Monthly Archive for April, 2010

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.

The MIT Global Challenge Picks Up MIT150 Buzz

The initiative is featured third among sesquicentennial program activities. Here’s what the MIT150 planning site has to say:

Inspired by the success of the IDEAS Competition, the Global Challenge will invite the worldwide MIT community to focus its capacity for invention and entrepreneurship on public service. The Global Challenge will brighten the spotlight on the Institute’s mission of public service by engaging MIT students, faculty, staff, alumni, and their collaborators on projects that tackle barriers to human well-being anywhere. Teams may work in Cambridge and Boston or anywhere in the world, but they must demonstrate measurable enhancement to the quality of human life or spirit.

The Global Challenge will have a robust online presence to involve users – define problems, identify solutions, reward ideas, and report progress as winning projects are implemented around the world.

The MIT Global Challenge is presented by the MIT Public Service Center, in collaboration with the MIT Alumni Association, Edgerton Center and the Lemelson–MIT Program. To learn more about the Global Challenge, please visit the blog or sign up at http://globalchallenge.mit.edu.

To find out how you and your department can get involved, email Lars Hasselblad Torres at lhtorres@mit.edu or call 617-324-5176.

Update from Egg Energy, 2009 Winner

Egg Energy at Eath2TechEGG-energy has had several successes over the last few months, including:
- At the the William James Foundation Social Responsibility competition Egg Energy won the Richard Heinberg Sustainability Prize, were runner-up for the Africa Prize and had an honorable mention at the Socially Responsible Business Plan Competition. View the WJF press release here.

- Invited to pitch their business at the Princeton Entrepreneurs’ Network of Boston’s inaugural Social Enterprise Pitch Competition on April 21st. Find out more about SEPC here.

Egg Energy has also garnered some great online press:
- in one of the NYTimes blogs
- on Earth2Tech (a few more here)
- on Planet Green

Congratulations Egg Energy. Past IDEAS winners, got stories to share? Please email them to globalchallenge@mit.edu