MIT IAP 2022 Workshop Announcement


Are you a university student at MIT or Hong Kong interested in creating the next vibrant neighborhood in Hong Kong? Hong Kong Island South (Wong Chuk Hang, Aberdeen, and Ap Lei Chau areas), home to attractive coastal scenery and rich cultural landmarks such as Ocean Park and Jumbo Floating Restaurant…and more, now is excitedly connected to the greater metropolitan network via the new public transportation linkage.

MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node, supported by Invigorating Island South Office (IISO) and MIT Media Lab City Science Group, is delighted to offer Beyond Smart Cities: A Self-Sustaining and Liveable 10-min Neighborhood, a 13-day Independent Activities Period (IAP) workshop on January 3-15, 2022. We welcome students with diverse backgrounds in architecture, design, urbanism, planning, engineering, data science and related disciplines. Students from different programs and places will work in groups and interact closely with local decision-makers, built-environment professionals, and domain experts in Hong Kong and MIT. 

This hybridized “virtual design workshop” will bring students from Hong Kong and MIT together to address some of the challenges cities are facing, yet deployable at a local scale. Students are expected to participate in a January charrette, held virtually and synchronously between Hong Kong and Boston. Each group will develop its unique strategies to unleash development potential, enhance connectivity and walkability, and enliven the district!


[MIT | School of Architecture & Planning / Media Lab]

IAP 2022 – Beyond Smart Cities: A Self-Sustaining and Liveable 10-min Neighborhood

Time: IAP January Session 3rd-15th Jan, 2022; meeting in the mornings/evenings (HKT/EST) for about 3 hrs/day, and the rest is expected to be self-organized teamwork hours

Instructor:  Professor Kent Larson  (MIT Media Lab

Co-instructors: Sunnie Lau (MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node),  Michael Lin (MIT Media Lab) + More…!


Supporting Organizations

Domain Experts will be joining us from our Event Partner: MTR Corporation Limited; Supporting Organizations such as: Invigorating Island South Office (IISO), The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited (Towngas), The Hong Kong PropTech Association (HKPTA), Institute of ESG & Benchmark and more…!



Event Partner 







  1. When is the deadline for application?

26th Nov (Fri), 2021 11:59pm HKT (10:59am EST); please use your institutional email address to apply. 

  1. When is the announcement?

Early December, 2021 ; please make sure your institutional email address is correct and accessible. We will have an admission briefing after the announcement.

  1. When is the deadline for applicants to confirm their enrollment?

Within three days after receiving the admission email from 

  1. What to submit ?

CV (one-page) + Statement of Interest + Work samples in PDF (preferred but not mandatory for non-design disciplines, <10MB)

Please upload these materials through the provided application link above.

  1. Who can apply ?

Motivated, curious and qualified ACT, MArch, SMArchS, MCP, GSD Harvard (cross-registration) and other students are encouraged to apply by the following to Professor Kent Larson, Research Scientist Michael Lin and Director of Smart City Research Sunnie Lau (MIT Node). 

Undergraduate students are welcome to join us as Student Ambassadors. Please choose “Undergraduate Student Ambassador” to the question #5 “You are interested to join as a(n)” in the application form. *If you have a strong interest to join as a student applicant, please choose “Student Applicant” instead and submit your application materials. We will go through all applications after the submission deadline and let you know the result of your application during the announcement period.

  1. What exactly are the responsibilities of the student ambassadors (SAs) in the programme?

Facilitate the internationally-based team members to understand the local culture via video sharing, field work research, translating manuscript of conducted interviews, etc.

  1. What is the level of commitment of the student ambassador? Does SAs have to join every event alongside the master participants?
  • You would need to attend all in person activities at the MIT Node, and assigned presentation sessions. However, you do not need to be involved in the group project discussions, only upon the group’s request.
  • About 3 hours per day on average.
  • *For credit(s) to be claimed for the learning experience/activity, please check with your university.
  1. Deposit upon confirmation of enrolment

To secure your place in this IAP workshop, deposits are required when accepting the offers. You will receive a full refund after successful completion of the workshop.   


If you want to learn more about the coming course, please watch our recorded info session below. And Feel free to check out our past 2021 Hacking Kowloon East session here.