Spring Conference 2020

The Smart, Equitable Commonwealth: Co-Creating the Society We Want


The 2020 BARI Conference, Reimagined


What does a conference look like in a time when in-person gatherings are impossible, but community and innovative public policy are more important than ever? We’re moving the 2020 BARI Conference online, featuring one panel every Friday throughout the summer.

We’ll be announcing the series in one-month blocks. Each panel will be presented as a live webcast, which will also be released as a podcast episode the following week. Register for the conference today, and we’ll share the access information before each session. Panels will be from 3:30 – 4:30 pm, with an optional BARI Video Happy Hour following each session.

Sign up for our email list to get updates on each panel, and register today to attend! We’ll share the Zoom login information before each session.


Opening Keynote: The Other Impacts of Corona
Friday, April 24, 3:30 pm

Week 2: Co-Creation: Designing Together for Better Outcomes

Friday, May 1, 3:30 pm

Week 3: Collaboratively Building Climate Resilience

Friday, May 8, 3:30 pm

Week 4: Supporting the Vulnerable Few

Friday, May 15, 3:30 pm


Week 5 Keynote: Boston Innovation: Past Present and Future with Paul Grogan and Friends
Friday, May 22, 11:00 am


Week 6: Strengthening the Commonwealth through Cross-Municipal Collaboration
Friday, May 29, 3:30 pm


Week 7: Making Housing in Greater Boston Work for Everyone
Friday, June 5, 3:30 pm


Week 8: Supporting Greater Boston’s Youth
Friday, June 12, 3:30 pm


Week 9: Leveraging the 2020 Census Equitably
Friday, June 19, 3:30 pm


Week 10: Equity in Education
Friday, June 26, 3:30 pm


No panel Friday, July 3rd, in observance of Independence Day


Week 11: Solving Boston’s Traffic Crisis
Friday, July 10, 3:30 pm


Week 12: Two Bostons
Friday, July 17, 3:30 pm


Week 13: Pollution Across Communities and Places
Friday, July 24, 3:30 pm


Closing Keynote: What Cities and Towns Need Now
Friday, July 31, 3:30 pm


BARI’s annual conference is a unique forum for greater Boston’s civic data ecosystem—spanning the public sector, private sector, non-profits, community leaders, and academia—to explore how data and technology can be used to better understand and serve our communities. “Smart cities” should be about more than just efficiency and fancy new tools; it is about partnering across institutions and communities to collaboratively transform all of our cities and towns into the places we want them to be.

The conference features talks describing data-driven work occurring throughout Greater Boston, on all topics related to cities and communities, including but not limited to: housing; transportation; public health; climate change; inequality and segregation; public safety and law enforcement; arts and culture; and access to resources, amenities, and services. In keeping with our themes of “equity” and “co-creating society,” we encourage submitters to consider which members of society are engaged in or impacted by their work. If relevant, we also ask you to note the role of cross-institutional collaboration.


Thanks to our sponsors:


        Boston Indicators   Barr Foundation

BU Initiative on Cities
Microsoft New England



Thanks to our partners:

Code for Boston

Emerson Engagement Lab


Northeast Big Data Hub









Do you represent an organization interested in becoming a sponsor or partner for this event? Reach out to us at BARI@northeastern.edu to discuss your participation!