Innovating for mission impact

Overview

Catalyst: Innovating for Mission Impact

Fall 2019 Cohort

The Fall 2019 Cohort will participate in a 14 week immersive experience to develop research project proposals with high potential for healthcare impact. Participants will work closely with a cross-disciplinary team of faculty mentors in a highly networked community of engineers, scientists, businesspeople, and clinicians. Using the Catalyst methodology for innovating for impact, participants work through a structured process to consider real-world needs, plausible solutions, and viable action plans to develop proposals that, if successful, will lead to a clear and specific benefit.

Selected project proposals have the potential for follow on funding.

The focus for the Fall 2019 cohort is on identifying opportunities to improve the quality of life, autonomy and societal inclusion for people with Down syndrome.

Sessions

Tuesdays 2pm–5pm
September 10–December 10

Key dates

September 3, 4–5pm
Information session at MIT
Building E25 Room 119

September 8, 11:59pm ET 
Application deadline

September 10
Sessions start

Open to ALL in the Greater Boston area who are able to attend weekly Tuesday afternoon sessions on the MIT campus.

Course credit

MIT students and cross-registrants can receive course credit

Experience highlights

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Nucleate original need-driven research and venture opportunities with high potential to achieve health impact and without the constraints of a single lab or organization

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Process driven by you. What you and your team develop during the Fall is just the beginning. Past teams have launched start-ups, established new lines of research, and embarked on new career trajectories.

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Mentored by cross-disciplinary experts from academic research, industry, and clinical care

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Selected projects eligible for funding thanks to the Alana Center and Deshpande Center Technology to Improve Ability Program

A focus on Down syndrome

Aimed at healthcare impact

Occurring in about 1 out of every 750 live births, Down syndrome can cause changes in physical and intellectual development, but advances in research, healthcare and education have changed the prognosis for children born with the condition.

MIT linQ and the MIT Deshpande Center are partnering with the Alana Down Syndrome Center to produce research and technology that give people with disabilities the possibility of developing greater social and practical skills, in order to enhance their participation in the educational system, in the workforce, and in community life. 

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Who should join

Open to ALL in the Greater Boston area who are able to attend weekly Tuesday afternoon sessions on the MIT campus.

We seek a multi-talented cohort, including:

  • Early stage professionals, postdocs, fellows, graduate students, clinical, and other professional degree candidates, advanced undergraduates, etc.
  • Engineers, scientists, clinicians, designers, entrepreneurs, MBAs, etc.
  • Anyone with interest and willingness to spend time in research, innovation, and health. No need to know anything about Down syndrome.

Course details

  • Weekly sessions: Tuesdays from 2pm to 5pm
    (2–4pm mentored session; 4–5pm team work)
  • September 10th–December 10th at MIT
  • Expected time commitment 10-12 hrs/week
  • HST.S98 course credit available for MIT students

The process this fall

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1

Proof of Need

Identify, evaluate, and document unmet medical needs. Visit laboratories, talk with clinicians and explore the literature to create problem and need statements.

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2

Proof of Opportunity

Identify and evaluate opportunities (need & solution idea). Work in teams for an in depth analysis. Develop and document your opportunity.

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3

Project Proposal

Develop a plan to launch a research project which outlines the milestones in a 12-18 month time frame. Present your project proposal (orally) to an Independent Advisory Panel.

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Outcome

Portfolio of 1-4 validated research opportunities, with real opportunity to submit for funding from the Deshpande Center.

Apply to join

Catalyst: Innovating for Mission Impact
Fall 2019 Cohort

Applications due September 8, 11:59pm ET

First Session September 10

Information session September 3, 4–5pm
MIT Building E25 Room 119

Open to ALL in the Greater Boston area who are able to attend weekly Tuesday afternoon sessions on the MIT campus.

Course credit

MIT students and cross-registrants can receive course credit