Levels of Sponsorship

The Lab is supported by more than 80 members, including some of the world's leading corporations. These members provide a large percentage of the Lab's approximately $45-million annual operating budget. Businesses represented range from electronics to entertainment, furniture to finance, and toys to telecommunications.

Consortium Lab Member

The most frequently selected option, a consortium lab membership connects a company with a group of other sponsors and Lab faculty and research staff focused on a common agenda. These members have access to all of the research conducted at the Lab, Lab-wide visiting privileges, invitations to semi-annual member-only events, and full intellectual property rights. Consortium Lab Members may also choose to enhance their membership further through support of a Graduate Fellow. Benefits include:

  • Access to all of the research conducted at the Lab;
  • Lab-wide visiting privileges;
  • Customized company day at the Lab with a strategic brainstorming session;
  • Invitation to member events (twice a year);
  • Invitation to Lab-wide lectures and special events;
  • Non-exclusive, license-fee-free, royalty-free licensing rights for IP;
  • Optional participation in the Lab's graduate fellows program;
  • Student recruitment; and
  • Access to all Media Lab publications and password-protected sponsor Web site.

Consortium Research Lab Member

This level of membership provides all the benefits of Consortium Lab Membership (see above) with the added benefit of an employee-in-residence at the Lab.

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