IDEAS Boston at UMass Boston 2011
An advocate of record sharing with a chip implanted in his arm containing his medical records. A copyright crusader turned corruption crusader. An entrepreneur who breaks mental models through beatboxing. These phrases describe three of the 16 provocative, inspiring, and leading-edge thinkers that took part in this year’s IDEAS Boston conference, held on October 20, 2011 at IDEAS Boston’s new permanent home, the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Others who took part in the conference included a world-renowned expert on the chemical processes that underlie global warming, a professor of law who questioned whether fashion designs should be protected under copyright law, and a filmmaker who challenged the meaning of memorabilia.

Since 2004, this conference has gathered innovators from Boston and the surrounding region—artists, surgeons, economists, inventors, and entrepreneurs—and asked them to speak for 20 minutes about their current, and sometimes next, big idea.

Those ideas included using music to reduce pain in patients, removing a barrier to higher education by simplifying the financial aid application process, and commercializing a technology that could eliminate the need for throwaway batteries.

Photos by: Harry Brett and Marilyn Humphries
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