The MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node convenes MIT students, faculty, and researchers to work on various entrepreneurial and research projects alongside Hong Kong-based students and faculty, MIT alumni, entrepreneurs, and businesses. By combining resources and talent, the Innovation Node aims to help students learn how to move ideas more rapidly from lab to market.
Announced in November 2015, the Innovation Node will be a collaborative space that aims to connect the MIT community with unique resources — including advanced manufacturing capabilities — and other opportunities in Hong Kong and the neighboring Pearl River Delta (PRD).
Initially, the Node will carry out numerous activities to boost the innovative and entrepreneurial capabilities of MIT students, faculty, researchers, and alumni, in collaboration with the Hong Kong community. These include internship opportunities, educational programs, engagement opportunities, and innovation-focused events.
In January, a group of MIT students traveled to the southern-most province in China for the first-ever Guangdong Manufacturing Innovation Ecosystems Tour during the Independent Activities Period (IAP) as part of the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) China program. Participants enjoyed a behind-the-scenes look at China’s manufacturing hub.
The Guangdong Manufacturing Innovation Ecosystems Tour was a prelude to the activities and programming taking shape for the MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node. MIT is currently in the process of building out a Hong Kong-based team that will officially establish a physical space and offer formalized, regular programming.
An inaugural program of the Innovation Node will be launched June 2016. It will bring together 12 MIT students with 12 students from universities throughout Hong Kong for a week-long workshop. Programming will be led by a team of MIT faculty, MIT alumni, and local entrepreneurs.