“I wanted a program where I could apply my engineering background to finance. But, I also wanted a program with the freedom to learn what I wanted to learn, that didn’t pigeonhole me.”
Conferences – Covering 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.
The 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.
MIT Energy Conference
The MIT Energy Conference frames conversation and informs debate on the most pressing global energy issues and opportunities. Each year, it brings together current and future leaders in energy technology, policy and business to participate in stimulating discussions. The engaging ensemble of events provides a chance to foster the relationships necessary in pursuit of sustainable energy systems.
MIT Sloan BioInnovations Conference
The annual MIT Sloan BioInnovations Conference, sponsored by the MIT Sloan Healthcare Club, brings together thought leaders from industry, academia, and government to discuss topics ranging from regulatory uncertainty and a nebulous R&D environment to technology advances and emerging markets. The conference brings together more than 300 healthcare pioneers to discuss life sciences technology, policy, and commercialization.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“We are very much an action-learning environment. The way to learn leadership is not only through reading cases, not only through learning theory — in fact we don’t want people to regurgitate the theory. We want people to take theory and to live it, use it.”
“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.”
“For 35 years, we’ve been studying how companies get value from information. … We try to help organizations take a more holistic view of what they are trying to do.”
"The classroom itself is filled with so much collective brain power . . . it's obvious that I'm caught up in a room full of 124 of the brightest, most curious people from around the world."
“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 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."
“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.”
“[The India Lab] program is one of the reasons I came to Sloan. ... The hands-on learning that MIT offers was a huge differentiator.”
“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.”
“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.”
“By training tomorrow’s leaders to manage the risks of the financial system effectively and ethically, we’ll have a fighting chance of surviving even the largest crises.”