Welcome to the Media Lab! We're thrilled to share our Mission, Vision, and Shared Values. - Director, Prof. Dava Newman
To create transformative technologies, experiences, and systems that enable people to reimagine and redesign their lives.
We engage people everywhere in meaningful, creative experiences integrating art, science, design, and engineering. Experimenting in the spaces where humanity and technology interface, we work with organizations and communities around the world to transform people’s dreams and ideas into reality through excellence in education, research, innovation, and inspiring creativity.
To invent a better and more just future—by, with, and for all.
Our diverse community of students, researchers, faculty, and staff seeks to continually transform ideas into impactful new applications, fields, and movements by exploring imaginatively, experimenting iteratively, collaborating playfully, and analyzing critically. We will create opportunities for others around the world to engage in their creative explorations to envision better lives, communities, and environments.
The beliefs and aspirations we bring to the Media Lab—and expect in our community—every day.
Working with excellence, integrity, and humility
In our work and our interactions with others, we bring:
Celebrating individuality and community
We belong to a magical, quirky community, welcoming to and caring for all forms and intersections of diversity, including:
• Cultural backgrounds and personal identifications
• Cross-generational experience
• Field of research
Fostering and developing creativity
We imagine, build, and inspire whole new ways to use imagination and original ideas in:
• Our work and research
• The ways we think and act
• The people and communities we impact
• Risk-taking and pushing perceived boundaries in research and innovation
Collaborating openly and actively
We seek to build new research and working relationships with non-traditional collaborators within the Media Lab, across MIT, and globally from:
• NGOs, foundations, and other non-profit organizations