Liveblog: TIMtalks

Ended with a few more thanks and invited all people to a reception outside! And there you have it, folks! The first ever TIMtalks here at MIT, caught on blog for y’all!


7:32 Then talked about application for TIMtalks for students to start thinking about for next year, and also for the future vision of TIMtalks- a community for not just stories, but for mentorship for all.


7:31 Closing remarks by Anjali Thakkar. Introduced MC of event, Samvaran Sharma.


7:30 “We feel inadequate at times, but we’re the ones forcing this feeling on others and ourselves. . . we can make a society where people are able to pursue what they’re passionate and what they care about”


7:29 “We cannot afford to lose half of our population’s potential by sixth grade because society has failed to give the tools necessary for them to accomplish amazing things”


7:28 With the basic skills people have, they can do amazing things now.


7:25 Obstacles? people saying “it’s just not hard enough”. At MIT, has seen people pursue major because it’s hard, not because they’re in love with it. To this, she says “teaching people how to sow is so much harder than teaching how to solder”. “People need to stop believing that only because something is hard is it worth getting into”


7:22 Has used this to make things from light up plushies to a piano made of fabric! “These types of projects are very different and very diverse from traditional computer science projects”. So “it also changes the type of people that go towards these activities”


7:19 Tries the approach of doing all the hard things- get the hardest classes, hardest projects- all to try to garner respect. Today, “I believe we need to provide new avenues and different approaches for technology today”. Example? Electronics and crafts! Sowing circuits together!


7:18 Once asked middle schoolers on why they don’t play with electronics, and got told “it’s a boy’s toy- kinda like a truck”. “Women have lost confidence because they compare themselves to their peers, and find themselves lacking”


7:17 But why did this happen? “It’s actually cultural” the guy doing computer stuff “is what’s expected now”


7:16 1985- 37% of computer science degrees were to women- now that percentage has dropped to about 10%


7:15 Final speaker! Kanjun Qiu on Expanding the Culture of Computing: cultural issues in engineering and computing.


7:14 “Now, one person shared my passion, and today, I’m working on being able to target the Undruggable Protein. .  . Which road will you take? Why not take the one no one has ever seen, that’s never been charted?”


7:13 “Take advantage of crowd-sourcing intelligence: take your idea to the fifty smartest people you know, have them say what’s wrong, and go and fix it!”


7:11 “This is MIT- this is where we talk about ideas in the classroom that have the chance of changing the world- through MIT I’ve gained the confidence to chase after my dream”


7:10 Has learned how to “be on my feet, be after new opportunities, and how to go out there and make stuff happen. That’s ingrained in the culture here.”


7:07 After a lot of pestering, was taken in for a lab during the summer, but didn’t even start facing his original problem. Now working on a nanoparticle based urine test to see what’s wrong with people. “But what happens when we run out of drug targets?”


7:06 ‘Proteins that have no drug for them have been left untargeted and unresearched. This was a problem for me”


7:05 Ran off at orientation trying to find a research position in the labs at MIT for one big problem- the Undruggable Protein.


7:03 “When reflecting on my time at MIT, I realized that I had found how to do my own path”


7:02 Omar Abudayyeh on Doing the Undruggable: The Road Not Taken


7:00 “When I think back on the stories I’ve told, I realize: MIT is filled with great individuals, and the support that can be found here is something amazing.”

“Stay comMITted MIT”


6:59 Talk about Athlete Allies program and how it met with intense negative feedback, and went off and addressed the issue instead of running away. She gave her opinion on the forum, and continued onwards with the program.


6:54 Got dragged to see the professor, and after that, realized that the project could really get done- all because the teacher had shown support. “So many of us are willing to give support to one another, but so few of us are willing to ask for it”


6:53 Recounted a tale when a project was in failure two days before the deadline- her first MIT breakdown.


6:52 when asked at a waterpark what the best thing about MIT was, she answered, “the people”. The waterpark person pestered and asked “what does that even mean?”


6:52 “I love telling stories”


6:51 Margaret Lloyd on ComMITment next.


6:49 “How many times have you said no to an opportunity because it was not relevant, or important enough? How many times have you said no to a life-changing opportunity?”


6:48 “By promoting a culture of achievement, we’ve become a second home” for the students in the program. “Do something now, because it’s amazing!”


6:46 Was in love with coaching and teaching others, but wanted to do more. Went off and brainstormed, and came up with Amphibious Achievement.


6:44 As freshman coach, was ridiculed, but instead focused on honing skills and team dynamics- that team won championship for the first time in ten years. “I never medaled as a rower, but I’m damn proud that my rowers won twice”


6:43 Was told “you gotta learn before you implement your ideas!” but didn’t want to wait, so “I mastered the art of motivational yelling”


6:42 Recounted an injury that became dangerous and put his life at risk, but “that blood clot’s the best thing that ever happened to me- I decided to go out and coach crew”


6:40 “I go to one of the most technical schools in the world, but those least technical pursuits, are the ones that have shown me the most”


6:38 “Do now” approaches get people from unfocused states to active states.


6:37 Had everyone talk out loud to simulate a “do now” approach.


6:35 Next up: Noam Angrist leader in many things at MIT, will talk about a personal struggle that shaped him to have a “do now” approach.


6:34 “Let’s think. inspire. and motivate.”


6:32 Talked about a project that seemed like a failure at first, but through perspective, saw a way to serve the people she was working with in order to empower them. “Here at MIT, where we elevate success so much, we fail to applaud failure as a necessary component- we’ve all failed, so why don’t we come together, talk about it, and grow from it?”


6:28 “You can’t have success without analyzing failure”


6:27 “Every single person will at one point in their lives face the Impostor Syndrome, but it can be used to overcome failure to. . . move on from it, and achieve success” This is the Malleable Mindset


6:24 “The one thing MIT has given me, far more valuable than everything, is a sense of resilience”


6:21 “we’re taught the core values of humility and hard work to make success, but we forget that we ourselves are those agents of change. . . at MIT, I felt like a small fish in a huge ocean!”


6:20 First Speaker: Anjali Thakkar- founder and director of TIMtalks- will talk on Imposter Syndrome


6:19 On Imposter Syndrome- “we all go through it, we all deal with it”


6:16 MIT’s an intense place, and that sometimes makes the students human doings. . . these talks will show that all of us have times in which we failed.


6:15 Chancellor Grimson gives opening remarks for TIMtalks.


6:13 p.m Start of TIMtalks inaugural event! Five talks from five students to come.


6:05 p.m. Students packed into Stata lecture hall 32-133. Eager for event to start. Room packed with cool blue decor, highlighting TIMtalks logo.

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