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.


Breakfast & Innovation Table Expo

IDEA Con Kickoff and IGNITE Talks

C.A.R.E. Cafés

Workshop #1


Workshop #2

Keynote Session: Entrepreneurial Mindset Spotlight, Keynote, & “Fernside” Chat

Networking & Innovation Table Expo


IDEA Con Workshops are produced in partnership with UMass Lowell, University of New Hampshire, and Tufts University.

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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.