The MILMedia Innovation Lab

Media Innovation Lab

The Media Innovation Lab

The MIL (Media Innovation Lab) at Northwestern University in Qatar is a dedicated space for NU-Q community members – students, faculty, and staff – to discover and experiment with the new technologies that will inspire new ideas and shape the future of storytelling and communications. 

The MIL provides an environment for NU-Q community members to collaborate, explore, converse; to stimulate curiosity, drive discussion, and present an opportunity for the community to engage with technology and ideas that may not be covered in particular contexts in our traditional programming.

2018-19 Program Theme:
Virtual and Augmented Reality in Storytelling and Media

In 2018-19, the MIL hosts speakers and workshops on how to produce VR content. Sessions will focus on how storytelling changes in a VR environment, equipment needed, recording techniques, and user experience strategies.

Session Recap: Working on the Edge -- Building a Media Career with New Technologies

The MIL hosted Mia Tramz, Editorial Director of Enterprise and Immersive Experiences at TIME Magazine, on September 18. Watch her talk at NU-Q:

Student Grant Program

The MIL Student Grant program provides funding opportunities for student team projects that are aligned with the theme of the Media Innovation Lab each academic year. 

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Lab Equipment

The MIL offers a collection of state of the art virtual and augmented reality headsets to support media creation and consumption for use at the lab. Visit the lab to see what’s available today.

  • Oculus Go
  • Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream
  • Google Daydream headsets
  • Samsung Gear headsets
  • Bridge with Structure Sensor
  • HTC Vive Pro
  • Ricoh Theta 360 cameras (available for check-out at the Equipment Cage)