Preconference Sessions

Back-to-the-Classroom Sessions

Date: Sept. 27, 2016
Wong Auditorium, MIT Tang Center (Building 51)
Registration: 1 – 1:30 p.m.
Fee: $50
Classes: 1:30 – 4 p.m.
Walk-in registration available, but preregistration is recommended.

SDM core faculty members Professor Bruce Cameron and John Helferich will each deliver a lecture outlining some of the latest MIT research on the practical application of systems thinking.


How to Scale Your Big Idea in a Complex World: Reinventing Innovation with Systems Thinking

Sponsors: HUBweek and MIT System Design & Management (SDM, a program offered jointly by MIT Sloan School of Management and MIT’s School of Engineering)
Location: Wong Auditorium, MIT Tang Center (Building 51)
Date: Sept. 27, 2016
Time: 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Free and open to all. Seating is unreserved but limited.

Successful innovation today demands a new way of thinking, working, and leading that combines areas previously seen as separate, or at best, linked. Whether you are innovating in a product or a service sector, you must study and understand the entire ecosystem of which your innovation is a part. A systems-based approach to the diversity of technical, business, geopolitical, and human challenges is an absolute must for innovation to succeed — and to ensure that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Join us to hear from a panel of innovators and entrepreneurs who will discuss how they are applying systems thinking to groundbreaking work in a wide range of domains. Speakers will include:

  • James Barkley, director at UI Labs, responsible for Digital Manufacturing Commons, Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute; MIT SDM alumnus
  • Susan Conover, lead for an early stage medical technology startup that is developing a tool to identify skin cancer; MIT SDM alumnus
  • Christopher Garcia, MD, research fellow in pathology and informatics, Massachusetts General Hospital; MIT SDM alumnus

Your questions and ideas are welcome and will be an important part of this event!