The only cross-college conference of its kind.

Designed for collegiate students and recent alums in Boston and beyond, you’ll meet movers and shakers from schools all across the Northeast, be inspired by fabulous speakers, and attend workshops that will help you build the skills you need to succeed – no matter your career goals.

When worlds collide, inspiration sparks.

Whether you’re interested in technology, business, social impact, or arts and culture, IDEA Con is the perfect place to get inspired. And even better: you’ll learn strategies to harness that inspiration and turn it into something real.

You’ll get actionable insights from the industry’s top innovators, venture capitalists, and educators – all while making vital connections with fellow young movers and shakers.

Why should you attend?

💡 Find Inspiration
Enjoy stories told by young innovators, entrepreneurs, and community changemakers.
🏆 Prepare For Success In Any Career
Learn innovation skills and develop an entrepreneurial mindset where “problems” become opportunities
⭐ Learn To Make A Difference
Uncover what you’re most passionate about and learn how to use that passion to create an impact in your career and communities.
🚀 Launch With Confidence
Learn how to understand problems deeply in order to launch new solutions your target audience will love.

IDEA Con is perfect for you if you’re new to the innovation space, a seasoned founder, or somewhere in the middle. Register today!

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For the most up-to-date agenda, please see the conference app here.

Breakfast & Innovation Table Expo

IDEA Con Kick Off and IGNITE Talks

C.A.R.E. Cafés

Morning Workshop


Afternoon Workshop

Keynote: Anarghya Vardhana & Fireside Chat with Entrepreneur-in-Residence Justin Kang

Networking & Innovation Table Expo


Workshops are offered in partnership with Tufts University and UMass Lowell. Click the workshop to learn more and meet the instructors.

🤝 Networking Like a Boss
⭐ Performing as an All-Star Team
🗣️ Pitching: Yourself, Your Story, and Your Idea
💰 Early-Stage Funding: Getting Your Ideas Off the Ground
💼 Beyond Founding: Careers in innovation
💸 How to Land Your First Customer
💪 Changemaking: How to Mobilize Your Community
🎨 Get Creative: Harnessing Creativity to Make a Difference
❓ I Have an Idea – Now What?


Since 2018, IDEA Con has hosted thousands of young innovators from 20+ colleges and universities including the University of New Hampshire, Emerson College, Tufts University, and many more. We look forward to bringing back the fully in-person experience this year in accordance with any and all current Boston University COVID policies.

IDEA Con is powered by Boston University’s Innovate@BU, a University-wide initiative to enable all BU Terriers to become drivers of innovation in their own lives, careers, and communities. Through its physical home on the Charles River campus, the BUild Lab IDG Capital Student Innovation Center, it provides a variety of signature programs that foster an entrepreneurial mindset and help students turn their ideas into something real.


Workshops are offered in partnership with the Derby Entrepreneurship Center at Tufts University and the Jack M. Wilson Center for Entrepreneurship at UMass Lowell

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