Engineering + Entrepreneurship:
Making Robotics Fly


We’d like to express our sincere appreciation to the tireless team of organizers, volunteers, alumni, and faculty without whom this incredible and pioneering showcase of Harvard and Boston’s entrepreneurial ambitions would not have been possible!

Harvard University

  • Lillian Anderson, Associate Director of Special Projects

  • Alan Garber, Provost of Harvard University

  • Christine Heenan, Senior Advisor to the President

  • Peggy Noonan, Vice Provost

  • Perry Hewitt, Chief Digital Officer

  • Dean Mike Smith, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University.

John A Paulson Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

  • Frank Doyle, John A. Paulson Dean

  • Susan Forrest, Director of Events

  • Paul Karoff, Assistant Dean for Communications

Harvard Business School

  • Nitin Nohria, Dean of the Faculty

  • Nancy Boccia, Director of Special Events

  • Colin Maclay, Director of the Digital Initiative

  • Mitchell Weiss, MBA Class of 1961 Senior Lecturer of Business Administration

Harvard Athletics

  • Bob Scalise, Nichols Family Director of Athletics

  • Caitlyn E. Young, Assistant Director of Athletics


  • Logan Campbell, Co-founder

  • Daniel Katz, Co-founder

Drone Girl

  • Sally French


  • Nicholas Horbaczewski


  • JD Rhoads


  • Michael Kolowich  

Of course, it was not easy. We set out to organize a new and experimental type of event, in one of Harvard’s holiest of spaces, with prototype technology, in collaboration with large public and private entities new to each other, in an “evolving” national regulatory environment… whilst making sure everyone is safe and keeping a close eye on Hurricane Joaquin.

Some people called us crazy… at times we all experienced that frenetic startup highs and lows when resources and time cannot possibly guarantee a successful “product launch.”

But in the end we had perfect weather, a sold-out event, and over-the-top contributions from every single team member and partner. We proved that although new initiatives at the intersections of schools, fields (or stadiums), and in our case, FAA regulations, are not always easy… they are well worth it and we are proud to have pulled it off and set Harvard engineering and entrepreneurship on a collision course.

Read Hugo’s recap of the event, and more press coverage here:
Boston GlobeGazetteWCVB Channel 5, and the The Crimson.

About Engineering + Entrepreneurship

Separately, entrepreneurship and engineering create opportunities for substantial progress in the world.

Together, they imagine, design, and create the tools for our future.

So the leaders of the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Harvard Business School (HBS) are partnering on a new event. One that explores areas for game-changing impact at the intersection of entrepreneurship and engineering and then helps advance the science, technology, and business at their core. Making Robotics Fly is our inaugural effort.

Our mission:

  1. Advance technology, business formation, and innovation, this year in the area of UAV’s and robotics more generally.
  2. Create more positive societal impact at the intersection of entrepreneurship and engineering. Notably, begin to harness the promise of new and deeper collaborations between HBS and SEAS.
  3. Engage the Boston-area community as an audience and participants, strengthening both their sense of engagement and the local ecosystem.

This inaugural Engineering+Entrepreneurship event comes at a time of great momentum and potential. In just the past few years SEAS has transitioned from a Division to a School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; seen enrollments increase exponentially; received an unprecedented gift from John A. Paulson to endow the school; secured an engaging and entrepreneurial new leader in Dean Francis J. Doyle III; made plans for an expanded state-of-the-art campus; hired dynamic new faculty; and supported cutting-edge research and teaching.

At the same time, HBS Dean Nitin Nohria has led efforts on innovation and new ties to the broader university community and to the world. HBS’s Rock Center, its new venture competition and Rock 100 entrepreneurship summit, the expanded entrepreneurship faculty and course offerings, and the new Harvard i-lab and Launch Lab are all cornerstones of tremendous entrepreneurial energy and potential on campus.

SEAS will expand across the street from HBS in just a few years, and with the new proximity, the two schools anticipate great new opportunities for their students, faculty, and communities to make a positive difference in the world. Engineering+Entrepreneurship is both an experiment and an exhibit of what’s to come from those.


A special partnership between

Harvard John A. Paulson
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Harvard Business School
Co-hosted by Xfund

Presented as Part of

About HUBweek

HUBweek is a week of events and experiences from October 3 – 10 to celebrate the innovation and energy that thrive in Greater Boston. HUBweek is working with artists, scientists, entrepreneurs and policymakers from across the city to host interactive art exhibits, hack-a-thons, policy forums – and even some parties – that will showcase how Boston’s creative spirit is shaping the future.

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Making Robotics Fly is presented with the generous help of the following companies and student organizations:

Parking and Directions

Use of public transportation is highly recommended. Please visit to plan your trip to:

Harvard Stadium
65 North Harvard Street
Boston, MA 02134

Harvard Business School Lot

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Public Parking in Harvard Square

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Contact Us

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Robotics Ecosystem

Robotics is poised to transform our economy and society. Much of the groundbreaking work is happening on-campus and throughout Boston.