"At the beginning of last semester, our G-Lab team had only a basic working knowledge regarding the underlying strategies and mechanics involved in raising and managing venture funds. A few months later, we have found ourselves having detailed technical discussions with experienced VCs regarding the nuts and bolts of their funds."
Conferences on the Cutting Edge
Conferences organized by MIT Sloan clubs grow in stature every year. Here are just a few of the many forums offered:
MIT Business in Gaming
The MIT Business in Gaming (MIT BIG) Conference is the largest student-run gaming conference on the East Coast. More than 300 professionals and 100 students from top universities attend to hear 40 industry executives and speakers during the four-day event.
MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference
The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference attracts more than 1,000 attendees, and usually has a waitlist of 400 people. The conference provides a forum for industry executives, leading researchers, and students to discuss the increasing role of analytics as an integral part of the business of sports.
MBA Media and Entertainment Conference
The annual MBA Media and Entertainment Conference (MEC) brings together five top business schools to organize the premier event for business school students, focusing on the media, entertainment, and technology industries. Speakers and panels cover all aspects of the industry — from entertainment, finance and venture capital investing to marketing, digital ditribution, and gaming.
MIT Latin American Conference
The MIT Latin American Conference, attended by nearly 400 students, alumni, faculty, and business and government leaders, addresses topics that are shaping the future of the Latin American region, including entrepreneurship, sustainability, politics, and leadership.
MIT Africa Business Conference
The first MIT Africa Business Conference was organized in 2011 by the Africa Business Club. Distinguished speakers included Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, World Bank managing director & MIT alumnus (MCP '78, PhD '81); His Excellency Dr. Amani Abeid Karume, former president of Zanzibar; and John Waibochi, winner of the $1 million Nokia 2010 Growth Economy Venture Challenge.
MIT Sloan Women in Management Conference
The MIT Sloan Women in Management (SWIM) Conference Conference gives the women (and men) of MIT an opportunity to learn from seasoned professionals about careers in different industries, individual leadership styles in action, and the ways in which top-level executives balance their personal and professional priorities.
“I knew about American business, but not enough about what’s really become a global economy. … You can read about it all you want, but there’s no substitute for being there and seeing the context and seeing how completely different these [other countries] are.”
“Because of the diversity of our backgrounds, when we hit the ground in Tanzania it almost was a natural play where different people assume different roles.”
“The conditions in the neighborhoods we were visiting were different than what we realized before getting there. Beyond that, what was surprising was that there weren’t surprises!”
“The concept behind enterprise architecture is that you have all these machines, you have all these business processes, you have all these people doing things, how do you make sure they all come together and achieve business objectives that make you more competitive.”
"The relationships that we forged helped us to turn out a better project. We were able to test our hypotheses with the people that we spoke with every single day. And really, I think the friendships that you develop really propel the work that you’re doing."
“I love being in a place that is such a nexus of people and ideas — people coming to learn something new and to define themselves. Being a part of that process is a real honor and a real gift.”
“It was really rewarding that they wanted to know what we thought. We left there being fairly certain that they will do some of the things that we suggested.”
“The assistant to the CEO was like our host mom while we were there. She arranged our housing for us, she took us out to her friend’s game farm, and we got driven around in 4x4s. She was just wonderful to meet, and we developed a personal as well as professional relationship with her.”
“Our mission, along with the mission of MIT Sloan, is to both develop leaders who make a difference in the world, and also to make a contribution to thinking about the topic of leadership.”
“At MIT Sloan you have a lot of opportunities to explore entrepreneurship. Especially in a place like Kampala where you have a lot of development, entrepreneurship can be very exciting.”
“You could talk about watershed management and conservation of energy all you want. But until you put numbers to it and financial analysis to it, you’re not going to get much done. I came to business school to speak that language, speak with people in terms of numbers, financial numbers so that I can get projects done.”
“We’re very interdisciplinary. Among the faculty in the group are an economist, a political scientist, a sociologist, and an industrial relations specialist. We’ve always made a big effort to be open to a variety of perspectives, but also to go beyond being open to them, to want to bring them in, because it makes for a richer environment.”
“[The India Lab] program is one of the reasons I came to Sloan. ... The hands-on learning that MIT offers was a huge differentiator.”
“One of the reasons I came to Sloan was because I wanted to be at a top MBA institution worldwide. But I also wanted access to working with the latest innovations and the highest technology that was coming out of the MIT labs.”
“There really is a cross-disciplinary emphasis, and I like that. I have one foot in the marketing group and one foot in the economic sociology group, and I really enjoy playing that bridging function.”