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January 2017 Director’s Fellows Updates

By Claudia Robaina, 3 weeks ago

Chess News talks about Maurice Ashley’s latest project of taking 3 Grand Masters players to a 18-week tour of Africa. Chess in Africa: The Miracle. The work Ophelia Dahl and her Partners in … Read more

2016 MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellows announced

By Claudia Robaina, 7 months ago

Since the MIT Media Lab launched its Director’s Fellows initiative in 2013, the program has lived up to its mission to attract people with “less-than-traditional backgrounds” outside … Read more

June 2016 Director’s Fellows Updates

By Claudia Robaina, 8 months ago

Marko Ahtisaari and Neha Narula, Research Director of the Media Lab’s Digital Currency Initiative, discuss the Media Lab’s work with Berklee College of Music’s Open Music Initiative. … Read more

May 2016 Director’s Fellows Updates

By Claudia Robaina, 8 months ago

Marko Ahtisaari’s Sync Project is earning some well-deserved attention and support from the music and health industry. Peter Gabriel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and others, have joined the conversation. … Read more

April 2016 Director’s Fellows Updates

By Claudia Robaina, 10 months ago

Maurice Ashley has been inducted to the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame. Congrats, Maurice! You can learn more about it on: St. Louis Public Radio website. WBUR video Huffington Post: How This Chess … Read more

March 2016 Director’s Fellows Updates

By Claudia Robaina, 10 months ago

Gillian Caldwell: “I am working with my team here at Global Witness and the MIT Media Lab to conceive an online storytelling platform to give audiences a chance for deeper engagement in our work. … Read more

February 2016 Director’s Fellows Updates

By Claudia Robaina, 12 months ago

Sultan Al Qassemi is featured in Arabian Business.com: “Middle Eastern governments don’t care about entrepreneurs.” Maurice Ashley goes viral (and incognito) in NYC in this TIME Magazine … Read more

January 2016 Director’s Fellows Updates

By Claudia Robaina, 1 year ago

Happy New Year, everyone! Let’s start 2016 with good news from our Fellows. Ben Flannagan, from the Al Arabiya News Arts and Culture section, interviews Sultan Al Qassemi about the Arab art … Read more

December 2015 Director’s Fellows updates

By Claudia Robaina, 1 year ago

Allison Tauziet says, “The exciting news for me and Colgin is that we were just recently given a perfect 100 point rating for 3 of our wines in the recent Wine Advocate journal. It’s a … Read more

November 2015 Director’s Fellows Updates

By Claudia Robaina, 1 year ago

A couple of months ago, Christine Sun Kim was the guest speaker at the Media Lab’s Conversations Series, hosted by Joi Ito. The conversation is now available here. If you want to learn more … Read more

October 2015 Director’s Fellows Updates

By Claudia Robaina, 1 year ago

Stephen Moss, from the The Guardian (UK), writes about Maurice Ashley as he prepares to launch his second Millionaire Chess Tournament in Las Vegas, October 8-12. During the first week of … Read more

April 2015 Director’s Fellows updates

By Lisa Katayama, 2 years ago

Baratunde Thurston says: My new podcast has launched! It’s called “Our National Conversation About Conversations About Race.” Subscribe at showaboutrace.com. And my … Read more

Conversation Series: The Director’s Fellows with Joi Ito

By Lisa Katayama, 2 years ago

In case you missed it, here’s a video of the Director’s Fellows in conversation with our Director Joi Ito in January. Each attending Fellow gave a short presentation, riffed on some … Read more

March 2015 Director’s Fellows Update

By Amanda Stoll, 2 years ago

It’s mid-March during the official snowiest winter on record, and here at the MIT Media Lab we are finally shoveling our cars out from beneath the snow banks and eagerly anticipating the … Read more

Magic and Illusions: A Sandbox for Creativity

By Amanda Stoll, 2 years ago

Can successfully performing a magic trick earn a student academic credit at the graduate level? Can this be done at MIT? At the Media Lab, where seeing potential in unlikely combinations is the … Read more

February 2015 Director’s Fellows Updates

By Amanda Stoll, 2 years ago

Hi everyone! Before you keep reading, you might be wondering: “What is the Director’s Fellows Program anyway? Why does it exist?” Well, guess what. The two-minute video above … Read more

January 2015 Director’s Fellows Updates

By Amanda Stoll, 2 years ago

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 … Read more

December 2014 Director’s Fellows Updates

By Amanda Stoll, 2 years ago

Happy Holidays from the MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellows Program! Here are some updates from our Fellows as we wrap up 2014: Khalida Brohi is working with The Brahui Academy to organize the first … Read more

November 2014 Director’s Fellows Updates

By Amanda Stoll, 2 years ago

2014 is quickly flying by and our Fellows are continuing their unique and innovative work! Here are some highlights from our cohort for November: Pashon Murray was named the 2014 Food Winner for … Read more

DF Gillian Caldwell Advises Women Students at the ML on Leadership, Pursuing Passions

By Lisa Katayama, 2 years ago

Director’s Fellow Gillian Caldwell hosted a coaching session for a group of women students at the Lab on Monday, November 4. Drawing on her 20 years of experience creating and running nonprofits, … Read more

October 2014 Director’s Fellows Updates

By Amanda Stoll, 2 years ago

  There has been lots of exciting activity amongst the Director’s Fellows this month! Here’s a recap of some of the news and events: Maurice Ashley successfully organized and … Read more

September 2014 Director’s Fellows updates

By Lisa Katayama, 2 years ago

Here’s what’s new in the world of the MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellows this month! Jeff Sturges is currently working on a project called the Hyper Interactive Hip Hop Carnival … Read more

August 2014 Director’s Fellows updates

By Lisa Katayama, 3 years ago

Each month, we’ll post updates about Director’s Fellows who are, per usual, out in the world doing extraordinary things in their respective fields. Here’s our digest for August 2014: Last … Read more

Comedy Hack Day at the MIT Media Lab is happening now!

By Lisa Katayama, 3 years ago

If you’re at the Lab this weekend, you probably noticed the huddles of Media Lab students, comedians, and other smart people playing with confetti and toilets and Arduinos. This weekend is … Read more

Robots = not smart as people? Marco Tempest’s collaboration with Baxter the Robot

By Lisa Katayama, 3 years ago

In this video, found on Ted.com, Director’s Fellow Marco Tempest and David Nunes from the Personal Robotics group talk about the challenges of a human-robot collaboration, with magic to boot.

iHub: A lab away from the lab

By Lisa Katayama, 4 years ago

Habari! After two weeks of drinking Stoney Tangawizi (plain African ginger soda, no stoney stuff!), I’m back at the lab and I’ve been told I’m a shade browner now (which, by the … Read more

Comedy Hack Day SF is now in session!

By Lisa Katayama, 4 years ago

Greetings everyone! I’m here at the Twitter headquarters in San Francisco, witnessing the birthing of the city’s very first Comedy Hack Day hosted by Cultivated Wit. As you may know, … Read more

Maurice Ashley talks about chunking, retrograde analysis, and other chess tricks

By Lisa Katayama, 4 years ago

Check out this great recent TedEd talk by Director’s Fellow Maurice Ashley, who gives us examples of how the kind of thinking used by grandmasters in chess are useful in various different … Read more

Atonement Project By Shaka Senghor

By Lisa Katayama, 4 years ago

Lately I have been asked how atoning for one’s past can help with communal healing. While I wish there was one simple answer for this oft-asked question, I have come to realize that … Read more

Innovating Learning – The Freedom To Break Things

By Lisa Katayama, 4 years ago

This week we launched the Learning Creative Learning course with 24,000 participants. One one hand, I am thrilled that we have such a large audience, and especially that they come from all over … Read more

The Fellows Are Getting “Carded”

By Lisa Katayama, 4 years ago

Our Director’s Fellows are about to get a little bit of Media Lab swag in the mail. Hey all, your business cards are on the way!

How do you speak to your murder victim’s families?

By Lisa Katayama, 4 years ago

In Detroit today, we had the first brainstorm session for The Atonement Project with an amazing team of advocates and academics who are all committed to facilitating the process of healing … Read more

Shaka speaks to Detroit youth about his life, his motivation

By Lisa Katayama, 4 years ago

Director’s Fellow Shaka Senghor at his memoir launch party at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History last night. It was amazing to see him interact directly with young … Read more

The Atonement Project: a quick summary

By Lisa Katayama, 4 years ago

We’re excited to announce The Atonement Project, a collaborative project launched by Director’s Fellow Shaka Senghor. The objective is to create a platform, co-designed with prisoner … Read more

Shaka Senghor’s memoir launch party in Detroit

By Lisa Katayama, 4 years ago

If you happen to be in Detroit next Tuesday, February 5th, some of us will be in Detroit for the launch of Director’s Fellow Shaka Senghor’s memoir, Writing My Wrongs. Here’s … Read more

Learning Creative Learning is now online!

By Lisa Katayama, 4 years ago

Mitch Resnick’s Learning Creative Learning class starts on February 11th and this year, for the first time ever, the course is being offered for free online. This is thanks to a … Read more

Media Lab on Pinterest!

By Lisa Katayama, 4 years ago

Join us at: http://pinterest.com/mitmedialab/ for beautiful photos, updates, and more!

Baratunde visits the Lab, eats special fish treat

By Lisa Katayama, 4 years ago

Director’s Fellow Baratunde Thurston came by the Media Lab last month. He explored the Lab, did a Conversation Series talk with Joi… and ate Fish Assholes. The Fish Assholes are … Read more

Joi and JJ Abrams talk about magic, technology, and movies

By Lisa Katayama, 4 years ago

In case you missed it or want a refresher of LOST creator and Director’s Fellow JJ Abrams’ inspiring talk with Joi… http://www.media.mit.edu/video/view/abrams-2012-11-27