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Innovation & Entrepreneurship 2018 IAP Offerings

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


 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. 


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


  • 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. 

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.

  • 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

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

Contact: Ricardo Baptista

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

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.

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

Sponsor(s): Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Contact: Andrew Sellars, sellars@bu.edu

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

Stephen M. Hou (Course 6 alum), Julian G. Pymento

  • Jan/13 Sat 02:00PM-06:00PM TBD
  • 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?

The instructors collectively have patent experience at five different law firms in Boston, New York, San Francisco & Washington DC, hold nine degrees in physics, engineering, business & law from MIT & NYU. In addition to MIT, they have taught this seminar at Wharton, NYU, and seven universities in Hong Kong, Singapore & Taiwan.

Sponsor(s): Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Contact: Stephen M. Hou, stephenhou@alum.mit.edu

Signup here

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.

  • 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”

Sponsor(s): Mathematics

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. 

Developing Leadership in Yourself and Others

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

  • Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required. Limited to 60 participants
  • 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.

  • 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.

Limited to 35 participants.

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

Contact: Lisa Stgnone

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

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

Open to the MIT community.

RSVP by emailing vms@mit.edu

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.

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

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.

Sponsor(s): Media Arts and Sciences

Contact: Dazza Greenwood, E15-449

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

Hacking Our Digital Future

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

  • Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required. Limited to 50 participants. 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.

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).

Sponsor(s): Sloan School of Management

Contact: Dalton Perras, E94-1518

For additional program information and to sign up, visit the event page

Reading the Collective Mind – Deep Learning By Social Signals

Peter Gloor, Qi Wen

  • Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required. Limited to 30 participants
  • 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.

  • 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

Sponsor(s): Sloan School of Management

Contact: Peter Gloor, E94-1504D

For more information and to sign up, visit the webpage

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.

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.

Sponsor(s): Sloan School of Management

Contact: Jeffrey Meldman, E62-317, 617 253-4932

Introduction to Autosec

Matthew Alt, Associate Staff – Cyber System Assessments Group

  • Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
  • Sign-up by 01/01 Limited to 20 participants
  • 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.

  • 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

Sponsor(s): Lincoln Laboratory

Contact: Matthew Alt, Lincoln Laboratory, 781-981-4905

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: Advance sign-up required
  • Sign-up by 01/09 Limited to 30 participants
  • 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.

  • 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

Sponsor(s): Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Contact: Patrick Kane

Limited enrollment. For more information and to register, click here

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!

  • 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.

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

Contact: Julian Hernandez

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.

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

Sponsor(s): Sloan School of Management

Contact: Howard Mandelcorn

The Right Legal Steps When Starting Your Company

Leon Sandler, Executive Director

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

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.

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

Sponsor(s): Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation

Contact: Amy Davis, E70-1273

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

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.

  • 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

Sponsor(s): Sloan School of Management

Contact: Kathryn Means, E62-571

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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