Innoskate Cambridge

Innoskate Cambridge

October 28 - 29, 2016

Cambridge, Massachusetts

This Event Has Passed

Location

Friday, October 28 - MIT Stata Center
  • 5:30pm - Intersections of Innovation Master Class
    • Panelists
      • Rodney Mullen, skateboard legend
      • Steven Sebring, filmmaker, photographer, innovator
      • Allan Adams, Physics and Comparative Media Studies and Writing, MIT
      • Anette (Peko) Hosoi, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Associate Department Head of Operations at MIT
      • Josh Friedberg, Secretary General, International Skateboarding Federation
Saturday, October 29 - Lynch Family Skate Park
  • 11am - Open Skate / Skate Clinic
  • 12:20pm - Welcome Remarks
  • 12:30pm - Panel 1 - 50 Years of Skateboard Innovation and Invention
    • Panelists
      • Paul Schmitt, Inventor, Skateboard designer
      • Christina Chase, Lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Co-Director of STE@M (Sports Technology Education @ MIT)
      • Demonstrations by professional skaters
    • Hosts
      • Ryan Clements, The Boardr
      • Betsy Gordon, Smithsonian
  • 1pm - Open Skate
    • Vans autograph signing with Christian Hosoi, Tony Trujillo, and Johnny Layton
  • 1:45pm - Panel 2 - Innovation, Collaboration and Community - The creation of the Lynch Family Skatepark
    • Panelists
      • Renata Von Tscharner, Charles River Conservancy
      • Steve Van Doren, Vans
      • Josh Friedberg, Secretary General, International Skateboarding Federation
      • Armin Bachman, Orchard
    • Host
      • Jeff Brodie, Deputy Director, Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center
  • 2:15pm - Open Skate
  • 2:45pm - Panel 3 - The Skateboarder’s Brain - Creativity and Learning in Skateboarding
    • Panelists
      • Rodney Mullen, skateboard legend
      • Chris Leppla, Doctoral Candidate, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT
    • Host
      • Jeff Brodie, Deputy Director, Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center
  • Best Trick Contest Presented by Orchard
    • Obstacle: Bump to picnic table
    • Open to skaters with a signed waiver
  • Closing Remarks
  • Professional Skaters in Attendance:
    • Christian Hosoi, Rodney Mullen, and more...
  • Educational Activities Happening All Day:
    • Spark!Lab hands-on activities - Invent Your Own Skate Park, Invent Your Own Skate Wheel
    • Formlabs – 3D printing demonstration, design your own skate park with 3D printed materials, 3D printed skateboard components
    • Tech Imaging – Demonstration of high speed image capture of skateboarders
    • Lemelson-MIT Program – Hands-on activity exploring the physics of optics

Waiver

If you want to skate in the Best Trick Contest or participate in the Clinic, you need to fill this waiver out. If you’re under 18, and your parents aren’t with you, bring a signed copy. We will also have copies on site.

Vans 50 Year Logo

About Innoskate Cambridge

Skateboarding and the Smithsonian? It’s a unique and successful collaboration between the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation and the skateboard community grounded in the belief that invention and innovation happen every day, often in unexpected places. Innoskate public festivals celebrate invention and creativity through the sharing of skate culture’s widespread innovative spirit and history with diverse public audiences. These popular public festivals spark the imaginations of young people through skate demonstrations, presentations and discussions with skaters and inventors, films, invention and STEAM educational activities, art collaborations, and acquisition of skate objects for the national collections.

The inaugural Innoskate event took place in 2013 on the 10th anniversary of global Go Skateboarding Day. With a skate ramp installed on the National Museum of American History’s plaza facing the National Mall and the Washington Monument serving as a dramatic backdrop, participants Tony Hawk, Rodney Mullen, Patti McGee, Cindy Whitehead, Paul Schmitt, and others shared their insights about skate history, invention, and innovation with thousands of men, women and children from around the world. The success of the initial Innoskate event inspired new collaborations and additional Innoskate festivals in 2014 at the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, Florida, and at the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle, Washington. In 2015, Innoskate reached new heights with events at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate in Greenville, South Carolina, and at the ESPN X Games in Austin, Texas.

Innoskate 2016 features a new collaboration with the Lemelson-MIT program to create a festival at the Lynch Family Skatepark in Cambridge. This event will draw upon the collective energy and expertise of the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, the Lemelson-MIT program, MIT faculty and staff, and other community partners to create an entertaining and educational program for the public. Innoskate 2016 will kick-off Friday evening with a special event featuring skateboarding legend Rodney Mullen, artist, photographer, and filmmaker Steven Sebring, and MIT inventors and innovators from the Edgerton Lab and the Media Lab to explore the intersections of art, technology, creativity, and innovation. On Saturday, October 30 at the Lynch Family Skatepark discussions and activities will explore the history and technological evolution of the skateboard (how skaters and innovators work together to push the boundaries of skating), an exploration of cognitive science and how the brain learns and remembers how to perform skate tricks, and a special session will explore the creation of the Lynch Family Skatepark highlighting how the park helps preserve the environmental stability of the Charles River while also providing a community center for self-expression. Participants will also enjoy additional hands-on educational activities, demonstrations, art projects, public skating, and a best trick contest.

Past Event Coverage

Meet the Event Staff

The Boardr Staff has decades of experience in executing top quality large and small events in our industry. Introduce yourself and hit us up with any questions or help you need.

Ryan Clements from Tampa FL Skateboarder Profile

Ryan Clements, Event Coordinator and Announcing

Dylan Perry from Tampa FL Skateboarder Profile

Dylan Perry, Event Coordination Assistant and Tech

Casey Wayne from Pickens SC Skateboarder Profile

Casey Wayne, Logistics

Chaz Miley from Columbus GA Skateboarder Profile

Chaz Miley, Photography

The Boardr Events List

This is a list of events that The Boardr is associated with. To see our full industry events list, click here.

With headquarters in Tampa, Florida, The Boardr hosts worldwide, top quality skateboarding competitions and events. From coordinating top international contest series like the Vans Pro Skate Park Series, fun and ripping pro contests like Copenhagen Open, to plenty of local events like the Grind for Life Series in Florida (which recently expanded to national), you'll find us in your backyard soon no matter where on the globe you push your wood and wheels.

Recurring Events
  • Weekends (Friday through Sunday) noon to 6pm at The Boardr HQ Tampa: Free skating in our private indoor warehouse.
  • Last Tuesday of Every Month 5pm to 9pm at The Boardr HQ Tampa: Frontside Grind Tuesdays, free skating for ages 30 and up.

Upcoming Events

Join our mailing list and we'll keep you posted.

Upcoming Event Date Description
Grind for Life Series at Zephyrhills Presented by Marinela

Grind for Life Series at Zephyrhills Presented by Marinela

Zephyrhills, Florida

January 27, 2018

8 Days Away!
The GFL Series is a national, all ages and skills series in both street and bowl benefiting the Grind for Life Organization, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that assists cancer patients with travel expenses. Full Details
Grind for Life Series at New Smyrna Presented by Marinela

Grind for Life Series at New Smyrna Presented by Marinela

New Smyrna, Florida

February 24, 2018

5 Weeks Away
The GFL Series is a national, all ages and skills series in both street and bowl benefiting the Grind for Life Organization, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that assists cancer patients with travel expenses. Full Details
Mano a Mano: A Woodward Mini-Ramp Game of SKATE

Mano a Mano: A Woodward Mini-Ramp Game of SKATE

Tehachapi, California

February 27, 2018

6 Weeks Away
This private session is a mini-ramp game of SKATE with some of your favorite pros invited by Woodward. Full Details
Air + Style, Los Angeles

Air + Style, Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

March 3 - 4, 2018

6 Weeks Away
We will be hosting an invite-only, transition-based contest at this year’s Air + Style. The event will also feature two main stages with 20+ musical acts. Full Details
Coffee and Donuts at The Boardr HQ

Coffee and Donuts at The Boardr HQ

Tampa, Florida

March 5, 2018

7 Weeks Away
Got a late flight out on Monday? Join us in the morning here at HQ where we'll be recovering from the weekend, skating, and talking about all the madness that went down at Tampa Pro. Full Details
Vans Park Series National Championships at Chile

Vans Park Series National Championships at Chile

Santiago, Chile

March 21 - 24, 2018

2 Months Away
The National Championships at various countries around the world lead to the Vans Park Series of events. Full Details
Grind for Life Series at Sarasota Presented by Marinela

Grind for Life Series at Sarasota Presented by Marinela

Sarasota, Florida

March 24, 2018

2 Months Away
The GFL Series is a national, all ages and skills series in both street and bowl benefiting the Grind for Life Organization, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that assists cancer patients with travel expenses. Full Details
Florida Virtual School Presents Jump the Creek Benefiting Grind for Life

Florida Virtual School Presents Jump the Creek Benefiting Grind for Life

Gainesville, Florida

April 7, 2018

3 Months Away
Jump the Creek is a day of fun skateboarding events at Possum Creek in Gainesville, Florida. Full Details
Hot Wheels™ Junior Series at Orange, California Built by Woodward

Hot Wheels™ Junior Series at Orange, California Built by Woodward

Orange, California

April 7 - 8, 2018

3 Months Away
An open skateboarding and BMX contest for kids 16 and under of all skill levels. Full Details
Grind for Life Series at Houston Presented by Marinela

Grind for Life Series at Houston Presented by Marinela

Houston, Texas

April 21, 2018

3 Months Away
The GFL Series is a national, all ages and skills series in both street and bowl benefiting the Grind for Life Organization, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that assists cancer patients with travel expenses. Full Details
Hot Wheels™ Junior Series at Zephyrhills, Florida Built by Woodward

Hot Wheels™ Junior Series at Zephyrhills, Florida Built by Woodward

Zephyrhills, Florida

May 5, 2018

4 Months Away
An open skateboarding contest for kids 16 and under of all skill levels. Full Details
6th Annual DJV Contest

6th Annual DJV Contest

Whitby, Canada

May 26, 2018

4 Months Away
DJV Skate is an annual event organized by TJ Rogers to honor Doug Victory, a friend and local skater in the community who passed away. It's an all ages and skills street contest. Full Details
The Boardr Am at New York City

The Boardr Am at New York City

New York City, New York

June 2, 2018

5 Months Away
The Boardr Am is a top amateur skateboarding series. Winners at each stop are flown to the Finals to meet other specially invited ams. Full Details
Harold Hunter Day

Harold Hunter Day

New York City, New York

June 3, 2018

5 Months Away
A day of celebrating the life and times of the late, great Harold Hunter. Full Details
The Boardr Am at Huntington Beach

The Boardr Am at Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach, California

July 28th, 2018

6 Months Away
The Boardr Am is a top amateur skateboarding series. Winners at each stop are flown to the Finals to meet other specially invited ams. Full Details
Empire Am Getting Paid - The Boardr Am Finals

Empire Am Getting Paid - The Boardr Am Finals

Montreal, Canada

September 28 - 29, 2018

8 Months Away
For the second year, Am Getting Paid is hosting The Boardr Am Finals. Winners of each stop at The Boardr Am now get a trip to Montreal and a chance at the $20,000 prize purse here. Full Details
Southbound and Down V at The Boardr HQ: Good Times, Motorcycles, and Skateboarding

Southbound and Down V at The Boardr HQ: Good Times, Motorcycles, and Skateboarding

Tampa, Florida

October 27, 2018

9 Months Away
This will be our 5th annual melting pot of good times, motorcycles, and skateboarding going down right here at The Boardr HQ. Full Details
Exposure Skate

Exposure Skate

Encinitas, California

November 2 - 4, 2018

10 Months Away
This is the 7th Annual Exposure Skate event. It's the biggest women's skateboarding event in the world right now with a $50,000 purse. Full Details
Grind for Life Annual Awards Presented by Marinela

Grind for Life Annual Awards Presented by Marinela

Tampa, Florida

November 8, 2018

10 Months Away
The Annual Awards where we honor the top skaters in each division of Grind for Life. Full Details
Best Trick at The Boardr HQ

Best Trick at The Boardr HQ

Tampa, Florida

November 8, 2018

10 Months Away
A best trick open to anyone, including all our friends in town for Tampa Am. We'll have full details and the schedule soon. Full Details
Coffee and Donuts at The Boardr HQ

Coffee and Donuts at The Boardr HQ

Tampa, Florida

November 12, 2018

10 Months Away
Got a late flight out on Monday? Join us in the morning here at HQ where we'll be recovering from the weekend, skating, and talking about all the madness that went down at Tampa Am. Full Details