Monthly Archive for January, 2010

New Year Notes

I love the sense of eager adventure in this photo (daughter and friend in Vermont)

I love the sense of eager adventure in this photo (daughter and friend in Vermont)

I’m writing fireside, holed up in Cabot, Vermont listening to “A Feast of Songs: Holiday Music From the Middle Ages” – its a wonderful collection of vocal, string and percussion music put together by Barry and Beth Hall of Nine Stones Music in Westborough, MA.

As we round the corner into a new year I wanted to take a moment to thank you for all your support and guidance as we’ve worked to define and bring shape to the Global Challenge – an incredible opportunity to bring MIT talent and resources to bear on community development problems around the world. I hope you have found it to be a rewarding experience thus far. I count it among the many privileges of this effort to have had the opportunity to work with you on this initiative.

Some highlights from 2009 include:

  • RFP went out to dozens of developers across North America in January
  • Stakeholders from across the MIT community were brought into the effort in February
  • 20 responses to the RFP were received and vetted by April
  • Idea Couture ( was selected as the Global Challenge developer in May (hoo-rah!)
  • A contract signed, and work began in August
  • Samantha Cooper joined the Global Challenge team as IDEAS Competition Coordinator in September (woo-hoo!)
  • Initial functional specifications, architecture and design reviewed in December

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