The maker culture was our first invention, and it remains the foundation of our innovation ecosystem. MIT’s other defining trait: a powerful connection to industry that has long fueled the translation of ideas to real-world impact. But the paths to the marketplace are evolving. Increasingly, ideas are brought to life by new ventures, from Kendall Square startups to global nonprofits. MIT is committed to fortifying this changed innovation landscape and developing new ways to shorten the route from inspiration to reality. We are equipping our students with the knowledge they need to bring their ideas to the world, strengthening our maker facilities, and infusing innovation into the art of innovation itself.