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Focus on India with MIT-India Managing Director Mala Ghosh, Faculty Leader Dr. Kyle Keane and student participants Pramoda Karnati (BS ’20, CompSci and Engineering), Priyanka Ray Barua (MS ’20, Integrated Design and Management) and Lauren Cooper (BS ’21, Materials Science and Engineering) discuss their participation in a new faculty-led program about assistive technology, workshopping designs for individuals with disabilities by collaborating with individuals with disabilities. For a written transcript of this show, please contact misti-comm@mit.edu.

Hyperlocal Co-design for Assistive Technologies

Webinar with Kyle Keane on Aug. 7, 2019

Hear from Dr. Kyle Keane and Anna Musser about their experiences building a study abroad program with MIT-India that brings MIT undergraduates to developing countries where they co-design assistive technologies by collaborating with local college students, working professionals, and people living with disabilities. This feet-on-the-ground, intercultural experience provides students with a unique opportunity to find highly-impactful engineering projects that align their technical skills and humanistic ideals. One of these projects, funded by J-WEL, will continue to full production and distribution over the next year. We will hear about the itinerary and highlights of the latest trip, first-hand stories from students who participated in the program, ongoing efforts, future plans, and details about the logistics, partnerships, and other resources needed to replicate this model.

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Assistive Technology for Opening Minds, Hands, and Hearts

xTalk on Apr. 16, 2019 with Julie Greenberg, Kyle Keane, Anna Musser, Jaya Narain and Pramoda Karnati

Tues. April 16, join us for a panel discussion with MIT educators and students speaking on three activities that engage students in hands-on, real world problem-solving where students collaborate directly with people who have disabilities on engineering and design projects. This panel discussion will be immediately followed by a reception featuring an AT Exploratorium and ATIC showcase.


Learn to Build Your Own Videogame with the Unity Game Engine and Microsoft Kinect

This is a 9-day hands-on workshop by Kyle Keane, Andrew Ringler, Abhinav Gandhi, and Mark Vrablic about designing, building, and publishing simple educational videogames. No previous experience with computer programming or videogame design is required; beginning students will be taught everything they need to know and advanced students will be challenged to learn new skills. Participants will learn about videogame creation using the Unity game engine, collaborative software development using GitHub, gesture handling using the Microsoft Kinect, 3D digital object creation, videogame design, and small team management.

This course is offered during the Independent Activities Period (IAP), which is a special 4-week term at MIT that runs from the first week of January until the end of the month.