MIT Connected Futures Symposium

São Paulo, Brazil | October 19, 2019

MIT Bootcamps and the MIT Sloan Latin America Office Present

MIT Connected Futures Symposium

São Paulo, Brazil | October 19, 2019

Watch Saturday’s Fireside Talk on the Future of Learning and Inversion Workshop starting at 11am EST!

In the present, we learn and then we work –– at least formally. We spend the first part of our lives acquiring knowledge and then the rest of our lives deploying it. But will, or should, this model persist into the future?
Increasingly, a future is emerging that will hold learning and working not as adjacent or staggered, but rather as overlapping and intricately, continuously intertwined domains. This is a future of people learning and working simultaneously, earning tailored credentials that attest not just to knowledge acquisition but also to its application, and tapping into not local but global marketplaces of opportunity. This is a future of agile, continuous education.
Headlined by Professor Sanjay Sarma, MIT Vice President for Open Learning and Fred Fort Flowers and Daniel Fort Flowers Professor of Mechanical Engineering, the MIT Connected Futures Symposium will ask how we can reverse-engineer and achieve that future sooner and what that could mean for our global well-being.

Specifically, the Symposium will engage you in a discussion of:

  • What do we know about the human brain that the designers of the current education system didn’t? And, therefore, what must change?
  • How can agile, continuous learning and professional development help the approximately 13 million unemployed Brazilians?
  • What are the emerging models of new education and which of them are the most promising?
  • What areas of industry are most amenable to impact by new educational models?
  • How is MIT leading the way in this arena?
Join the Symposium and meet others who are thinking about these questions seriously.
The Symposium will also include the Inversion Workshop, which will be facilitated and coached by the MIT Bootcamps team. The Inversion Workshop, a unique model of a guided hackathon developed by MIT Bootcamps, will lead participants through an integrated sequence of techniques and tools for entrepreneurial problem discovery and problem solving.

São Paulo, Brazil



Rua Capote Valente, 39, Pinheiros,
São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil


Location                      Nubank, Rua Capote Valente, 39, Pinheiros, São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
09:00am                      Breakfast with Sanjay Sarma                                                     Separate Invitation Required
10:30am                      Future of Learning with Sanjay Sarma                                     Separate Invitation Required
12:00pm                      Lunch and Fireside Talk on the Future of Learning (watch it here!)
1:00pm                        Inversion Challenge Workshop (watch it here!)
5:00pm                        Conclusion

Future of Learning

2019 Speakers and Organizers

Sanjay Sarma

Sanjay Sarma

Vice President of Open Learning
Sanjay Sarma is the Fred Fort Flowers (1941) and Daniel Fort Flowers (1941) Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He is the Vide President 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 founder and CTO of OATSystems, which was acquired by Checkpoint Systems (NYSE: CKP) in 2008. He serves on the boards of GS1, EPCglobal and several startup companies including Top Flight Technologies, Hochschild Mining (HOC:LSE) and edX. Dr. Sarma received his Bachelors from the Indian Institute of Technology, his Masters from Carnegie Mellon University and his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. Sarma also worked at Schlumberger Oilfield Services in Aberdeen, UK, and at the OATSystems.  He has authored over 150 academic papers in computational geometry, sensing, RFID, automation and CAD, and is the recipient of numerous awards for teaching and research including the MacVicar Fellowship, the Business Week eBiz Award and Informationweek’s Innovators and Influencers Award. He advises several national governments and global companies.
Erdin Beshimov

Erdin Beshimov

Lecturer & Co-Founder, MIT Bootcamps
Erdin Beshimov is a Lecturer at MIT and a Founder and Director of MIT Bootcamps. At MIT Erdin was also the founding Director of the MITx MicroMasters Program, which pioneered the model of “inverted admissions,” and the Incubation Group in the Office of Digital Learning. He co-created MIT’s first massive open online courses on entrepreneurship, which have enrolled hundreds of thousands of learners from every country in the world. Guided by the philosophy that MIT is not just a university but a global innovation community, Erdin’s focus at MIT is on building new pathways for learners worldwide to study innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship.
Erdin is a graduate of the MIT Sloan School of Management. For his work in entrepreneurship and contributions to student life at MIT, Erdin was awarded the Patrick J. McGovern Entrepreneurship Award, the Carol and Howard Anderson Fellowship, and the MIT Sloan Peer Recognition Award. Before returning to MIT after graduating, Erdin served as Principal at Flagship Pioneering where he focused on ventures in water, energy, and materials. Erdin also co-founded Ubiquitous Energy, a solar technologies spinout from MIT, and evaluated energy efficiency innovations at Venrock Associates.
In addition to an MBA from MIT Sloan, Erdin holds an MA in Area Studies of the former Soviet Union from Harvard University, where he studied on full scholarship, and a BA (first-class honours) in Development and Peace Studies from the University of Bradford, where he was awarded the International Student Scholarship and the James O’Connell Scholarship for Peace Studies.
Erdin was born in a country that no longer exists, the Soviet Union. The experience of growing up in a country on the ashes of another offered him a vision to an independent life in an uncertain world for many millions of people just like him through entrepreneurial thinking, the pursuit of knowledge, and a global mindset. His mission is to contribute to a model of the world in which there are no barriers between motivation and opportunity.
Anine Ward

Anine Ward

Senior Manager, MIT Bootcamps
Anine is the Senior Manager at MIT Bootcamps; leading global logistics, program developments and partner relations. Anine started her career at MIT in 2010 as part of MIT’s collaboration with the Singapore University of Technology and Design, focusing on curriculum and program design projects. In 2014, Anine moved to MIT’s Open Learning initiative and since then has supported a multitude of organizational, programmatic and communications strategies from conception to fruition, applying creative problem-solving strategies to achieve success in a start-up environment.
Anine has a B.A in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution from the University of North Dakota, and an MPA from Suffolk University in Boston. In 2018, Anine earned the WSET 2 Award in Wine and Spirits.
Lee Ullmann

Lee Ullmann

Senior Director, Global Programs Global Programs
As director of MIT Sloan’s Latin America Office, Lee implements the overall strategy, planning, and development of activities for the school. Based in Santiago, Chile, he collaborates with local governments, universities, NGOs, and the private sector to extend MIT’s role and impact in Latin America.
Lee joined MIT in 2012. His previous experience includes numerous positions in the field of education. He worked in higher education roles for the U.S. State Department in Chile, served as a faculty member at Columbia University, and worked as a consultant in the e-learning sector to help build artificial intelligence software for pharmaceutical companies and databases for museums and schools. He is a former Peace Corps volunteer (Ecuador) and a Fulbright Research Fellow (Turkey).
Lee has published articles and been invited to speak on a variety of topics, from education in Latin America to new technologies and innovation to the ancient world. In 2017 he co-edited Hittite Landscape and Geography, published by Brill.
He holds BA, MA, MPhil, and PhD degrees, all from Columbia University.
Vimala Palaniswamy

Vimala Palaniswamy

Associate Director of MIT Bootcamps
Vimala Palaniswamy is the Associate Director for MIT Bootcamps at the office for the VIce President for Open Learning. She joined MIT Bootcamps with 15 years of experience in social innovation, entrepreneurship, and mentoring entrepreneurs. In 2014, Vimala founded and lead Demeter Entrepreneurs Support Network, a global virtual network dedicated to improving the success rates of entrepreneurs in low-income countries through individualized support and coaching. She built Demeter’s mentoring network of more than 80 personal advocates and experts to support nearly 30 entrepreneurs globally. Demeter entrepreneurs are bringing innovations in education, fintech, health and fitness, media, and food to emerging markets.
Prior to Demeter, Vimala co-founded Jamela, a “more-than-fair trade” skin care company, worked at Trickle Up, a sustainable livelihoods NGO, to redesign their monitoring and evaluation system – from data capture to dissemination, and with the Dhan Foundation in India, to develop a community-financed primary health care program. She has also worked in education technology, microfinance, water, transportation systems, and biological research in the US, Asia, Africa, and Central America.
Vimala has an MBA from MIT Sloan and an MPH in Global Health from Emory University. Her undergraduate degrees in Microbiology and Biology are from the University of Georgia and Simon’s Rock College of Bard.
Ana Luisa Santos

Ana Luisa Santos

Senior Partnerships Manager at Khan Academy
Ana Luisa Santos is an MIT Media Lab alumna dedicated to empowering youth via education technology. She co-founded an edtech startup and launched operations in Brazil of 2 Silicon Valley ventures. She is currently the Senior Partnerships Manager, Brazil at Khan Academy, responsible for partnerships, funder stewardship, operations and digital marketing strategy, aiming to offer amazing free education resources to teachers and students all over Brazil.  Previously she was employee #3 at Udacity in Brazil, playing a key role in setting up its operations in the country by establishing hiring partnerships with 25 top-notch Brazilian companies, hiring, leading corporate sales, kicking off its digital marketing, supporting PR and local product development. Earlier she co-founded MobGeek, a Brazilian e-learning platform focused on teaching programming with the goal to empower youth to launch their business ideas or accelerating their careers in tech.  MobGeek was funded by ACE, Brazil’s top startup accelerator, Startup Brazil government program and angel investors.
Ana has played multiple volunteer roles in nonprofit organizations focused on technology and empowerment. She is currently a Fiscal Board Member at Institute for Technology & Society of Rio de Janeiro (ITS Rio). Previously she was an IEEE volunteer for 14 years, playing roles as leading a student branch, organizing national and LatAm student conferences, serving on several committees to support its Board of Directors. She also launched the Awesome Foundation Rio chapter and led it for 4 years.
Ana was a top-10 finalist of Inspiring Youth (Jovens Inspiradores) Award by Estudar Foundation among 16k applicants and she is part of Talents in Education Leadership Network by Lemann Foundation.
She graduated with a Media Technology MS (MIT Media Lab), an Electrical Engineering MSc (COPPE – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro), in addition to Electronics and Industrial Engineering Bsc (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro).
Vítor Olivier

Vítor Olivier

Financial engineering lead at Nubank
Vitor is a partner at Nubank and was responsible for developing the company’s financial engineering team. He joined the fintech company in 2014 and has helped build, maintain, and scale Nubank’s accounting systems, financial products, and securitization strategy. Since 2016 he leads the team that developed NuConta, Nubank’s digital checking account. Vitor graduated from Duke University with a double major in Economics and Computer Science. Before Nubank, he worked for over two years with credit, foreign exchange and trading at BTG Pactual, one of the largest independent investment banks in Latin America.

MIT Connected Futures Symposium

This event is generously hosted by Nubank,
a friend of MIT Bootcamps.