Innovation & Entrepreneurship 2019 IAP Offerings

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

FOR CREDIT

6.906 StartMIT: Workshop for Entrepreneurs and Innovators

(Subject meets with 6.936)

Designed for students who are interested in entrepreneurship and want to explore the potential commercialization of their research project. Introduces practices for building a successful company, such as idea creation and validation, defining a value proposition, building a team, marketing, customer traction, and possible funding models. Students taking graduate version complete different assignments.

Details

  • Prereq: None
  • Units: 4-0-2 [P/D/F]
  • Dates: January 7–23, 2019
  • Lectures: MTWRF, 9–11 am, 1–3 pm
  • Room: 26-100
  • Recitation: TBA
  • Final presentation: TBA

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


2.s974/2.s790 Designing the First Year Experience: Fun-Sized

Sponsored by: Office of the Vice Chancellor

A 3-unit follow-up to the original Designing the First-Year Experience at MIT class offered in Spring 2018.

Students who were involved with the prior class are welcome as well as first-year students and others who were not able to participate last year. Grad students and cross-registered students are also encouraged to participate.

The course will be a two-week design challenge that asks students to imagine a first year at MIT that is characterized by a widespread love of learning.

Students will be asked to think blue-sky and then design an action plan that would effectively test key features of their ideas through a class-wide experiment or smaller pilot program. Along the way, they’ll learn about design, education, and the complex system that is MIT.

Details

  • Lectures: January 22–February 1, 2–5 pm
  • Room: 3-370
  • Office hours: 12–2pm each day, includes free lunch! Students can express their food preferences here.
  • Units: 3
  • Faculty: Professor Maria Yang and Vice Chancellor Ian A. Waitz
  • Pre-register here

Contact dfy-iap@mit.edu with any questions you may have about the class.

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


6.S189/CMS.S61 Mobile Edtech: MIT IAP Hackathon

Sponsored by: Comparative Media Studies/Writing

While mobile technologies have permeated many parts of society around the world, and even become the primary mode of Internet access in many communities and countries, the mindset for much of education remains attached to the desktop. Can you design quality mobile-first educational experiences for underserved or unserved audiences domestically and abroad? Can you imagine new ways to integrate the affordances of mobile technologies — from Augmented Reality to voice — to make learning via these devices an asset rather than a compromise? If yes, you will be among the new generation of edtech winners.

The MIT IAP Mobile Edtech Hackathon will foray into these questions. But the foray will not be theoretical. Edtech Hackathon student-innovators will design and develop working prototypes of an edtech mobile app. Student innovators will test their prototypes and receive feedback through industry connections and with active learners in existing programs. If this gives participants escape velocity to become an edtech entrepreneur, everyone wins.

Students may choose to use any mobile development environment that they think is appropriate. For those that don’t have the requisite programming background for other platforms, there will be a one-day workshop in MIT App Inventor (although developers need not use App Inventor for their work).

The prize for the winner of the hackathon will be a scholarship to the MIT Innovation & Technology Bootcamp in Tokyo that will be held on March 23-28, 2019. Other opportunities will be a part of the class as well.

Expect to dedicate 80 hours during the IAP. The hackathon will begin with two 8-hour days, followed by 12-15 hours per week of independent work. Each of the two middle weeks will include team meetings with mentors, and one whole-class meeting.  The hackathon will complete with an 8-hour demo day and review of the prototypes.

Details

  • Dates / Times: 
    • January 7–8, 9 am–4 pm
    • January 14–22, 1–3 pm
    • January 31, 1–4 pm
    • Plus weekly mentor time
  • Room: 4-231
  • Enrollment limit: 35 students
  • Attendance: Mandatory unless previously arranged with instructors
  • Prerequisites: Solid development skills or educational design skills
  • Level:  U 6 units [Graded P/D/F]
  • Instructors: Eric Klopfer, Hal Abelson, Erdin Beshimov
  • Register: at Websis and enter your information here (you must register at both sites)

Questions? Contact klopfer@mit.edu


NON-CREDIT

LeaderShape

Sponsored by: Student Activities Office

LeaderShape has been a program provided to MIT students for almost 30 years. This four-day premier leadership program occurs during IAP from January 13–16, 2019 and is open to current undergrads and grad students.

This FREE program helps students develop their personal leadership identity via discussions, simulations, and activities facilitated by high-profile MIT faculty and staff. Each participant is grouped with peers across the Institute to learn and enhance their leadership skill set during the four-day experience. During the program, students will create a vision and develop skills to bring that vision to fruition. Have you ever heard of Kahn Academy? That vision started at LeaderShape!

Details

  • Application deadline: January 2, 2019
  • Enrollment: Registration required. Limited to 60 participants.
  • Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions

If you have any questions, please contact Joseph Granado, Associate Director of Student Activities and Leadership at jgranado@mit.edu.

For more information, and to apply, visit the application page


The Right Legal Steps When Starting Your Company

Sponsored by: Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation

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.

Details

Wednesday, January 9, 2019
12:00–1:00 pm (lunch will be served)
3-270

Advance sign-up required. Space is limited to the first 100 registrants.

Contact: Amy Davis, 617 253-8987, amydavis@mit.edu

To sign up, please register here


IAP Intro to CAD/CAM

Sponsored by: Project Manus & Autodesk, INC

This three-day workshop is an introduction to CAD and CAM using Fusion 360. Students will learn the basics of design for additive and subtractive manufacturing and simple workflows in Fusion. Students will leave the workshop with a small assembly they will have designed and prototyped on a 3D printer and a desktop CNC.

Fusion is the first 3D CAD/CAM/CAE tool that spans the entire product development cycle on a cloud-based platform. This class is a good introduction for students interested in classes such as 2.00b, 2.007, 2.008, 2.009, 2.75, D-Lab, and activities such as FSAE, SEVT, D4A, Hobby Shop, and all kinds of UROP projects.

This class is geared towards those with little/no previous CAD or CAM experience and those transitioning from other CAD software.

Learning Goals

  • CAD Fundamentals
  • CAD/CAM Workflow in Fusion 360
  • DFM for additive and subtractive
  • Use a 3D printer and a machine on a desktop CNC

Instructors

  • Gaby Waldman-Fried, Technical Program Manager, Autodesk Education Experiences
  • Jonathan Hunt, Associate Director, MIT Project Manus

*Adapted from The Intro to CAD Design taught by Mike Alcazaren in 2017

Details

January 9–11, 2019
9:00 am–4:00 pm (There will be a break for lunch each day. Lunch will not be provided)
35-308

Pre-Homework

  • Bring a computer and a mouse
  • Download Fusion 360 and log in
  • Watch a 20 minute video (we’ll send after you are registered)

Day 1: CAD

  • Sketch Features: Lines, splines, circles, sketch mirror
  • Solid Features: Extrude (boss and cut), revolve, hole, chamfer, fillet
  • Other: Assembly joints, referencing sketches on different parts

Day 2: CAM

  • Operations: Facing, 2D Adaptive Clearing, 2D Pocket, Bore, Chamfer
  • Other: Setting up a tool library, adding a tool, creating stock and choosing a coordinate system, general setup

Day 3: CNC Milling

  • CNC mill phone stand base
  • Assemble with 3D printed part from CAD section
  • Celebrate

Contact: Jonathan Hunt, jmhunt@mit.edu, (617) 253-0172

For more information and to register, visit the course page.


Intellectual Property Speaker Series

Sponsored by: MIT Technology Licensing Office & MIT Libraries

Join the Technology Licensing Office and MIT Libraries for the Intellectual Property Speaker Series during the January Independent Activities Period. Lunch will be provided to attendees at all of the sessions (please register for both the seminar and lunch). All sessions are free and open to the MIT community.

There will be branded MIT Libraries and Technology Licensing Office swag giveaways to participants who attend any six sessions from the series!

Basics of Obtaining a Patent

The issuance of a patent is often seen as an inventor’s most notable achievement, but do you know what it takes to apply for and be issued a patent? This session will review the criteria required and the process by which inventions are assessed by the USPTO to determine if creative works are patentable.

Jack Turner, Associate Director, and Jonathan Hromi, Intellectual Property Officer, both of the MIT Technology Licensing Office (TLO), will discuss the basics of the patent application process, the history and context surrounding patents as a means of protecting commercialization rights, as well as share about the policy and practice of MIT’s patenting activities. They’ll share insights into how the TLO engages in this process in  support of entrepreneurial engagement at MIT.

Details

Monday, January 14, 2019
10:00–11:30 am (seminar)
11:30 am–12:30 pm (free lunch)
Room E25-111

Register here

Tax Info 101 for Startups

Are you an aspiring entrepreneur? Do you know what to consider regarding the financial aspects of starting your business?

Join Wolf and Company, P.C. Principals Scott Goodwin and Matt Foley as they share the information you need to know about accounting and income taxes to keep your business on the right track.

Topics will include:

  • Setting up your Books and Records
  • Accounting Dos and Dont’s
  • Tax Tips for Avoiding Trouble

Details

Monday, January 14, 2019
11:30 am–12:30 pm (free lunch)
12:30–2:00 pm (seminar)
Room E25-111

Register here

COI @ MIT: The People, Policy, and Process Behind Financial Conflicts of Interest at MIT

MIT’s sponsored research exceeds $600M annually, with funding received from federal agencies, private foundations, and industry. MIT also has a global reputation for its startup, innovation, and entrepreneurial culture with 25+ startups launched annually in collaboration with the MIT Technology Licensing Office (TLO).

This seminar is designed to build your financial conflict of interest (fCOI) knowledge base by presenting the history and evolution of the financial conflict of interest in research regulations, who they impact, what information is collected, and how it is managed.

Rupinder Grewal and Nicole Levidow from the COI office along with Dave McCarthy from the MIT TLO will provide historical context and insight into topics including the discussion of these and other questions:

  • Given the financial drivers of the for-profit world, how does MIT ensure that objectivity is maintained in its fundamental research activities?
  • How does MIT protect research results from influence when an Investigator has outside financial interests?
  • What kinds of fCOI situations arise in our environment and how do we manage them?

The collaborative efforts of the COI office and the MIT TLO highlights how policy, process, and people have come together to enable the entrepreneurial spirit of MIT.

Details

Friday, January 18, 2019
10:00–11:30 am (seminar)
11:30 am–12:30 pm (free lunch)
Room E25-111

Register here

The Engine and Early Stage Venture Funding

Part incubator, part venture capitalist organization, The Engine is a home for tough tech founders building the next generation of world-changing companies. Launched by MIT in 2016, The Engine works with innovators from MIT and beyond whose disruptive technologies have the greatest potential to solve challenging societal problems.

In this session you’ll hear from Reed Sturtevant, General Partner at the Engine, who will share about The Engine’s mission and current projects as well as discuss how innovators can make the most of early stage venture funding in the Boston area. Over the last eight years, Reed has invested in more than 100 Boston companies as an angel and at Techstars, Project 11, and currently at The Engine.

As part of the session, Reed will also provide some feedback on your companies and plans so please come prepared with your questions!

Details

Friday, January 18, 2019
11:30 am–12:30 pm (free lunch)
12:30–2:00 pm (seminar)
Room E25-111

Register here

Commercialization of MIT Technology: Innovation, Technology Transfer, and Licensing

Have you ever wondered how technology that’s developed in universities and other academic institutions gets translated into a product to benefit the public? This process is known as technology transfer, and research organizations all over the world utilize teams of tech transfer professionals to evaluate new inventions, protect intellectual property through a patenting process, and license the technology to third parties, such as start-up companies or corporations, for further investment in development and commercialization.

At MIT, the Technology Licensing Office (TLO) supports MIT inventors throughout this process and plays a vital role in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Come hear from Technology Licensing Officers Lauren Foster and Deirdre Zammit who engage with the MIT community on all these tech transfer activities and learn the strategic approach MIT takes to move innovations from the research bench to the marketplace.

Details

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
10:00–11:30 am (seminar)
11:30 am–12:30 pm (free lunch)
Room E25-111

Register here

The Rollercoaster Ride of RNAi, mRNA and Editing Therapeutics: From Obscurity to a $30B Industry

Novel therapeutic platforms usually go through the phases of initial enthusiasm, followed by a trough of disappointment to meet the initial hype, and then after years of solving the technical challenges commercial clinical success is achieved.

Nucleic acids drugs targeting RNA and the genome provide excellent examples of these cycles.

Tod Woolf (Technology Licensing Officer) will describe work of his biotech teams and other biotechs in the area of antisense, RNAi and therapeutic editing that reflect phases of these boom bust cycles, with an emphasis on how chemical modification of nucleic acid drugs contributed to the enablement of nucleic acid therapeutic platforms.

Details

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
11:30 am–12:30 pm (free lunch)
12:30 pm–2:00 pm (seminar)
Room E25-111

Register here

NSF I-Corps Program: The Scientific Method Applied to Entrepreneurship

For MIT Researchers Considering a Startup:

  • Explore taking your new technology to the marketplace
  • Get entrepreneurial training, support, and learn how to apply for $50K
  • Increase your chances of receiving an SBIR/STTR award

Whether you are just curious about entrepreneurship or certain you want to create a startup, I-Corps provides researchers with the ideal entry point. Faculty, staff and students working on any STEM-related technology anywhere at MIT can enroll.

This session will provide an introduction to the I-Corps educational programs that are available to you.  You will learn how these activities can help you and how to engage.

Details

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
11:30 am–12:30 pm (free lunch)
2:30–4:00 pm (seminar)
Room E25-111

Register here

Basics of Copyrights, Data, and Software Intellectual Property

It has been said that content is king.

Copyrighted works – whether media, software, or art – are a major portion of the world’s creative, intellectual, and economic output. As such, copyright issues affect musicians, artists, authors, and software programmers alike.

This popular talk offers a fun and interesting look at the protection of your creative works of authorship whether developed in the lab at MIT or elsewhere.

Join Daniel Dardani, Technology Licensing Officer and intellectual property expert, for an overview of copyright law and consider its history, practice, and relevance to your world and to the MIT community. Daniel will explore topics including: the nature of originality, fair use, open source, how copyrights can be licensed in the digital age, and others.

All are welcome. No prior knowledge about intellectual property or the law is required. This session is co-sponsored by MIT EECS.

Details

Friday, January 25, 2019
10:00–11:30 am (seminar)
11:30 am–12:30pm (free lunch)
Room E25-111

Register here

Intellectual Property Research Tools: Using Patent Research to Support Innovation Strategy

Are you conducting research related to intellectual property? The MIT Libraries and the Technology Licensing Office will review the best tools for this type of research, especially in the areas of patents and market research.

You will learn about these topics:

  • The difference between prior art and market searching
  • How patent searching can inform market analysis
  • Tools to use to create a comprehensive commercialization plan

You’ll also see a sample market analysis based on AI technology.

Details

Friday, January 25, 2019
11:30 am–12:30 pm (free lunch)
12:30–2:00 pm (seminar)
Room E25-111

Register here

Author Rights Workshop

When you publish in scholarly journals, you’re usually required to give up some rights in your work. In this workshop, MIT librarians will show you what to look for in author contracts and go over ways to hold onto rights to share and reuse your work, including via MIT’s open access policies.

Details

Monday, January 28, 2019
10:00–11:30 am (seminar)
11:30 am–12:30 pm (free lunch)
Room E25-111

Register here

The Federal SBIR Program: Program Basics + How to Apply

The SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) program helps small businesses engage in R&D with potential for commercialization. Melissa Wong and Rachael Sack, SBIR representatives from the Volpe Center, will provide an overview of the SBIR program, including information on the program’s purpose, eligibility, sources of funding, and ideas on what is necessary for a successful application.

The seminar is designed to provide enough information to determine if the program is right for you and if you would like to seriously pursue SBIR proposal development.

Details

Monday, January 28, 2019
11:30 am–12:30 pm (free lunch)
12:30–2:00 pm (seminar)
Room E25-111

Register here

Is it in the Public Domain?

Explore the public domain in this hands-on workshop.  When does copyright expire, and how do you tell when something is free to use?  We will discuss the public domain and put then our skills to use on historical materials from the MIT Libraries.

Details

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
10:00–11:30 am (seminar)
11:30 am–12:30 pm (free lunch)
Room E25-111

Register here

Theses@MIT: Specifications and Copyright Issues

This session will cover the required specifications for submitting your thesis, and review some common copyright questions related to theses, including whether you need permission to use certain figures in your thesis, and what is involved when you want to publish parts of your thesis before or after the thesis is submitted.

Details

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
11:30 am–12:30 pm (free lunch)
12:30–2:00 pm (seminar)
Room E25-111

Register here

Questions? Contact Karen Baird at 617-324-2386 or kshaner@mit.edu

For more information and to register, visit the event page.


Patent Law Fundamentals

Sponsored by: MIT Sloan School of Management

An 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 (novelty, non-obviousness, utility)
  • Eligible classes of patentable 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 compared with copyrights, trade secrets, and trademarks

Details

January 14–28, 2019

Patents and Intellectual Property

Monday, January 14
2:00–4:00 pm
E51-151

Overview of U.S. patent law and intellectual property. Critical differences among patents, copyrights, trade secrets, and trademarks.

Patentability

Wednesday, January 16
2:00–4:00 pm
E51-151

Requirements for a patentable invention: novelty, non-obviousness, and utility. New U.S. law of inventor priority (first to invent? first to file? first to disclose? or what?)

Eligible Classes of Patentable Invention

Friday, January 18
2:00–4:00 pm
E51-151

Eligible subject matter. Can software be patented? Business methods? Human genes? Rights of patent ownership, especially with regard to improvement patents.

Obtaining a Patent

Wednesday, January 23
2:00–4:00 pm
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

Friday, January 25
2:00–4:00 pm
E51-151

Patent claims as property boundaries. The scope, language, and structure of patent claims. Patent licenses and the MIT Technology Licensing Office.

Infringement, Defenses, and Remedies

Monday, January 28
2:00–4:00 pm
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.

This course meets with 15.620, which offers 3 units of G credit (graded P/D/F). Students who wish to receive credit should register for 15.620 and plan to take a comprehensive quiz in the final class meeting on Jan. 30.

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/Canvas websites. No textbooks or course packs to purchase. For the benefit of non-credit participants, the MIT community will have access to the 15.620 websites throughout IAP.

Contact: Jeffrey Meldman, 617 253-4932, jmeldman@mit.edu

For more information, visit the IAP website


Developing Leadership in Yourself and Others

Sponsored by: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science & Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program

A workshop series designed for MIT graduate students interested in “making a positive difference” in their chosen fields. Grounded in research but experiential and engaging in delivery, these workshops will build practical skills for future engineers and technology professionals.

This series is offered through the Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program in collaboration with a group of leading graduate engineering students. Graduate MIT students are encouraged to attend the entire series and those doing so will receive a special recognition.

Details

January 14–28, 2019

Leading New Teams

Monday, January 14
12:30–4:30 pm
36-156

How do you turn a smart group of people into a committed and effective team? This is not easy to achieve and our workshop will help you learn to build real teams, right from the start.

Leadership Development

Tuesday, January 15
12:30–3:30 pm
36-156

Grad engineers are expected to have technical mastery of their chosen fields, but are they prepared with the professional and leadership skills to put the expertise to work? Attend this town hall session alongside alumni and MIT representatives to critically examine MIT’s leadership development for grad engineers. Attendees have a chance to provide feedback on upcoming leadership programming in the School of Engineering.

Motivating and Developing Others

Tuesday, January 22
12:30–4:30 pm
36-156

At the heart of leadership lies the ability to inspire people without relying on authority. The goal of this workshop is to build practical skills for motivating and developing others.

Mastering Constructive Conflict

Thursday, January 24
12:30–4:30 pm
36-156

In a safe and open environment, conflict can serve an essential role in building collective capacity for creativity, innovation, and group learning. Learn how conflict can achieve these constructive outcomes.

Discovering & Developing Your Strengths

Monday, January 28
12:30–4:30 pm
36-156

In this final session, you’ll learn how to discover your leadership strengths and invent career pathways for putting them to work. We’ll be joined by John Strackhouse, who advises some of todays top leaders in technology.

Limited to 35; participants are encouraged to attend the entire series. To enroll, email Lisa Stagnone at lstag@mit.edu.

Contact: David Nino, dnino@mit.edu

For more information, visit the IAP website


Systems Thinking With TI Robotics Systems Learning Kit

Sponsored by: TI Robotics Systems Learning Kit

The TI Robotics Systems Learning Kit (TI-RSLK) is a low-cost robotics kit and classroom curriculum, which provide students with a deeper understanding of how electronic system designs work.

Details

January 15 & 17, 2019
3:00–6:00 pm
NE47-189

No advance sign-up required. Participants welcome at any session.

Contact: Kurt Keville, 617 324-6424, kkeville@mit.edu

For more information, visit the IAP website


Hardware Hacking and Rapid Prototyping

Sponsored by: Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies

Compete in this year’s Soldier Design Contest. Attend sessions for a foundation in the fundamental processes of rapid prototyping and build a winning design for prizes. Prototype development will be funded through lab resources and teams will compete to win a portion of $15K.

Details

January 15–30, 2019

Course schedule:

  • Tuesday, January 15: Soldier Design Contest (SDC) overview, project descriptions, interest statements and scheduling
  • Thursday, January 17: Caffeinated crash course in PCB design (and finish up SDC project description / signups)
  • Tuesday, January 22: Lab equipment introduction. Partial equipment list; Various Microscopy (AFM, SEM, TEM), assorted chromatography, basic metal and wood shop, 3-D printing, etc.
  • Thursday, January 24: MIT Beaverworks Tour
  • Tuesday, January 29: NVidia Hackathon
  • Thursday, January 31: Final project presentations

No advance sign-up required. Participants welcome at any session.

Contact: Kurt Keville, 4-6424, kkeville@mit.edu

For more information, visit the IAP website


Swarm Leadership, Deep Learning, and Social Quantum Physics

Sponsored by: MIT Sloan School of Management

Do you want to change the world and create your own social movement? This course empowers you to build your own swarm interacting on social media and face-to-face by analyzing email, social media, and by tracking emotions with smartwatches using machine learning and AI.

In this course you will learn:

  • How to create Collaborative Innovation Networks (COINs), intrinsically motivated groups of people working towards a shared vision by collaborating over the Web
  • How to identify virtual tribes, groups of people sharing similar profiles and preferences on online social media such as Twitter through deep learning
  • How to measure emotions such as happiness, stress, or anger through a smartwatch-based body sensing system, the happimeter
  • How to forecast and predict trends by finding the trendsetters in online social media, in corporate e-mail archives, and personal sensor networks.
  • How social quantum physics triggers change through two feedback looks: “empathy-entanglement”, and “reflect-reboot”.
  • How to use our tools Condor and Galaxyscope for dynamic semantic social network analysis and machine learning
  • How to measure collective consciousness and induce group flow (positive stress)

This course is organized in two parts: The first session gives an overview of the basic principles. At the end of day one, you can apply for the second part, where we will work with up to five individuals or small groups to develop their project or initiative.

Details

January 17 & 18, 2019

Introduction to Swarm Creativity

Thursday, January 17
3:00–5:00 pm
E94-1531

Introduces Collaborative Innovation Networks (COINs), coolhunting with Condor and Galaxyscope (finding trends/virtual tribes by finding influencers), and coolfarming (supporting these trendsetters) by measuring email and Twitter networks by social network analysis, and the Happimeter, a smartwatch based system to measure emotions to track collective consciousness and group flow.

Creating Your Own Swarm

Friday, January 18
3:00–5:00 pm
E94-1531

If you have your own cause or scientific project where would you like to create your own swarm or virtual tribe, apply before the course for a slot on the second day (limited to five projects). The instructors will work with you to leverage the tools from the first day (coolhunting, coolfarming, Happimeter, dynamic semantic social network analysis, deep learning, Condor, GalaxyScope) for your own cause or project.

Advance sign-up required by Jan. 16. Limited to 30 participants. Apply at first session for the second session.

Requirements: Bring your laptop

Contact: Peter Gloor, 617 253-7018, pgloor@mit.edu

For more information, visit the IAP website


MakerLodge Open House

Sponsored by: Project Manus

Do you enjoy making things and sharing that knowledge with others? Join Project Manus’ MakerLodge for an IAP open house to learn how you can become a MakerLodge mentor.

Mentors train MIT’s first year students on a variety of tools from 3D printers and laser cutters to band-saws and drill presses. Grab a bite to eat and chat with current mentors and project staff to see if becoming a mentor is right for you!

Details

Tuesday, January 22, 2019
5:00–8:00 pm
MakerLodge Lounge: 35-307

Registration is required. To sign up, email Angelina Jay at angiejay@mit.edu.

For more information on the MakerLodge, visit their website


Nuts and Bolts of New Ventures

Sponsored by: MIT Sloan School & MIT Media Arts and Sciences

This is the 30th annual offering of the Nuts and Bolts IAP course. Ranked by INC Magazine as one of the “10 Best Entrepreneurship Courses in America.” Nuts and Bolts is the largest entrepreneurship class taught at MIT and the oldest ongoing IAP offering on new ventures.

The course is open to members of the MIT 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.

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 MIT community. Typically around 150 students register for the course with another 100 to 150 additional participants from other colleges, businesses, nonprofit and government organizations.

Details

January 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31, 2019
6:00–9:00 pm
10-250

Pre-registration is required for credit or to listen

For more information and to join the course email list, visit the Nuts and Bolts website


Make it Playful

Sponsored by: Art & Architecture

Play has been studied as a very powerful and engaging activity with a lot of benefits. In this class, explore the idea of playful design and try to come up with prototypes demonstrating new forms of play.

During this class, you will learn more about play. What is it? What makes that activity so engaging? Is play a dedicated activity for childhood?

Together, we will explore the idea of playful objects. What makes a design playful? How can you do it? You will experiment and discover guidelines to design with the idea of play.

We will explore playful design through two thematics :

  • Playful Office Supplies: Office supplies can be very boring, mostly functional and not necessarily very user friendly. However, there are quite common materials that we use regularly. How might we design office supplies that create playful experiences?
  • Creativity Room Objects: A creativity room is a space to get inspiration, start using your imagination and design something creative. Creativity rooms are usually very nice spaces, but they have a lack of identity and of tools to guide people. How might we design playful objects that enhance an experience in a creativity room?

Details

January 25–27, 2019

Advance sign-up required before Dec. 15. Participants must attend all sessions.

To sign up for the workshop, complete the registration form


Global Game Jam

Sponsored by: Comparative Media Studies/Writing & Game Lab

The Global Game Jam (GGJ) is the world’s largest game jam event taking place around the world at physical locations. Think of it as a hackathon focused on game development. It is the growth of an idea that in today’s heavily connected world, we could come together, be creative, share experiences and express ourselves in a multitude of ways using video games — it is very universal.

The weekend stirs a global creative buzz in games, while at the same time exploring the process of development, be it programming, iterative design, narrative exploration or artistic expression. It is all condensed into a 48-hour development cycle. The GGJ encourages people with all kinds of backgrounds to participate and contribute to this global spread of game development and creativity.

Details

January 25–27, 2019

Keynote & Kickoff Presentations

Friday, January 25
5:00–6:00 pm
32-123

The jam begins with a keynote, presentations about the Jam, and reveal of the Jam topic. 

Game Jam

Friday, January 25
6:00–11:30 pm
32-144, 32-141

Teams will be formed by 8:00pm.

Saturday, January 26
9:00 am–11:30 pm
32-144, 32-141

Sunday, January 27
9:00 am–3:00 pm
32-144, 32-141

Work days for the Jam. Participants will be working in teams to create their games.

Presentations & Postmortem

Sunday, January 27
3:30–6:00 pm
32-123

Game Jam participants will present the work they created over the weekend and postmortem their process. This is open to the general public. No registration is required for this session.

Participants are welcome from MIT, local universities, colleges, and the general public (including local professional game developers). All participants must register to attend.

30 free slots are open for the MIT community (must have an @mit.edu email address to register). Registration for non-MIT community members costs $22 + fees.

Contact: Richard Eberhardt, 617 324-2173, reberhar@mit.edu

To register, visit the event site


3D Printing Design for Entrepreneurship

Sponsored by: Sloan School of Management

This class provides an overview of 3D printing technology then does a deep dive into Computer Aided Design (CAD) software. Participants will learn about the full process of solving a problem in their lives then taking that idea into CAD software, then 3D printed part.

Each student will design over three parts, in increasing complexity, using CAD software and 3D print at least one of them. Students will be encouraged to take their 3D printed part to potential customers, getting design feedback and hopefully, customers.

Additionally, Stratasys is sponsoring materials for the course. Students will be able to print their parts at no cost.

Details

January 25–30, 2019

Session 1: 3D Printing Your First Part

Friday, January 25
2:00–5:00 pm
E40-163

Students of all computer aided design levels will be introduced to OnShape, a computer aided design software, to design their first part to be 3D printed that evening. The 3D printer used will be the Fortus 380mc. 

Session 2: Practicing CAD Skills

Monday, January 28
2:00–5:00 pm
E40-163

Students will be led through a number of CAD design activities and be introduced to their next 3D printing project based on a real world problem. Students’ second 3D print will be started and completed by Wednesday, Jan. 30. 

Session 3: Entrepreneurial Opportunities

Wednesday, January 30
2:00–5:00 pm
E40-163

In the final class, students will be working through more CAD design activities, improving their designs, and exploring avenues to bring their parts to market.

Requirements: Bring your laptop to all sessions; external mouse recommended.

Contact: Erin Martin, 617 253-8653, e_martin@mit.edu

For more information, visit the IAP website


MIT VMS Boot Camp

Sponsored by: MIT Venture Mentoring Service

In its 8th year, this popular IAP workshop on B2B sales is consistently received by attendees with enthusiasm. Highlighting practical knowledge of “how to sell,” the session provides entrepreneurs starting a new venture and business school graduates entering a new profession with basic tools for sales success: how to target enterprise sales opportunities, manage a sales process, acquire customers and generate revenue. Attendees gain basic knowledge and confidence to support better sales decisions.

The workshop includes two three-hour sessions, combining lecture, interactive exercises, and anecdotal evidence from real sales situations. The morning focuses on basic concepts, tools and mechanics for sales focus and efficiency. The afternoon covers more “qualitative” aspects of selling, with emphasis on how to navigate an organization, overcome bias, build buyer team consensus, and negotiate to close deals. Attendees will troubleshoot “failed sales” and recommend corrective action or behavior.

Kent Summers has been offering the Sales Boot Camp in collaboration with VMS since 2008. He regularly presents sales workshops at the MIT Sloan School, the Harvard MBA program and the Wharton School of Business. Summers founded and sold three software companies in the Boston area, and since 2002, has helped many new MIT companies navigate critical sales challenges. His success with early-stage ventures and enterprise sales is uniquely suited to the needs of start-ups and scale-up ventures.

Details

Friday, February 1, 2019
8:45 am–4:00 pm

Limited to 110 participants. Advance sign-up required by Jan. 31.

For more information, contact Haley Tidd at 617 258-0720 or htidd@mit.edu.


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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