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Activating a National Ecosystem for Manufacturing Advanced Functional Fibers and Fabrics
Jan/06 Thu 01:00PM–02:00PM

Recent breakthroughs in fiber and textile materials and manufacturing processes is enabling the transformation of traditional fibers, yarns and fabrics into highly sophisticated, integrated, and networked systems. Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA), one of the 9 Department of Defense-sponsored Manufacturing USA Institutes, sits at the nexus of innovation of traditionally disparate fields – that of textiles and micro-electronics - facilitating transition of innovation across the manufacturing “valley of death” and bringing the commercialization of advanced functional fabric systems closer to reality. This presentation will include an overview of AFFOA’s advanced fabrics ecosystem, and specific examples on how the Institute facilitates the manufacturing evolution of selected functional fabric systems will be provided. Situated a short what from MIT Campus and founded by MIT innovators, AFFOA is excited about partnering with MIT faculty, staff, and students to transition their ideas from the lab into high-impact, commercial reality.

 

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Author Rights Workshop
Jan/20 Thu 03:00PM–04:30PM

When you publish in scholarly journals, you’re usually required to give up some rights in your work. In this seminar, MIT librarians Katharine Dunn and Katie Zimmerman will show you what to look for in author contracts and discuss ways to retain rights to share and reuse your work, including via MIT's open access policies.

 

Katharine Dunn is a scholarly communications librarian at MIT, helping researchers and students make their work more openly available.
Katie Zimmerman is the Director of Copyright Strategy for the MIT Libraries, helping the libraries and the MIT community make informed copyright decisions.

Basics of Copyrights, Data, and Software
Jan/14 Fri 10:00AM–11:30AM

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.

Basics of Fair Use
Jan/07 Fri 03:00PM–04:30PM

New things are built on what came before.  If your work uses copyrighted material, you should know about fair use.  What are your rights with regard to prior works?  What requires permission and what doesn’t?  This session will cover the basics of fair use for copyrighted works, so that you know your rights whether you are text mining the scientific literature, adapting a song, or sharing an image you found online. 

Basics of Obtaining a Patent
Jan/14 Fri 01:00PM–02:30PM

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.
 
Jonathan Hromi, Associate Director, IP, Laura Lapsley, Senior IP Paralegal, and Caitlyn Ward, Technology Licensing Associate, all 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.

Beyond the Lab: Journey from Scientist to Founder with E14 Fund
Jan/24 Mon 04:00PM–06:00PM
Jan/25 Tue 04:00PM–06:00PM
Jan/26 Wed 04:00PM–06:00PM
Jan/27 Thu 04:00PM–06:00PM
Jan/28 Fri 04:00PM–06:00PM

Are you a scientist or engineer curious about starting a deep tech company? Do you want to visit MIT startups in action and learn from founders who have successfully launched ventures out of their labs? Do you want to connect with venture investors dedicated to supporting MIT founders? This course will cover the basics of launching your founder journey and will include trips to Boston-area startups across growth stages. You will join a cohort of future founders with continued opportunities to engage beyond IAP. This course is designed for any student or postdoc thinking about starting a company and we hope to build a diverse cohort of participants across backgrounds and interests. The course is sponsored by E14 Fund, the early stage venture capital firm from and for the MIT startup community.

If you are interested in this course, please complete this form (https://www.e14fund.com/iap) by December 2nd to apply to join the Beyond the Lab cohort for IAP 2022 (January 24th - 28th). This course is designed for any student or postdoc thinking about starting a company and we hope to build a diverse cohort of participants across backgrounds and interests.

If you have any questions or want to be added to the E14 startup community slack channel, please email iap@e14fund.com.

Commercialization of MIT Technology
Jan/27 Thu 01:00PM–02:30PM

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.

You'll hear from Technology Licensing Officers Lauren C. Foster and Deirdre Zammit and learn the strategic approach MIT takes to move innovations from the research bench to the marketplace.

Computational Access and Use of Texts and Data behind Paywalls: Challenges and Resources 
Jan/25 Tue 11:30AM–01:00PM

The rise of applied data science, digital humanities, machine learning, and artificial intelligence has resulted in an increased need for computational access and reuse of research data and publications, many of which are only available behind paywalls and governed by restrictive terms of use. What can you do with proprietary sources, how do you gain access, and how can you make your own research output from such sources shareable are questions that many are asking. Join three experts from the MIT Libraries in this session to learn about the copyright and contractual implications of paywalled data sources and how you can use them and share your results.

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Conflict of Interest and Startups at MIT
Jan/26 Wed 01:00PM–02:30PM

MIT’s sponsored research exceeds $750M 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 30+ 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, providing an overview of the COI process at MIT, and outlining the benefits of a collaborative process with the TLO.
 
Rupinder Grewal, MIT COI Officer, and Linda Chao, Technology Licensing Officer, 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?
  • How do researchers navigate potential COI issues in startup activities?
Developing Industry-Sponsored Research Agreements
Jan/19 Wed 01:00PM–02:30PM

Are you interested in following an academic research career solving challenging problems across the globe? Industry sponsors around the world can be a rich source of scientific problems and funding for your academic research at MIT or elsewhere. But, have you wondered how to go about securing funding and an agreement? Or, have you found it challenging to get a sponsored research agreement in place?

 

Our talk will introduce you to key concepts and policies that are involved in developing an agreement with your sponsor. We will explore topics including: technology readiness level (TLR), statement of research work, confidentiality, background/foreground IP, and much more in relation to agreements. Understanding these policies will help smoothen the process at MIT (and elsewhere) and shorten the time to secure an agreement with your industry sponsor.

About the speakers:

Grace Leung joined OSATT in March of 2020. As a Catalyst, Grace works with MIT researchers in engaging with industrial sponsors and collaborators, negotiates the appropriate agreements, and establishes major research alliances. Prior to joining MIT, Grace held positions in technology licensing and business development at Mass General Brigham and Harvard University. She led negotiations and executed early-stage technology licenses and industrial sponsored research agreements, and established intellectual property protection and marketing strategies of life-science innovations. Grace holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Microbiology from Tufts Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Michael Leskiw is an Alliance Manager in MIT’s Office of Strategic Alliances & Technology Transfer (OSATT). Michael’s portfolio extends to international engagements with foreign governments, as well as several high-visibility major agreements with multi-national corporations. Michael has been at MIT since 2004 and previously worked in MIT’s sponsored programs office, and prior to that on the operational side ramping up MIT’s largest international research center (based in Singapore) and a collaborative project helping to start a new university in Moscow. Michael is a licensed attorney in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Subarna Basnet PhD, is a Catalyst at Office of Strategic Alliance and Technology Transfer (OSATT), and an expert in technology & design innovation. Previously, as the Director for Design Science, Technology, and Innovation at the MIT International Design Center (IDC), he led efforts in developing research and educational programs for the Center. Prior to MIT, Subarna served in the industry (Bose, Xerox, Softech) for over 20 years, contributing in diverse areas, ranging from research, design and development, manufacturing, and sales. Subarna holds a PhD from MIT in Mechanical Engineering.

Leah Keating is a Senior Strategic Transactions Officer and OSATT’s RAS Liaison. Leah’s responsibilities include supporting and improving coordination between RAS and the OSATT Strategic Transactions Team, as well as negotiating and reviewing research and other sponsored agreements of all kinds. She works closely with teams in RAS and OSATT to support interoffice and inter-team communications and operations, and on developing new or improved agreement workflows. Prior to MIT, Leah was the Director of Research Administration for Harvard Law School for 4 years, where she managed all operations of HLS research administration. efore joining HLS, she was the Associate Director for Technology Transactions for the Office of Technology Development (OTD) at Harvard. At OTD, Leah worked closely with the Office of Sponsored Programs, the sponsored research administration offices for Harvard Medical School. Leah holds a B.A. in French from Hamilton College and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.

 

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Do Right by Your Research Data
Jan/27 Thu 10:00AM–11:30AM

Congratulations—you’ve got research data! This session will walk you through the dos and don’ts associated with research data and artifacts, all of those associated bits of information necessary to understand research data. These can include structured data, images, unstructured data, metadata, analysis scripts, analysis environment, and much more. We’ll cover the tools and resources available to you for making decisions about your research data (and associated bits) with regard to use agreements, security requirements, and copyright and licensing. We’ll also explore some case studies and do a practical applications exercise.

 

Amy Nurnberger is the Program Head for Data Management Services at MIT libraries. Amy also serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Learning Analytics program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Within the broader research data community, Amy is a co-chair of the Research Data Alliance (RDA)/World Data Services Publishing Data Workflows Working Group and the RDA Education and Training on Handling Research Data Interest Group, and she is the elected co-chair of the RDA Organizational Advisory Board. She also sits on the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee and the editorial board of Patterns - The Science of Data.

How to Talk (and Write About) Your Arts-Based Venture
Jan/18 Tue 12:00AM
Jan/24 Mon 12:00AM

How to Talk (and Write About) Your Arts-Based Venture

This IAP series will help prepare students to present their ventures in writing and discussion in a way that is clear, concise, and compelling. The aim is to help student venture teams succeed in creating their $15K Creative Arts Competition application or other similar pitches, and equip students to effectively promote their entrepreneurial projects in “pitching” situations.

MIT community is welcome to join even if they are not participating in the Creative Arts Competition. Contact Shannon Rose McAuliffe shanrose@mit.edu to register.

Series dates: January 18-24, 2022

More info: https://arts.mit.edu/start/entrepreneurship/creative-arts-competition/

IAP 2022: Mission Innovation Program—Dual-use Ventures: Navigating Both Commercial & Defense Markets
Jan/19 Wed 09:00AM–05:00PM
Jan/20 Thu 09:00AM–05:00PM
Jan/21 Fri 09:00AM–05:00PM

Program Description

The Dual-use Ventures non-credit IAP course helps technology startups navigate early-stage challenges in market research, use cases, and federal funding opportunities. We provide insights into navigating SBIRs, STTRs, and other federal funding opportunities while working within the commercial marketplace so that tech founders - when thoughtful and working rigorously - can take their Minimum Viable Product from $0 in revenue to $1,500,000 in defense contracts over the course of 24 months. This program is intentional about instruction and training - our eminent goal is to help MIT-affiliated lab-based tech startups traverse the trough of disillusionment and commercialize tough tech products for the betterment of humankind. 

This course is for students, alumni, and ecosystem members who want to learn useful and actionable steps to create dual-use ventures (DuV). A dual-use venture is one that has both government and commercial (enterprise and/or consumer) customers. We’ll discuss frameworks, funding opportunities, entrepreneur roadmaps, and government resources. Topics in this course are particularly relevant to technology entrepreneurs interested in learning more about working with the Department of Defense.

MIT strives to enable higher levels of diversity and inclusion in the innovation ecosystem. Research shows that diversity is a key factor for innovation, helping unearth inherent biases in technological solutions, enabling teams to make better decisions, and driving stronger performance. We strongly encourage members of traditionally marginalized communities to participate in this course.

This series offers presentations over zoom from MIT and government speakers, a networking event, and plenty of opportunities to ask questions on topics we have found tech startups are most interested in learning more about.

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Course Thesis

Startups can be purposeful about designing their company to be ready to pursue both commercial and defense markets. This requires being informed, prepared, diligent, and ready when either market opportunity becomes available.

Key Outcomes

  • Learn about non-dilutive funding opportunities, nuances of the defense and dual-use markets, and stakeholders in the defense acquisitions system
  • Understand the need to move opportunistically across both commercial and defense markets in the early stages of ventures
  • Learn how government data rights interact with a dual-use venture’s commercially oriented IP strategy
  • Gain insights on how to protect the long-term value of your technology for both commercial and government markets
  • Achieve an actionable understanding of DOD contractual requirements for cybersecurity and information protection

Schedule
(updated regularly & subject to change)

Day 1 | Wednesday, January 19, 2022 | Dual-use, broadly…

Day 2 | Thursday, January 20, 2022 | My tech startup has a call with the military…

 Day 3 | Friday, January 21, 2022 | Startup funding pinball…

 

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SPEAKERS

IAP: The long road to 20 tesla on the SPARC Toroidal Field Model Coil: A magnet origin story
Jan/21 Fri 01:00PM–02:00PM

The long road to 20 tesla on the SPARC Toroidal Field Model Coil: A magnet origin story

Speaker: Zach Hartwig

In the early morning hours of September 5 2021, the SPARC Toroidal Field Model Coil (TFMC), a joint project of the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center and Commonwealth Fusion Systems, achieved a peak magnetic field in excess of 20 tesla. This moment ushered in a new era of powerful high-field superconducting magnets for science and industrial applications and enabled a long-sought paradigm shift in fusion energy towards smaller, lower cost devices. But how did this come to be? What technologies and pioneers set the stage for the TFMC? How was it possible to execute a project of this scale and innovation in only two years? And why did this happen at MIT and not somewhere else? To answer these questions, this talk will attempt to map the century-long odyssey at MIT in high-field magnet research, development, and operations that laid the foundation for the success of the TFMC Project and then, with the technical and historical context firmly established, provide a more meaningful overview of the TFMC Project itself.

IDEAS Social Innovation Challenge Virtual Proposal Writing Workshop
Jan/12 Wed 12:30PM–02:00PM

Do you have an idea addressing social and environmental challenges of our day? Then, join the IDEAS Social Innovation Challenge proposal writing workshop to help you formulate a proposal that you can submit to the annual challenge by the deadline on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 6 PM EST. 

IP Ownership @ MIT
Jan/12 Wed 03:00PM–04:30PM

Like many US Universities, the Institute owns intellectual property that is created during research at MIT. Having a clear understanding of the what, why, and implications of this Policy is paramount. Allison Madden, IPIA Assistant at the MIT Technology Licensing Office, will discuss these items as well as the following:

  • What does it mean for MIT to own intellectual property? 
  • What are the implications of signing the Inventions and Proprietary Information Agreement (IPIA)? 
  • How does this impact entrepreneurship and innovation at MIT?

 
This seminar offers an overview of intellectual property policy and processes at MIT and its implications for researchers contributing to discovery through MIT intellectual endeavors. Geared towards principal investigators, students, and other potential inventors.

Is it in the Public Domain?
Jan/21 Fri 03:00PM–04:00PM

Explore the public domain in this seminar. When does copyright expire, and how do you know when something is free to use? Katie Zimmerman, Director of Copyright Strategy for MIT Libraries, will discuss the public domain and attendees will put their newly learned skills to use on historical materials from the MIT Libraries.

Learning through Doing: MIT TLO Internship
Jan/05 Wed 03:00PM–04:00PM

Are you interested in the world of Technology Transfer, but unsure of what it is or how to get involved. Join Angela Park, previous TLO Marketing Intern and Robyn Bunch, Marketing & Communications Manager, give an overview of the Technology Licensing Office and how the Marketing Internship Program can help you explore your tech transfer interests. 

Legal Dos and Don'ts: What to Know When Starting Your Startup
Jan/13 Thu 12:00PM–01:00PM

Considering starting your own company? There’s more to it than shaking hands with a business partner. Join the Deshpande Center’s IAP webinar on the right legal steps when starting your company.  Hear from legal experts and the Deshpande team, who will discuss important questions to consider as you take your technology to the marketplace.

Advance registration is required.

MIT VMS Boot Camp Event: Crash Course in Enterprise B2B Sales 4 Startups
Jan/10 Mon 09:00AM–12:00PM
Jan/11 Tue 09:00AM–12:00PM

Presented by VMS Mentor Kent Summers:

A 2-Day Crash-Course!

As a popular (14+ year) IAP course on “B2B sales,” this workshop is consistently received by attendees with a great deal of enthusiasm and positive reviews. Highlighting practical knowledge of "how to sell," the sessions provide entrepreneurs starting a new venture and business school graduates entering a new profession with basic sales knowledge, skills and tools for success: how to target enterprise sales opportunities, manage a sales process, acquire customers and generate revenue.  

This boot camp includes 2 days of 3-hour sessions, combining lecture, interactive exercises, and anecdotal evidence from real sales situations. During the 2-day boot camp, you will focus on basic concepts, tools and mechanics for sales focus and efficiency. You will also learn more “qualitative” aspects of selling, with emphasis on how to navigate an organization, overcome obstacles and objections, build buyer team consensus, and negotiate to close deals. Attendees will also troubleshoot “failed sales case studies” 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 Harvard MBA program, the Wharton School of Business and many domestic and international business accelerators. Summers founded and sold three software companies in the Boston area, and since 2002, has helped many new MIT companies navigate critical sales strategy and execution challenges. His success with early-stage ventures and enterprise sales is uniquely suited to the needs of start-ups and scale-up ventures.

 

Please register here: https://bit.ly/3oWaLpD

 

MIT VMS IAP UX Boot Camp: Defining the Problem Statement, User Experience Research and Journey Mapping
Jan/13 Thu 05:30PM–07:30PM

Presented by Karen Donoghue and Craig Newell

Register here: https://bit.ly/3m5JLCg

 

You’re an early-stage founder with a new product concept, or you are thinking of developing a new product. To realize your idea with the least amount of risk, you should validate the product idea before building it. This involves designing a prototype and gathering customer feedback to fine-tune the product, validating your assumptions about the benefits of your product and to whom your offering is delivering value.

User experience exists at the intersection of the needs of end-users, business needs, technology capabilities and engineering realities - and is a continual balancing act between all of these constraints. Your product’s user experience should function like a well-oiled machine, driving user behavior that enables your business model to flourish. Conversely, a poor user experience damages customers’ perception of your product and can grind your business model to a halt. 

This 2-hour UX Bootcamp presented by MIT VMS assumes little or no prior technical or UX experience and provides concrete recommendations on designing, validating and de-risking new software product concepts. 

 

Topics covered:

  • User experience in the context of envisioning new products
  • How to develop a great Problem Statement
  • Personas and User Research: how to build knowledge about end-users of your product to create the right solution for the right customer
  • Journey mapping: understand your end users’ journey with your product to deliver the right experience

 

About the Presenters:

Karen Donoghue (MS MIT Media Lab) is a practicing product designer with many years of experience delivering successful projects for startups and corporate clients. Karen founded and runs HumanLogic, a user experience consultancy. She is a former Principal UX Designer at Microsoft and a Senior UI Design Manager/Architect at Motorola, where she worked on designing the enabling software platform and UI framework for the Razr2 cell phone. Karen has been holding UX Expert Office Hours at MIT VMS and advising VMS entrepreneurs since 2011.

Craig Newell is the former Chief Architect for Mobile at VMware and a Principal at HumanLogic. Craig co-founded and was Chief Architect at SavaJe Technologies, a VC-backed mobile device platform startup in Boston acquired by Sun Microsystems.

Together, Karen and Craig launched Local Haze, an iPhone app that crowdsources air quality sensor data for over 29,000 sensors across six continents. In 2021, Karen and Craig co-authored the book “Envision Product User Experience for Founders”.

 

This bootcamp is designed for MIT IAP participants, VMS entrepreneurs, early-stage founders and teams and grad and undergrad students who are learning about becoming entrepreneurs – but all are welcome to join.

Please register here: https://bit.ly/3m5JLCg

Nuts and Bolts of New Ventures - Not For Credit Version
Jan/18 Tue 12:00AM–09:00PM
Jan/19 Wed 12:00AM–09:00PM
Jan/20 Thu 12:00AM–09:00PM
Jan/25 Tue 12:00AM–09:00PM
Jan/26 Wed 12:00AM–09:00PM
Jan/27 Thu 12:00AM–09:00PM

Nuts and Bolts of New Ventures is offered for credit as 15.393.   It is also open to others on a Not for Credit basis.   

This 6 evening session course (6pm-9pm) will be held the last 2 weeks in January: Tues, Wed, Thurs January 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27, 2022.  This will be the 33nd Annual Offering of the course, which has been 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. Taught by serial entrepreneurs who are actively involved in entrepreneurial ventures.  Typical attendance is 150 to 200.  A great place to find new ventures and meet team members.

Take the course for 6 units of credit (Pass/Fail) or just attend as a listener. Listeners must sign up on the email list at nutsandbolts.mit.edu/email.php

Patent (and Other) Protection Available for Artificial Intelligence (AI) Related Inventions
Jan/07 Fri 01:30PM–03:00PM

Join Ben and Dan of the MIT TLO to learn about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the challenges and alternatives to patenting AI. They will also walk you though examples of AI patents and helps answer the question of "Who is the Inventor?"

 

Ben joined MIT’s Technology Licensing Office as their TLO for Medical Devices 7 years ago following a 30-year career leading product development teams bringing to market new technologies in electronic imaging, medical devices, life sciences instrumentation, and drug development.  His experience spans both large companies and medical device/therapeutic startups.  He holds a B.A. in physics from Carleton College and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Cornell University.

Daniel Dardani is a Technology Licensing Officer at the MIT TLO with 18 years of experience managing a large and sophisticated portfolio of computer and software technologies including algorithms, digital imaging, video games, machine learning/AI, and cybertech innovations. Dan has negotiated countless license agreements with companies large and small. Dan is a Certified Licensing ProfessionalTM; is a teaching fellow at Harvard University’s Summer School, and is quick to lend his expertise serving on professional committees and advisory boards in the areas of software, licensing, and intellectual property.

Radically Rethinking Entrepreneurship: How product diseases kill startups and what to do instead
Jan/18 Tue 06:30PM–08:30PM
Jan/19 Wed 06:30PM–08:30PM

This virtual 2-session seminar challenges conventional wisdom that the key to entrepreneurship is to iterate quickly, fail-fast-learn-fast, and pivot till you find product-market fit. For every company that found success by over relying on iteration, there’s a vast graveyard of startups that died after catching product diseases. It’s taught by experienced entrepreneur and MIT alumna, Radhika Dutt, who has participated in 4 exits and is the author of Radical Product Thinking: The New Mindset for Innovating Smarter. In the span of 2 workshops you’ll engage in hands-on exercises and learn how you can build successful products in a repeatable manner. You’ll also learn how you can embrace the responsibility that comes with this superpower so you can avoid creating digital pollution as you build world-changing products. This IAP course serves as a preview to the Experimental Study Group's  spring 2022 seminar, ES.S70.

To participate in this workshop, please send email to rdutt@alum.mit.edu and request the zoom link, which will be sent to you the day before the first session.

Seminar: Innovation and Social Justice
Jan/12 Wed 11:00AM–12:30PM
Jan/19 Wed 11:00AM–12:30PM
Jan/26 Wed 11:00AM–12:30PM

Whether you are seeking inspiration or already committed to making the world better and just, this series will give you indispensable insights and the tools you need. It draws from the speaker’s experience at the frontline, and from philosophy, history and sociology to address the nature of justice, injustice and paths to justice.

Manish Bhardwaj is a Fellow of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values. He is the James Wei Visiting Professor at the Keller Center at Princeton where he teaches idealism, and entrepreneurship in the service of justice. He is the co-founder of Innovators In Health (IIH) which delivers healthcare to the rural poor in India. IIH works through accompaniment, addressing the particular barriers of a particular person in a particular place. Over the past 11 years, IIH has served more than 100,000 patients. Partnering with more than 800 female community healthcare workers, the organization has doubled access to TB treatment, and cut neonatal mortality by more than a third. Manish has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Stretch Your Impact - Using Social Media for Good
Jan/27 Thu 12:00PM–01:00PM

Join the PKG Center for our last “Stretch Your Impact” session of IAP. 

For this season finale, we are thrilled to be joined by Pabel Martinez and Adán Chávez. Currently, Pabel serves as Founder and CEO of Plurawl and Global Account Director at Tik Tok. Adán is U.S. Politics and Global Outreach Manager for Meta, previously know as Facebook.

Learn more about our speakers here. 

On Zoom - RSVP to get link.

Stretch Your Impact - faculty talk with Ben Armstrong
Jan/19 Wed 12:00PM–01:00PM

Join the MIT PKG Center in conversation with Ben Armstrong, Interim Executive Director and a Research Scientist at MIT’s Industrial Performance Center. His research and teaching examine how workers, firms, and regions adapt to technological change. His current projects include a national plan for the U.S. manufacturing workforce in partnership with the Department of Defense, as well as a policy playbook developing lessons for struggling regional economies in the United States.

In his work, Ben has collaborated with governments, non-profit organizations, and firms to understand how scholarship and education can be useful to practitioners and policymakers. Ben completed his undergraduate degree at Northwestern University and his PhD at MIT. Before graduate school, he helped lead an open-source hardware non-profit and worked at Google Inc.

Want to learn more about Ben’s work? Check out this Forbes article featuring his work. 

On Zoom - RSVP to get Zoom link 

Wednesday, January 19th, at 12 PM

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Stretch Your Impact - social impact tech in education
Jan/13 Thu 12:00PM–01:00PM

Looking to learn more about education, technology, and entrepreneurship?

Do you love music? 

Join the PKG Center and Rhymes with Reason to learn more about using education entrepreneurship to innovate.

We will be joined by Founder & CEO of Rhymes with Reason, Austin Martin. Rhymes with Reason is a "web-based educational platform that uses popular music to help students learn standardized, literacy-related topics, including vocabulary." Austin founded the organization while an undergraduate at Brown University as a means of making education more equitable and culturally inclusive of minority youth. Want to learn more? Watch Austin’s TED Talk learn more about his social innovation in education.  

On Zoom - RSVP to get link 

Thursday, January 13th, at noon ET

Technology Transfer at Lincoln Laboratory
Jan/12 Wed 11:30AM–01:00PM

MIT Lincoln Laboratory is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center, run by MIT to develop advanced technology in support of national security. For close to 70 years, the Lincoln Laboratory has been developing critical technologies in areas as diverse as radar systems, satellite platforms and payloads, artificial intelligence, quantum information sciences, and synthetic biology, to name a few.
 
Historically, the Laboratory builds prototypes and transitions that know-how to government sponsors and their industry contractors. For technologies that may also be useful to the civilian sector (so called dual-use), commercialization and open-source distribution are pathways for knowledge sharing. But how and to whom to transfer technologies is not always obvious and engineers are seldom trained as entrepreneurs. 
 
Join Lou Bellaire, Deputy Technology Ventures Officer at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, as he discusses the factors that influence technology transfer from a national laboratory perspective. She is equally interested in your ideas on how to ensure that federally funded research supports economic gains and social well-being on a grand scale.

The Engine: How we Support "Tough Tech" Startups and Make Investment Decisions
Jan/05 Wed 01:00PM–02:30PM

The Engine, built by MIT, is a venture capital firm that invests into "Tough Tech" companies and that provides a variety of services and facilities to those companies and to the greater "tough tech" ecosystem.  This session will cover our approach to investments and how we support companies.

Reed is a General Partner on the investment team at The Engine. He serves as a Board Member for Celestial AI, Hyperlight, Rise Robotics, C2Sense, The Routing Company, Cambridge Electronics, and Emvolon.  Reed was a founder and Managing Director at Project 11 Ventures and Techstars Boston. He attended MIT and has a background in software. He ran Microsoft Startup Labs in Cambridge and was VP of Technology at Idealab, Boston. Early in his career he created Freelance Graphics which was acquired by Lotus Development Corp. He has been a lecturer at MIT Sloan and is a frequent speaker at MIT entrepreneurship courses and programs.

The Market for Ideas
Jan/28 Fri 10:00AM–12:00PM

Product Innovation and invention surges ahead at rates unimaginable just a few decades ago. With good reason inventors protect their intellectual property (IP) internationally with a variety of tools - patents, copyright, and trademarks. 

But how should an inventor monetize the invention? Form and build a startup? Sell the invention? License it? Utilize Open-Source?

The speakers will examine the basics of patents, copyright, and trademark and consider monetization – entrepreneurship by building a startup, outright sale, and out-licensing – as well as factors and recent trends affecting patent valuation. The presentation is based on decades of worldwide SVP, Director, and entrepreneurial experience in product development and intellectual property at Intellectual Ventures, Oracle, Alcatel, Texas Instruments, Sun Microsystems, private law firms, and startups.

Leading the discussion:

Everardo Ruiz, Ph.D. , SM ‘00 (Managing Director, Energy Transition Partners)

Sanjay Prasad, J.D. (Managing Director, Energy Transition Partners)

This event is in person and space is limited. Registration is available via Eventbrite

Three Creative Techniques for Solving Open-Ended Challenges
Jan/12 Wed 02:30PM–03:30PM

In this virtual workshop (IAP, not for credit) open to MIT undergraduate students of all majors, you will practice and apply three creative techniques for solving open-ended challenges in any field. All participants will tackle the same challenge and generate creative ideas for solving it.

Following the ideation activity, participants will vote anonymously on the best idea generated by each technique. Participants with the top scoring idea for each technique will each receive $40 in TechCash.

The workshop will be conducted by two experts on thinking skills in science and engineering education: Dr. Rea Lavi, Lecturer and Curriculum Designer for the NEET undergraduate program at MIT School of Engineering, and Dr. Deniz Marti, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Learning Incubator at Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

You do not need to register to the workshop, just join via zoom (MIT Touchstone login): https://mit.zoom.us/j/95869719648

To receive an email reminder 24hrs before the event and a calendar invite, click here.

At the end of the workshop, Dr. Lavi will briefly introduce his new spring class, open to all majors, where first-year students and sophomores will practice and apply a wide variety of problem-solving methods and techniques to real-world challenges in climate and sustainability. 

We look forward to seeing you at the workshop!

Rea Lavi and Deniz Marti

Three Creative Techniques for Solving Open-Ended Challenges
Jan/26 Wed 02:00PM–03:30PM

Apply creative techniques and win prizes! In this virtual workshop (IAP, not for credit) open to MIT undergraduate students of all majors, you will practice and apply three creative techniques for solving open-ended challenges in any field. All participants will tackle the same challenge and generate creative ideas for solving it.

Following the ideation activity, participants will vote anonymously on the best idea generated by each technique. Participants with the top scoring idea for each technique will each receive $60 in TechCash.

The workshop will be conducted by two experts on thinking skills in science and engineering education: Dr. Rea Lavi, Lecturer and Curriculum Designer for the NEET undergraduate program at MIT School of Engineering, and Dr. Deniz Marti, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Learning Incubator at Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

You do not need to register to the workshop, just join via zoom (MIT Touchstone login): https://mit.zoom.us/j/95112800490

To receive a calendar invite to the event and an email reminder 24hrs before the event, click here.

At the end of the workshop, Dr. Lavi will briefly introduce his new spring course, open to all majors, where first-year students and sophomores will practice and apply a wide variety of problem-solving methods and techniques to real-world challenges in climate and sustainability. You can view the course syllabus here.

We look forward to seeing you at the workshop!

Drs. Rea Lavi and Deniz Marti realavi@mit.edu

Using Search Tools for Market Research
Jan/10 Mon 01:00PM–02:30PM

When conducting research related to intellectual property, especially in the areas of patents and market research, there are some tools that you should keep in mind. 
In this session, Nick Albaugh, Management and Social Sciences Librarian for Innovation & Entrepreneurship from MIT Libraries, will explain the best tools to use as well as share more about:

  • How to conduct a preliminary patent search using subscription-based and freely available tools
  • How to find the most relevant market research using specialized resources
  • How patent searching can inform market research and vice versa