Through visits to Hubspot, Berkman Klein Research Center, Breakaway Capital, Genuine Digital, WBUR, and The Globe, Boston showed CCT it is truly aware of the changing business and workforce infrastructure. 14 students spent spring break visiting diverse companies in the fields of software, research, marketing, venture capital, and digital and print media. While the companies ranged in size, culture, and sector, all were keenly aware with how emerging technologies impact everyday needs. Companies approached the issue from varied perspectives, from robots at the Boston Globe to internal surveys employee happiness assessment at Hubspot, but efficiency and efficacy were always paramount. The trip was a great opportunity to get a glimpse into many worlds that CCTers can inhabit, and what those current fields value most in their employees. And it goes without saying, we also ate a ton of lobster, baked beans, and Dunkin Donuts.
In many ways, the Boston Tech Tour felt like a reflection of CCT itself: fascinating, diverse and inherently interdisciplinary approaches to rapidly-changing industries. It became clear in our talk-backs with the various organizations that the qualities hey look for in applicants — flexibility, independent problem-solving, strong communication skills — perfectly align with those honed at CCT. Despite our disparate focus areas, it was fun to see how our individual passions and interests could potentially fit in at all of the organizations we visited. I came to the tour with preconceived notions about my post-grad plan that were ultimately challenged (in a good way!) by the opportunities presented at all of our visits. tldr; Tech Tour is an excellent way to spend your Spring Break — I’d take braving the snow in Boston with my fellow CCT’ers over a beach in Cancun any day. - Ellen Kaufman ‘18
I was most intrigued by Berkman Klein Research Center’s Meta Lab, “a knowledge-design lab dedicated to innovation and experimentation in the networked arts and humanities.” I was supremely impressed by the lab’s ability to integrate experiential engagement with research and provocative thought, and simultaneously create infrastructure product useful for the current Harvard student needs. -Lucy Obus ‘18