Symposium Poster Competition

MIT MIMO and MIT CSAIL are hosting the 2nd annual MIT MIMO Symposium, AI: Accelerate Impact. The symposium will be held on May 9th and feature a poster session to showcase student research projects, which will be judged by a panel of academic and industry experts for up to $47,000 in prizes!  If your work leverages data science, optimization, or AI to impact manufacturing or operations, we want you to enter in the competition! 

  • Who: Poster session entrants will feature MIT students in CSAIL, the School of Engineering, Operations Research, Sloan, and more. The panel of judges will include MIT faculty and industry practitioners. 
  • What: We are looking for students conducting research in data science, optimization, analytics, machine learning, and/or AI with the intent of improving manufacturing and/or operations. Entrants will be expected to bring a poster for display and give a quick pitch to judges during the session. See examples from last year!
  • Where: All symposium activities will take place at the MIT Media Lab.  
  • When: Poster competition will be from 5 PM – 8 PM on Tuesday, May 9th. Judging will take place from 5:00 PM until 6:00 PM, after which competitors will continue sharing their projects and networking with attendees until 7:30 PM, when prize winners will be announced around 7:30 – 8:00 PM. Poster session entrants are encouraged to bring their posters by 9 AM and stay for the symposium events!
  • Why: Students entering in the poster competition have a unique opportunity to network with faculty, industry practitioners, and other students; recruit with companies leading implementation of AI in manufacturing and operations; and win cash prizes.
  • How: Please fill out the form with your contact information and project description. The deadline for submissions will be Tuesday, April 25th, but projects/poster content does not need to be complete until the first week of May. We will send details on how to proceed after the poster session finalists are selected.


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Zetta Prize ($10,000): Best Application of Artificial Intelligence in Industry

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MIT-Pillar AI Collective Prize – Best Potential for Commercialization of AI Research or Technology

The MIT-Pillar AI Collective Prize is a $12,000 Summer Fellowship to be awarded to an outstanding MIT student researching the practical applications of AI and machine learning, and addressing some of the biggest challenges and opportunities associated with the technology. The winner of the prize will get the opportunity to explore the commercialization of their research or technology and develop it further during the Summer of 2023. The award honors both the student’s exceptional skills in AI and the potential to take their research to market. Judges will also be awarding up to $15,000 in AWS Compute Credits, to the projects most deserving and most in need of additional compute funding. Through these recognitions, the MIT-Pillar AI Collective looks to foster entrepreneurship and the commercialization of AI research and technology.