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Cafe Scientifique Tauranga presents “Inventing the Future”

20th August 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Cafe Scientifique Tauranga is pleased to host Prof Barry Vercoe who will give us a fascinating insight into the latest Innovations from the Media Lab at MIT Boston.

Barry Vercoe was educated in New Zealand and U.S.A. in Mathematics and Music. He taught at Yale University and MIT (Mass Institute of Taechnology), and was a founding professor of the innovative MIT Media Laboratory in 1985. He has supervised over 25 PhD theses in breaking scientific research, and in 2006 he co-founded with two students The Echo Nest, a music Intelligence company, which was later acquired by Spotify as its music intelligence arm.

The MIT Media Lab is one of 55 labs at MIT, each relating to an area of scientific concern. The Media Lab currently has 350 graduate students, all fully funded and working on a broad array of scientific enquiries. They are assisted by 400 paid undergraduates from different MIT departments who work part-time as their academic schedules permit. With an oversight faculty of 35 professors the Media Lab has an annual budget of USD 80M.

Support is provided by industry, not government. There are no deliverables, and the student researchers are encouraged to explore and invent wherever their imaginations lead them. Industrial partners have periodic access to the lab and can request a license to commercialize anything they see. Inventions are royalty-free, and the licenses are non-exclusive, which means first to market.

Ideas in the Media Lab are free-wheeling with much lateral interaction between disciplines, and the building was designed to encourage this as paart of its educational imperative.   Upon graduation students typically form independent companies, join larger labs, or become junior faculty in other universities where they seed the development of similar creative thinking and research.


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20th August 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Julia Banks, Saffron Consulting & Training Ltd


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