Summer Series

Looking to supercharge your summer and more effectively engage with communities?

Throughout this summer, the PKG Center at MIT will be hosting a series of sessions highlighting public interest technology work and the folx engaged in this field. We will be offering a mixture of panel discussions and workshops with students, faculty, and community partners to think more deeply about stretching the impact of our technological skills by using them in spaces for the public good. These sessions are open to all MIT students and members of the wider community. You don’t need to attend every session, you can tune into as many or as few as you’d like!

Continue to check back throughout the summer as we add more information on each event!

June: The “What?” and “So what?”

Investigating Structural Racism and Gentrification Using Computational Tech with Sebastian Sandoval Olascoaga (June 9th)

Sebastian Sandoval Olascoaga is a third-year Ph.D. Candidate in Urban Economics and Policy Analysis at MIT. Sebastian argues that shocks to a community and its inhabitants (e.g., the sudden death of a family member, a house fire, or an epidemic) create opportunities for real estate agents to flip the community’s housing stock, creating “seismic” waves that accelerate gentrification. Furthermore, he argues that communities with structural racial institutions within them accelerate this process even further. To kick off this summer series, Sebastian will share how he uses computational technology to explore this issue, as well as how he came into this work. To learn more about Sebastian, please go to:

Remote Supervision: Building Meaningful Work Relationships in a Virtual Setting (June 24)

The PKG Center’s own Social Impact Employment Graduate Assistant, Samantha Ha, and Assistant Dean for Community Based Programs, Sarah Bouchard, will lead us in an engaging conversation on developing meaningful relationships with your boss and/or teammates while navigating virtual work. As a remote employee, how do you know you’re meeting expectations? As a remote employer, how do you gauge the needs of your team? How many check-ins is too many and how can we use our on-screen time most efficiently? Join us as we explore these questions and share tips and tricks for working in a virtual setting.

The Benefits and Pitfalls of Data (Date TBD)

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July: The “Now what?”

Tech for Social Good Community Partner Panel (July 14)

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Data Visualization Workshop (July 29)

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August: Taking action

Building Pathways Towards Tech for Good Careers (August 10)

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Exploring Employment Options (August 18)

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