This year marked the third time that MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node hosted a fintech entrepreneurship program designed for students from MIT and from Hong Kong, but this summer marked the first time the experience was hosted online. Called MIT Entrepreneurship and Fintech Integrator (MEFTI), 33 students participated remotely across five different time zones due to Covid-19.
“Doing this virtually is a challenge for everyone, and we’re proud that our students made it through the nine days,” says Professor Charles Sodini, the Clarence J. LeBel Professor in Electrical Engineering and faculty director of the Innovation Node.
The program retooled to make it work in a virtual world, using a flipped classroom model where students watch select lectures or videos ahead of time. That allowed shorter synchronous sessions on Zoom to ease out of an already demanding schedule.
What’s unique about MEFTI is the involvement of industry partners who help students