Innovation & Entrepreneurship 2018 IAP Offerings

A listing of courses and activities during the January Independent Activities Period

FOR CREDIT

6.906/6.936 StartMIT: Workshop for Entrepreneurs and Innovators

Schedule: January 8-12, 16-19, 22-24, 2018

Units: 4-0-2 [P/D/F]

Spend IAP learning what it takes launch a startup, make a good pitch, develop your funding strategy, contribute to a successful team or company, and more at StartMIT. In this 2.5 week class, students work closely with our team of entrepreneurs and innovators to develop their ideas and approach problems that need solving.

During this IAP course, our students will hear from leaders in innovation, participate in activities to refine their projects, and attend events with alumni and other leaders in the Boston entrepreneurial ecosystem. They will also work with mentors to seek advice and guidance on their ideas, and travel to several field trips to experience the startup culture. We are thrilled that several of the teams who have participated in our program have gone on to start their own companies and explore entrepreneurship activities. As a part of the program, our students will have an understanding of the resources and opportunities available to them during their time at MIT and beyond.

For more information and to apply, visit the StartMIT website. Application Deadline: November 19, 2017.

Any applications received after this date may be considered if space allows.


15.393 The Nuts and Bolts of New Ventures

Joe Hadzima, Sloan School – Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, Joost Bonsen, Media Arts and Sciences

  • Enrollment: Limited to 300 participants.
  • Advance sign-up required.
  • Sign-up by 01/12
  • Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions

The nuts and bolts of preparing a New Venture Plan and launching the venture will be explored in this 29th annual course offering. The course is open to members of the M.I.T. Community and to others interested in entrepreneurship. It is particularly recommended for persons who are interested in starting or are involved in a new business or venture. Because some of the speakers will be judges of the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition, persons who are planning to enter the Competition should find the course particularly useful.  Pre-registration is required for Credit or to Listen.   In the past approximately 50% of the class has been from MIT Engineering,Science and Architecture Schools and 50% from the Sloan School of Management. Topics covered are applicable to for-profit as well as social and development ventures. The course is open on a space available basis to persons outside the M.I.T. community. We typically have around 150 students registered for the course with another 100 to 150 additional participants from other colleges, businesses, non-profit and government organizations.

Dates, Times and Locations:

Class Time:   6:00pm to 9:00pm

Note: We have a lot to cover in the course and intend to start each session promptly.  Our first order of business will involve logistics, schedule adjustments, etc.   Please be on time or you may miss important information.

Classes meet in: 10-250

  • Session 1: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 | Introduction to New Ventures; Marketing and Sales: Finding Your Customer
  • Session 2: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 | Business Models; Organizational and People Issues
  • Session 3: Thursday, January 26, 2018 | Negotiation Skills; Founder’s Journey at MIT
  • Session 4: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 | Presenting Your Venture Idea; Legal Issues
  • Session 5: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 | Financing Sources Panel; Financial Projections
  • Session 6: Thursday, February 1, 2018 | Pitfalls and Plan Execution

Academic Credit

  • MIT students may take this course for 3 units of Pass/Fail Credit.
  • Attendance at each session is required (unless otherwise approved) and the writing requirement must be fulfilled.

For more information and to register, visit the Nuts and Bolts of New Ventures website. Sign-up by 01/12/18. 


2.670 Mechanical Engineering Tools

  • Undergrad (IAP)
  • Prereq: None
  • Units: 0-1-2
  • Sign-up on stellar.
  • Lab: MT8.30-4.30,W8.30-12 (1/8-10) (35-125) or MT8.30-4.30,W8.30-12 (1/8-10) (3-038) or W1-4.30,RF8.30-4.30 (1/10-13) (35-125) or W1-4.30,RF8.30-4.30 (1/10-13) (3-038) or MT8.30-4.30,W8.30-12 (1/16-18) (35-125) or MT8.30-4.30,W8.30-12 (1/16-18) (3-038) or MT8.30-4.30,W1-4.30 (1/22-24) (35-125) or MT8.30-4.30,W1-4.30 (1/22-24) (3-038) or RF8.30-4.30, (1/24-26) (35-125) or RF8.30-4.30, (1/24-26) (3-038)

Introduces the fundamentals of machine tools use and fabrication techniques. Students work with a variety of machine tools including the bandsaw, milling machine, and lathe. Mechanical Engineering students are advised to take this subject in the first IAP after declaring their major. Enrollment may be limited due to laboratory capacity. Preference to Course 2 majors and minors.

For the most up-to-date information, see the official subject listing


4.02A Introduction to Architecture Design Intensive

  • Undergrad (IAP) HASS Arts
  • Prereq: None
  • Units: 2-5-2
  • Credit cannot also be received for 4.021
  • Pre-register for IAP
  • Lecture: MTWRF12-5 (ENDS JAN 29) (3-133)
  • Lab: TBA

Provides an introduction to the architecture design process. Develops skills that enable design creativity, thinking, representation, and development. Beginning with abstract exercises, introduces techniques for designing and developing 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional form and space in architecture. Limited to 25; preference to Course 4 majors and minors, and first- and second-year students.

For the most up-to-date information, see the official subject listing


4.231 SIGUS Workshop

  • Undergrad (Fall, IAP) Can be repeated for credit
  • (Subject meets with 4.230[J], 11.468[J])
  • Prereq: Permission of instructor
  • Units arranged
  • IAP URL
  • Pre-register for IAP

Interdisciplinary projects and interactive practices in urban settlement issues as investigated by MIT’s SIGUS (Special Interest Group in Urban Settlements), with a focus on developing countries throughout the world. Participation by guest practitioners. Additional work required of students taking the graduate version.
R. Goethert

For the most up-to-date information, see the official subject listing


4.245[J] DesignX Entrepreneurship

  • Graduate (IAP)
  • (Same subject as 11.245[J])
  • Prereq: Permission of instructor
  • Units: 6-0-0 [P/D/F]
  • Pre-register for IAP
  • Begins Jan 22.
  • Lecture: MTWRF EVE (2-6 PM) (9-450A)

Students work in teams to create their own design and business narrative, technology and social strategies, and preliminary plan for moving their innovation forward. Lectures and workshops are interspersed with one-on-one critiques with instructors and outside mentors in specific areas of student interest. Students visit SA+P alumni firms to learn how principals have developed their own business, technology, design, and civic platforms. End-of-term presentation highlights important features of their venture. Limited to 30; preference to students in DesignX Program.

For the most up-to-date information, see the official subject listing


6.037 Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs

  • Undergrad (IAP)
  • Prereq: None
  • Units: 1-0-5 [P/D/F]
  • Pre-register for IAP
  • Lecture: TR EVE (7-9 PM) (32-044)

Studies the structure and interpretation of computer programs which transcend specific programming languages. Demonstrates thought patterns for computer science using Scheme. Includes weekly programming projects. Enrollment may be limited.

For the most up-to-date information, see the official subject listing


6.057 Introduction to MATLAB

  • Undergrad (IAP)
  • Prereq: None
  • Units: 1-0-2 [P/D/F]
  • Pre-register for IAP
  • Begins Jan 29.
  • Lecture: MTWRF EVE (7-9 PM) (32-123)

Accelerated introduction to MATLAB and its popular toolboxes. Lectures are interactive, with students conducting sample MATLAB problems in real time. Includes problem-based MATLAB assignments. Students must provide their own laptop and software. Enrollment limited.

For the most up-to-date information, see the official subject listing


6.117 Introduction to Electrical Engineering Lab Skills

  • Undergrad (IAP)
  • Prereq: None
  • Units: 1-3-2 [P/D/F]
  • Pre-register for IAP
  • Begins Jan 16.
  • Lecture: MW2.30-4 (32-144) Lab: MW EVE (4-7.30 PM) (38-601) or TR EVE (2.30-6 PM) (38-601)

Introduces basic electrical engineering concepts, components, and laboratory techniques. Covers analog integrated circuits, power supplies, and digital circuits. Lab exercises provide practical experience in constructing projects using multi-meters, oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, and other tools. Includes a project in which students build a circuit to display their own EKG. Enrollment limited.

For the most up-to-date information, see the official subject listing


6.146 Mobile Autonomous Systems Laboratory: MASLAB

  • Undergrad (IAP) Can be repeated for credit
  • Prereq: None
  • Units: 2-2-2 [P/D/F]
  • Pre-register for IAP
  • Final presentation TBA.
  • Lecture: MTWRF10-12 (ENDS JAN 12) (32-124)
  • Lab: MTWRF12-5 (32-124)

Autonomous robotics contest emphasizing technical AI, vision, mapping and navigation from a robot-mounted camera. Few restrictions are placed on materials, sensors, and/or actuators enabling teams to build robots very creatively. Teams should have members with varying engineering, programming and mechanical backgrounds. Culminates with a robot competition at the end of IAP. Enrollment limited.

For the most up-to-date information, see the official subject listing


6.147 The Battlecode Programming Competition

  • Undergrad (IAP) Can be repeated for credit
  • Prereq: None
  • Units: 2-0-4 [P/D/F]
  • IAP URL
  • Pre-register for IAP
  • Meets 1/8 to 1/19.
  • Final presentation TBA. Kresge auditorium.
  • Lecture: MTWRF EVE (7-10PM) (3-270)

Artificial Intelligence programming contest in Java. Student teams program virtual robots to play Battlecode, a real-time strategy game. Competition culminates in a live BattleCode tournament. Assumes basic knowledge of programming.

For the most up-to-date information, see the official subject listing


6.148 Web Programming Competition

  • Undergrad (IAP) Can be repeated for credit
  • Prereq: Permission of instructor
  • Units: 1-0-5 [P/D/F]
  • Pre-register for IAP
  • Final presentation TBA.
  • Ends Jan 12.
  • Lecture: MTWRF11-3 (WK TWO IN 4-370) (10-250)

Teams compete to build the most functional and user-friendly website. Competition is judged by industry experts and includes novice and advanced divisions. Prizes awarded. Lectures and workshops cover website basics. Enrollment limited.

For the most up-to-date information, see the official subject listing


6.176 Pokerbots Competition

  • Undergrad (IAP) Can be repeated for credit
  • Prereq: None
  • Units: 1-0-5 [P/D/F]
  • Pre-register for IAP
  • Ends Jan 19.
  • Lecture: WF4-5.30 (E25-111)

Build autonomous poker players and aquire the knowledge of the game of poker. Showcase decision making skills, apply concepts in mathematics, computer science and economics. Provides instruction in programming, game theory, probability and statistics and machine learning. Concludes with a final competition and prizes. Enrollment limited.

For the most up-to-date information, see the official subject listing


6.178 Introduction to Software Engineering in Java

  • Undergrad (IAP)
  • Prereq: None
  • Units: 1-1-4 [P/D/F]
  • Pre-register for IAP
  • Ends Jan 26.
  • Lecture: MWF11-1 (2-190)

Covers the fundamentals of Java, helping students develop intuition about object-oriented programming. Focuses on developing working software that solves real problems. Designed for students with little or no programming experience. Concepts covered useful to 6.005. Enrollment limited.

For the most up-to-date information, see the official subject listing


6.179 Introduction to C and C++

  • Undergrad (IAP)
  • Prereq: None
  • Units: 3-3-0 [P/D/F]
  • Pre-register for IAP
  • Begins Jan 16.
  • Lecture: MTWRF11 (54-100)

Fast-paced introduction to the C and C++ programming languages. Intended for those with experience in other languages who have never used C or C++. Students complete daily assignments, a small-scale individual project, and a mandatory online diagnostic test. Enrollment limited.

For the most up-to-date information, see the official subject listing


9.901 Responsible Conduct in Science

  • Graduate (IAP)
  • Prereq: None
  • Units: 1-0-1 [P/D/F]
  • Pre-register for IAP
  • Meets 1/22 to 1/26.
  • Lecture: MTWRF2-5 (46-3015)

Provides instruction and dialogue on practical ethical issues relating to the responsible conduct of human and animal research in the brain and cognitive sciences. Specific emphasis on topics relevant to young researchers including data handling, animal and human subjects, misconduct, mentoring, intellectual property, and publication. Preliminary assigned readings and initial faculty lecture followed by discussion groups of four to five students each. A short written summary of the discussions submitted at the end of each class. See IAP Guide for registration information.

For the most up-to-date information, see the official subject listing


15.339 Distributed Leadership Workshop

  • Graduate (IAP)
  • Prereq: None
  • Units: 2-0-4 [P/D/F]
  • IAP URL
  • Pre-register for IAP
  • Lecture: MT8.30-12,MT1-6 (MEETS 1/8-10) (E62-233) or TW8.30-12,TW1-6 (MEETS 1/16-18 (E62-233) or TW8.30-12,TW1-6 (MEETS 1/23-25 (E62-233) Recitation: W8.30-3.30 (E51-085) or R8.30-3.30 (E62-233)

Focuses on the key leadership capabilities needed in today’s increasingly decentralized organizations: sense-making, relating, visioning, and inventing. Through conceptual discussions, small group exercises, and self-reflection, helps students understand leadership capabilities, evaluate their leadership strengths and weaknesses, articulate their values and aspirations, and practice developing leadership skills in interaction with class members.

For the most up-to-date information, see the official subject listing


15.368 Disciplined Entrepreneurship Lab

  • Graduate (IAP)
  • Prereq: None
  • Units: 1-0-2 [P/D/F]
  • Pre-register for IAP

Project-based course offering the opportunity to experience startup life in a low stakes environment while contributing strategic value to early-stage ventures. Students secure a startup project of their choice or work with a startup pre-selected by the action learning team. Startups represent a range of industries and, while concentrated in the Boston area, may also come from other parts of the US. Students cannot drop course once project commences.

For the most up-to-date information, see the official subject listing


15.620 Patent Law Fundamentals

  • Graduate (IAP)
  • Prereq: None
  • Units: 1-0-2 [P/D/F]
  • Pre-register for IAP
  • Begins Jan 16.
  • Lecture: MWF2-4 (E51-151)

Intensive introduction to the basic provisions of US patent law, emphasizing the requirements for patentability and the process of applying for a patent. Topics include requirements of utility, novelty, and non-obviousness; eligible subject matter; applying for a patent, including patent searches and the language of patent claims; infringement, defenses, and remedies; comparison of patents with other forms of intellectual property (copyrights, trade secrets, and trademarks). Reading materials include key sections of the US patent statute (Title 35, US Code) and related judicial decisions.

For the most up-to-date information, see the official subject listing


15.672 Negotiation Analysis

  • Graduate (IAP)
  • (Subject meets with 15.6721, 15.673, 15.6731)
  • Prereq: Permission of instructor
  • Units: 1-0-2 [P/D/F]
  • Credit cannot also be received for 15.665, 15.712
  • IAP URL
  • Pre-register for IAP
  • Begins Jan 29.
  • Lecture: MTW8.30-12,MTW1-4 (E62-276)

Presents analytical frameworks and strategies to handle a variety of negotiation situations. Includes simulations, games, videos, lectures, discussion, and multiple opportunities to practice and hone negotiation, communication, and influence skills with extensive personalized feedback. Intended for students with a broad spectrum of backgrounds and experience levels. Six-unit version includes additional class time and outside work. Expectations and evaluation criteria differ for students taking graduate version. Limited to 80 via lottery; consult class website for information and deadlines.

For the most up-to-date information, see the official subject listing


16.767 Introduction to Airline Transport Aircraft Systems and Automation

  • Graduate (IAP)
  • Prereq: Permission of instructor
  • Units: 3-2-1 [P/D/F]
  • Pre-register for IAP
  • Ends Jan 12.
  • Lecture: MTWRF9-5 (33-218)

Intensive one-week subject that uses the Boeing 767 aircraft as an example of a system of systems. Focuses on design drivers and compromises, system interactions, and human-machine interface. Morning lectures, followed by afternoon desktop simulator sessions. Critique and comparison with other transport aircraft designs. Includes one evening at Boston Logan International Airport aboard an aircraft. Enrollment limited.

For the most up-to-date information, see the official subject listing


17.925 Fundamentals of Science and Technology Public Policy Making: Science and Technology Policy Boot Camp

  • Undergrad (IAP)
  • Prereq: None
  • Units arranged
  • Pre-register for IAP
  • Meets 1/22 to 1/26.
  • Lecture: MTWRF9-5 (56-114)

Examines the public policy behind, and the government’s role in, the science and technology-based innovation system. Focuses on the US, but also discusses international examples. Prepares students planning careers in and around science and technology with the basic background for involvement in science policy making. Students may register for 3-6 units.

For the most up-to-date information, see the official subject listing


NON-CREDIT

MIT fuse

MIT fuse is a 3-week hands-on startup experience designed for students and small teams looking to work, think, and talk like an entrepreneur and start the path towards becoming a company. The program is:

  • customized to your needs
  • workshops NOT lectures
  • hard work NOT homework
  • a chance to see whether or not you like the startup and entrepreneurship lifestyle
  • a place to learn tactics that are useful today and valuable beyond startup life

During IAP, the MIT fuse cohort of teams all but takes over the entire Martin Trust Center. You’ll have significant time devoted to mentorship from our Entrepreneurs in Residence and learn from founders who are six to eighteen months “ahead” of you. MIT fuse will focus on:

  • storytelling and pitching
  • primary market research (PMR)
  • digital marketing
  • prototyping without coding
  • UX and testing
  • PLUS learning how to work with your co-founders

Who are we looking for to join us at MIT fuse?

  • MIT founders and teams with new ideas in any industry … Let’s do this!
  • Experienced teams who want sophisticated mentorship
  • Students who have taken classes such as 15.390, 6.399, E-ventures, etc. (NOT a pre-requisite, just an example)
  • Committed founders that are current MIT students
  • Teams may have non-MIT founders, but must have at least one MIT student as a founder
  • Solo founders may apply but have a decreased likelihood of acceptance into MIT fuse

Timeline

  • Wednesday, November 1: MIT fuse Info Session at 6:30pm in room 4-163 (sign up to attend)
  • Friday, November 3: MIT fuse Info Session at 1:00pm at the Trust Center (E40-160) (sign up to attend)
  • Thursday November 9: Applications close at 12 noon
  • Friday November 17: Accepted and Waitlist teams contacted
  • Wednesday November 22: Accepted teams must confirm participation by 12 noon
  • Monday January 8: MIT fuse begins (detailed schedule coming soon)
  • Thursday January 25: Final day of program

Application deadline is Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 12 noon Eastern.

  • You will need to shoot a 60-second video as part of your application that will need to be uploaded to a video platform such as YouTube or Vimeo.
  • You can not save and come back to our application so please scroll through the application then collect all required information for each team member before you complete the form.

For more information and to apply, visit the MIT fuse website. Application deadline is Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 12 noon Eastern. 


Mathematics of Big Data

Jeremy Kepner, Fellow & Head MIT Supercomputing Center

  • Enrollment: Limited to 20 participants.
  • Advance sign-up required. Sign-up by 12/01.
  • Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
  • Prereq: Linear Algebra

“Big Data” describes a new era in the digital age where the volume, velocity, and variety of data created across a wide range of fields (e.g., internet search, healthcare, finance, social media, defense, …)  is increasing at a rate well beyond our ability to analyze the data.  Many technologies (e.g., spreadsheets, databases, graphs, linear algebra, …) have been developed to address these challenges.  The common theme amongst these technologies is the need to store and operate on data as whole collections instead of as individual data elements.  This class describes the common mathematical foundation of these data collections (associative arrays) that apply across a wide range of applications and technologies.  Associative arrays unify and simplify Big Data leading to rapid solutions to Big Data volume, velocity, and variety problems.  Understanding these mathematical foundations allows the student to see past the differences that lie on the surface of Big Data applications and technologies and leverage their core mathematical similarities to solve the hardest Big Data challenges.

Sponsor(s): Mathematics

  • Manipulation Big Data | Jan/09 Tue 11:00AM-01:00PM | 300 Tech Sq Floor 2 | Chapters 1 and 2 of “Mathematics of Big Data” text
  • D4M: A New Tool for Big Data | Jan/16 Tue 11:00AM-01:00PM
    300 Tech Sq Floor 2 | Chapter 3 and Chapter 4 of “Mathematics of Big Data” text. | Introduction to D4M (http://d4m.mit.edu)
  • Four Perspectives on Data | Jan/23 Tue 11:00AM-01:00PM
    300 Tech Sq Floor 2 | Chapter 5 and 6 of “Mathematics of Big Data” text
  • Mathematical Foundations of Big Data | Jan/30 Tue 11:00AM-01:00PM | 300 Tech Sq Floor 2 | Chapters 7 and 8 of “Mathematics of Big Data”

Contact: Jeremy Kepner, 2nd Floor, 300 Tech Sq

For more information and to sign up, visit the IAP website. Sign-up by 12/01/17. 


Computational Law Course

Dazza Greenwood, JD – Visiting Scientist, MIT Media Lab

  • Enrollment: Limited to 150 participants
  • Attendance: Participants may miss sessions by prior arrangement.

This course provides a conceptual overview and hands-on projects for understanding and solving legal use cases with data analytics, blockchain and other cryptosystems and a special module on rapid design solutions to the MITLegalForum.org Smart City Challenge. The course includes seminar style lecture/discussion sessions and hands-on, experiential learning through team projects. The course covers:

Legal Analytics, including 1) AI/Machine Learning for solving legal use cases; and 2) Using data-driven visualization including AR for display and interaction with models of complex legal and financial relationships and contexts.

Digital Assets, including: 1) Ownership rights, valuation and provenance of digital property; and 2) Storage and exchange of digital property with electronic contracts, automated transactions and autonomous agents

Digital Identity, including: 1) Technology and architecture for autonomy and control of self-sourced digital identity and personal data; and 2) Using individual identity for valid, verifiable login to apps or services and for providing legal acknowledgement, assent or authorization.

Digital Contracts, including 1) Integrating ordinary digital contracts and blockchain “smart contracts” in automated transactions by individuals or businesses; and 2) Standard open-web stack design patterns for executing multiple digital signatures and electronic notarization on digital legal contracts.

Sponsor(s): Media Arts and Sciences

These sessions will take place online.  Registered participants will receive connection information.  We will host Boston-area registered participants for an in-person get together at the MIT Media Lab at the end of the IAP Session.

Course Session

  • Jan/09 Tue 01:00PM-03:00PM – Online, Use your laptop and smartphone
  • Jan/10 Wed 01:00PM-03:00PM – Online, Use your laptop and smartphone
  • Jan/11 Thu 01:00PM-03:00PM – Online, Use your laptop and smartphone

Contact: Dazza Greenwood, E15-449

For more information and to request signup, visit the webpage. Sign-up by 12/08.


Introduction to Autosec

Matthew Alt, Associate Staff – Cyber System Assessments Group

  • Enrollment:Limited to 20 participants
  • Advance sign-up required. Sign-up by 01/01
  • Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
  • Prereq: Python / Bash scripting (optional)

Have you ever wondered how the components in modern automobiles communicate with one another? More importantly, have you ever considered how secure (or insecure, as we’ll learn) these networks are? During this IAP course we will cover various topics in automotive cybersecurity ranging from network analysis to replay and spoofing attacks over CAN (the Controller Area Network, a commonly used vehicle bus), all utilizing open source tools and resources.

Sponsor(s): Lincoln Laboratory

  • Day 1 – Automotive Architecture Overview | Jan/17 Wed 09:00AM-04:00PM | Beaver Works, Laptop Required
  • Day 2 – Lab / Hands On | Jan/19 Fri 09:00AM-04:00PM | Beaver Works, Laptop Required
  • MIT Beaver Works Second Floor 300 Tech Square

REQUIREMENTS: Laptop running a recent version of a Linux-based operating system (capable of utilizing socketCAN drivers), Ubuntu 16.04 recommended

Contact: Matthew Alt, Lincoln Laboratory. Sign up by 1/1.


Reading the Collective Mind – Deep Learning By Social Signals

Peter Gloor, Qi Wen

  • Enrollment: Limited to 30 participants
  • Advance sign-up required. Sign-up by 01/09
  • Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions

Find out who and what makes you happy

Find out who likes you best and who is your most creative collaborator

Find out what will be the next big thing on social media

In this course we will try to predict what small teams and entire populations are thinking based on analyzing their communication archives. Using the Condor and Happimeter software developed by the presenters and their team members we will use latest algorithms from machine learning and dynamic semantic social network analysis to read their collective mind.

Using the Happimeter smartwatch software will allow you to automatically measure how happy you are, how much you like others around you, how stressed you are, your fairness, and how much you trust and are trusted by tracking your body signals through the sensors of the smartwatch.

Applying the Condor analysis tool to your own e-mail (or slack, WhatsApp, or Skype log) will show your social network in a virtual mirror, and tell who respects you most, how passionate you and others are, and who your role models and influencers are.

Doing dynamic semantic social network analysis with Condor on Twitter and other global social media data will allow you to automatically measure the influencers and virtual tribes behind fake news, and to decide in which virtual currency to invest.

Sponsor(s): Sloan School of Management

  • Reading the personal collective mind | Jan/11 Thu 02:00PM-05:00PM | E62-446, Bring your laptop
    • Introduction to Swarm Creativity and COINs (Collaborative Innovation Networks)
    • Creating a Virtual Mirror of your own mailbox with Condor
    • Measuring personal happiness and trust with the happimeter
  • Reading the global collective mind | Jan/12 Fri 02:00PM-05:00PM | E62-446, Bring your laptop
    • Coolhunting on Social Media with Condor to find trends and trendsetters
    • Finding fake news and measuring virtual currencies
    • Measuring altruism with the happimeter

Contact: Peter Gloor, E94-1504D

For more information and to sign up, visit the webpage. Sign up by 1/9.


Wi-Fi 101: build an IoT weather station using the Cypress Wi-Fi eval kit

Alan Hawse, Greg Landry, Patrick Kane, Steven Leeb

  • Enrollment: Limited to 30 participants
  • Advance sign-up required. Sign-up by 01/09
  • Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
  • Prereq: Some experience with C is recommended

Wi-Fi-101 is an in-depth class on creating an IoT device using a Cypress WICED Wi-Fi development kit. Students will receive instruction and will complete exercises related to:

  • The WICED Wi-Fi Ecosystem
  • WICED Studio software
  • The basics of Wi-Fi and the TCP/IP Network Stack including TLS security
  • Interacting with the outside world using buttons, LEDs, displays, and analog sensors such as temperature, humidity, and ambient light.
  • Several common cloud application protocols.

As a final project, each student will build an IoT weather station that senses local weather conditions (temperature, humidity, and ambient light) and publishes them to the web.

Sponsor(s): Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

  • Jan/29 Mon 09:00AM-05:00PM 38-501
  • Jan/30 Tue 09:00AM-05:00PM 38-501
  • Jan/31 Wed 09:00AM-05:00PM 38-501

Contact: Patrick Kane

Limited enrollment. For more information and to register, click here. Sign-up by 1/9.


Hacking Our Digital Future

David Verrill, Executive Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy

  • Enrollment: Limited to 50 participants
  • Advance sign-up required. Sign-up by 01/11
  • Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions

The MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE) explores how people and businesses will work, interact, and prosper in an era of profound digital transformation. Major innovations we’ve already glimpsed in the digital age include self-driving cars, additive manufacturing, platform technologies, cryptocurrencies, “fake news”, and beyond.

But in the future, what are the unforeseen, unintended consequences—positive and negative—of these new aspects of the digital age?

We invite students and other members of the MIT community to develop plausible scenarios and narratives of the future in 2030 that expand the thinking of decision-makers and stakeholders to positively impact productivity, employment and equality.

IDE will provide suggested pre-reading articles and host guest lectures from leading futurists, but student teams will be largely self-guided.

Sponsor(s): Sloan School of Management

Hacking Our Digital Future

  • Jan/09 Tue 03:00PM-06:00PM 56-154
  • Jan/11 Thu 03:00PM-06:00PM 56-154
  • Jan/16 Tue 03:00PM-06:00PM 56-154
  • Jan/18 Thu 03:00PM-06:00PM 56-154
  • Jan/23 Tue 03:00PM-06:00PM 56-154
  • Jan/25 Thu 03:00PM-06:00PM 56-154
  • Jan/30 Tue 03:00PM-06:00PM 56-154
  • Feb/01 Thu 03:00PM-06:00PM 56-154

Students kick off this 4-week long hackathon with an overview lecture and choose a topic area around which they will develop multiple scenario storylines. Food provided.

January 25: Final output due (format is flexible, but could take the form of a story board, creative narrative, or presentation)

February 1: Five minute presentation by teams, winners announced (cash prizes for the top teams: $2,000, $1,000, $500, $250).

Contact: Dalton Perras, E94-1518

For additional program information and to sign up, visit the event page. Sign-up by 1/11.


The Right Legal Steps When Starting Your Company

Leon Sandler, Executive Director

  • Enrollment:Limited to 100 participants
  • Advance sign-up required

What legal steps do you need to take as you spin your technology out of MIT?  How do you divide the equity between founders?  When should you incorporate and in what form?  What contracts do you need to have in place?  How do you ensure the right legal protection as you proceed? What minefields should you avoid?

Come and discuss these topics with a panel of legal experts and MIT entrepreneurs who have spun-out their Deshpande Center projects into companies. Lunch will be served.

Sponsor(s): Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation

  • Jan/11 Thu 12:00PM-01:30PM | 6-120

Contact: Amy Davis, E70-1273

To sign up, please register here. Space is limited to the first 100 registrants.


Practical Computer Science for Computational Scientists

Ravikishore Kommajosyula, Research Assistant, Baglietto CFDlab, Corbin Foucart, Research Assistant, MSEAS lab

  • Enrollment: Unlimited
  • Advance sign-up required. Sign-up by 01/16.
  • Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions
  • Prereq: Open to all interested students

The interdisciplinary nature of computational research brings in members from a variety of backgrounds in math, science, and engineering. Practical knowledge of computer science is a major enabler in our everyday research, improving our efficiency. In this course, we present some tools, techniques, and unwritten guidelines in computational science. The following topics will be covered, with customized content to fit a computational research audience, using examples from scientific codes to illustrate different concepts.

1) Writing good code: Whether prototyping an algorithm or implementing production quality code, there are certain numerical and computer science considerations to produce fault tolerant code, improve code quality, and save time in the process.

2) Debugging and maintaining: A survey of the best tools and practices that can be used with little effort to debug and maintain code, and ensure high reliability using the power of modern integrated development environments.

3) Collaborating and sharing: Version control systems such as GIT allow for tracking changes to code and integrate easily into most development environments, thus providing powerful collaboration capabilities.

4) Improving code efficiency: Performance on modern processors can be achieved by leveraging different levels of parallelism to boost computational power. This topic is introduced from a computer architecture perspective, and intuitive guidelines for writing efficient code are drawn from it.

Sponsor(s): Computation for Design and Optimization, Center for Computational Engineering

  • Jan/16 Tue 01:00PM-03:00PM Location TBD
  • Jan/18 Thu 01:00PM-03:00PM Location TBD
  • Jan/23 Tue 01:00PM-03:00PM Location TBD
  • Jan/25 Thu 01:00PM-03:00PM Location TBD

Contact: Ricardo Baptista

For more information and to sign up, visit the IAP website. Sign-up by 01/16/17. 


Patent Law Essentials: What Scientists, Engineers & Entrepreneurs Need to Know

Julian G. Pymento

  • Enrollment: Limited. Advance sign-up required
  • Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions

Patent protection for inventions is a valuable component of business strategy for startups and established companies. We’ll  cover  basics of U.S. patent law, including the patent application process, prosecution, litigation, and licensing. Undergraduates, graduate students, and post-docs in science, engineering, and business are welcome. We discuss what recent developments in patent law mean for inventors, and draw examples ranging from the computer software to the pharmaceutical industries.

Some questions we will explore:

  • What is the difference between a patent and a trade secret?
  • Which inventions are patentable?
  • What are the “novelty” & “non-obviousness” standards for patentability?
  • Why am I an author on the paper, but not listed as an inventor on the patent?
  • What if I want a patent, but my co-inventor doesn’t (or is deceased)?
  • What should I do if my patent application is rejected?
  • If someone is practicing my patent without my permission, how can I stop them?
  • If I am accused of patent infringement, what recourse do I have?
  • What questions should I ask my patent attorney?

Julian has patent experience at three different law firms in New York & Washington DC, and holds degrees in electrical engineering, business, and law from NYU. In addition to MIT, Julian has taught this seminar at Wharton, NYU, and three universities in Singapore.

  • Saturday, January 13, 2018 | 2:00–6:00 pm

Contact: Julian Pymento

To sign up, click here


Introduction to Functional Programming in Haskell

Austin Garrett

  • Enrollment: Unlimited
  • No advance sign-up
  • Prereq: Familiarity with programming is helpful

Pure functions, immutable data, and recursion oh my! Maybe you’ve heard people talk about functional programming, but what does it all mean?

This class aims to give a general overview of what functional programming is all about, through an introduction to Haskell. Haskell is a pure, strongly-typed functional programming language that has enjoyed a large amount of interest in the past few years. In this talk, I’ll try to show you how fun functional programming in Haskell can be, and ultimately how functional languages can help to make your code safer from bugs, more understandable, and simpler (yes, simpler!)

Sponsor(s): Student Information Processing Board, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

  • Jan/16 Tue 05:00AM-07:00AM | 1-115, Bring your laptop

Contact: Austin Garrett


Game Design and Development 101

Julian Hernandez

  • Enrollment: Unlimited
  • No advance sign-up
  • Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions

Learn the basics of the artistic and computer sciency side of game design! We’ll learn about what makes games fun, how to make decent collision code, the best tools for your sound effects, and how to work in a game dev team without going insane. By the end, you’ll have made your own game and be ready to get out there and bring your dreams to life! We’ll use GameMaker Studio 2 in the class: it’s simple enough that anyone without programming experience can get the hang of it, and it’s versatile enough that it’s the IDE used for Undertale, Hotline Miami, Spelunky, Hyper Light Drifter, and more!

Sponsor(s): Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Student Information Processing Board

  • Jan/16 Tue 05:00PM-07:00PM | 3-333, Bring your laptop.
  • Jan/17 Wed 05:00PM-07:00PM | 3-333, Bring your laptop.
  • Jan/18 Thu 05:00PM-07:00PM | 3-333, Bring your laptop.

Contact: Julian Hernandez


Intro to Version Control using Git and GitHub

Tristan Naumann

  • Enrollment: Unlimited
  • No advance sign-up
  • Prereq: Basic shell familiarity is helpful

Version control systems are essential for the organization of multi-developer projects. Likewise, familiarity with such tools can greatly simplify even small projects. This short course will discuss version control as a problem and focus on how it can be managed with Git. Further, we will discuss how to share code using GitHub and some common workflows.

Git is a free and open source distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects. GitHub is a web-based hosting service for projects using Git which has quickly become one of the most popular code repository sites for open source projects.

Sponsor(s): Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Student Information Processing Board

  • Jan/17 Wed | 05:00PM-07:00PM | 1-134, Bring your laptop

Contact: Tristan Naumann


Patent Law Fundamentals

Jeffrey A. Meldman, Senior Lecturer

  • Enrollment: Unlimited
  • No advance sign-up
  • Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions

Intensive introduction to the basic provisions of U.S. patent law, emphasizing the requirements for patentability and the process of applying for a patent.  Designed for students in all MIT departments.

Topics include:  Requirements for a patentable invention : utility, novelty, and non-obviousness  .  .  .  Eligible categories of  invention (software? business methods? human genes?)  .  .  . Applying for a patent, including patent searches and the language of patent claims  .  .  .  New U.S. law of inventor priority (first to invent? first to file? first to disclose, or what?)  .  .  .  Infringement, defenses, and remedies  .  .  .  Patents  in comparison with copyrights, trade secrets, and trademarks.

Meets with 15.620, which offers 3 units of G credit.  (Students who wish to receive credit should register for 15.620 and plan to take a comprehensive quiz in the final class meeting on January 31.)

Reading materials include key sections of the U.S. patent statute (Title 35, U.S. Code) and related judicial decisions.  All readings and lecture slides will be posted on the 15.620 Stellar website. No textbooks or course packs.  For the benefit of non-credit participants, the MIT community will have access to the 15.620 website throughout IAP.

Sponsor(s): Sloan School of Management

Meets MWF Jan 17 through 29, 2-4 pm, E51-151

  • Patents and Intellectual Property | Jan/17 Wed 02:00PM-04:00PM | E51-151
    • Overview of U.S. patent law and of intellectual property more generally.  Critical differences among patents, copyrights, trade secrets, and trademarks.
  • Patentability | Jan/19 Fri 02:00PM-04:00PM | E51-151
    • Requirements for a patentable invention: utility, novelty, and non-obviousness.  New U.S. law regarding inventory priority.
  • Eligible Catergories of Invention | Jan/22 Mon 02:00PM-04:00PM | E51-151
    • Eligible subject matter.  Can software be patented?  Business methods?  Human genes?  Rights of patent ownership.
  • Obtaining a Patent | Jan/24 Wed 02:00PM-04:00PM | E51-151
    • The process of applying for a patent.  Contents of the patent application, especially the specification. The role of the patent search.  Demonstration of on-line search tools available to MIT students.
  • Patent Claims and Patent Licenses | Jan/26 Fri 02:00PM-04:00PM | E51-151
    • Patent claims as property boundaries.  The scope, language, and structure of patent claims.  Patent licences and the MIT Technology Licensing Office
  • Infingement, Defenses, and Remedies | Jan/29 Mon 02:00PM-04:00PM | E51-151
    • Literal infringement and the doctrine of equivalents.  Patent invalidity and other defenses.  Legal and equitable remedies.  Anatomy of a recent patent infringement case.  ALSO–  Introduction to the B.U. Entrpreneurship and Intellectual Property Law Clinic at MIT.

Contact: Jeffrey Meldman, E62-317


Developing Leadership in Yourself and Others

David Nino, Senior Lecturer, GEL-MIT Engineering Leadership Program

  • Enrollment: Limited to 60 participants
  • Advance sign-up required.
  • Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions
  • Prereq: Graduate Status

Interested in developing skills that can amplify your professional impact?  Join us for this workshop series designed for MIT graduate students interested in “making a positive difference” in their chosen fields.  Grounded in leadership research but experiential and engaging in delivery, these workshops will build practical skills that apply to engineering an technology environments.

This series is offered through the Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program in collaboration with the Graduate Student Council.

Students are welcome to attend some or all of these workshops. Those who attend the entire series will receive a certificate of completion from the Gordon-MIT Engineering Program.

Sponsor(s): Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Graduate Women at MIT

  • Leading New Teams | Jan/18 Thu 12:30PM-04:30PM | 4-149
    • Turning a smart group of people into a committed, focused, & effective team is not easy feat and “real teams”  rarely evolve naturally. Acquire a proven framework for designing and leading new teams in engineering and technology environments.
  • Motivating and Developing Others | Jan/23 Tue 12:30PM-04:30PM | 3-442
    • The heart of leadership is the ability to inspire people without relying on authority.  Only one in ten practicing managers are skilled in motivating others.  Learn how to engage and develop people to deliver their best work.
  • Mastering Constructive Conflict | Jan/25 Thu 12:30PM-04:30PM | 4-149
    • In a safe group environment, conflict can engender innovation, trust, and learning. This workshop will focus on encouraging constructive conflict.
  • Discover/Develop Leadership Strengths | Jan/30 Tue 12:30PM-04:30PM | 4-149
    • These workshops assume that anyone can learn to lead. This final session focuses on mapping a pathway to leadership for the good others and oneself.

Contact: Lisa Stagnone. Limited to 35 participants.


Think Security by (IC)3 with Kaspersky Lab

Keri Pearlson, Executive Director of (IC)3

  • Enrollment: Unlimited
  • No advance sign-up
  • Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions

The event will be organized by MIT (IC)³ with Kaspersky Lab

Our 2018 IAP activity is an ideal opportunity to learn more about the actual cyber threat landscape, especially about rapidly evolving cyberthreats for industrial environments, and to find out why we need to keep one step ahead of the threat actors.

Our activity is split into two workstreams:

Days 1 and 2 are dedicated to Industrial Cybersecurity, specifically to forensic analysis of incidents and the advantages of using YARA rules to detect cyberattacks.

On days 3 and 4, the sessions will focus on the managerial, strategic and organizational aspects of cybersecurity.  Participants will learn about the NISF Framework for Policy and Management, experience a demonstration of the types of decisions cybersecurity leaders make and the consequences of those decisions, and create a cybersecurity plan of action.  The latest research from the Cybersecurity at MIT Sloan will be included.

Our agenda is designed to ensure that participants have sufficient time for informal communication and networking. We promise an interactive and fun event.

There will also be a Capture the Flag (CTF) challenge that requires you to think out of the box and be one step ahead of your fellow competitors.

Sponsor(s): Sloan School of Management

  • Industrial Cybersecurity Sessions
    • Days 1 and 2 are dedicated to Industrial Cybersecurity, specifically to forensic analysis of incidents and the advantages of using YARA rules to detect cyberattacks.
      • Jan/23 Tue 10:00AM-04:30PM | E51-057
      • Jan/24 Wed 10:00AM-04:30PM | E51-057
  • Cybersecurity Management Sessions
    • On days 3 and 4, sessions will focus on the managerial, strategic and organizational aspects of cybersecurity.  Participants will learn about NISF Framework for Policy and Management, experience a demonstration of the types of decisions cybersecurity leaders make and the consequences of those decisions, and create a cybersecurity plan of action.  The latest research from the Cybersecurity at MIT Sloan will be included.
      • Jan/25 Thu 09:30AM-04:30PM | E51-057
      • Jan/26 Fri 09:30AM-04:30PM | E51-057

Contact: Kathryn Means, E62-571


Law & Technology: Know Your Rights — A Legal Teach-in from the BU/MIT Technology and CyberLaw Clinic

Andrew Sellars, Director, BU/MIT Technology & Cyberlaw Clinic

  • Enrollment: Unlimited
  • No advance sign-up
  • Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions
  • Prereq: None

The Technology & Cyberlaw Clinic represents MIT and BU students who run into legal issues with their academic and innovative work. Since the clinic launched in September we’ve worked with dozens of students at MIT with their legal issues, and in this class we’ll go over some common legal issues that we see, and how you can navigate them to effectively research, experiment, publish, and share your work.

Some of the issues we’ll go over include:

  • intellectual property
  • hacking laws
  • data privacy
  • FOIA and public records
  • academic freedom and the law

We’ll also solicit other topics from the group. Discussions and presentations will be lead by the student attorneys in the Technology & Cyberlaw Clinic, as well as the clinic’s director, Andy Sellars, who previously co-taught IAP classes on reverse engineering and coders’ rights.

Sponsor(s): Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

  • Jan/25 Thu 02:00PM-06:00PM TBD
  • Jan/26 Fri 02:00PM-06:00PM TBD

Contact: Andrew Sellars, sellars@bu.edu

Help us estimate our head count by signing up.


VMS Boot Camp Event: Kent Summers Crash Course in Enterprise B2B Sales

Open to the MIT community.

Sponsor(s): MIT Venture Mentoring Service

  • Friday, January 26, 8:45 AM – 4 PM, MIT Room 4-370

RSVP by emailing vms@mit.edu


Tax Issues for Employees and Entrepreneurs

Howard Mandelcorn, LL.M., Joseph Weber, Professor of Accounting

  • Enrollment: Unlimited
  • No advance sign-up
  • Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions

This course intends to expose students to a broad range of tax issues OVER A 2 DAY PERIOD that students will encounter shortly after graduation as an entrepreneur or an employee. For a new employee, taxes are an important consideration in decisions regarding deductions and retirement savings (through employee and employer contributions such as 401k’s IRAs, etc). Taxes feature prominently in decisions with respect to stock option-based compensation. Also, tax related issues for U.S. taxpayers working overseas will be addressed. For the entrepreneur, taxes also influence a new business venture’s choice of entity: Corporation, LLC, Partnership, Sole Proprietorship. Instructor: Howard Mandelcorn is a partner at the Hutchings Barsamian Mandelcorn LLP law firm in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

Sponsor(s): Sloan School of Management

  • Jan/31 Wed 01:00PM-04:00PM | E52-164
  • Feb/01 Thu 01:00PM-04:00PM | E52-164

Contact: Howard Mandelcorn


Working After Graduation: Immigration Concerns

Boston Immigration Attorney

  • Enrollment: Unlimited
  • No advance sign-up

Iandoli Desai & Cronin P.C., Boston Law Firm, specializing in immigration, will present a seminar focusing on rules regulating employment opportunities after graduation for international graduates.

Sponsor(s): International Students Office

  • Feb/01 Thu 12:00PM-01:30PM | 26-100

Contact: Antoinette Browne, E18-219, x3-3795


This list is updated as we find out about new IAP offerings. If you know of a class that we should add, please email us at innovation@mit.edu.

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