Archive for November, 2008
As you know, this week is dedicated to showing your demos and getting feedback on them, in preparation for the final presentation. Some points to remember (for this week only, not for the final presentation):
- Your demos this week should be LIVE. In your final presentation, you will show a video of your demo. But for this week, we want to see your demo live. This is both practice for the video as well as for the live poster/demo sessions on Dec. 10th.
- Please plan on demoing with your own PCs for this milestone. (Bring whatever you need, and setup MIT network WiFi access ahead of time if you have to.) The room projector has 800×600 VGA capability.
- We will allocate 15-18 minutes per group, including feedback.
- Practice your demo so you can deliver an end-to-end demo of the most important use-case(s) of your solution in 3-5 minutes. The rest of the time will be spent on feedback and questions. Then, if there is extra time, you can demo extra functionality.
Looking forward to your demos!
We’ve observed how some Sustainability Officers have taken an extra step forward in their function within the team, and have not only developed a cohesive “business” model for their technology, but have gone out there and found sources for future financing in the real-world (as opposed to only at NextWorld). Examples we’ve seen range from funds from the Public Service Center, to grants from reputable institutions outside MIT.
Needless to say, we’re excited to see you taking advantage of the constant stream of emails we send out with opportunities at MIT and beyond. We’d also encourage you to enter the MIT $100K business plan competition, as there are specific tracks in which your projects would do well. In any case, good work, and it’s your contribution that we’ll make that real-world component part of our requirements for future NextLabs.
We congratulate the Fighting Farmers team and the M-Commerce team on obtaining funds for travel to visit their local project partners on site. We hope these trips make their solution come alive, not only for these teams, but for the ultimate beneficiaries as well.