CollegeThinkTank Boston, an intriguing initiative between Boston's Office of Business Development and Wentworth Institute of Technology's Accelerate program. The two institutions came together to host a civic hackathon, a series of intense workshops condensed into a daylong event, with the goal of solving real urban challenges.
The event, which took place at the MassChallenge space in the Innovation District, was packed with over 100 students from schools including Wentworth, Harvard, MIT, Tufts, Northeastern, Boston College, Boston Architectural College, UMass, Babson, Emmanuel, Berklee School of Music, Wellesley College, Bunker Hill Community College, MassArt, Brandeis, Middlebury College, New England School of Art and Design, Suffolk, and Hult. Together they represented an impressive group of interdisciplinary thinkers, combining the majors of architecture, engineering, business, healthcare, mathematics, social sciences, art, and social services. Helping the students was a group of "facilitators"; professors, designers and consultants from firms such as IDEO, Continuum, the IXL Center, ePowerhouse and MassInno.