MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2017 Activities by Category - Management and Entrepreneurship

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Basics of Obtaining a Patent 2017

Anne Graham, Civil & Environmental Engineering Librarian

Jan/23 Mon 10:30AM-12:00PM 4-163

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/23
Limited to 100 participants

Come and hear Jack Turner, Associate Director of the MIT Technology Licensing Office and patent attorney Sam Pasternak, discuss the ins and outs of obtaining patents. This popular session covers a bit of patent history and a lot about current practices, processes, and issues surrounding obtaining a patent; the focus is on the process used at MIT for ideas/inventions developed by the MIT community. A portion of the session is devoted to questions and answers. If you think you will ever invent something, you need to be here.

Register here

Sponsor(s): Libraries, Technology Licensing Office
Contact: Anne Graham, 10-500, 617 253-7744, GRAHAMA@MIT.EDU

Business information for engineers and scientists

Howard Silver, MIT Libraries

Jan/19 Thu 04:00PM-05:00PM 14N-132

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/19
Limited to 30 participants

This session will introduce engineers and scientists to business information resources that will help you understand the commercial potential for your ideas, how to find partners, and sources for financial support.  We will use realistic examples and hands-on exercises with key resources to demonstrate how to match your ideas and discoveries with the opportunities and realities of the marketplace.

Please Register for this class.

If your interests are focused on bioscience, consider our related session on Biotech business information, offered January 11, 2017, 11 am - 12 pm.  

Sponsor(s): Libraries
Contact: Howard Silver, 14S-134, 617 253-9319, HSILVER@MIT.EDU

Career negotiation 1: How to turn a connector into a champion

Tad Mayer

Jan/11 Wed 06:00PM-07:30PM 5-233

Enrollment: Limited: First come, first served (no advance sign-up)

Are you hesitant to ask for informational interviews because you feel like you’re asking for a favor without offering anything in return? What if you understood what was important to the connector and could offer them something of value? Instead of a one-off meeting, you have the foundation for a partnership. Would that change your motivation to ask for the meeting? Let’s say you’re in a job interview with the hiring manager and you ask, “Beyond the job description for this role, what else is important to you for the team to accomplish?” What if you then demonstrated how you could contribute to their additional aspirations?

Join us for an interactive talk on negotiation and career development. We will focus on understanding what is important to the other person—be it an informational or job interview—and what to do about it. We will discuss how to figure out what interests connectors and decision makers have, how to bring them into the discussion, and how to generate options to fulfill them. We will also look at your own interests and how to get them met. Instead of pleading for an informational interview or a job, this workshop will change the frame to how you and connectors can help each other, and how you can focus on the fit with decision makers for potential jobs.

 3 additiona related, in-depth workshops on negotiation during IAP. Please see listing, “Career negotiation 2: Become an expert negotiator to jump-start your job search and career advancement.”

Sponsor(s): SpousesandPartners@mit
Contact: Carly Inkpen,

Career negotiation 2: Become an expert negotiator to jump-start your job search and career advancement

Tad Mayer, Justin Wright, Carly Inkpen, Israela Adah Brill-Cass

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

Whether you want to advance in an organization, pivot your path, or land that dream engagement as a freelancer, building your career is the product of interactions with people—would be employers, colleagues, clients, and advisors (not firms or departments)—the intersection of career and negotiation. This course will explore that intersection and introduce how to approach three specific negotiations that all take place in each stage of constructing your career. The workshop will go on to provide a guide to how the three negotiations advance you through each phase of your career from finding focus to building fulfillment.

This set of  workshops will provide a framework, exercises, and hands-on negotiation practice to:

Advance sign-up required. Sign up by 1/13.

Attendance: Participants welcome to attend individual sessions or all sessions.

Register here:

Sponsor(s): SpousesandPartners@mit
Contact: Carly Inkpen,

Negotiating with yourself: Align who you

Jan/18 Wed 06:00PM-08:30PM 5-233

Justin Wright, Tad Mayer, Carly Inkpen, Israela Adah Brill-Cass

Negotiating with connectors: Build an am

Jan/23 Mon 06:00PM-08:30PM 5-233

Justin Wright, Tad Mayer, Carly Inkpen, Israela Adah Brill-Cass

Negotiating with decision makers: The ne

Jan/30 Mon 06:00PM-08:30PM 5-233

Justin Wright, Tad Mayer, Carly Inkpen, Israela Adah Brill-Cass

Computational Law Course

Dazza Greenwood, JD, Visiting Scientist, MIT Media Lab

Enrollment: By permission of instructors
Sign-up by 01/13
Limited to 40 participants
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions
Prereq: N/A

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 virtual reality for data vizualization. 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 VR for data-driven visualization of complex financial relationships and legal 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.

For more info and to apply, see:

Sponsor(s): Media Arts and Sciences
Contact: Dazza Greenwood, E15-449, 617.500.3644, DAZZA@MEDIA.MIT.EDU

Learning and Workshop Sessions

Jan/23 Mon 02:00PM-06:00PM E15-341, MIT Media L, Primarily Learning/Discussing
Jan/24 Tue 02:00PM-06:00PM E15-341, MIT Media L, Primarily Building/Exploring
Jan/26 Thu 06:30PM-11:30PM TBD, Bonus ABA Hackathon Session
Jan/30 Mon 02:00PM-06:00PM E15-341, MIT Media L, Primarily Learning/Discussing
Jan/31 Tue 02:00PM-06:00PM E15-341, MIT Media L, Primarily Building/Exploring

For more information, please see:

Note: The Dates/Times and Place are Subject to Change

Professor Jonathan Askin - Professor of law, Dazza Greenwood, JD - Visiting Scientist, MIT Media Lab

Creating a Successful Career--Strategies, Techniques, and the Big Mistakes You're Going to Make

Mark Herschberg 95, MNG 97, 05, Principal, White Knight Consulting

Feb/01 Wed 07:00PM-08:00PM 32-155

Enrollment: Unlimited: Advance sign-up required

Upon graduating from MIT you will begin a career. MIT has provided you with countless facts and formulas to help you with your job, but what have you learned to help you with your career? This talk gives you structure to think through your career and help you maximize both your income and happiness. It will teach you how to answer questions such as: How do you know which job is right? Where will you be in 20 years? What to ask for in job negotiations? The talk also covers the common job mistakes and how to avoid them. Register today! Walk-ins welcome.

MARK HERSCHBERG Educated at MIT (with degrees in physics, EE/CS, and a masters in cryptography) Mark has spent his career launching and fixing new ventures at startups, Fortune 100s, and academia. Mark has worked at and consulted to number startups typically taking on roles in general management, operations, and technology. He has been involved from inception and fundraising through growth and sale of the company. These startup companies have included a wireless application platform, online advertising, OLAP, and new language development. Mark was instrumental in launching Sears online home services labor market; he also helped fix NBCs online video marketplace (now In academia, he spent a year at HBS working with two finance professors to create the upTick system now used to teach finance at many of the top business schools and at MIT helped launched UPOP at which he's taught the past 15 years.

Sponsor(s): Alumni Association, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Contact: Elena Byrne, W98-206C, 617 252-1143, EBYRNE@MIT.EDU

Creating and Measuring the Collective Mind

Peter Gloor

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions
Prereq: none

The Internet is exponentially increasing collective consciousness.  Our capability to instantaneously form global tribes, which share tastes, vocabulary, and mindset, has grown tremendously. Whether it is succeeding in a global organization, promoting a global brand or product, or increasing individual happiness, reading and influencing the collective mind is becoming an essential skill – just look at how far it has brought Donald Trump.

Part I (theory) - Creating the Collective Mind applies social quantum physics to build entanglement through empathy and individual reboot through Heisenberg reflection.  Everybody can become the leader of their own swarm by combining competition and collaboration for the greater cause of the swarm.  It also introduces the concept of Collaborative Innovation Networks (COINs), as well as the Six Honest Signals of Collaboration: central leadership, balanced contribution, rotating leadership, responsiveness, honest sentiment, and shared context.

Part II (lab) - Measuring the Collective Mind is done by analyzing communication archives, e.g. e-mail, skype, Twitter, Wikipedia or Blogs, to build a virtual mirror of individual and organizational communication behavior, and change it for the better. Experiment yourself with the online social media analysis tool Condor.


Sponsor(s): Sloan School of Management
Contact: Peter Gloor, E94-1504D, 617 253-7018, PGLOOR@MIT.EDU

Creating the Collective Mind

Jan/09 Mon 03:00PM-05:00PM E94-1531, bring your laptop

This two-hour intro covers the basic ideas of how everybody can shape and create the collective mind on online social media. Become the leader of your swarm by combining competition and collaboration for the greater cause. Covers Socai Quantum Physics, Collaborative Innovation Networks (COINs)  and the Six Honest Signals of Collaboration. You can also experiment with our online tools GalaxyScope and Wikitimemachine.

Peter Gloor

Measuring the Collective Mind

Jan/10 Tue 02:00PM-05:00PM E94-1531, bring your laptop


Measure what the collective mind thinks about yourself, about companies, products, and topics. Using the powerful social media analysis and monitoring tool Condor, you will visualize and analyze your e-mail, skype or Facebook wall, and Tweets, Wikipedia edits, and Weblinks.

Prior to the course install Condor from (needs Java and MySQL)


Peter Gloor

Customer Financing and Other Creative Ways to Fund Your New Venture

Sanjay Manandhar '89, SM '91, Founder & CEO Aerva, Inc

Jan/18 Wed 06:00PM-07:00PM 32-144

Enrollment: Unlimited: Advance sign-up required

The most common method of financing is one of angel and institutional money from VC and PE firms. However, not all businesses are a fit for these types of funding sources. Roughly 1% of the companies attract any angel/VC—so what do other ventures do? How did ventures get off the ground before the 1950s when the VC industry started taking hold?

Customer-funding is an attractive, non-dilutive method of funding. There is, of course, the chicken-and-egg problem of not having products to sell to customers, but needing funding to create the products. There are many ways to handle this—I will share one method Aerva used to receive customer funding early on.

Typically first customers are much larger than your new venture—and it may seem inconceivable why a larger entity might want to work with a smaller entity or a startup. In fact, startups have a lot more leverage than their founders may realize. Therefore, one can negotiate a win-win scenario, which can help your financing situation.

Along the way, there are many traditional, non-VC funding sources one can tap into, in particular once positive revenue trends can be demonstrated. After break-even and positive cashflow, even more funding sources become available, from bank loans, to institutional capital, which may even start chasing you, rather than the other way around.

Register today!

Sponsor(s): Alumni Association
Contact: Elena Byrne, W98-206C, 617 252-1143, EBYRNE@MIT.EDU

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

Are you interested in developing professional skills that can amplify your impact in today’s high technology environments? If so, then consider investing in your future by completing the new Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Graduate Program IAP series on leadership development.

Join us for this inaugural series of workshops designed specifically for MIT graduate students who are 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 and technology environments.  

This series is offered through the Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program in collaboration with the Office of the Dean of Graduate Education and 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.

Additional cosponsor: Graduate Women at MIT.


Sponsor(s): Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Contact: Amy Shea-Slattery,

Leading New Teams

Jan/19 Thu 12:30PM-04:30PM 32-124

Turn a smart group of people into a committed and effective team!  This isn't easy and it won't happen naturally. Equips students with a proven framework for designing and leading new teams in engineering and technology environments.

 Attendees completing the workshop will be able to

Motivating and Developing Others

Jan/24 Tue 12:30PM-04:30PM 32-124

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.

You'll be able to

Mastering Constructive Conflict

Jan/26 Thu 12:30PM-04:30PM 32-124

In a safe group environment, conflict can engender innovation, trust, and learning. This workshop will focus on encouraging constructive conflict.

Attendees will learn to
 Leverage conflict to improve problem solving processes.
 Increase your confidence in having difficult conversations.
 Assess your own preferences for managing conflict.

Discover/Develop Leadership Strengths

Feb/02 Thu 12:30PM-04:30PM 32-124

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.

Attendees will learn to
 Discover strengths grounded in your personality, values, and life story.
 Identify when to develop new capabilities and let go of old ones.
 Invent a future that aligns with your talents and life aspirations.

EXO Day at the Media Lab

Celine Semaan Vernon, Media Lab Director's Fellow, Designer, Activist, Chris Bevans, MEdia Lab's Director Fellow, Fashion Designer

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/10
Limited to 20 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Prereq: Prepare your pitch! (read more about this on schedule)

EXO Day is our version of Shark Tank where scientists, artists, engineers and researchers come together to bring their inventions to life. The concept is simple: take a group of students who are normally deeply engrossed in their particular academic inquiry, and ask them to focus on the external productization of their research: brand development, generating revenue for their idea, how to market and sell their product or marketing ideas targeting a real audience within their given industry. The think tank day will allow the participants to focus their undivided attention to their innovative ideas and get the support and structure necessary to push innovation into market.

Individual workshops will be organized with the various guests brought to the Lab. The workshops will focus on two things mainly: Business and Design. The experts joining are either designers who have created products and brands or experts in branding and business who have not only experience to share but also best practices, guidance and both design and business directions on how to tackle their respective markets, etc.

Hosted by Director's Fellows:
Céline Semaan Vernon, Designer and Activist
Chris Bevans, Fashion Designer

Special guests: Ana Andjelic (Havas Lux Hub), Piera Gelardi (@refinery29), Mouna Andraos (Daily tous les jours), Sam Radocchia (Chronicled), Noah Callahan-Bever (, and Kiel Berry (SVP, Viacom)

Contact: Claudia Robaina, E14-245, 917-573-8682,

DAY 1: Meet & Greet & Pecha Kucha

Jan/12 Thu 05:00PM-07:00PM Media Lab E14-244, Bring your Pitch

In a Pecha Kucha style Elevator-Pitch talk, the students will prepare 20 slides (20 sec/slide) telling the experts and their peers:
1) This is what I am working on
2) This is the problem that I am facing
3) Here is what my goals are

Celine Semaan Vernon - Media Lab Director's Fellow, Designer, Activist, Chris Bevans - MEdia Lab's Director Fellow, Fashion Designer

Day 2: Workshop

Jan/13 Fri 09:30AM-06:00PM Media Lab E14-244, Bring your Pitch

Open workshops
9:30 AM: Opening Talk
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Workshops & Iterations
4:00 PM: Closing Talks, Show & Tell: Students expose to us their quick recap of the day. In 6 minutes, students answer:
1) What I have learned
2) How has this helped me
3) Do I have a business model?

5 PM: Celebration!

Celine Semaan Vernon - Media Lab Director's Fellow, Designer, Activist, Chris Bevans - MEdia Lab's Director Fellow, Fashion Designer

Game on security technologies for the critical infrastructure (with Kaspersky)

Allen Moulton, Research Scientist

Jan/30 Mon 08:30AM-04:00PM E51-145
Jan/31 Tue 08:30AM-04:00PM E51-145
Feb/01 Wed 08:30AM-04:00PM E51-145
Feb/02 Thu 08:30AM-04:00PM E51-145
Feb/03 Fri 08:30AM-11:00AM E51-145

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Limited to 30 participants
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions
Prereq: Being an undergrad junior/senior or grad student

The modern critical infrastructure has been built during the last 20-25 years, but one may still see Windows 3.1 or NT operating on power plants that supply energy for world’s largest cities. However, hackers and malware writers do not wait—they are constantly improving their skills and toolset often at a faster pace.

Advanced Persistent Threats (APT) attack various organizations, banks, and industries for stealing trade secrets, causing damages, and interrupting the process flows. Most APTs are often discovered 4-6 years after being deployed. Yes, for 4-6 years, many power plants did not know that their systems were infected. On the other hand, antivirus technologies were not put into the Critical Infrastructure for a long time. Even today, most of the facilities rely on their luck and good karma.

During this activity, we will dive deep into security technologies such as malware detection and mitigation and a variety of penetration tests. We will also discuss interesting cases from our own experience. You will play Capture The Flag (CTF) competition game that requires out-of-box creative thinking—which helps you be ahead of your partners and competitors. The next interactive activity is the KIPS game that is a simulation of a real industrial power plant, providing a series of hands-on challenges of the modern ICS system insecurity. 

More information:

Sponsored by MIT-(IC)3: Interdisciplinary Consortium for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity

Sponsor(s): Sloan School of Management
Contact: Allen Moulton, E94-1580, (617) 253-3471, amoulton@MIT.EDU

Get a Patent on your Invention & Turn it into a Startup!

Christopher Noble

Jan/11 Wed 02:00PM-03:30PM 3-133

Enrollment: Unlimited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/11

You've invented something really cool. Can you get a patent?  Can you create a company around it?

Christopher Noble (MIT Technology Licensing Officer) will help you learn how and when to file a patent (and if you need to) and how your startup can spin the invention out from MIT and get that coveted “exclusive license”.

Christopher will also show you how the MIT Technology Licensing Office can help you; and will tell you what investors are looking for when they ask you:  “What about your IP?”

To register for this event please contact Katrina Khalil via email:

Sponsor(s): Technology Licensing Office
Contact: Katrina Khalil, NE18-501, 617-253-6966,

Intellectual Property Pitfalls for Entrepreneurs

Piotr Mitros, Chief Scientist, edX

Jan/24 Tue 06:00PM-07:30PM 1-150

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/17
Limited to 24 participants
Prereq: Basic understanding of copyrights, trademarks, and patents

A short seminar discussing intellectual property pitfalls that entrepreneurs at early-stage companies can fall into. The purpose of the course is not to teach IP law, but to give a few examples of issues that we have seen entrepreneurs run into in the past so that students have a better sense of what to look out for. The course is run by two MIT alumns, Anant Saraswat, a practicing IP litigator, and Piotr Mitros, a successful serial entrepreneur.

If you have specific things you'd like covered, please do email us in advance of the course, and we will try to accomodate if they are within our background. As a seminar-style course, we hope to see a good, free-ranging discussion, so bring your questions to the session as well.

As a prerequisite, you should know what patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets are. Students without this background may take a short (<1 hour) online course on the basics of IP law on edX, which we will release mid-January.

Sponsor(s): edX
Contact: Piotr Mitros, 617 324-9745, PMITROS@EDX.ORG

Introduction to Entrepreneurship - Internet of Things Applied to Healthcare

Dr. Abdelkrim Doufene, Research Scientist, IDSS, Sara Jahanmir, Research Affiliate, Chemical Engineering, Shabir Hassan, Postdoctoral Associate, MIT/Harvard Medical School

Jan/17 Tue 01:30PM-05:30PM 8-205, bring laptop and phone
Jan/18 Wed 01:30PM-05:30PM 8-205, bring laptop and phone
Jan/19 Thu 01:30PM-05:30PM 8-205, bring laptop and phone
Jan/20 Fri 01:30PM-05:30PM 8-205, bring laptop and phone

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/13
Limited to 24 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Prereq: none

This course introduces the main tools useful to kick-off a startup project. We focus on the potential use of Internet of Things in healthcare systems. Students will be asked to bring ideas to the class to use for their projects. Each student will introduce their idea to the class. Groups will be created and students will join the project they prefer. Complementary profiles will be encouraged to work together.

Each session consists of a theoretical followed by a practical part, during which students will apply the theory to their own projects. They will be evaluated based on a written report and group presentations. Throughout the course, students will be asked to use collaborative web and social media tools.

S1: Basics of Entrepreneurship - Value Proposition in Healthcare - Business Model Generation

S2: Technology Transfer to Market - Internet of Things Applied to Healthcare

S3: Refining the Projects – Elevator Pitch

S4: Presentations and Discussion

This course is tailored for those interested in basic tools of creating start-ups. It is inspired by some of the most successful courses in the MIT-Entrepreneurship Ecosystem. It provides an overview of material and tools that teams can use to develop a business model and prepare an elevator pitch.

Sign up here:

Additional information will be emailed to enrolled students.

Sponsor(s): MIT-SUTD Collaboration
Contact: Abdelkrim Doufene,

Lag-User Method: Using Late Adopters as a Source of Innovative Ideas

Sara Jahanmir, Research Affiliate, Chemical Engineering

Jan/10 Tue 09:00AM-12:00PM 2-135
Jan/11 Wed 09:00AM-12:00PM 2-135
Jan/13 Fri 09:00AM-12:00PM 2-135
Jan/17 Tue 09:00AM-12:00PM 2-135
Jan/18 Wed 09:00AM-12:00PM 2-135
Jan/20 Fri 09:00AM-12:00PM 2-135

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/05
Limited to 25 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Prereq: None

The course will apply the “Lag-User Method” as a tool for students to involve late adopters of technologies in idea generation and new product development.

The Lag-User Method is an innovative new product development method, developed and tested in numerous fields (technologies, services, consumer goods and many more). It was created in cooperation with business schools across various countries and has been published in the Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, the Wall Street Journal, and other international media.

Prior to class, students will be asked to select a technology that is mature in its life cycle. In teams of 3 or 4, they will select one technology and will apply the “Lag-User Method” to understand the late adopters of that technology and explore which new ideas/improvements provided by late adopters could result in a faster diffusion.

The class consists of theoretical lectures by the lecturer(s) as well as group work among students. The theoretical part of the class is supported by videos, guest speakers and optional reading material. 

Students from different backgrounds are encouraged to work together. Some market research will be conducted outside the class hours.

Register here by Jan. 5:

Pre-course assignment will be emailed to registered students. 

Sponsor(s): MIT-SUTD Collaboration
Contact: Sara Jahanmir,

Leadership Development Workshop

CPT Emily Hannenberg, Asst Professor of Military Science

Enrollment: Unlimited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/25
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Prereq: None

The MIT Department of Military Science (Army ROTC) hosts a leadership development workshop in order to expose aspiring student leaders to leadership theory, techniques, experiences, and skills. Army ROTC specializes in leadership development, preparing students to become successful Army Officers who must be confident, decisive leaders in the midst of chaos and ambiguity. Join us for this leadership development seminar where our subject matter experts expose you to leadership concepts and theories, arm you with effective leadership skills and tools, and immerse you in hands on small group leadership and problem solving. February 1st – February 3rd, 8am – 1pm, meets at W59-192. Target workshop size is 16 students.

Sponsor(s): Military Science/Army ROTC
Contact: CPT Emily Hannenberg, W59-192, 617-253-4471,

Leader Development Workshop Day 1

Feb/01 Wed 08:00AM-01:00PM W59-192, Wear athletic attire

Day 1: Introductions, Ice Breaker, Leadership Concepts, Goal Setting

CPT Emily Hannenberg - Asst Professor of Military Science

Leader Development Workshop Day 2

Feb/02 Thu 08:00AM-01:00PM W59-192, Wear athletic attire

Day 2: Concrete learning activity, Bases of Power, Influencing Tactics, Supportive Communication

CPT Emily Hannenberg - Asst Professor of Military Science

Leader Development Workshop Day 3

Feb/03 Fri 08:00AM-01:00PM W59-192, Wear athletic attire

Day 3: Capstone, Lessons Learned from Capstone + Workshop

CPT Emily Hannenberg - Asst Professor of Military Science

Mars Settlement Series

Bruce Mackenzie, Mars Foundation

Enrollment: Limited: First come, first served (no advance sign-up)
Limited to 30 participants
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions

A series of presentations about living on Mars and
how to economically build an early human
settlement on Mars, emphasizing use of local materials.


30 January

Overview of Hillside Mars Settlement 

This “Hillside Settlement” proposal by the Mars Foundation would build
a permanent settlement on Mars, constructed by 12 people from local
materials such as fiberglass and masonry. Preliminary mass and cost
estimates show that we may be able to establish a permanent, growing
settlement for the same launch cost as a program of round-trip
exploratory missions. Members of National Space Society are invited.

Feb.   1st,  2017

Mars Settlement, a Minimum One-Way Program     

Proposal for a very small, relatively inexpensive manufacturing base
for Mars. It starts with just 2 people, and can grow into a permanent
human settlement; a draft design in progress by the Mars Foundation.

Feb.  3rd

Discussion on Improving the Mars One Plan

We will discuss the "Mars One" plan to send people to Mars,
and how to improve it, or rework it.

Sponsor(s): Astropreneurship and Space Industry Club, Students for Exploration and Development of Space
Contact: Bruce Mackenzie, 781-249-5437,

Mars Settlement Series

Jan/11 Wed 12:00PM-01:00PM E51-149
Jan/12 Thu 07:00PM-09:00PM E62-221
Jan/23 Mon 12:00PM-01:00PM 2-146
Jan/25 Wed 12:00PM-01:00PM 2-146
Jan/27 Fri 12:00PM-01:00PM 2-146
Jan/30 Mon 12:00PM-01:00PM 2-146
Feb/01 Wed 12:00PM-01:00PM 2-146
Feb/03 Fri 12:00PM-01:00PM 2-146

A series of lectures on various aspects of settling Mars.

Bruce Mackenzie - Mars Foundation

Mars Settlement Workshop, System Design Series

Bruce Mackenzie, Mars Foundation

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

Want to open up a new world to live in?

Help fill out a technical plan for flexible manufacturing and
growing food on Mars, using materials made on Mars (in-situ),
with minimum equipment brought from Earth.

We will work on detailed designs of systems needed

to live on Mars, including: 3D printing, recycling and
production of polymers on-site, production of other building
materials, and on-site assembly of habitats and greenhouses. Portions
can be adapted from past designs by the Mars Foundation and other

If there is interest, we may include Mars rover design, social,
economic, political aspects, and suggestions for a business plan.

Please contact us early, if possible,
even if you cannot attend at these times.
This will help us schedule additional sessions,
and provide you background material.

Attendance at most sessions is expected.
Additional design sessions will be scheduled at your

If possible, also try to attend
“Mars Settlement Workshop, Mission Design”
during the first and second weeks of IAP.
That will be for designing the overall mission plan.

Sponsor(s): Astropreneurship and Space Industry Club, Students for Exploration and Development of Space
Contact: Bruce Mackenzie, 781-249-5437,

Mars Settlement Workshop, System Design

Jan/23 Mon 01:00PM-02:00PM 2-146
Jan/25 Wed 01:00PM-02:00PM 2-146
Jan/27 Fri 01:00PM-02:00PM 2-146
Jan/30 Mon 01:00PM-02:00PM 2-146
Feb/01 Wed 01:00PM-02:00PM 2-146
Feb/03 Fri 01:00PM-02:00PM 2-146

Want to open up a new world to live in?

Help fill out a technical plan for flexible manufacturing and
growing food on Mars, using materials made on Mars (in-situ),
with minimum equipment brought from Earth.

Bruce Mackenzie - Mars Foundation

MIT Fuse

Nick Meyer, Entrepreneur In Residence

Sign-up by 12/02
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions

MIT fuse (formerly known as StartIAP) is a 3 1/2-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:

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:

Sponsor(s): Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
Contact: Greg Wymer, E40-160,

MIT VMS Boot Camp Series - Kent Summers Crash Course in Enterprise B2B Sales

MIT Venture Mentoring Service & Kent Summers

Jan/13 Fri 08:45AM-04:00PM MIT Classroom 4-370

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Prereq: None

Email to enroll

In its 6th year, this popular IAP workshop is consistently received by attendees with enthusiasm. Providing practical knowledge of "how to sell," the Sales Boot Camp is designed to provide entrepreneurs starting a new venture and business school graduates entering a new profession with basic tools for success—how to target enterprise sales opportunities, manage a sales process, acquire customers and generate revenue. 

The workshop is comprised of two 3-hour sessions, combining lecture, interactive exercises, and anecdotal evidence from real-world sales situations. Attendees will trouble-shoot “failed sales” Case Studies and recommend corrective action or behavior. The first session focuses on basic concepts and "tools and mechanics" required for sales focus and efficiency. The second covers more subtle aspects of selling with emphasis on how to navigate an organization, overcome bias, build consensus, negotiate and close deals.

Kent Summers has been offering the Sales Boot Camp in collaboration with VMS since 2008. He regularly presents the Sales Boot Camp 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 served as a trusted mentor to dozens of MIT start-ups. His success with early-stage ventures and enterprise sales is uniquely suited to the needs of start-up ventures.

Sponsor(s): MIT Venture Mentoring Service
Contact: Haley Webb, W31 - 310, 617-258-0720,

Nuts and Bolts of New Ventures

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

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/14
Limited to 300 participants
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions
Prereq: No Pre-requisites


Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

January 24, 25, 26, 31, February 1, 2, 2017

Room: 10-250 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Nuts and Bolts of New Ventures will be explored in this 28th annual course offering. Nuts and Bolts is the largest entrepreneurship class taught at MIT and the oldest ongoing IAP offering on new ventures.

Open to members of the M.I.T. Community and to others interested in entrepreneurship. You may take the course for credit (15.s21 – 3 Units Pass/Fail) or just sign up and attend in a Not for Credit capacity – see Enrollment above.

Recommended for persons who are interested in starting or are involved in a new venture, including social development ventures, and for persons wanting to get an introduction to the area. Persons planning to enter the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition should find the course particularly useful. Historically approximately 50% of the class has been from Sloan and 50% from the Science, Engineering and Architecture Schools. This "cross-school" course has resulted in the formation of $100K Competition Teams and a number of successful startups.


Contact: Teaching Assistants,

Problem-Solving for Engineers

Erik Fogg, Project Lead, Stroud International, Nat Greene, CEO, Stroud International

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/18
Limited to 30 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions

Hey look, buddy, you’re an engineer. That means you solve problems. Not problems like, “What is beauty?” because that would fall within the purview of your conundrums of philosophy. You solve practical problems.

Most engineers can solve simple problems--but hard ones? Those are the ones that really matter. Being able to solve hard problems will make you a truly great engineer, and with that skill you can go change the world.

Join us this IAP and learn the behaviors of great problem-solvers, across engineering disciplines.

Problem-solving is a core aspect of any technical profession, particularly engineering. Engineers are taught many tools that they can use to solve problems, and in business they are likely to be taught problem-solving methodologies that lay out steps they can take while solving problems. But rarely are they taught skills or behaviors with which to use these tools and methodologies. Instead, they are taught to guess or brainstorm potential root causes while attempting to solve the problem, and against hard problems, they fail. This course will introduce engineers to the behaviors they need to nurture in order to solve hard problems, and give them opportunities to practice using them. They will be able to take these new behaviors and improve their problem-solving in the future.

Please sign up for this course by sending an email to

Sponsor(s): Mechanical Engineering
Contact: Erik Fogg, (781) 715-5492,

Problem-Solving for Engineers

Jan/23 Mon 12:30PM-05:00PM 3-370
Jan/24 Tue 12:30PM-05:00PM 3-370
Jan/25 Wed 12:30PM-05:00PM 3-370
Jan/26 Thu 12:30PM-05:00PM 3-370

Four days, four hours per day, with a quick break. Classes will include a brief lecture, followed by group work with support from teachers, and presentations to the class for feedback. Students will work as groups on a hard problem in their lives or communities throughout the class. Expect some homework.

Erik Fogg - Project Lead, Stroud International, Nat Greene - CEO, Stroud International

Robotics and Innovation Co-working Spaces

Fady Saad SM '13, Co-founder and Director of Partnerships, MassRobotics

Jan/17 Tue 06:00PM-07:00PM 32-124

Enrollment: Unlimited: Advance sign-up required

Alumnus Fady Saad SM '13 will speak about his journey from North Africa and Europe working in Fortune 500 companies to MIT, startups, robotics, and finally MassRobotics located here in Cambridge. Other topics include Fady's research, his theory on startups lifecycle, and the rise of new forms of innovation spaces.

Register today!

Sponsor(s): Alumni Association
Contact: Elena Byrne, W98-206C, 617 252-1143, EBYRNE@MIT.EDU

Social Impact Analysis for New Ventures

Carlos de la Torre, MIT SPURS '15

Jan/31 Tue 12:30PM-02:00PM 9-255, TBD

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up
Prereq: None

The objective is to support new ventures and their teams integrate the financial (or private); economic (or social) and distributive (or externality) dimensions of such initiatives. We will use simple examples and group exercises to (1) assess impact of the venture/project and (2) address the informational needs of different audiences/stakeholders in the public and private sectors.  The tools and skills shown could be relevant for roles such as planners, economists, managers, designers, negotiators, entrepreneurs and philanthropists. 

This activity is sponsored by the Department for Urban Studies and Planning and the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship.


Sponsor(s): Urban Studies and Planning
Contact: Carlos De La Torre Salcedo, 9-338, 617 253-4510, CDLT@MIT.EDU

Software Tools for Business Analytics

Scott Alessandro

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

Because of the "big data revolution," there is an ever-increasing need for techniques for analyzing data, developing mathematical models, and using these models to make informed decisions.   To get started in this process, one needs a working knowledge of business analytic software tools.

These four non-credit workshops focus on software tools used in Course 15 classes. The goal of these workshops is to provide students with a baseline knowledge of business analytics software tools that they can use in MIT courses, UROPs involving data analysis, and summer internships or jobs after graduation. 

Sign up is not required, but there is some pre-work that needs to be done (setting up your computer to use R and access Github). See link below for instructions.

To register:

Installation instructions and more information:

Questions?: Scott Alessandro,

Session 1 (Terminal and Github) – Overview on working with the terminal, Github, and an introduction to the R programming language.

Session 2 (Basic Wrangling and Visualization – Introduce basic techniques in data wrangling and visualization in R.

Session 3 (Excel) – Introduce and practice with concrete real life examples on how to use the most important functions and shortcuts in Excel. 

Session 4 (JuMP/Julia) – Using Julia and the JuMP package, we will model and solve optimization problems that arise in a variety of contexts throughout analytics and operations.

Sponsor(s): Sloan School of Management
Contact: Scott Alessandro, E52-150, 617 253-6296, SALESSAN@MIT.EDU


Jan/23 Mon 01:00PM-04:00PM E62-250, Bring your laptop. Complete pre-work
Jan/24 Tue 01:00PM-04:00PM E62-250, Bring your laptop
Jan/26 Thu 01:00PM-04:00PM E62-250, Bring your laptop
Jan/27 Fri 01:00PM-04:00PM E51-085, Bring your laptop

Session 1 (Terminal and Github) - Monday, January 23, 1-4 pm, E62-250. Instructor: Brad Sturt

Session 2 (Basic Wrangling and Visualization) - Tuesday, January 24, 1-4 pm, E62-250. Instructor: Steven Morse 

Session 3 (Excel) - Thursday, January 26, 1-4 pm, E62-250. Instructor: Charles Thraves 

Session 4 (JuMP/Julia) - Friday, January 27, 1-4 pm, E51-085. Instructor: Joey Hutchette

Technology Innovation Accelerator

Dr. Raoul Ouedraogo, Lincoln Laboratory Staff, William Kindred, Lincoln Laboratory Staff, Dr. Crystal Jackson, Lincoln Laboratory Staff, Sara James, Lincoln Laboratory Staff, Dr. Todd Thorsen, Lincoln Laboratory Staff, Dr. Eric Phelps, Lincoln Laboratory Staff, Dr. Chelsea Curran, Lincoln Laboratory Staff, Dr. Kevin Cohen, Lincoln Laboratory Staff

Jan/10 Tue 01:00PM-05:00PM Beaverworks NE45-202
Jan/12 Thu 01:00PM-05:00PM Beaverworks NE45-202
Jan/17 Tue 01:00PM-05:00PM Beaverworks NE45-202
Jan/19 Thu 01:00PM-05:00PM Beaverworks NE45-202

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/06
Limited to 24 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Prereq: none

Do your innovative ideas get the attention they deserve? Would you like to refine those ideas and pitch them to a panel of technology experts, “Shark Tank” Style? In this interactive technology innovation accelerator, you will have an opportunity to work with peers and experts to generate hundreds of new ideas to present, evaluate, refine, and ultimately transform into system concepts that solve relevant and challenging problems.

We will discuss techniques and tools for brainstorming and concept development, provide technical presentation skills training, and provide lectures on this year’s technology focus: all things security. Students will be assigned mentors from both industry and government labs. This is the perfect opportunity to practice innovation, to hone your skills for future innovative research and entrepreneurship, and to network. Students may also have opportunities for research funding, internships/full-time positions with participating companies/labs, and startups.

FY17 Technology Focus: Security (Physical & Cyber)

FY17 participating companies & labs:

• MIT Lincoln Laboratory


• SimSpace Corporation

• State Street Corporation

• Swissnex

(Full list by Dec. 15)

*This work is sponsored by the Department of the Air Force under Air Force Contract #FA8721-05-C-0002. Opinions, interpretations, conclusions and recommendations are those of the authors and are not necessarily endorsed by the United States Government. 

Sponsor(s): MIT-SUTD Collaboration, Lincoln Laboratory
Contact: Dr. Raoul Ouedraogo,

The Entrepreneur's Market For Inventions

Everardo Ruiz SM '00, Intellectual Ventures, Rob Aronoff, SM '90

Feb/03 Fri 10:00AM-12:00PM E62-223

Enrollment: Unlimited: Advance sign-up required

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?

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 VP, Director, and entrepreneurial experience in product development and intellectual property at Intellectual Ventures, Oracle, Alcatel, Texas Instruments, Kodak, Sun Microsystems, private law firms, and startups.

Leading the discussion:
Everardo Ruiz,  SM ’00  Ph.D.  (Managing Director, Energy Transition Partners)
Rob Aronoff, SM ’90  (Managing Director, Pluritas)
Sanjay Prasad, J.D.  (Managing Director, Prasad IP)

Register for this free event.

Sponsor(s): Alumni Association
Contact: Elena Byrne, W98-206C, 617 252-1143, EBYRNE@MIT.EDU

The Right Legal Steps when Starting Your Company

Leon Sandler, Executive Director

Jan/11 Wed 12:00PM-01:30PM 3-270

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/09
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.

To sign up, please register at

Space is limited to the first 100 registrants.


Sponsor(s): Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation
Contact: Cory Harris, E70-1273, 617 253-0943, charri89@MIT.EDU

The Startup Code 2017 - The Fastest Ways to Grow Your Startup into a Successful Thriving Business

Andrew Percey '95, MNG '96, Founder, Prometheus Internet Marketing

Jan/24 Tue 10:00AM-04:00PM 32-155

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Limited to 90 participants

80% of Startups fail before their second birthday. This is because people build boring "Me Too" businesses and expect the crowds to flock. According to The New York Times, we get exposed to around 5,000 sales and marketing messages every day. We live in a very noisy world full of established businesses and hungry startups all fighting for the same precious customer eyeballs. This is why your business needs to STAND OUT and be different, if you want it to survive and thrive.
See full details at the main event website.

This seminar will be presented by:
•    Andrew Percey '95, MNG '96, Google AdWords expert, founder of Prometheus Internet Marketing and advisor to the MIT Venture Mentoring Service (VMS)
•    Kenny Goodman, business growth mentor and founder of Find The Edge
•    Kevin Hart, Creative Director and partner at HB/EMA Boston
•    Nick Salvatoriello, HubSpot Trainer and Principal at Nick Sal Inbound Consulting
•    Adrienne Richardson, Facebook Guru and Owner of ARE Media
•    Andrea Warner, President/CMO of Haven Warner, Past-President of

*a light lunch will be provided from noon to 1:00 p.m. generously sponsored by McDougal Architects  and Tempus Fugit Law

Register today!

Contact: Elena Byrne, W98-206C, 617 252-1143, EBYRNE@MIT.EDU

What playfulness can change

Scot Osterweil, Creative director

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

This class is about exploring playfulness and its business applications. 

Playfulness is a very human value proposition that empowers people doing all kind of things. In this class, I'm offering to discover the Playful and all its possibilities: From the empowerment of your employees, your processes or your learning, the Playful design methodology can be a real leverage of empowerment.  

The class is open for all and divided in 3 workshops that are independent from each other but you are encouraged to follow all of them to have a better overview! 

Sponsor(s): Game Lab, Comparative Media Studies/Writing
Contact: Laure Dousset, +33681756009, LDOUSSET@MIT.EDU

Serious games co-design

Jan/12 Thu 02:00PM-04:00PM E15 - 315

Serious games are games that have another purpose than just pure entertainment. In this class, we will test a serious game about Blockchain, and try to assess it and find guidelines for when you're developing that kind of game. After that, I will share tips with you to design your serious game! Don't hesitate to come with a topic in mind.

Laure Dousset, Scot Osterweil - Creative director

Playfulness and your project

Jan/19 Thu 02:00PM-04:00PM E15 - 315

When you're designing something, it's important to take the user experience into account. What I'm offering you in this class is to come with a project you have in mind (a technology, a product, a service) and to empower the experience with the playful methodology. You will see how you can use the playful value proposition, and if you don't have an idea in mind, I have several interesting ones for you. 

Laure Dousset, Scot Osterweil - Creative director

Playfulness and your team

Jan/26 Thu 10:00AM-12:00PM E15 - 315

We'll see how to use playfulness in a team. How can you empower them using playful levers? Together, we'll practice by taking examples and try to use the playful design methodology to do this. We'll choose together practical use cases you can encounter in your daily routines at work and try to make a change in order to make them more playful!

Scot Osterweil - Creative director, Laure Dousset