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Accelerating Innovation: DesignX@MIT

  • Gensler 1700 Broadway #400 New York, NY 10019 USA (map)


Come meet DesignX, MIT’s newest startup accelerator, for breakfast. Learn how the School of Architecture + Planning is speeding up innovation in the built environment!

We’ll kick off the morning with a presentation from three SA+P and DesignX leaders: Hashim Sarkis, Dean of the School of Architecture + Planning; Dennis Frenchman, Associate Dean of SA+P and Class of 1922 Professor of Urban Design and Planning; and Gilad Rosenzweig, Executive Director of DesignX. They’ll provide an overview of DesignX and and will dive into its structure, operational model, and success.

Five startups currently under development within DesignX banner will then present: Bitsence, which utilizes data analytics and remote sensing sensors to help building owners understand how their spaces are utilized; Placeful, which combines design, computation, and development to reveal untapped opportunities in our cities; Nesterly, a community-driven digital marketplace for homeowners to rent spare rooms to young people at affordable rates in exchange for help with mutually determined tasks; Hosta, which turns pictures and videos of living spaces into a 3D platform that simplifies the home renovation process; and Learning Beautiful, which creates new analog learning materials that teach computer science concepts without computers.

This event is co-hosted with the MIT Club of New York, and will be held at the New York office of Gensler (a DesignX sponsor).


Location: Gensler, 1700 Broadway #400, New York, NY 10019
Date: Wednesday, September 13
Time: 7:30am–9:30am

7:30 AM doors open / check-in
8:00 AM opening remarks + introductions
8:15 AM leadership panel remarks
8:30 AM team presentations
8:45 AM moderated Q&A
9:30 AM close


Patrons | Free. Patrons can register 3 guests at the member price of $20
Club Members | $20. Members can register up to 3 guests at $20
Non-member Alumni | $30. Non-members can register up to 3 guests at $30

Registration closes Monday, September 11, at midnight.


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