Gifted university students from emerging regions eager to learn Internet and mobile technologies and experience entrepreneurship.
Incubator courses that focus on mobile software development and technology entrepreneurship experience.
Course projects that develop into successful startups along with a transfer of teaching skills and curriculum to partner universities.
What is AITI?
AITI is a multidisciplinary group of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that promotes development in emerging regions by cultivating young technology entrepreneurs. AITI develops curriculum materials, software technologies, platforms, and networks that enable undergraduate students to innovate in the area of information and communication technologies (ICTs).
AITI partners with universities and organizes advanced courses taught by MIT student/instructors. Our courses focus on mobile and Internet technologies, and are structured so that our students are awakened to the commercial possibilities of the technologies. Components of the course include detailed technical curriculum, funded business competitions, guest lectures, and networking events.
AITI scales its impact by transferring teaching expertise to our partner universities so that they can incorporate components of our courses with little intervention. AITI helps to organize extension courses at partner universities instructed by former AITI students. Furthermore, AITI creates online course material so that we can reach students across the globe.
Why Mobile Technology?
A mobile phone is not only a communication device, it also represents the most accessible computing device to the majority of humans. Mobile phones are tools that can promote development by inspiring new business opportunities and increasing efficiencies. Local entrepreneurs' innovative use of mobile technology is at the heart of this revolution.
AITI Summer 2011: Achievements
This video summarizes the outcomes of the Rwanda and Sri Lanka summer 2011 programs through interviews with the Entrepreneurship Lead Instructors of the programs. Christina Reichers, Sloan MBA and Harvard Kennedy School MPA, discusses her students, her style for teaching entrepreneurship, and the 4 companies that were founded during the program. Samidh Chakrabarti, MIT Masters '02 and serial entrepreneur, describes student negotiations with mobile operators and seed investment in students companies.
AITI Quick Stats
- Founded in 2000
- 31 programs in 6 countries
- Over 1800 students instructed
- Over 120 MIT instructors participated
- Multiple startups founded by student groups
- Extension courses in Kenya and Rwanda