ForSE 2013: Forum for Social Entrepreneurs, "Rethinking the Power of the Community" is a one--day conference for social entrepreneurs being co-hosted by MIT SASE and TiE-Boston. The conference will take place on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at MIT Tang Center, Building E51. Click here for a map.

MIT SASE is very excited to be co-hosting the seventh annual ForSE conference. Past conferences have been extremely successful at bringing together social entrepreneurs, business executives, investors, donors, government officials, academics, and students in order to discuss new ideas about social venture concepts and exchange technology and business learning to promote the development of social enterprises. For more information about ForSE 2013 and past conferences, please visit TiE-Boston's website.

Registration Fees for MIT Students:
MIT SASE Members: $5
MIT Non-SASE Student: $10 (includes one year SASE membership - $5)
Non-MIT Student: $15. See here for more information about fees for non-students.

Keynote Speakers

Poonam Ahluwalia, Executive Director, YouthTrade - President and Founder, Youth Employment and Sustainability (YES). A recognized global activist for youth employment and entrepreneurship, Poonam has worked tirelessly for the past twelve years to successfully bring youth employment to the global agenda. Under her leadership YES has mobilized stakeholders in over 120 countries to promote youth entrepreneurship and employment. YouthTrade has partnered with leading firms like Whole Foods to provide markets for young entrepreneurs.
Ramesh Raskar, Leader, Camera Culture Lab, MIT - Prof. Raskar's research interests span the fields of computational photography, inverse problems in imaging and human-computer interaction. In addition to his computational research, he has also founded EyeNetra, delivering personalized vision care everywhere via groundbreaking mobile health technology. He has won numerous awards including the MIT Technology Review TR100 recognizing young innovators under 35.
Eric Grimson, Chancellor, MIT - Welcome address.


Conference attendees will meet cutting edge practitioners in interactive panels as they follow one of five tracks covering Research into Real Life, Health Innovations, Energy & Environement, Smart Growth, and Sharing Economy.

Research into Real Life

This track will focus on accelerating ideas from lab to major social impact. More information on this track.

Health Innovations

This track will focus on providing healthy alternatives at school, work and home. More information on this track.

Energy & Environement

This track will focus on solutions addressing core environmental challenges globally. More information on this track.

Smart Growth

This track will focus on organizations building a productive and sustainable urban lifestyle. More information on this track.

Sharing Economy

This track will focus on increasing access to underutilized resources through shared platforms. More information on this track.

Pitch Contest

The conference will include a pitch contest where new social entrepreneurs can pitch and test their ideas and wow a panel of seasoned judges. At this time, teams have already submitted their pitches and judges are currently reviewing them to determine the top five, who will present before a panel of judges on the day of the conference.


The conference will run from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm on Saturday, October 19th. For more information about panels and keynote speakers, please see the links above.

8:00- 9:00
Registration & Breakfast
9:00- 10:30
Opening Session
Opening Remarks
Keynote Speaker:Poonam Ahluwalia
10:30- 10:45Break
10:45- 12:00
Panels (concurrent):
Research into Real Life
Health Innovations
Energy & Environement
12:00- 1:00
1:15- 2:30
Pitching Social Enterprise
2:30- 2:45Break
2:45- 4:00
Panels (concurrent):
Smart Growth
Sharing Economy
4:00- 4:15Break
4:30- 5:45
Closing Session
Keynote Speaker: Ramesh Raskar
Pitch Session Award Ceremony
Closing Remarks


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