MIT supports Islamabad-based virtual startup called Aiyin
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) ranks number one in the world’s top 100 universities. The university is known for its ingenuity-driven graduates who have produced some of the top fundamental technologies and launched new industries.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI) jointly run by MIT, supports impact-driven technological programs, instigates entrepreneurial spirit, and promotes creativity to fulfill the global need for building communities that ensue knowledge and prospering as its fundamentals. This prestigious initiative also garners support from the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Cambridge University.
On a note of positivity, the Islamabad based startup has made it to the final rounds amongst 3400 initiatives from a whopping 148 countries. Aiyin also called ‘eye in’ is a user-experience based startup that focuses on bringing multi-million dollar and leading science laboratories to students in virtual reality. Imagine if the startup wins there is a high chance, wherein, eager and enthusiastic students will have the chance to pursue experiments and ensue learning sitting anywhere in the world in a matter of seconds.
Aiyin has also won the prestigious Global Maker Challenge and is the only Pakistani startup who has made it as a runner up at the Peace and Justice category. The startup for their ambitious project has raised an investment of PKR 1.65 million. Also, the winners and runner-ups were chosen after careful evaluation from leading innovation experts including AIRBUS, Honeywell, and Harvard Business School.
Aiyin has a vision, that is to grant access to science and engineering labs worth millions of cost for a fraction of its cost. Through this, students will be able to physically interact with virtual tools and equipment with the use of virtual reality. Previously, Aiyin had connections with investors from HTC Vive as the top startup. Not only this, but Elon Musk’s investor Tim Draper has also shown interest in the Islamabad based startup.
Their long-term vision is to make multi-million dollar science labs available no matter what the student’s and instructors’ geographical location is. This, if implemented, will revolutionize the educational landscape not only in Pakistan but around the globe.
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