MIT Internet of Things Bootcamp FAQ

About


What is MIT Internet of Things Bootcamp?

MIT Internet of Things Bootcamp is an intensive course that condenses months’ worth of material into six days. There will be lectures, workshops, lab, and demonstrations, with a final hackathon for students to compete and submit their projects.

Why set it up?

As devices become more sophisticated and connected, IoT will play an increasingly important role in society. As one of the leading institutions on technology, MIT wishes to help train the next generation of leaders and equip students with the skills needed to spearhead the IoT revolution.

Why is the bootcamp so short?

We understand that your time is valuable, so we decided to condense a course on IoT into just 6 days. We understand that not every student is prepared for such rigor, so we are looking for the best and the brightest, students who are looking for a challenge and able to handle “drinking from a firehose” at MIT.

What will be taught in the MIT Internet of Things Bootcamp?

We will cover the basics of IoT and its role in the world around us, along with special topics presented by guest speakers. Students will also gain lots of hands-on experience completing IoT projects, culminating in a hackathon on the last day. Please visit the programs page for a schedule and additional details.

What if I want to learn more?

Please visit the Internet of Things course offered by MIT Professional Education.

Can I get credit for this bootcamp?

Yes, MIT will offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this bootcamp. Please check with your employer to see if the CEUs fulfill your company’s training requirements. For more details and arrangements, please contact us at: bootcamp@mit.edu.

What platform does the bootcamp use?

We will supply students with Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and sensor kits.

Applying


Do I need to know how to code?

Students will work in teams and be guided by the instructors, so it is not necessary to have a deep understanding of coding, but students are expected to have at least a basic understanding.

What if I am a non-U.S. citizen? Can I still apply?

Absolutely! In fact, we encourage you to apply. We are looking for a diverse mix of students with different backgrounds, so we would love to have you on board.

What types of students are you looking for?

We are looking for the best and brightest students, who exhibit the qualities outlined in the application page. We welcome students of any background as long as they demonstrate dedication and an interest in IoT.

How many spots are available?

There are only 50 spots available, so please apply as soon as possible!

How do I apply? What is the application process like?

Please click the “Apply Now” button at the top of the page. Afterwards, just fill out the quick form. An evaluation quiz will be sent to applicants if the committee is unable to determine your level of experience from your résumé and project submission.

Can I submit my personal Facebook or LinkedIn profile for “something that you’ve made that you are proud of”?

No, please do not submit your Facebook or LinkedIn profile as it does not showcase your abilities and passion. Submissions of this nature will count NEGATIVELY towards your evaluation.

What is the deadline to apply?

11:59 Eastern Standard Time February 26, 2016.

Logistics


When does the bootcamp start?

The bootcamp starts on May 29th and ends June 3rd.

Where is it going to take place?

MIT Internet of Things Bootcamp will take place on the MIT campus. Specifics will be given at a later date.

Is travel and lodging covered?

Students will be expected to make their own travel and lodging arrangements. If you have questions or need advice making these arrangements, please don’t hesitate to contact us at bootcamp@mit.edu.

Do I need to have a laptop?

Yes, please bring a laptop to the bootcamp as there will be some level of coding involved.

Can I commit to other activities while enrolled?

No. Due to the intensive nature of the course, it is unlikely that students will have additional time to commit to other activities. Each day begins around 8:30 in the morning and ends at 8:00 at night. Please see the calendar in the programs page for more detail.

Cost & Scholarship


How much does IoT Bootcamp cost?

$9,999

Why does it cost so much?

In order to offer you high quality lectures, workshops, and demonstrations, the committee determined that this cost was necessary. This amount allows us to help students build their own projects and sustain operations, without compromising teaching quality.

Are there scholarships available?

There are a very limited number of scholarships available to students based on merit. We also offer scholarships for referral and group participation.

How do I qualify for scholarships?

All applicants will automatically be considered for merit scholarships and do not require further action. Referral scholarships are offered to students who help find other qualified applicants. A scholarship will be offered for each applicant that is successfully admitted and pays the tuition cost on time. The referred applicant MUST mention the referrer’s name when asked “how did you hear about IoT bootcamp?”

Can I pay in separate installments?

Yes, we do not demand that you pay the entire amount at once. There will be a $2,000 initial deposit to secure your seat.

Sponsorship


What types of sponsorship are you looking for?

We are looking for three main kinds of sponsorship: 1) sponsoring students who are unable to pay the full tuition, 2) provide prizes for the MIT Internet of Things Bootcamp Hackathon at the end of the program, and 3) helping increase awareness and advertise MIT Internet of Things Bootcamp. We are open to other forms of sponsorship as well. Please contact us for further details.

What should I do if I want to sponsor a student?

Please get in touch with us to work out the details, and please mention if there is a specific student that you would like to sponsor.


Contact

Still have questions? Please contact us at bootcamp@mit.edu