MIT Media Lab Alumni: Making A Difference
Making a Difference
MIT Media Laboratory
20th Reunion Recap

On the evening of Thursday, October 20 through the afternoon of Friday, October 21, the Media Lab celebrated its 20th anniversary by hosting an alumni gathering focused on the theme of "Making a Difference."

This was an opportunity to catch up with old friends and faculty, meet the current crop of students, and learn about the latest research under way at the Lab. And the best part—someone else demoed!

As part of the program, we not only focused on research being conducted at the Lab, but also looked back—and forward—to the work many of you have been carrying on since graduation; work that has made a difference in the world. To make sure that we included efforts you thought were important, speaker panel nominations for fellow alumni whose work is "Making a Difference" were solicited.

Below is the event archive: watch the sessions for the first time or simply reminisce...


date + time
Thursday, October 20, 2005
5:00 to 7:00 pm

Friday, October 21, 2005
8:00 am to 3:30 pm



The MIT Media Laboratory
20 Ames Street, Cambridge MA

Sessions with the webcast symbol have been archived. Click on the symbol to view.

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agenda + event archive
October 20, 2005
5:00   Registration
5:30   The Media Lab Turns 20
Walter Bender
6:00   Laboratory Demonstrations
7:00   Cocktails and Barbeque by Redbones
October 21, 2005
8:00   Continental Breakfast
9:00 webcast Presentations: Making a Difference
Hugh Herr
Push Singh
Mary Lou Jepsen
Bahktiar Mikhak
Amon Millner
Adam Boulanger
Freedom Baird
10:15   Break
10:45 webcast Presentations: Making a Difference
Håkon Lie
Rob Poor
Brad Horowitz
Kevin Brooks
David Small
Kelly Dobson
12:00   Clambake
1:15 webcast Presentations: Making a Difference
One Laptop per Child
Nicholas Negroponte
1:45   Research Open House
3:15   Closing Comments