January 2015 Director’s Fellows Updates

By phewing, 3 years ago

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Happy New Year from Director’s Fellows Headquarters!

This January we are excited to be hosting two jam-packed days of workshops, collaborations and conversations at the Media Lab during Independent Activities Period (IAP). This period is a break between semesters when MIT students can take classes outside their degree requirements, some for credit and others just for fun. Nine of our Director’s Fellows will travel from as far as Mexico City, Finland and the UAE to host innovative IAP workshops on a wide variety of topics. We look forward to sharing the exciting ideas and networks that grow out of this event in the February post!

Additionally, here are some new, exciting updates from the Fellows:

Katy Croft Bell hosted an Unhangout on Exploration of the Eastern Pacific Ocean last Friday, January 9. About 40 scientists attended the event, the results of which will be used to help plan the next 3-5 years of Nautilus exploration. Unhangout is an open source platform designed by a team of Media Lab researchers, including Director’s Fellow Philipp Schmidt, to run large scale online un-conferences.

Marco Tempest was a keynote speaker for The International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare in New Orleans this past week. You can read the Twitter Feed from this event here. Marco has also added a new video full of stereotypes and clinches on his website: http://cyberillusionist.com/

Baratunde Thurston’s company, Cultivated Wit, is hosting its biggest comedy hackathon yet at SFSketchfest – The San Francisco Comedy Festival, February 6 – 8. All the details are here. Interested in building funny tech hacks? Enjoy watching hilarious final demos? Want to hear the results from major celebrity judges? Check out the website and consider attending!

Van Jones has been working on #cut50 — his new initiative in collaboration with Director’s Fellow Shaka Senghor to reduce the U.S. prison population. #cut50 will debut at a congressional briefing with Senator Cory Booker on January 22nd. Another of Van’s initiatives, #YesWeCode, is also growing with the formation of the first #YesWeCode Silicon Valley Employer’s Council, representing businesses committed to diversifying their workforce.

Based on these first few weeks, it seems we’re shaping up for an exciting year! Can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store for the Media Lab Director’s Fellows Program.