Innovator Symposium

Innovator Symposium

Join us on Thursday, April 27, 6:30 to 8:30 pm for our Spring Innovator Symposium!

Meet leading scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs from MIT’s Media Lab, Tufts School of Engineering, Harvard University and more. Try your hand at drawing in Virtual Reality, wood working, robotics, several design, and engineering or an architecture challenges, and many other hands-on activities. Learn about bio-materials developed to model neuro-degenerative disease, political tribalism on Twitter, or how to doodle in 3D. Finish up the evening with a community drum circle and marshmallow roast!

More than 300 people enjoyed groundbreaking science for all at our last Innovator Symposium in fall 2017.

Browse some pictures of our fall 16 symposium in this Facebook album.
Thank you to all of our wonderful fall 16 presenters!

Groundbreaking Science for all ages. Open to all.


Acera’s Innovator Symposiuma free community event open to all, is part of our efforts to break down the walls between science and the general public.

Since 2015, the symposium has brought together science-curious people of all ages. We’ve connected MIT Microbiome researchers with curious Kindergarteners; experienced engineers with avid Lego builders, and MediaLab experts with aspiring toy hackers. In this event, everybody can explore cutting-edge science, and be inspired by innovators and researchers in many different fields.

Now in its second year, Acera’s Innovator Symposium has seen a steady stream of renowned presenters and science-curious participants. More than 600 children and adults of diverse backgrounds and all walks of life have gathered to build community around science and innovation.

View photos of our Spring 2016 Innovator Symposium and read about our 2015 Fall Innovator Symposium.

Past Presenters Include

  • Ainara Sistiaga from MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science
  • Ease Team – Open Style Lab winner & designer Christina Glover
  • Daniel Rosenberg, Harvard University
  • Ed Miracco, Senior Scientist, Moderna Therapeutics
  • Forest Handford, DevOps Lead, Games Evangelist, Affectiva
  • James Cleary, PhD of Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Jean Berko Gleason, PhD, Boston University
  • Marc Abrahams, Annals of Improbable Research
  • Mathieu Groussin, PhD from MIT’s Alm Lab
  • Nadia Chernyak, PhD from BU’s Social Development and Learning Lab
  • Rad Duintjer Tebbens, PhD, Kids Risk
  • Rich Fletcher, PhD, MIT Media Lab and MIT D Lab
  • Roisin Commane, PhD, Harvard Biosphere Group
  • Sinyun Yang, Jingijing Xi, David Harari, BrainCo
  • Tina Cleary, M.D.
  • Tom Chang & Costas Zervos, Senior Software Engineers,  iRobot
  • Youssef Saleh, AvaRobotics
  • Mark Fishman, MD, President Emeritus, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research
  • Rad Duintjer Tebbens, PhD, Kids Risk
  • Angela Belcher, PhD, MIT Department of Biological Engineering
  • Kimberly Homan, PhD, The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University
  • Meredith Thompson, MEd, MIT Education Arcade
  • James Fox, CEO, OBZ Design
  • Honey Bajaj, MIT Media Lab
  • Marc Abrahams, The Annals of Improbable Research / Ig Nobel Prizes
  • Eric Alm, PhD, MIT Center for Microbiome Informatics and Therapeutics
  • Derek Blair, Takeda Pharmaceuticals
  • Jim Shaw, MBA, MS, FastWay Engineering
  • Anthony Chhoy, cofounder and CFO, Makers Empire
  • James Cleary, MD, PhD Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Liz Dawes Duraisingh, PhD, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Alisha Panjwani, MS, Acera SEEDS StudioLab, MIT Media Lab
  • David Grayzel, MD, Atlas Ventures
  • Martha Fishman, MD, Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Rebecca Kleinberger, MIT Media Lab, Opera of the Future
  • Marcio Macedo, Director of Product Development, iRobot
  • Shirley O’ Neil, CEO, Sonzia
  • Marshall Wentworth, MIT’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Team