Prototype Launch FAQ

Event Timeline

Sunday, December 5, 2021, approximately 8 PM EST

All guests with confirmed tickets who are not part of MIT's COVID Pass system will receive an email with instructions for how to obtain their Tim Ticket, which MIT uses for COVID-19 tracing. Please register for your Tim Ticket before you arrive at MIT.

Monday, December 6, 2021

5:00 PMParking available in Stata Garage to guests who requested parking
5:15-7:30 PMShuttle service available from Stata Center to Student Center
5:30 PMInformation desk opens in Kresge Lobby; guests may pick up their name tags/tickets
6:15 PMStandby tickets available in Kresge Lobby
6:45 PMKresge Auditorium opens for reserved seating
7:15 PMKresge Auditorium opens for standby seating
7:30 PM2.009 Prototype Launch starts
~10:00 PMpresentations end; reception follows
10:00-11:00 PMShuttle service available from Student Center to Stata Garage
11:30 PMAll guests must exit Stata Garage by 11:30 PM

Prototype Launch Website

The prototype launch website,, hosts our ticketing system, where people will be able to register for the lottery or RSVP for the event. During the event, you'll be able to watch the live webcast and participate in a forum to send supportive messages and questions to the teams. The event program and product brochures will also be available for download. After the event, the site will host the program replay.


The event will be webcast live on the prototype launch website The replay will be available shortly after the event ends.

Parking information

The MIT Stata parking garage (32 Vassar St, Cambridge, MA 02139, under the Ray and Maria Stata Center) will be open for guest parking starting from 5 pm. You must register for parking in order to enter the garage. Please allow 10-15 minutes to walk from the garage to Kresge Auditorium (48 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139).

If needed, guests may take a shuttle bus to the MIT Student Center (near Kresge Auditorium) and back to the Stata Center Garage. The bus will run continuously between the Stata Center and Student Center from 5:15-7:30PM and 10:00-11:00PM.

COVID procedures

According to MIT policy, all in-person guests ages 12 and older must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or have a medical or religious exemption.

There are no limitations on capacity in Kresge Auditorium. Masks are required. We are requesting that all guests wear the KF94 masks that we will be providing or a mask with comparable filtration efficacy.


Minors under age 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Minors 12 and over must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

COVID Pass or Tim Ticket requirement

All guests will be scanned in at the door. Guests must either be MIT community members on COVID pass who have attested within the last 24 hours before entering the event, or guests with event Tim Tickets. Guests who need Tim Tickets will be emailed on Sunday night (December 5) with instructions for how to obtain their Tim Ticket. Tim Tickets cannot be obtained more than 24 hours before the event.

Ticketing Process

Tickets are required for attending the 2.009 Final Presentations in Kresge Auditorium. There are a limited number of seats in Kresge, and demand always outstrips supply. In order to accommodate different groups of guests, seats will be allocated in the following manner:

  • Public guests include all guests not in the other categories below. Tickets for the public will be available on a lottery basis only. There will be 2 lotteries, on December 1 and December 3, so the earlier you enter the lottery, the more chances you will have to get a seat. We expect to lottery around 400 seats.
  • VIP guests include course sponsors and department donors. VIP guests still need to RSVP, but are not subject to the lottery or waitlist.
  • Course guests include family of course staff and students. Invitees in this category are not subject to the lottery or waitlist and should be added to the RSVP system as personal guests by the course staff or student. Each 2.009 student may invite family members and one guest (or two guests if no family members will be attending).
  • Product Design Industry guests include professionals working in product design and related industries. A limited number of seats are set aside for invitees in this category and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once the allotment is filled, these guests will be added to a waitlist and also entered into the general seating lottery.

If you receive a seat from the lottery or waitlist, you will receive an email notification and must confirm your acceptance of the seat within the deadline stated in the notification email (at least 24 hours).

Please note: tickets are not transferable.

If you are identified as a public guest by the RSVP system and you believe you should be categoried as a VIP, course guest, or product design industry guest, please add yourself to the general seating lottery and indicate why you should be reclassified in the space provided.

Reserved Seating

If you have confirmed a ticket, you and your confirmed guests will have nametags and reserved seats until 7:15PM. In general, seats are not assigned. You may pickup your nametags, which also serve as your tickets, from the Kresge Auditorium lobby starting at 5:30PM.

New this year: After picking up your ticket, you will need to show your Covid Pass or Tim Ticket to get the ticket validated. Tim Tickets may be shown on a smartphone or may be printed out in advance. Please allow extra time for the ticket validation process.

Please be seated in the auditorium by 7:15PM. After 7:15PM, the auditorium will be made available for standby ticket holders.

Overflow Tickets

We always overbook Kresge a little bit as some percentage of confirmed guests always end up not attending. In the case that we are unable to seat all guests with confirmed tickets by 7:15PM, those guests will be issued numbered overflow tickets and are welcome to initially watch the event in our overflow seating area. As seats free up in the auditorium, we will admit guests with overflow tickets into Kresge before we admit guests with standby tickets.

Standby Tickets

Numbered standby tickets will be available at Kresge on a first-come, first-serve basis starting at 6:15PM for guests who do not have a confirmed ticket. Starting at 7:15PM, we will use the standby tickets to determine admission order into the auditorium for filling unoccupied seats. You may still RSVP to be added to or stay on our invitation list for next year.

If you do not get a ticket through the lottery, we encourage you to show up for a standby ticket if you are interested in watching the event in person.

Seating is available for standby ticket holders.

Overflow and Standby Seating

There will be additional seating available for overflow and standby ticket holders in Kresge Little Theatre. The event will be simulcast into Little Theatre. As seats free up throughout the event, ushers will call overflow and standby ticket holders to enter the main Kresge Auditorium. Usually about 50-75 additional people are admitted to the auditorium in this way. In most recent years, everyone who was watching the presentations in Little Theatre was eventually offered a seat in Kresge Auditorium. If the person you want to watch is presenting in the last half of the program, you may get a seat in the auditorium by the time of their presentation if you stay in the overflow seating area.


Staff will be available at the information desk in Kresge lobby to answer questions starting at 5:30PM on Monday evening.

If you have special requirements or need further assistance, please contact