New Projects

2019

Emerging Women Leaders Lab

Launched by Alaa Murabit and the Omnis Institute, the Emerging Women Leaders Lab brings together some of the most influential Next Gen Leaders from minority and marginalized groups around the globe, for a tailor-made skills accelerator Lab that builds their personal and organizational capacity to support scaling their work, impact and social change. Learn more

2013

The Atonement Project

Director’s fellow Shaka Senghor conceived the idea of The Atonement Project because once upon a time, he was the guy who murdered a mother’s son. And while he was in prison serving his 19-year sentence, he had the opportunity for dialogue with his victim’s family, which helped him accept, own, and ultimately atone for his crime. Learn more

2015

Ciudad Prototipo

Our future is undeniably urban. More than half of humanity is currently living in cities; by 2050, that number will rise to include 70% of the world’s population. That’s why, now more than ever, it’s time for all of us to collectively, creatively pursue the question: What are cities for? Learn more

2018

Bach and Forth: A Musical Game Hackathon

Together with students from the Media Lab, the Berklee School of Music, and the Parsons School of Design, director’s fellows Sheila Hayman and Colleen Macklin spent a weekend leading the group through the process of game design, interaction, and coding. Learn more

2016

Innovating for Billions Workshop, Nashik, India

Emerging Worlds was a MIT Media Lab program that took a unique, bottom-up innovation approach focused on mega-opportunities and designed for addressing pressing challenges worldwide. Learn more

2017

Learning About the Wine Harvest in St. Helena, CA

At the beginning of the fall semester in 2017, some students had the opportunity to travel to Napa Valley and learn about the process of making some of today’s most exclusive red wines under the guidance of director’s fellow Allison Tauziet, winemaker from Colgin Wines. Learn more

2014

MIT Media Lab Coat

The classic lab coat has been a reliable fashion staple for scientists around the world. But Media Lab researchers are not only scientists—we are also designers, tinkerers, philosophers, and artists. We need a different coat! Learn more

2015

Microculture: a game about synthetic biology and community-building

If you were at SXSW in 2015 and visited the MIT Media Lab lounge, you might have taken part in Microculture, the interactive synthetic biology card game that director’s fellow Colleen Macklin. Learn more

2013

Comedy Hack Day

Comedy Hack Day, an initiative ran by director’s fellow Baratunde Thurston’s company Cultivated Wit, was a two-day hackathon during which comedians, designers, and developers work together to build hilarious apps and hardware hacks. Learn more

2017

EXO DAY at the Media Lab

EXO Day is director’s fellows Christopher Bevans and Céline Semaan Vernon’s version of Shark Tank where scientists, artists, engineers, and researchers come together to bring their inventions to life. Learn more

2016

The MIT Media Lab and the Open Music Initiative

One of the biggest problems the music industry faces today is a lack of transparency. Cryptocurrencies and their underlying technology have the potential for far-reaching changes across industry and government by enabling open, decentralized data platforms. Learn more

2014

Sensor nodes in the savannah to combat wildlife poaching

On the Director’s Fellows retreat in Kenya during May 2014, the students met with staff from Wildlife Works (located just outside of Tsavo National Park) to learn about how they track incidents of poaching and monitor biodiversity. Learn more

2014

Fabrication from Fabric

As part of MIT’s Independent Activities Period in January of 2014, Fabrication brought together CBAtelier designers and MIT Media Lab researchers: director’s fellow Chris Bevans, lead designer Priscella Shum, managing director Yan Agaev, and Media Lab students Laura Perovich and Philippa Mothersill. Learn more

2017

Performance Making Workshop

Performances are experiments and experiments are performances. Human beings have been telling stories for ages; what is the story that you want to tell right now? Over the course of four days, director’s fellows Madeline Sayet and Karole Armitage together with six creative and artistic students investigated how we tell stories—day to day, in our work, and through more formal models of theater. Learn more

2017

The Orbit Weaver Space Suite

The Orbit Weaver Space Suit was created by director’s fellow Andrea Lauer. The inspiration came from an anime style drawing made by a friend of Media Lab alumna, now arts curator for the Space Exploration Initiative Xin Liu. The drawing included Xin in a suit and casting out strings into space, a reference to the performance piece Xin did during our first Zero gravity flight. Learn more

2018

The Depths of the Mind

Does consciousness arise from the machinery of the body in the creation of a self, or are signals the self?

Variations of this question have been asked by philosophers for millennia. Today, the debate on consciousness is divided between hard line materialists who believe signals are the self and those who believe, like Victorio Gallese, Professor of Human Physiology at the University of Palma Italy, “I MOVE, therefore I think. Learn more

2016

BodyHack: Viktoria Modesta at the MusicTechFest, Berlin

BodyHack is a 20-minute documentary about MTF Labs: Body + Performance, directed by director’s fellow Sheila Hayman.

Sheila created the film to showcase the cutting-edge innovation that explores the imaginary boundaries between humans and technology during our five-day laboratory at MTF Berlin earlier this year. Learn more

2014

An Android app that maps the savannah for wildlife rangers

On the Director’s Fellows retreat in Kenya during May 2014, the students met with staff from Wildlife Works (located just outside of Tsavo National Park) to learn about how they track incidents of poaching and monitor biodiversity. Learn more

2016

An Ocean Exploration on Board of the Nautilus E/V

Director’s fellow Katy Croff Bell hosted five members of the Media Lab community on a one-of-a-kind opportunity: a deep-ocean exploration off the coast of Southern California, onboard the Nautilus E/V (and its onboard partner explorers Hercules and Argus). Together with the students and research affiliates, three projects were brought on board for deployment. Learn more

2014

Prosthetic fitting in Nairobi

Many people move about their daily lives without giving a second thought to the joints that hold their limbs together; for most amputees, this unconscious movement is a dream. The Biomechatronics group at the MIT Media Lab aims to make this dream a reality. Learn more

2018

Research at Scale Spring Break

A four-week summer course focusing on the topic of “Research at Scale” hosted by director’s fellow Gavin Zhao. Through this hands-on program, students were introduced to basic manufacturing concepts and taught how to effectively work with factories to manufacture their research projects using production processes at production quantities.  Learn more

2018

Signal & Noise, Berlin: A Workshop

Media Lab Berlin was a week-long prototyping workshop. Media Lab researchers, university students from across Europe, and corporate collaborators engaged in a dialogue between machines, design, and humans. What are the signals that connect us? How do we make sense of the noise? What do the machines we build say about us?  Learn more

2017

Meditation, Aesthetics, Expression: A Conversation

Hosted by director’s fellows Tenzin Priyadarshi, a monk, and Karole Armitage, a choreographer, this conversation focused on how the creative process continues to be a mystery to many of us. For some, it has to do with self-expression and communicating with the world around us. For others, it is an intimate and meditative path that guides them through life. Learn more

2014

Google Glass + Improv = Google Glassprov?

What happens when a group of improv comedians take their cues not from the seated audience but from the Google Glass displays operated by a remote puppet master? Or something like that. Learn more

2014

Magic Robot Interaction

Can a magician and a robot collaborate onstage to create a believable, evocative performance? Learn more

2015

Deep View

An algorithm for better chess commentary, inspired by director’s fellow Maurice Ashley’s extraordinary chess skills. Learn more

2018

A-Pops: Developing Playful Opportunities in Urban Environments

A-Pops is a networked learning experience across Mexico City that supports young learners to engage in emergent and playful opportunities in and beyond their local communities. Learn more

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