What is the Working Group Program and how can I get involved?
The Working Group Program brings DCI Member Companies (1) and students together to work on real world projects that involve blockchain, digital currency research, and many other new and evolving technologies.
Students come from MIT, Harvard, and other universities at the undergraduate and graduate level; or from continuing education/Professional Development programs. Students can apply for this annual program during the summer, and the program runs October - May. Once accepted they are placed into the appropriate groups, groups are determined by student interest and skill set. During the program the students work directly with Member Companies and are guided by mentors and advisors from MIT’s DCI and Sloan communities.
Working groups also attend a DCI sponsored class ‘Blockchain Lab’ specifically designed to help educate Working Group participants on topics that are important for the completion of their project.
Working groups present their project’s progression at prestigious MIT events and their final product at MIT Media Lab’s Business of Blockchain annual conference. They also produce a research article, paper, and open source code depository; and new for 2018-2019, the Working Groups Blog. Working groups students run a combined blog, sharing their experience and research along the way
This program allows students to gain real life experience working in the industry, and allows Member Companies to gather fresh new insights and perspectives from passionate students. The goal of this program is to spur meaningful research and create innovative collaboration opportunities between students and industry experts in a safe, learning environment.
(1) Member Companies are companies that financially contribute to the Media Lab as a whole and/or more directly to a initiative or research group within the Media lab. Find out more about the Media Labs’s Member Companies at https://www.media.mit.edu/about/funding-and-support/ or focus on the DCI Member Companies at https://dci.mit.edu/support-our-work/.