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January 9-23, 2021

MEMSI 2021 Highlights

In MIT News: Innovation for Aviation  

Marina Chan | MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node
Publication Date:March 8, 2021
MIT students collaborate online with international peers to tackle business challenges for the Hong Kong International Airport.

It’s not a bootcamp if it’s not intense.

MEMSI 2021 is an adventure that will transform the way you see the world — especially the post-pandemic world.

Students from MIT and Hong Kong get together and form teams to build a tech startup pitch in just two weeks! This is a unique opportunity to work with industry partners in the aviation sector and gain insight into business processes that will help you solve a pre-defined industry problem with exposure to Asia. You will build prototypes, create a business model that makes sense, and then pitch your startups to supporters of entrepreneurship on Showcase Day.

You will discover weaknesses you never knew you had and strengths that will help you soar. Along the way, you will make lifelong friends and become part of an international community. Don’t worry about program expenses – we cover them all! But don’t let that be the reason you apply.

Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, this year’s program will provide a hybrid learning experience, with MIT Students joining the cohort virtually. We are only offering MEMSI in January. There is no summer MEMSI.

MEMSI 2021: Aviation Challenge Statements

1.Given the changes in passenger behaviors under COVID-19, how can innovation and technology help revolutionize the travel industry with a focus on airport and offer passengers a whole new experience and/or capture new revenue opportunities under the new normal?

  • Select an area to focus on: end-to-end passenger journey, digital business opportunities, partnership opportunities with airports/ airlines/ travel apps/ hospitality industry/ technology leaders

2. What should the Digital Marketing Strategy be in targeting Greater Bay Area (GBA) market in China and Asian market to fly via the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), in view of competition among the GBA airports and regional hub airports, such as Singapore?

3. How can innovation and technology (e.g. robotics, data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), optimize airport operations and cost, with an objective to reduce reliance on manpower, improve workforce efficiency, reduce safety hazards, improve occupational health & safety, and/or improve aviation security? 

The Hong Kong International Airport

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) is one of the world’s busiest airports, with an extensive global air network reaching over 220 destinations. 

Being the world’s third busiest international passenger airport and the world’s busiest cargo airport, HKIA is one of the few in the world that is busy in both passenger and cargo traffic. Over the past 20 years, passenger volume has increased over 160% to 75 million, and cargo has grown 209% to over 5 million tonnes.

Through continuous development of passenger and cargo services, cross-boundary transport networks, and a wide range of commercial facilities in and surrounding the airport, HKIA is transforming from a city airport into an Airport City. The Airport City vision will strengthen HKIA’s status as an international aviation hub, enhancing its ability to capture the increasing traffic demand from the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, China’s most open and wealthiest economic region with a population of around 70 million.

Catering to increasing air traffic demand, HKIA is also undertaking a series of development projects to increase capacity and enhance services, including the expansion of the airport into a three-runway system.

Application Timeline

MIT Students

  • Applications open: October 5, 2020
  • Applications close: December 21, 2020
  • Info-session 1: October 6, 2020 via ZOOM @ 7PM EDT
  • Info-session 2: October 8, 2020 via ZOOM @ 7PM EDT
  • Interviews: On a rolling basis via ZOOM
  • Acceptance notifications: On a rolling basis. Accepted students must confirm their attendance within 48h.
  • Cohort Finalized: End of December 2020
  • Orientation for January 2021 Cohort: End of December 2020

Hong Kong Students

  • Applications open: October 6, 2020
  • Applications close: November 30, 2020
  • Info-session 1: October 13, 2020 via Zoom @ 5PM HKT 
  • Info-session 2: October 16, 2020 via Zoom @ 3PM HKT
  • Interviews: On a rolling basis via ZOOM
  • Acceptance notifications: On a rolling basis. Accepted students must confirm their attendance within 48h.
  • Cohort Finalized: December, 2020
  • Orientation for January 2021 Cohort: December, 2020

2021 Cohort Statistics

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