MIT Women's Unconference: Completing the equation

Sara Seager, Class of 1941 Professor of Physics and Planetary Science, MIT
Friday, March 9, 2018 - 8:00am to Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 3:00pm
MIT Samberg Center, 50 Memorial Dr., Cambridge, MA

The purpose of the MIT Women's unConference, scheduled for March 9-10, 2018, is to connect alumnae to the Institute and to one another, to celebrate their leadership, careers, talents, and interests, and to "complete the equation" for some of the toughest challenges facing women in the world today.

As one of the most prestigious universities producing alumnae in engineering and science in the world, MIT is in a unique position to be a leader in the discussions around the many challenges still facing women in industry, academia, and government today. The MIT Alumni Association, with its history of convening women's conferences and celebrating its women's network of leaders and achievers, has the power to convene and facilitate such discussions. We aim to do so on March 9 and 10.

Why an "unConference"? Because we don't simply expect attendance. Rather, MIT alumnae themselves will shape the conference's direction, priorities, and impact. Also, the conference will gather a worldwide audience of women participating remotely as well as on campus. This will include opportunities for prospective MIT students and women students on the MITx platform from around the world. 

How will you take part on March 9-10? Wherever you are in the world, you can participate.  

Location: MIT Samberg Center, 50 Memorial Dr., Cambridge, MA

Hotels: Click here for more information on staying near MIT. 

Call for Proposals

Online submissions for unConference breakouts will open here on October 23. Click here to submit a brief proposal. All alumnae are welcome to submit a proposal before December 15. At that time, panels will be chosen by popular vote among all alumnae. Lightning talks will be curated by an organizing committee. 

Keynote Speaker

Sara Seager
Class of 1941 Professor of Physics and Planetary Science, MIT

Other speakers and bios can be found HERE

How to Participate

- Attend: Registration for the Women's unConference opens on January 8, 2018. 

- Speak: Pitch a 3-5 speaker panel for the program by December 15.  

- Learn: Take an MIT Professional Education short-course to be offered at a substantial alumni discount during the unConference. Course details will be available here soon. 

- Volunteer: Judge the research pitch competition. Serve as an entrepreneur in residence. Staff your nonprofit's booth at the boards fair. Or advise students in the live Advisors Hub. 

- Hire: The unConference will host a live company showcase of top employers on site. Alumni can also staff a virtual booth, at no cost, in a virtual founders' showcase for their own startups. For more information on either opportunity, contact

- Hack: We seek volunteers to lead a hackathon centered on a women's issue during the conference. Interested? Contact  

- Remote participation: unConference talks will be live-streamed. A virtual speed-networking event for alumnae will also take place on March 10. Remote registrants can also attend the virtual founders' showcase to learn about career opportunities at MIT-affiliated startups.


Sponsored by MIT Professional Education. Details to come.

Career Expo

Looking to hire MIT alumnae? The MIT Alumni Association will host an on-site career expo for MIT alumnae on Saturday, March 10. For more information, please contact


For more information about the MIT Women's unConference, please contact

Want more? Consider these women's conferences:

October 26-28, 2017: WE 17, Austin

November 2, 2017: Texas Conference for Women, Austin

December 7, 2017: Massachusetts Conference For Women, Boston

February 23, 2018: Watermark Conference for Women, San Jose

October 12, 2018: Pennsylvania Conference for Women, Philadelphia