Spring Conference 2020

Friday, April 24, 2020  |  Microsoft NERD Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge

The Boston Area Research Initiative is now accepting proposals for talks for its spring conference, The Smart, Equitable Commonwealth: Co-Creating the Society We Want, to be held on April 24th, 2020.

Click here to submit a proposal! Proposals are due by Friday, January 17th, 2020 at 11:59 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.

We are inviting proposals for talks describing data-driven work occurring throughout Greater Boston.We are interested in talks 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 are encouraging 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.

We encourage proposals from all disciplines and domains that highlight innovative, data-driven work that seeks to serve residents and solve social problems across the Greater Boston region. We are also interested in talks exploring models of cross-agency and inter-institutional collaboration.

Proposals are not required to describe work that explicitly addresses equity and collaboration, though all submitters are encouraged to consider these aspects of their proposals. All selected talks will be placed on panels designed to generate conversation around innovative uses of data and technology, and their potential impact on society. Talks will be evaluated in part on their ability to contribute to such a conversation.

Proposal Instructions
Proposals will be for a 10-minute talk, and will describe one of the following:

Proposals will be accepted until Friday, January 17th, 2020, at 11:59 PM. Applicants will be notified in early February if their proposals have been accepted.


Thanks to our sponsors:


        Boston Indicators

Microsoft New England
BU Initiative on Cities

Thanks to our partners:

Code for Boston


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!