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星期二, 6月 07, 2016

MIT announced launching of Hong Kong Innovation Node

By Chutze Chou
Boston Orange
June 7th, 2016

MIT officially launched its new Hong Kong Innovation Node on June 7th at its first EmTech Hong Kong conference held at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center.
MIT Provost Martin A. Schmidt (3rd from Left) announced the launch
 of  MIT 
Hong Kong Innovation Node along with Charlie Sodini (2nd
from left), 
Fiona Murray  (4th from righ),Yashen Huang (2nd
from right).  Photo by Chutze Chou.
 
MIT Provost Martin A. Schmidt, and Fiona Murray, the Bill Porter Professor of Entrepreneurship, associate dean of innovation at MIT Sloan School, and co-director of the MIT Innovation Initiative; and Charlie Sodini, the Clarence J. LeBel Professor of Electrical Engineering and faculty director of the MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node, all offered remarks.

This Hong Kong Innovation Node once is a unique hardware accelerator program designed to educate students in key areas of innovation practice.  It is once called MIT ambassador program.

Charlie Sodini said there are 24 students, 12 from MIT and 12 from Hong Kong are gathering in Hong Kong from June 5 to June 11th for a week-long immersive experience in technology-based entrepreneurship.  These students will form international teams, refine an idea, build a prototype, learn from industry experts, and explore the thriving startup scene in Hong Kong and Shenzhen. 
At the end of the program, students will demonstrate their prototypes in a final showcase.

Charlie Sodini also announced that Mr. Brian Yan will be the executive director this new new Hong Kong Innovation Node.

MIT's President L. Rafael Reif first announced the MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node last November when sharing his vision of adding innovation to the traditional roles of teaching and research in higher education. Conceived of and run by the MIT Innovation Initiative.

According to someone who is close to this MIT new adventure, MIT is planning to establish the same program in at least 5 more places including Singapore, San Francisco, Bejing.