Media Lab Europe to close

media lab europeMedia Lab Europe (MLE) announced today that it will be winding down it’s operations in Dublin. Apparently it was not able to raise the €50 million necessary to stay alive before it’s time ran out.

As many of you know, I spent some time at MLE and I have to say that it engendered an academic environment like no other I’ve been in. I imagine it’s similar to the atomosphere that the MIT Media Lab had at its inception: tons of space, enthusiastic students and an experimental attidude that assumes nothing is impossible.

I’m not aware of the cause of its failure, whether financial or political, but I’m extremely sorry to see it go. I hope the current students there find a new home that is rewarding as their old space in the Guiness Hop Store.

MLE, RIP.

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