Our Mission

The Innovation Committee works to improve MIT and broader community by establishing initiatives that increase opportunity, bridge gaps, and help students and community members build a better world.


Current Projects

Compton Lounge

Located in room 26-110, the Compton Lounge is a newly renovated student social space dedicated to stress relief, collaboration, and community. Complete with complimentary fruit and coffee, Lego stations, and a napping area, this is the perfect place to study, catch up with friends, or simply decompress. Even better, we're open 24 hours!

Want to host a student event at Compton? Submit a reservation below!

BetterMIT Innovation Week: FEBRUARY 12-19, 2018

The Innovation Committee hosted MIT’s first annual Innovation Week, a week-long program promoting innovation, leadership, entrepreneurship, and action for a better future.  By inviting leaders in technology, science and society to share their ideas through talks and workshops, the Innovation Committee encourages students to take a stand and bring their ideas to the world.

BetterMIT Student Life Hackathon: FEBRUARY 17-18, 2018

Innovation Week concluded with a 24-hour hackathon celebrating student innovation, with a special emphasis on campus living and learning. Judges are leaders in their respective fields, and winning projects continue to receive support from on-campus funding initiatives such as Mind+Hand+Heart.


Improving Social Spaces on Campus

Much of the Innovation Committee's efforts are spent developing and improving space on campus for the community to meet, collaborate, learn, rest, or be inspired. Goals include retrofitting existing social spaces, redeveloping unused space for students' enjoyment, and traveling to corporate offices and public spaces that serve as inspiration.


Want to get involved? Talk to our Committee Chair Malte Ahrens (ahrens@mit.edu) for more information!