Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center

MIT Food and Agriculture Virtual Ecosystem Mapper and Webmaster

The Challenge

MIT has a plethora of faculty, staff, and students who are currently engaged in work around food and agriculture, both personally and professionally. The MIT Food and Agriculture Collaborative formed in the fall of 2009 to support this emerging community, and we’d like to go virtual to support easy and long-lasting connections between our current members and alumni.

In 2009-2010 we conducted a series of ‘ecosystem’ activities to better understand what people, departments, and organizations link to this work. We’re looking for a creative, self-directed, and tech-saavy student to document the ecosystem information that has already been captured and create an interactive virtual space where all food and agriculture-related people and resources at MIT are linked together. This virtual network should be easy to maintain and update, even for non-techies. We’d like this student to continue the ecosystem mapping so that we can have as complete a landscape as possible by December 2010. This position will also include light weekly maintenance of the MITFAC website, including posting announcements and updates.

This student should be ready to present their work at the end of the semester at a MITFAC Wednesday speakers series event.


Systems-thinker who can organize information in a visual and interactive online format.  Has creatively used the internet for other projects. Self-directed. Experience with wordpress (or ability to learn) for website maintenance and integration with virtual ecosystem.  Willingness to maintain regular contact with MITFAC project coordinator.

Time constraints

5-10 hours a week, to be completed by December, 2010


MIT students interested in developing projects around these ideas should contact Shayna Harris, Sloan MBA Candidate at : or call 312 852 1196

PKG Center Support

MIT students who develop projects around these ideas may apply for support from the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center's Internships or Grants programs. Please check the program descriptions and deadlines and talk to program staff to determine which is most appropriate for your needs and project.

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