MIT Launches Hong Kong Innovation Node
In June 2016, MIT launched its new Hong Kong Innovation Node, a collaborative space for MIT students, faculty, and researchers to work on various entrepreneurial and research projects alongside Hong Kong-based students and faculty, MIT alumni, entrepreneurs, and businesses.
The Node marks the beginning of MIT’s commitment to building a long-term presence in Hong Kong and will serve as an important gateway for strengthening MIT’s cooperation with China. The Node will engage in a range of activities to boost the innovative and entrepreneurial capabilities of MIT students, faculty, researchers, and alumni, in collaboration with the Hong Kong community. Such activities include:
- Internship opportunities: Facilitating internships for MIT students at companies in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, and along the Pearl River Delta through the China program of the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI).
- Educational programs: Week-long or longer workshops, where MIT and local innovators can work together on venture-building activities. MIT centers and programs such as the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship will run these programs.
- Engagement opportunities: Expanding the current “action-learning” activities for students and student teams through the MIT China Lab, which pairs MIT Sloan students with students from top business schools in China.
- Innovation-focused events: Weekly or monthly events will convene MIT-affiliated partners of the Node, such as the MIT Club of Hong Kong, MIT’s Industrial Liaison Program, and the MIT Technology Review for innovation-focused programming.
The node’s inaugural program, MIT Kickstart, brought together students from MIT and Hong Kong for a week-long immersive experience in technology-based entrepreneurship last June. Students had an opportunity to form international teams, refine an idea, build and present a prototype, learn from industry experts, and explore the thriving startup scene in Hong Kong and Shenzhen.