Monthly Archive for December, 2010

Connecting NGOs Looking for Employees with Haitians Looking for Employment

Earlier this year, in response to the earthquake in Haiti, the MIT Media Lab hosted a class to encourage and elicit MIT response and help for disaster relief. Out of that class, came Konbit, created by Aaron Zinman and Greg Elliott. Konbit was designed to index the skills of Haitians, whether literate or illiterate, and translate them to be searchable by NGOs recruiting employees.

After months of testing and organizing, Konbit has launched!

If you have a friends and family in Haiti, ask they to dial 5656 to use the system for free.

If you speak Haitian Creole and would like to help, Konbit could use your help transcribing and translating. You can help here: http://konbit.media.mit.edu/translate.

Here’s Aaron and Greg speaking about the origins of Konbit and the need it serves:

Press Release: MIT Global Challenge will Launch to Worldwide Community January 7, 2011

Contact: Lars Hasselblad Torres
617-999-5294
lhtorres@mit.edu

Be A Part of ItCambridge, MA — The MIT Global Challenge, a new initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Public Service Center, will launch on January 7, 2011 as the Institute celebrates 150 years of service to the world. It is anticipated that more than 30 MIT-based teams will compete for a total of $150,000 in awards with up to $25,000 per team that enable winning teams to implement novel solutions to some of the world’s urgent challenges.

The MIT Global Challenge is an online platform that connects and awards teams of public service innovators led by full-time MIT students. The website will unite students, the worldwide MIT community, and their collaborators in identifying barriers to well being in communities around the world, encouraging teams to work together to develop and pilot innovative solutions to those problems.

Sally Susnowitz, Director of the MIT Public Service Center, has described the MIT community as, “a community of ingenious problem solvers who enjoy solving challenging problems.” The MIT Global Challenge, she says, “invites and supports the entire MIT community worldwide in applying their creativity and knowledge to help people in need throughout the world by working with them to create innovative and effective solutions to their problems.”

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Seasons Greetings, Friends of Innovation!

Dear friends of innovation,

globalchallenge_ppt_holidayAs we round the corner on a year filled with challenges large and small, one thing we can count on is that 2011 will bring many more. Its why the world needs people like you more than ever – to take on the problems of our time, to wrestle with them, and to mold solutions to them that work.

There are few more exciting places to see that contest play out than in the classrooms, laboratories, and field sites where MIT faculty and students are at work.

MIT President Susan Hockfield said in her most recent message to the community, “The world has never needed MIT as much as it does now. The major challenges of our age are increasingly shaped by science and technology, and by daunting problems of quantitative analysis and complex synthesis.”

The MIT Global Challenge is one of an ever-growing constellation of resources at MIT that support student problem solving around these challenges. When we launch on January 7, 2011 to the worldwide MIT community, we’ll be doing so with at least 16 new teams and a community of members like you – faculty, students, alumni, and friends – that is more than 2,300 strong.

Its going to be an exciting run-up to the May 2, 2011 awards ceremony, and I hope you will find ways to engage with us and support these incredible young innovators who have the passion, talent, and ethos of service to apply their gifts to the urgent challenges of our time.

Thank you for being a part of it.

Please help us by promoting the MIT Global Challenge to people and networks you think should know about it – those willing to define innovation opportunities, mentor teams, and underwrite awards. Click here to download a recent press release that can help! Questions? Please don’t hesitate to reach out by phone or email.

Until 2011, wishing you and yours warm holiday greetings.

Marketplace Update | December 9, 2010

Hello Challengers! Lots of good things happening as we plan for launch exactly one month from today! Here are a couple of ways you can help:

  • Host a local alumni launch event! Celebrate MIT150 and the launch of the Global Challenge as a platform for local engagement. Email your ideas and inquiries to lhtorres@mit.edu
  • Spread the word! Reach out to fellow alumni and potential collaborators who can contribute by defining problems, identifying community partners, and supporting teams. Encourage them to register at http://globalchallenge.mit.edu
  • Entrants, a special request: Please create your team, complete your profile! Launch of the MIT150 and the MIT Global Challenge is right around the corner. When we go live at the beginning of January, we’ll have one of the largest visibility opportunities this year. Please help us maximize community engagement by ensuring your team is visible and “Help Wanted” requests are live.

Now the news…

In the Marketplace: 17 teams

  1. Alumni, friends, collaborators: there are 15 help requests from teams, including designers, nutrition experts and more. Browse here:
    http://globalchallenge.mit.edu/help/wanted
  1. Teams: there are 15 help offers including experienced grant writing, team members with design and management experience, and more. Browse help and connect with potential collaborators here:
    http://globalchallenge.mit.edu/help/offered

(And, don’t forget: please “Close” your ad if it has been filled!)

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