MIT Technology & Innovation Bootcamp

Marunouchi, Tokyo, Japan
March 23 - 29, 2019


The MIT Technology & Innovation Bootcamp

Brought to Japan by Nikkei, with support from the University of Tokyo

Special Sponsor


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The MIT Technology & Innovation Bootcamp is an accelerated-learning program by MIT Bootcamps for students to learn and practice leadership and innovation principles taught at MIT. In addition, learners will have lectures from MIT professors and scientists on Robotics, AI, and IoT.

You will come out the other end armed with a toolkit for innovation and understanding the potential of these technologies.

What’s more, you will join a global community of innovators passionate about technology’s role in solving global challenges.

You will attend lectures on innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship from MIT instructors, and work on project teams to start a new venture in one week.

In one week, the Bootcamp will provide you with experiences innovators face in the first 1-2 years of a new venture.

It’s time to innovate! Join our global innovation community. We are an inclusive meritocracy.

Additional Add-on Program

MIT Disaster and Resilience Trek

March 20-22, 2019

A three-day trip out of Tokyo to the Tohoku region to gain a deeper understanding of how the Fukushima Daiichi disaster in 2011 occurred, and how it affected the region and country as a whole. Highlight of this experience is a visit to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, along with multiple engaging cultural activities.
Please apply by Feb 10, 2019. All applicants accepted to the MIT Technology and Innovation Bootcamp will qualify to attend the Trek program.
The Trek has limited space. Do not delay in applying if you are interested in attending.

Learn more about past programs:

General Application Deadline

February 10*


*Submit Round 1 by February 10, 12am ET (Boston Time)

Bootcamp Dates

March 23 - 29



Marunouchi and Otemachi

Tokyo, Japan

Venues provided by

Mitsubishi Estate

Global Business Hub Tokyo

3×3 Lab Future

Copyright © MITSUBISHI ESTATE Co., Ltd.

What's unique about attending the MIT Technology & Innovation Bootcamp?

Learning Experiences

Each Bootcamper has the opportunity to be CEO, leading the team through its project work for a day. Active learning is an experience, and in one week, the Bootcamp provides participants many experiences most entrepreneurs and innovators face in the first 1-2 years of a new venture.

And much more from MIT's innovation frameworks, world-class experts and innovators...

What to Expect at Bootcamp

Here's what past Bootcampers have said about their experience...

Who is the Bootcamp for?


MIT Instructors


Sanjay Sarma

Sanjay Sarma is the Fred Fort Flowers (1941) and Daniel Fort Flowers (1941) Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the Vice President for Open Learning at MIT. He co-founded the Auto-ID Center at MIT and developed many of the key technologies behind the EPC suite of RFID standards now used worldwide. He was also the the…

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Joi Ito

Joichi “Joi” Ito has been recognized for his work as an activist, entrepreneur, venture capitalist and advocate of emergent democracy, privacy and Internet freedom. As director of the MIT Media Lab and a Professor of the Practice in Media Arts and Sciences, he is currently exploring how radical new approaches to science and technology can…

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Shigeru Miyagawa

Shigeru Miyagawa is Senior Associate Dean for Open Learning at MIT. He was on the original MIT committee that proposed OpenCourseWare, and was the Chair of the MIT OpenCourseWare Faculty Advisory Committee, 2010 – 2013. He is also Co-director of Visualizing Cultures ( with the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, John W. Dower. With John Dower, Andrew Gordon of Harvard, and…

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Andrew Radin

Andrew M. Radin is the co-founder and Chief Business Officer of twoXAR, a software-driven drug discovery company. Prior to founding twoXAR, Andrew was co-founder at Thyme Labs, a consumer-facing mobile scheduling company. His endeavours have spanned the globe and include living and working in China, Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Andrew has…

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Hanna Adeyema

As a COO and founder of Tenacity (acquired by Cogito Corp), Hanna was involved in all aspects of running an early business, including fundraising, finance, operations, and product development. Using research from the MIT Media Lab, Tenacity reduced attrition in call centers by building an online platform for call center agents that taught them how…

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Ken Endo

Ken Endo is a CEO of Xiborg Inc., and associate researcher at Sony Computer Science Laboratories Inc., and . Endo received his PhD as a member of the Media Lab’s Biomechatronics group. At Sony CSL, he works on technology that rehabilitates and augments human physical capability, such as prostheses and orthoses. His team is now…

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Vanessa Gurie

Vanessa Gurie spent 10 years leading Performance Medicine teams and the Global Performance Medicine Touring division at Cirque du Soleil across 48 countries. She also managed continuous operations on 5 continents with 21+ full time staff and provided medical services to 1200+ athletes from over 40 countries. She was instrumental in the implementation of the…

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Josh Siegel

Josh Siegel is a postdoctoral associate in the Field Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the founder of several automotive startups. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering for his work developing architectures for the Internet of Things and applying connected system data to predicting mechanical failures. While at MIT, Siegel ran…

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Vitor Guarino Olivier

General Manager at Nubank Vitor is a partner at Nubank, Brazil’s largest fintech with over 4 million customers. He joined the fintech company in 2014 and has helped build, maintain, and scale Nubank’s financial products, accounting systems, and securitization strategy. Since 2016 he has lead the team that developed NuConta, Nubank’s digital checking account. Before…

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Sandra Richter

Sandra Y. Richter is the co-founder and CEO of Soofa, Inc., a spinout from the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While at MIT, she worked with municipalities in South Africa, Japan, China and Europe on smart transportation systems in collaboration with companies like Volkswagen, Lockheed Martin, and Verizon to define smart city…

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Miles Barr

Miles Barr, PhD is co-founder and CEO of Ubiquitous Energy, a Silicon Valley technology company leading the development of transparent photovoltaics for a wide range of products as an invisible, onboard source of electricity. Barr has led the development of next generation solar technologies for the past decade. For his innovations, Barr has been named…

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Guest Speakers


Marie Oshima

Professor Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies/The Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo Professor Marie Oshima is currently a joint professor at Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies and the Institute of Industrial Science at the University of Tokyo. She has a BA in Engineering, Tsukuba University; MA and PhD in Engineering, University of Tokyo….

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Marissa Ozaki

Artist/Appointed Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo Born in 1985, Marissa Ozaki (also known as Sputniko!) is a Japanese/British artist based in Tokyo. After majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science at Imperial College, London, she went on to pursue a Masters in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art. Marissa Ozaki is known…

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Masaru Kitsuregawa

Director General of National Institute of Informatics and Professor at Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo. Received Ph.D. degree from the University of Tokyo in 1983. Served in various positions such as President of Information Processing Society of Japan (2013–2015) and Chairman of Committee for Informatics, Science Council of Japan(2014-2016). He has wide…

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Bootcamps Team

Erdin Beshimov

Erdin Beshimov

Lecturer & Director
Vimala Palaniswamy

Vimala Palaniswamy

Associate Director
Thomas Bazerghi

Thomas Bazerghi

Program Coordinator
Brian Subirana

Brian Subirana

Acting Director, MIT Auto-ID Lab

Admissions Process and Criteria

Admissions to the Bootcamp is highly selective. The most successful Bootcampers had the following qualities before attending that contributed to their success at the Bootcamp and beyond:


Capacity for Calculated Risk

Success happens when preparation meets opportunity. But seizing new opportunities comes with an inescapable amount of risk. We look for applicants who are confident and calculated risk takers, and can weigh when it makes sense to embark on a new venture, pivot, or start anew.

Focus on Community

At MIT we believe that the team is more important than the idea. Great teams make amazing companies and can turn average ideas into life-changing innovations. Ideal candidates will put the team above themselves, and have a strong track record of contributing to their community.

Open and Critical Thinking

Developing your venture will require collaboration and openness to new ideas. We look for individuals with an ability to combine critical thinking with an open mind.

Initiative with Follow-Through

Anyone can start a new venture, but what separates the thriving businesses from those that fail is follow-through. We looks for applicants that start new ventures, but will follow-through even when the going gets tough.

The team at MIT selects the best applicants to create a cohort of innovators with the potential to change the world. The application process consists of two rounds:

Round 1

Submit background information, resume, and 60-second video introduction

Round 2

Video Interview

Admissions Decision

After completing the Video Interview, you will receive an admissions decision for the Bootcamp

NOTE: admissions are conducted on a rolling basis! The sooner you apply to the Bootcamp, the sooner the team will process your application.



*USD. Covers program and food for the duration of the MIT Technology & Innovation Bootcamp. Please note you will still be responsible for cost of travel and accommodation. Please don't worry about the cost to attend, just apply.

Refund policy: please review our full terms and conditions.

Fundraising - The Entrepreneurship Challenge

For each program, we can only offer merit scholarships to a handful of candidates, so if you are admitted, please do not wait to come up with funding until we have made scholarship decisions and let your ability to attend be determined by this decision.

Note: You will be automatically considered for a limited number of MIT Bootcamps merit scholarships if you complete your application before the deadline. You DO NOT need to apply separately.

The MIT Technology & Innovation Bootcamp journey does not start on the first day of the program but rather from the moment you begin your application. If you are unable to self-fund, sponsorship, crowdfunding, and other scholarships are potential sources of funding for tuition. Researching the appropriate sources and crafting your message to approach them and convince them to invest in your future are skills that you will practice often on your journey as a successful innovator. Instead of seeing raising funds for tuition as an obstacle or setback, see it as a challenge to overcome as an innovator.

Sponsorship Kit:

You can share the following documents with sponsors so they can understand more about the MIT Technology & Innovation Bootcamp:

Visa Information

If you require a tourist visa to travel to the Japan please apply as soon as possible. Please use your admissions letter to the Bootcamp as a supporting document if required.

How should you prepare for the Bootcamp?

Take the MIT Bootcamps MOOCs. MIT’s motto is mens et manus - minds and hands - theory plus practice or action learning. MIT Bootcamps are more than a semester’s worth of work in 6 days. To be best prepared to internalize and practice everything you learn during the program (action learning), we recommend you complete the four MIT Bootcamps MOOCs (theory) before the start of the program. Each course (6-8 modules each) can be completed over a couple days if that’s all you do (we don’t recommend this), or over two to three weeks at a more relaxed pace.


User innovation: A Pathway to Entrepreneurship


Entrepreneurship 101: Who is your Customer?


Entrepreneurship 102: Do you have a product?


Entrepreneurship 103: Show Me the Money!

Do you have what it takes?

Apply to the MIT Technology & Innovation Bootcamp!