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The Harvard Innovation Labs has always been a hub for inventive thinking. Please work with us to maintain the connections that make our labs such a vital space. As we make changes to keep our community healthy, we’ll continually update this page with the latest information.

You can follow the latest updates on University-wide efforts to combat the coronavirus on the main Harvard Coronavirus Information website.

CURRENT ACCESS RULES

Starting on Monday, March 23, all programming, meetings, and operations will continue virtually, and ventures will not have access to Batten Hall.

Harvard students, LLX founders and team members, and Non-Harvard team members should work remotely, and attend all programming remotely.

Life Lab Access is restricted to scientists from full-time Life Lab Venture teams and only for performing critical experiments in the laboratory. Unfortunately, Life Lab members from the Blavatnik Fellowship and the i-lab teams who have been using the Life Lab’s student bench must remain off-site. For additional guidance and policies, please consult Life Lab staff members.

Experts, mentors and other volunteers are required to work offsite and engage with teams remotely for the time being.

Guests are not permitted in the space for the time being.

Tours are currently not being offered.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. Where can I direct questions about the i-lab?

Please submit your questions to i-lab@harvard.edu or on the Venture Program Slack channel. We appreciate your participation in our community and will respond as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding!

2. What resources will I have access to now?

All programming, workshops, and expert meetings will be virtual. The Studios are now closed. If you need to access studio equipment – such as the 3-D printer – for a business-critical work on your venture, please use this request form.

3. How will office hours be conducted virtually?

As your appointment is scheduled, information regarding how to virtually meet with your expert will be shared via the booking confirmation you receive from our system.

  • i-lab Experts/Specialists/Legal Partners: Meetings will be hosted via Google Hangouts, unless otherwise noted. To join the Google Hangouts appointment, use the link via the calendar hold.
  • HBS Experts-in-Residence/Venture Partners: Meetings will be hosted via a range of platforms (Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts, etc.). Once your appointment is booked, information on joining the appointment will be shared.
  • i-lab Staff: Meetings will be hosted via Zoom. Information will be shared directly with you once your appointment is booked.
4. Will workshops and events be canceled? Where can I check for updates?

i-lab events are continuing virtually. Updates on events will consistently be updated via the Google Calendar, Eventbrite, and email.

5. How often and on which platforms will the i-lab be communicating general information to members?

Please refer to this webpage for updates. Venture Program teams should check the Slack channel #coronavirus-questions for additional updates.

6. Will the Maker Studio, Media Studio, AR/VR studio remain open?

The Studios are closed. If you need access to studio equipment (such as the 3-D printer) for business-critical work on your venture, please fill out this request form.

7. Will there be live notifications on the status of COVID-19 response at the i-lab?

Please refer to this site for the latest updates on the impact on and status of the i-lab. Venture Program teams should check the Slack channel #coronavirus-questions for additional updates.

8. Is the President’s Innovation Challenge still on, and will there be an Awards Ceremony?

Yes, it is still on! We are excited to announce that we are working on a virtual celebration for the President’s Innovation Challenge Awards Ceremony. Check the PIC webpage for updates, including the Ingenuity Awards application deadline on April 24.