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Congratulations to 26 IDEAS2010 Teams

The online votes are in! Thanks so much to everyone who participated in the beta testing of the Global Challenge online voting utility. We appreciate all of the teams who made huge GOTV drives and pushed the system. And thanks to everyone who took the time to register, get to know the teams and cast a vote.

We’ll announce the winner at the IDEAS2010 Awards Ceremony on May 3 in the Stata Center, 7:30pm in Building 32-123.

This year, 26 teams representing more than 90 students and their collaborators entered the IDEAS Competition. Come celebrate their innovative and entrepreneurial solutions to community development challenges at the annual MIT IDEAS Competition Awards Ceremony. Teams with projects judged to hold the greatest potential to bring innovation, feasibility and impact to communities will receive awards up to $8000 to implement their ideas for one year.

This year we are pleased to welcome inventor, philanthropist, and MIT alum Carl Bielenberg (SM ’75) as our keynote speaker. A pioneer in the field of appropriate technology, Carl has devoted his life to identifying, developing, and promoting crop processing and biomass energy technologies in Africa and New England.

Social Capital Markets 2009

SoCap09 will take place September 1-3 in Fort Macon, San Francisco. 


SoCap09 will take place September 1-3 in Fort Macon, San Francisco.

Last year for the first time, an unusual unconference was held in San Francisco. Dubbed SoCap08 (Social Capital 2009) it was a who’s who of investors, entrepreneurs, journalists and thought leaders all with a common interest on developing new business models that deliver a more balanced set of returns – financial, social, environmental.

By all accounts it was big success, and the organizers are doing it again. September 1-3 will mark SoCap09, held again in San Francisco and boasting a strong line-up support. Interested in issues like microfinance, BOP product and service creation and delivery, building SMEs in developing markets, L3Cs and other new corporate structures, what the Obama administration is doing to advance the “field,” and much more.

In addition to the substance of the gathering, it should be a great opportunity to network meet some great people. Visit for the full scoop.

Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Development Night

Joost Bonsen shared a great set of images from International Development Night last Friday. Over 500 guests joined the International Development Network for the Fourth Annual International Development Night at the MIT Museum on April 3, 2009. Coordinated by MIT’s International Development Network (IDN) – – the evening is a celebration and showcase of over two dozen practical, action-oriented development innovations and activities at the Institute.