The Working Group Program brings DCI Member Companies (1) and students together to work on real world projects that use blockchain technology, 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 Fall, and the program runs February - 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 called 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 projects’ progression at prestigious MIT events, produce research papers, and submit open source code depositories.
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/.