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CARC Summer Guest Speaker Series: How Today's Tech Diminishes Our Lives

June 21, 2017
CARC Communications


We are excited to have a very special guest speak exclusively to Harvard Extension students in Cambridge on Wednesday, July 12th from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Our gadgets and big data algorithms have been sold to us with the promise of deepening our relationships and improving our lives. What if they're actually doing the opposite?

Multi-tasking shortens attention. The constant pings of communication act as dopamine hits that pull us into addictive behaviors. We value our own abilities less as we rely more on automated systems that purport to be "perfect."

Mo Lotman of The Technoskeptic (Photo by Sheldon Golder)

Join published author and the publisher/editor-in-chief of The Technoskeptic, Mo Lotman, as he brings examples from research, data on tech use, and observations from life to call into question the net benefits of our smart, networked world.

This 60-minute talk (with brief Q&A) is free-of-charge and open exclusively to currently registered students of Harvard Extension School. Tickets are required for event entry. Come join us for an intriguing and thought-provoking talk!

Register here for this event!

This is event is brought to you by the Career and Academic Resources Center (CARC) at the Harvard Extension School.

Solve at MIT: Women and Technology

June 16, 2017
Message from SolveMIT, via Donna Tremonte, ABCD-WIT Co-Chair

How can women and girls of all socioeconomic backgrounds use technology to fully participate and prosper in the economy?

That’s the guiding question behind the Women and Technology challenge at Solve, an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that identifies and supports lasting solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. This year, the Solve community aims to unearth and support innovative solutions that advance economic opportunities for women and girls.

Currently accepting ideas that:

  • Improve connectivity and technology access for women, particularly in underserved areas
  • Increase women’s financial inclusion through access to digital payments, savings, investment, and insurance
  • Increase opportunities for dignified income generation in nontraditional sectors and through access to new supply chains and new markets
  • Correct for bias and heuristics, whether in the workplace or within communities

Woman in Science Lab Coat Conducting an Experiment

If you have an idea that addresses the Women and Technology challenge, submit your solution to Solve’s open innovation platform by August 1, 2017. Selected finalists will be invited to pitch their ideas in New York City in September 2017, where a panel of expert judges will invite the most promising solutions to become Solvers - innovators who enjoy access to and support from Solve’s community, comprised of leaders and change-makers who have the resources, the expertise, the mentorship, and the know-how to get each solution piloted, scaled, and implemented.

Solve issues their challenges for anybody from around the world to apply. This is a unique opportunity to join a community that is addressing the most pressing challenges of our time. Learn more at

Harvard vs. MIT Case Competition 2017

June 14, 2017
A message from the Harvard Graduate Consulting Club (HGCC)

Now in its ninth year, the Harvard vs. MIT Case Competition is the Harvard Graduate Consulting Club's largest event, put together each summer in collaboration with the Consulting Club at MIT. Over the course of the 12-day event, you will work in a team of four to tackle a real-world business case, networking throughout with representatives from top consulting and industry firms.

Harvard vs MITYou will have the opportunity to deliver your recommendation at the closing ceremony to the client and a panel of consultant judges; the winning three teams will receive a cash prize. This is an excellent opportunity to gain business exposure and build your resume, regardless of your current experience level.


  • Intensive teamwork and leadership experience
  • A chance to try out consulting for yourself, and to drive value for a real business
  • Networking opportunities with consultant and industry mentors


  • Affiliation:
    • All graduate and professional students from Harvard and MIT
    • All researchers from Harvard, MIT, and affiliated institutions
  • NO prior business knowledge or consulting experience required

In order to participate, you must be able to attend the following mandatory events:

  • Kick-off Event:
    Monday, July 10, 2-6 PM at MIT
  • Consultant Mentoring Session:
    Friday, July 14, 2-5 PM (approx. 30 min time slot) at Harvard
  • Industry Mentoring Session:
    Monday, July 17, 10 AM-5 PM (approx. 1 hr time slot) at MIT
  • Semifinal, Final, and Reception:
    Friday, July 21, 9 AM-6 PM at Harvard

Please APPLY HERE by Wednesday, June 21 at 11:59 PM.

For more information, please see the Case Competition website, and particularly the FAQ page for participants. Please direct all questions to the Case Competition planning team. We look forward to reading your applications!

Summer Social Events at Harvard

June 3, 2017
By Niki Lanter

Who says summer at Harvard has to be all work and study?

Will you be on campus this summer? Then, you're in luck! While some of us will suffer through the hot, humid and swampy climate of the southwestern United States, those of you spending a New England summer on campus and surrounding areas will be pleased to know that the Harvard Extension School's Student Clubs & Activities Office and the Career and Academic Resources Center (CARC) have organized a number of summer social events for your enjoyment.

Summer Social Events (she's had more than just a glass, I think)

May you have an exciting time and a productive learning experience at Harvard. Stay cool and connected this summer by participating in the following events.

School-Sponsored Events:

Program-Specific Events:

Social Activities:

For updates on these events and more ways to connect with fellow students, please visit the Harvard Extension School Summer Events page.
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