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2019 Innovator Symposium

October 24, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

What does an ocean-going robot do? What really is the secret life of bees? What does super-resolution microscopy look like? What can we learn about the earliest stages of heart disease? How can artificial intelligence help people make personal decisions? What will healing therapies look like in the future? The experts asking – and answering – these questions are among the featured speakers at our 2019 Innovator Symposium. 

Save the date for this free public event!
Thursday, October 24 from 6:30-8:30pm 

Hands-on maker stations in robotics, architecture, electronic arts, woodshop, and biology!

Featured speakers/showcases (more to come!):
(Interested in presenting? Contact Joshua Schuler at joshua@aceraschool.org)

Alia Atlas, Tech Lead/Manager, Google
Jacob Baker, Ph.D. candidate, Lieberman Lab at MIT
Bill Bing, Senior Vice President, Humatics
Peter Blake, Ed.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of the Social Development and Learning Lab at Boston University
Adrienne Card, Merrimack Valley Apiaries
Eamon Carrig, Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Autonomous Marine Systems
RJ He, Vice President of Engineering, Optimus Ride
Nia Johnson, Harvard University, Mazingira Bioethics Group
Ned Kirkpatrick, Head of Microscopy, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research
Aimee and Noel Poirier, Collective Healing Center
David Potere, Ph.D., Head of GeoInnovation, Indigo Ag
Molly Scannell, multimedia artist
Orit Shaer, Ph.D., Human-Computer Interaction Researcher 
Stanley Shaw, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Science Officer, One Brave Idea
Mithil Raut, Application Engineer, Silicon Labs
Conor Walsh, Ph.D., Gordon McKay Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard School of Engineering
Davide Zaccagnini, M.D., The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics at MIT
Snejina Zacharia, Founder and CEO, Insurify.com

Acera’s annual Innovator Symposium is a free community event that showcases these scientists and inventors – and their groundbreaking work – for people of all ages to enjoy. Last year, more than 300 kids, adults, researchers, and tinkerers attended to explore the worlds of neuroscience, nanomaterials, 3D printable clothing, and wearable biometric technology. Check out scenes from last year’s Symposium.

There are no assumptions about what content is “too old” or “too young” for attendees at this unique and interactive event; children and adults alike can meet and speak with leading scientists. It’s one of the many ways Acera makes science accessible to all ages and learning styles, and makes connections to innovations happening in the real world.


October 24, 2019
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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