A Knowledge Initiative by MIT Students and Alumni



Kolpokoushol is a platform for stellar innovators and researchers to engage with the young minds of Bangladesh, to inspire, brainstorm, and develop new ideas and possibilities. Inspired by the unique antidisciplinary environment and creativity nurtured in the MIT Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the initiative aims to encourage its participants to acquire a variety of skills, and employ those skills towards solving local and community specific problems. We are committed to maximizing participation of females in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). We also intend to include participation from communities that are misfit and under-represented in typical higher education scenarios.


Nazmus Saquib (Founder and Director)
Syed Arefinul Haque (Program Manager)
Deeni Fatiha (Program Manager)
Sumaiya Nazeen (Member)
Ehsan Hoque (Adviser)
Shammi S. Quddus (Adviser)

Summer 2016 Workshop


In 2016, KolpoKoushol will focus on yet another innovative way to bring students of different disciplines together, and encourage them to think as one discipline. Our focus this year is to innovate the use of data analytics in fields such as journalism, human rights, and law in the context of Bangladesh. Along with data-driven innovations in these fields, we will also offer sessions and projects in Mixed Reality, big data visualization, wearable electronics, and topics in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI).


Our workshop is open to students who value creativity and have a strong background and interest in engineering/sciences or mathematics at the undergraduate level. This year we are also accepting students from journalism and law. Students from business, visual/fine arts, young professionals and college/school students can apply too, as long as they are able to excel the application. If you ever felt that you were a misfit in the traditional academic system, you should definitely apply.


There is a clear disconnect between what is being taught inside the classrooms and what is needed in our current society. Kolpokoushol is an initiative that is aimed towards exploring the emerging needs of our society in which technology could play a profound role. By nurturing young minds on latest technical innovation and hands on skills, we aspire to seek a fundamental change in thinking and problem solving abilities.


Promising ideas and prototypes developed in each workshop are guided further to completion by the same mentors of individual workshops. Promising projects will be showcased and deployed in our website and some innovation events at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Workshop alumni will also be highly engaged with the mentors trained at the most prestigious academic institutions, enabling further technical and logistical help throughout the year.


The workshop each year is conducted by Bangladeshi innovators, thinkers and scientists trained at the most prestigious institutions worldwide.


Date: July 21 - July 24, 2016
Time: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Application Submission Deadline: July 10, 2016
Department of CSE, Level- 4, Independent University, Bangladesh.
Plot 16, Block B, Aftabuddin Ahmed Road, Bashundhara R/A, Dhaka-1212.


GENERAL TOPICS Design Thinking Data Science for Beginners What the *blip* is Antidisciplinary Thinking?
SPECIAL TOPICS Towards Mixed Reality: Painting Virtual Worlds on Physical Objects Big Data Visualization: A journey of a billion data points to 640x480 pixels Networks: How Everything is Connected and What It Means for Us Rapid Hardware Prototyping: A Wearable Electronics Primer
JOURNALISM AND LAW TRACK Introduction to Creative Programming Data-driven News (Or News-driven Data!) Dynamics of Law Adoption: Legal Documents as Data
CREATIVE PROJECTS Every student will be assigned to a multi-disciplinary group to complete a creative project.
Mentors will guide them throughout project development.


Nazmus Saquib

PhD Student, MIT Media Lab
Founder and Director, KolpoKoushol


Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed

PhD Candidate, Information Science
Cornell University


Deeni Fatiha

MIT '13, Materials Science & Engineering
Harvard Business School '18, MBA


Devabrata Chakraborty

Director, Governance Innovation Unit
Prime Minister's Office, Bangladesh


Syed Arefinul Haque

PhD Student, Network Science
Northeastern University


Arpeeta Shams Mizan

Lecturer, North South University
LLM, Harvard Law School '15


Technical Facilitators (KolpoKoushol Alumni)

Rezaur Rahman Shaon (Lecturer, UITS)
Samiul Hoque (IUB)
Mohammed Abdur Rahman (Dhaka University)


We are thankful to Laboratory for Social Machines (LSM) and Social Computing research groups at the MIT Media Lab