Get Good Stuff Done Want to make a difference in the world? These workshops, offered by centers across MIT’s campus, help you learn more, lead or contribute to a team, start and fund ventures, and work in and with communities in Boston and around the world.

The LGBTQ+ Experience Abroad

Thursday, November 29th, 4:30 - 6pm

The Rainbow Lounge (50 - 250)

This is a session is an opportunity for queer-identified students to share their experiences of living, working, and studying abroad with each other. Facilitated by MISTI and IdentityX Student Ambassadors, come join us for dinner and conversation. All students are welcome! RSVP below!

Storytelling: Pitching Your Venture

Friday, November 30th, 11:45 - 12:45pm

The Martin Trust Center Garage

Whether you are recruiting a team, pitching to investors, or describing your venture's impact, storytelling is an essential entrepreneurial skill. Join the Legatum Center for an hour-long session on crafting and telling your story. Lunch will be available.

Students of Color Abroad: Exploring Race & Ethnicity

Wednesday, December 12th, 5:30 - 7pm

MISTI Pye Conf. E40 - 496

Join this student conversation about navigating race, ethnicity, and heritage while working, researching, living, and studying abroad. Share stories and suggestions with other students. IdentityX Student Ambassadors will kick-off the event with their experiences abroad as students of color. RSVP below!

Exploring Class and Classism


Why is class often so difficult to talk about? How do the effects of class differences impact our work, our work relationships and our workplaces? Why is it important to collaborate across class divisions to create more unity, especially in these times? What is your class story?

Discus these questions and more at the Class Action Workshop! Class Action has spent 14 years developing creative ways of asking questions, sharing personal experiences and helping people to engage with issues of class in a meaningful way. This workshops will be highly interactive, engaging and focused on learning from one another in the room. RSVP below!


Primary Market Research: Discover Your Customer

Friday, November 16th, 11:45 - 12:45pm

The Martin Trust Center Garage

Led by Elaine Chen, Senior Lecturer and Entrepreneur in Residence, this session covers the nuts and bolts of interview and surveying customers and end users of your product/service. This hour long session is an opportunity to learn and practice new techniques for gathering data that informs the design of your solution. Lunch will be available.

Nonprofit Basics

Friday, November 9th, 12 - 1pm

The Martin Trust Center Garage

Join BU/MIT Entrepreneurship and Law Clinic for a conversational workshop on the world of nonprofits and social change work.

Power, Privilege and Positionality

Thursday, November 8th, 12:30 - 2pm


Join the PKG Center as we explore how privilege and personal identity can influence dynamics between stakeholders in community-based work. As part of this workshop you will participate in a facilitated reflective exercise on identifying the domains in which we do or do not have privilege relative to another, and how to acknowledge their influence on interactions with community organizations, members, and agencies. RSVP below!

Stakeholder Engagement

Wednesday, November 7th, 5:30 - 7:30pm

6 - 104

All social innovation work takes place in the context of a particular culture, market, existing legal and policy framework, and intervention landscape where individuals, community groups, government and NGOs are working to achieve change. These stakeholders will all influence whether an innovation takes hold. In this session we explore questions such as: Who are the various stakeholders for our work and how might they influence or be affected by our initiatives? What factors do we need to consider in project design and rollout strategy? We will use stakeholder mapping tools to analyze the work of ongoing projects to suggest strategies for stakeholder engagement.

Dinner will be served!

Planning and Executing a Pilot: Who, what and how?

Friday, November 2nd, 11:45-12:45pm at the Martin Trust Center Garage

Led by Cory Siskind, CEO & Founder of Base Operations, this session covers how to plan a product pilot in a frontier market while on campus, identifying an on-site partner, and collecting data. Cory has successfully launched a product, raised money, and completed the Techstars Impact Accelerator in Austin, TX. Lunch will be available.

Tech for Change

Wednesday, October 24, 12-1pm


Are you looking for a job using your tech skills for the public good?

Are you hoping to work at a tech giant that incentivizes volunteering, but aren’t sure where to start? Are you looking for tech-based opportunities with community organizations while you’re an MIT student? This workshop will help you to get started. Facilitated by Mariel García Montes, graduate of the Comparative Media Studies program at the MIT Media Lab.

Product Development: Apps & Hardware

Friday, October 19, 11:45-12:55pm

Trust Center Garage, E40-163

Hear from Legatum alumni who have developed their own apps and hardware products for emerging markets using MIT resources.

Do Well and Do Good

Tuesday, October 16, 12-1pm

Pierce Laboratory, 1-134

Is it possible to find a job that pays well and impacts social and/or environmental change in the world? The answer is yes, and this workshop will provide a framework for how to begin this search.

Hosted by MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative (ESI)

Ecosystem Mapping: Identifying & Engaging Stakeholders

Friday, October 12, 11:45-12:55pm

Trust Center Garage, E40-163

Participants learn how to identify and map the stakeholders in their venture ecosystem from Legatum entrepreneurs who have launched companies in Frontier markets.

Working with Minors: Mandated Reporting

October 4, 1-2PM


Join the PKG Center as we discuss MIT policies for working with minors on campus, to ensure they have a safe and fun experience. As a part of this workshop you will learn the federal requirements for reporting child abuse or neglect, how to report, what information you need to do so, and what happens after you report.

Personal Narrative Workshop

Wednesday, October 3, 5-6pm

Pierce Laboratory, 1-135

How can you go beyond the elevator speech?

Learn how to use your personal narrative to advocate for yourself, a business, an innovation, a cause or a community in a wide range of environments. This workshop will help you go beyond a story and use yourself to connect to others in a human way.

Legal Pitfalls for Startups : Common Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Friday, September 21, 12-1pm

Martin Trust Center Garage E40-163

Want to avoid problems for your startup?

Please join the Entrepreneurship and Intellectual Property Clinic as we discuss the most common legal issues that startups face and how to avoid them.

Topics include:

  • Founder’s Issues
  • Entity Formation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Equity Allocation

No RSVP required

Lessons in Mindfulness

Rev. Takafumi Zenryu Kawakami, Deputy head priest, Shunkoin Temple, Myoshinji, Kyoto will lead us in a thoughtful discussion and practice of mindfulness.

Mindfulness has become a significant phenomenon in the West that is also becoming increasingly popular in Asia. Mindfulness is generally defined as non-religious meditation. As a secular practice supported by scientific evidence, mindfulness is now accepted as a valid medical and therapeutic method that has been broadly incorporated into workplace and school wellness programs.

Evicting the Elephant in the Room: Preventing & Resolving Team Conflicts (part of mini-series for clubs)

This workshop focuses on developing skills for managing conflict and leading your group in an effective and open manner. Walk away understanding ground rules and active listening, and be better prepared to manage difficult group interactions.

Don’t Recreate the Wheel: Transitioning Leadership for Teams

Stop starting over from scratch! This workshop will focus on organizational transitions. Come learn how to track and transfer information and discuss effective solutions and strategies for keeping your organization running smoothly from year to year.

Stakeholder Analysis

All social innovation work takes place in the context of a particular culture, market, existing legal and policy framework, and intervention landscape where individuals, community groups, government and NGOs are working to achieve change. These stakeholders will all influence whether an innovation takes hold. In this session we explore questions such as: Who are the various stakeholders for our work and how might they influence or be affected by our initiatives? Who might be willing and effective partners? What factors do we need to consider in project design and rollout strategy? We will use stakeholder mapping tools to analyze the work of several ongoing projects to suggest strategies for stakeholder engagement. Dinner will be served!

Starting up your startup: Essential early legal considerations

Topics will include in this workshop: Finding a good lawyer and negotiating payment terms; early IP considerations in exploiting a technology; when to organize a formal entity and how to set it up; early financing including boot-strapping, friends and family, and angels; winding down with a soft landing; and avoiding personal liability.

Speakers: John Akula and William Perkins

Product Development/Prototyping

Learn strategies for prototyping and developing new products with Trust Center entrepreneur in residence Nick Meyer.

What is your impact? Sustainability Impact Assessment for Startups

Measuring sustainability impact (social, environmental and economic value creation) is extremely difficult. Measuring it for startups with limited time and financial resources and fast changing business models makes this challenge even more difficult. But not measuring impact means taking decisions today, without a clear understanding what exactly their impact will be in future. And this during a time, when the biggest (business model) decisions are being made. Not at last, more and more (impact) investors and donors ask you to provide information about the impact you have. In this workshop you will:

  • 1.) Learn how to measure your startups/projects sustainability impact;
  • 2.) Pitch your sustainability impact (theory of change) to peers.
  • 3.) Understand what difference your startup/project makes, i.e. "what is your added value"?
  • 4.) Learn how to identify ways to increase your sustainability impact
  • 5.) Learn to use an excel based tool that helps you to measure, communicate, report and improve your impact.

Team Dynamics (New Date/Time)

March 16, 2-3:30pm

in the Martin Trust Center Garage

You’ve put in countless hours on your project, overcome obstacles to make it work, and you’re almost ready to pilot. But wait! Are you really ready to launch? How will your team move forward, together?

Developed from key questions past teams wished they would’ve asked combined with insight from program administrators and conflict management experts, this interactive workshop explores the important questions your team should cover early in the process before it's too late.

Full teams are encouraged to attend, as we'll give you time to workshop with your group, however individuals will also benefit from the session.

Storytelling: Crafting personal statements and compelling narratives

April 3, 10, and 24 1:30-2:30pm


Over three sessions, learn how to get started with personal storytelling skills, and how to adapt those skills to talk and write about your work, experiences and goals in a well-constructed personal statement.

Presented by the Distinguished Fellowships program. Email imurray@mit.edu to RSVP.

How to Adult Alumni Social Hour

April 3, 7:00PM

Flowers Room, Maseeh Hall

Is it time to assign or license your intellectual property?

April 13, 12-1:00pm

at the MIT Martin Trust Center

Enjoy free pizza and join the BU/MIT Entrepreneurship & Intellectual Property Clinic at the Martin Trust Center as we discuss IP assignments and licensing.

Topics include:

  • What are IP assignments and licenses?
  • When is it appropriate to use an assignment or license?
  • How does an assignment or license determine control of your IP?
  • Do you need to register your assignment or license with the government?

This workshop has been CANCELLED

Participatory Action Research (PAR)

April 24, 5:30-8:30 pm 9-255

This workshop will introduce participants to Participatory Action Research (PAR) as an approach to research and inquiry that enables communities to examine and address consequential societal problems. By bringing together community members and academics to investigate real world problems, PAR seeks to transform unequal power dynamics between marginalized communities and those traditionally considered ‘expert’ researchers. This workshop will touch on theoretical and practical considerations for co-creation with community partners, and participants will hear directly from students and resident researchers involved in an ongoing PAR project.

RSVP to Jill Kronberg at Kronberg@mit.edu by March 30th

How to Adult Financial Planning for the Real World

April 24, 6:00PM

in 32-155

Case Studies and Fieldwork Methods

May 1, 5:00-7:00pm


Through this session, you will learn about a variety fieldwork research methods through the lens of case studies of past projects. Hear from other students and alumni about the qualitative and quantitative research methods they've applied to their work and key lessons learned from the field.

Impact Investing for Frontier Market Entrepreneurs

May 1, 11:30am-1:00pm

1 Broadway, 12th Floor

This panel will give students and entrepreneurs an opportunity to learn from impact investors about how to seek funding for their ventures.

Real World Ethical Dilemmas in Global Health Care – Case Studies & Conversation

May 3 , 12-1pm

W20 3rd Floor, PDRs 1 & 2

Ethical challenges in health care and medical device testing are common and complex. Prepare yourself for the challenges of fieldwork before they come up! Participants will prepare for the workshop by taking brief online training modules developed by Stanford and Johns Hopkins. In the workshop, table groups will discuss the modules, dissect the complexities, and learn from each others' experiences.

Conducting Effective and Respectful Field Interviews

May 10, 12-1:30pm

in N51-310

Interviews can be used to gather information for a wide range of purposes, from design projects to business plans to research papers. In this session, learn how to design and conduct interviews that surface the information you’re looking for while creating a positive, respectful experience for your research participants. We’ll pay particular attention to skills for conducting interviews in contexts in which we may be a visitor or outsider, for instance, when we’re abroad or working in a culture that is different from our own.

Innovation Diplomats Workshops

Session 1: April 24, 5-7PM in E62-223

Session 2: May 8, 5-7PM in E52-164

Interested in innovation and entrepreneurship? Do you want to gain a better understanding of your unique innovation ecosystem?

Innovation Diplomats act as ambassadors of innovation ecosystems throughout the world. A two-part MIT REAP iDiplomats Workshops will enable you to be a better Innovation Diplomat! You will learn how to analyze and understand innovation and entrepreneurial capacity of a region, key stakeholders of a region, and key programs and policies that support innovation ecosystem of a region.

A two-part MIT REAP Innovation Diplomats Workshop will introduce MIT students into MIT’s approach to innovation and entrepreneurship. In the first workshop, we will discuss MIT’s approach to innovation ecosystem, MIT REAP’s framework and MIT REAP ‘stakeholder model.’ In the second workshop, students will learn about the role of Policy and Program Interventions (PPIs) – key programs and policies in a region that are designed to support innovation ecosystem in a particular region in the world.

Corruption Culture & Ethics

May 11, 11:30am-1pm

1 Broadway, 12th Floor

Weak legal systems and widespread cultural acceptance make corruption one of the biggest enemies of entrepreneurs in emerging and frontier markets. In this class, you’ll learn what you should do when confronted with dishonest partners and officials, the stratagems founders use to avoid the problem and why corruption does not pay off in the long term.

AWS Immersion Day Session 1: Intro to AWS and Startups Day 1

Tuesday, November 6th, 10 - 11:30am


Meet Startups Manager Vincent Ponzo and Solution Architects Roshan Kothari and Itzik Paz of the AWS Startups team. Learn about the variety of ways AWS can support you on your journey as a founder and a startup.

This session will address the most common questions founders have when launching on AWS. Learn how to use AWS to build your web-stack, how to choose the right database and how to build your machine learning solution. Most importantly, learn how to build a secure and compliant solution from the start.

Technical Proficiency: Low-level technical expertise. Relevant to non-technical founders and technical founders.

AWS Immersion Day Session 2: Best Practices for Setting Up Your AWS Account Working Session

Tuesday, November 6th, 12:30 - 2pm


This hour long session will discuss base level best practices for getting started on AWS. These include securing the root account, creating users, groups and permissions, discussing roles and policies, using the AWS certificate manager to generate a cert and use with your website/app/api. We’ll also discuss how to set your AWS infrastructure (VPC, serverless and hybrids).

Technical Proficiency: Low/mid-level technical expertise. Relevant to non-technical founders and technical founders.

AWS Immersion Day Session 3: AWS SageMaker Lab

Tuesday, November 6th, 2:30 - 4:30pm


Amazon SageMaker is a fully-managed platform that enables developers and data scientists to quickly and easily build, train, and deploy machine learning models at any scale. This workshop demonstrates the main features of SageMaker via a set of straightforward examples for common use cases. The first module in particular shows how to do exploratory data analysis, run hosted training, and stand up hosted model endpoints via SageMaker Jupyter notebook instances, the AWS CLI, and the SageMaker console.

Technical Proficiency: Mid-level technical expertise and basic machine learning knowledge. Relevant to technical founders and those interested in Machine Learning.

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We Are MIT:

Re-Engineering Community, Re-Enforcing Connections

February 9-10

The theme for this year’s conference is “We Are MIT: Re-Engineering Community, Re-Enforcing Connections”. In our community, we often find that students are so focused on their academics that they forget to reach out and make connections with the great people that make up this campus. Our hope is that that dialogues that take place during this conference will help us build connections and open our minds to the diverse perspectives and experiences that make up the MIT community.

Being, Thinking, Doing (Or Not!): Ethics in Your Life

in cooperation with the MIT Philosophy Department (Course 24.191 in Room 32-D461 from 7:00-8:30pm).

This weekly seminar introduces students to the field of ethics, with a focus on the daily choices we can make to create a more just world. The seminar helps students build relationships, investigate ethical problems, share resources, and clarify their personal and vocational principles. The course also introduces students to the work of guest scholars representing a variety of disciplines and topics including philosophy, economics, environmental studies, racism, the criminal justice system, the ethics of international development, and the role of activism in building an equitable society for all. A delicious dinner is served each week!

Presented by MIT Radius

BetterMIT Innovation Week & Makeathon

February 12-17

Join the Undergraduate Association Committees on Innovation and Technology in bringing in the new year with the BetterMIT Innovation Week & Makeathon.

Innovation is not simply an invention, but the process in which an idea is brought to the world. While the ideas and processes differ greatly between medical innovations and social change innovation, the goal is to show students these differences and how to make a difference where needed.

As an event by students and for students, the aim of BetterMIT Innovation Week is to empower you as you tackle community issues you’re passionate about by bringing in inspirational speakers to host discussions and workshops.

Know of other "Good Stuff" happening at the Institute? Contact us at pkgcenter@mit.edu

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