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The Innovators spent today in two different groups, switching activities after the other had finished to ensure that they had better access to the interactive sessions throughout the day.
In the morning, one group stayed at Suffolk for a session on applying to a competitive university in the United States. Applying to an Ivy League university—or a college in the elite tier—can be incredibly intensive, difficult, and, at times, confusing. The group got an overview of the tests, essays, and extra-curricular activities needed to apply, as well as particulars of the process like interviews and diverse recommendation letters, focusing primarily on the meaning and implications of the holistic process.
The innovators trying to discover a DNA sequence
Another group traveled to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. There, they learned about bioinformatics, or a combination of biology, information engineering, computer science, mathematics, and statistics. Bioinformatics is used to satisfy biological concerns with statistical and mathematical techniques. The Innovators learned more about the Chan School’s specific Bioinformatics Core and experienced tasks done by the computers related to DNA sequencing.
They also attained a better understanding of how big data is not only changing research, but also improving it. By using new statistical technologies, contemporary researchers can more effectively compile and analyze data.
After lunch, the Innovators headed to the MIT Museum for an interactive seminar on ship engineering. The Innovators learned about the design construction process as they built and tested their own model boats. They learned about the history of Nathanael Herreschoff and his award-winning shipbuilding company, and why his methods—such as the half-hull construction—were ultimately so effective.
Additionally, they made use of laser-cutting and computer design technologies, taking old methodologies and applying them to the advances of modern-day technology.
The Innovators shape their boat with laser cutters at MIT Museum
The Innovators engage with Ricardo during his entrepreneurship session
Then, the Innovators headed to CIC, a collaborative center that houses startups and community businesses, and met with Ricardo Garcia, the CEO of the Richi Foundation, for a session on entrepreneurship. Ricardo outlined the different steps necessary to form a company or a startup.
Ricardo taught the Innovators about skills like productive fundraising, professional negotiating, and the concept of execution rather than merely imaginative creation. He taught them that venture capital is key—it’s not just about making a prototype, but rather about managing a product on the market. In entrepreneurship, a marriage of pragmatism and ingenuity is key.
Finally, after dinner, the Innovators collaborate on their Challenge. Just one week left!