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The ultimate start-up: Harvard innovation lab makes it official

Friday, 18 November 2011

It’s dedication day for Harvard’s innovation lab in Boston, but the buzz has been building all fall.

Shepley worked with Harvard to fast-track the creation of Batten Hall and the i-lab, transforming the old studios of WGBH into a high-energy space for campus and community. Say goodbye to the studios where Julia Child and Zoom! were filmed and hello to workshops and wide-open (and wired) spaces.

Or should we say ‘Hi,’ in the spirit of the i-lab’s signature logo, which Shepley created as part of the innovation lab’s brand?

Even before today’s events, i-lab director Gordon Jones has brought in speakers from PayPal and IDEO among the series of innovation rock stars… and the i-lab hasn’t looked back since.

Mark Zuckerberg’s visit to the innovation lab last week (and his pronouncement on arrival that it reminded him of Facebook’s own home) got us wondering: in this space that we created with Harvard, what paradigm shifts will be born in the i-lab?

Hi. What will you do here?

What IS the i-lab? In the words of Harvard’s deans

i-lab website

Boston Globe innovation lab article, November 18, 2011

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