Heading to the Festival of Genomics in Boston next week? Be sure to get the best out of your experience with our handy Festival survival guide, and top tips to get the most out of the event.

Before Your Visit

Get your hands on the Festival app.

There’s only one way to get the latest on the schedule, times and locations on the Festival floor ahead of the event, and that’s with our Festival app. 

Just search for ‘Crowd Compass Attendee Hub’ on the app store and search Festival of Genomics Boston. 

Plan your time in Boston

Boston is one of the oldest cities in the USA, and has tonnes to offer. So we are here to help you decide on what to get up to, in between attending the Festival of course. Aside from making career-long contacts, and walking halls that are lined with the biggest genomics company’s in the world, we have you sorted. 


Fenway Park is home to the Boston Red Sox, and is one of the oldest ballparks in the Major Baseball League (MLB). So go grab yourself a beer and a hot-dog, and take a seat in one of the most well-known sports venues in the world – the atmosphere is sensational. The word on the street is that our Festival team here at FLG may be making an appearance, so keep your eyes peeled for them in the crowd!


Boston is soaked in history, from the industrial revolution, to being the birthplace of music sensation Donna Summer. I suggest you take a walk along the Freedom Trail if you find yourself at a loose end one afternoon. Stretching 2.5 miles through downtown Boston, it passes by 16 locations significant to the Revolutionary War. If you are short of time, I suggest heading to the areas around the North End, otherwise known as Boston’s Little Italy. 

Take to the Sea

Why not take in the city’s impressive views from one of Boston’s many harbour tours, you can even incorporate a little whale watching, if you fancy it! Be sure to check out Boston Lighthouse located on Little Brewster island. 

Family Fun

If you are visiting with the family, then I’d them to Franklin Park Zoo. Housing hundreds of exotic animals from all over the world, you are sure to have a fun filled day. Fun fact: The comedy film Zookeeper featuring Kevin James was filmed at the park back in 2011. 


Visit the exhibition

The key themes being presented at the Festival include: Personalising Medicine, Enabling Data, Precision Therapeutics and Research and Development. Much of the agenda wouldn’t be possible without the vast array of technology that’s being developed from our exhibitors. It’s now officially the time to go and jump in to the wonderful world of genomics!

New Additions

There are a lot of new additions to the Festival, further reinforcing the idea of an open discussion between experts within the community. We have partnered with Rare New England to bring you the ‘Rare Disease Patient Track’. A stage area for the patient community that will present on education and resources. 

We are also really excited for the ‘Rare Disease Film Festival’, thanks to our friends at Disorder. We will be showing three inspiring short films and a presenting a discussion about the value of short films as a rare disease advocacy. 

Usual Favourites 

Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about all your usual Festival favourites! Talkaoke will be returning, and can be found next to the Tree of Life Cafe. It is here that you can explore the interconnection of the many essential themes that will be present. 

Keynote Speakers 

With over 90+ speakers from across the industry, we have some fantastic keynotes participating at this year’s Festival including Alan Balch, CEO of Patient Advocate Foundation; Jonathan Dry, Director of Bioinformatics, IMED Oncology for AstraZeneca; and Kristin Ardlie, Director of GTEx LDACC for Broad Institute. 

You can access the full speaker list here

Handy Features

Networking all day is tough on the body, on the mind, and on the battery life. Luckily the Festival has you covered. The ever-visually pleasing, Tree of Life, returns offering a relaxing spot for a coffee or some lunch. Once you are feeling recharged, treat your devices to some extra juice at our dedicated charging station. 

At the end of the day…

Head over to the Tree of Life Cafe at 4:20pm for post-show networking drinks, hosted by SOPHiA GENETICS.