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Hub of Innovation

Hub Of Innovation

What are the best ways to solve the pressing challenges of our city, region, country and planet?  The Hub of Innovation profiles a set of breakthrough solutions from the region, nation and around the world. Nominate an innovation!

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Making course materials available online for free

MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a large-scale, web-based publication of the educational materials from all of MIT's courses.  It is the world's largest and most precedent-setting effort of this type.

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Overnight, the world’s largest virtual classroom

Khan Academy is the mouse that roared. A low-budget virtual school providing a simple service of showing short, topical videos, has, in only a matter of three years, become one of the largest vehicles for education in the world.
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Leadership in autism research, treatment, and public awareness

The Simons Center for the Social Brain (SCSB) at MIT is on track to become a leading force in autism research, treatment, and public awareness.
Shape Up Somerville

An integrated community-based approach to reducing obesity in school children 

The "Shape Up Somerville" program sets a precedent in community responsiveness to childhood obesity. 


Empower the world’s poorest child

One Laptop Per Child empowers the world’s poorest child through the design and distribution of a rugged, low-cost, connected laptop.

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Lowering unemployment by providing fast-paced manufacturing training

Right Skills Now prepares job seekers for the high demand manufacturing jobs that are currently available, providing national industry certification and college credit in just 16 weeks.
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Uniting collegiate students for just and sustainable food.

The Real Food Challenge is a campaign to significantly increase the abundance of healthy, locally grown food in the collegiate system, putting more money back into wholesome, ecologically sound and humane sources for food (“real food”).
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Crowd-sourcing the medical frontier - online gamers help discover new therapeutic opportunities

Foldit is a revolutionary free online computer game that uses player’s data and game results to generate scientific research
Coding for a cause - civic engagement in the digital era

Code for America helps cities harness the internet in a fashion that is open, inclusive, and efficient. It unites web programmers, city planners and civic leaders to help build a new generation of online tools that engage and empower
City Sprouts

Gardening in the curriculum

CitySprouts is a model for school garden programming that is integrated in public school curriculum. The program operates in all 12 of the Cambridge public elementary and middle schools.

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