • Desired Outcomes. The symposium aims to compile a resource regarding the inputs, outputs, and impacts of effective I&E models, programs, and initiatives, making available the top 30 concept papers describing novel, action-oriented programs (including their design, implementation challenges and metrics for evaluation), and identifying concrete, new focus areas for future research.

The time is right to share our learnings, build community, and explore what the future of innovation ecosystem models might look like. Join us to participate in the discussion. 


October 12 – 13, 2017
Tech Square @ MIT
Cambridge, MA


(Times and agenda are subject to change. Check back often for the latest update.)

Day One: Thursday, October 12

  • 10:30 am Registration
  • 11:30 am Welcome, Poster Sessions & Lunch
  • 12:50 pm Opening Remarks Fiona Murray, Vladimir Bulović, MIT
  • 1:00 pm Keynote Stephen Forte, Laudato Si Challenge, Fresco
  • 1:15 pm Panel: How Ecosystem Orchestrators Create the Conditions for Inclusive Innovation and Social Impact Steve Grossman, Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (chair)
  • 2:00 pm Fireside Chat: The Challenge of Collective Impact: When is Real Progress Possible? Jan Rivkin, Harvard Business School; Mark Kramer, FSG
  • 3:30 pm Panel: The Power of Place: Buildings and Cities as Canvases for Ecosystem Engagement Diane Hoskins, Gensler; Erik Ubels, OVG Real Estate; Salomon Salinas, Global Connected Spaces, Accenture Digital; Albert Saiz, MIT (chair)
  • 4:15 pm Program Evaluation & Benchmarks Yael Hochberg, Rice University, Dan Fehder, University of Southern California
  • 6:00 pm Reception @ Inclusive Innovation Competition Final Awards Ceremony at Boston City Hall Plaza (part of HubWeek)

Day Two: Friday, October 13

  • 8:00 am Breakfast
  • 8:30 am Keynote
  • 9:00 am Panel: The Potential of Gender Balance: What’s Next in Bridging the Gender Gap Chandra Briggman, Venture Café, Kendall (chair)
  • 9:45 am Innovation Metrics & Measures Fiona Murray, Phil Budden, Scott Stern, MIT; Jorge Guzman, NBER
  • 10:45 am Track Breakout Sessions (Ideas to Impact, Entrepreneurship Programs, Ecosystem Orchestrators)
  • 11:15 am Mini-Hackathons
  • 12:30 pm Lunch
  • 1:15 pm Judging
  • 2:30 pm Closing Reception & Program
  • 3:30 pm Symposium Ends

*Additional HubWeek activities may be available to participants Friday evening and Saturday.


$250 per person (fee waived for MIT faculty and staff. Limited tickets are available.)

> To see the current list of registrants, click here.

Questions? Contact

Sponsorship opportunities for the MIT iEcosystem Symposium are available. For more information, please contact Terri Park at