Monthly Archive for May, 2011

Recap of a Launch

Its been a remarkable six months. Here’s a recap including links to some fun background and outcomes. Thanks to every at MIT and beyond who helped make this year a success, in particular our partners at the MIT150, the MIT Alumni Association, and Idea Couture along with our many sponsors. Download a copy of the interim report here.

Overall Visitor Traffic for the Period

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And the Winners Are…
(Browse teams here: http://globalchallenge.mit.edu/teams)

$5000 Community Choice Awards

  1. LOW COST CURRICULUM FOR THE BLIND
  2. AQUA
  3. INNOBOX SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING TOOLKIT
  4. INDIAN MOBILE INITIATIVE
  5. EYECATRA

$5000, $7500 and $10,000 IDEAS Juried Awards

  1. BIODIESEL – $5000
  2. EYECATRA – $5000
  3. HYDROHARVEST – $5000
  4. LOW-COST CURRICULUM FOR THE BLIND – $5000
  5. SAFE WATER WORLD – $5000
  6. INDIAN MOBILE INITIATIVE – $7500
  7. SOLAR AUTOCLAVE – $7500
  8. INNOBOX – $10,000
  9. LOW-COST AUTOCLAVE – $10,000
  10. ASSISTIVE TECH – $10,000

$10,000 Global Challenge Juried Awards

  1. KOSIM WATER KEG
  2. SOLAR AUTOCLAVE
  3. PRACTICAL ENERGY NETWORK – winner of the School of Engineering’s Global Villages Challenge
  4. INDIAN MOBILE INITIATIVE – congratulations on your sweep in all three award categories!
  5. MAA-BARA – Winner of the Mohammad Yunus Challenge to Alleviate Poverty through Improved Agricultural Processes

Community Choice Voting Participation – Vote Sources

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Community Choice Voting Results

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Interview with Dr. Akhtar Badshah

A while ago I had the honor of talking with the keynote for IDEAS, the Senior Director of Global Community Affairs at Microsoft, and an incredible person: Dr. Badshah. Below is a (long-ish) excerpt from my talk with him. Enjoy!

Q:For some background for our readers, as the Senior Director of Global Community Affairs at Microsoft, what do you do?

A:I wear multiple hats. My job is to manage Microsoft Corporate Philanthropy. We have 4 areas. The first is bringing Information Technology to the underserved community through IT training so that they can use the technology for economic empowerment. The second, we use technology with non-profit organizations to help them build their capacity, increase their performance, and create innovation through the use of technology. The third, I work with our employees and our employee and volunteer matching program to encourage our employees to be able to donate their time, their talent, and their pleasure in support of community-related activities. And then we have a program here, in the Washington [where Microsoft is based], which is focused on science/technology/engineering/math to get middle school students or high school students to get much more interested in science/technology/engineering/math out of here. And the larger investment that we would make in our home city, around all sorts of philanthropic needs that go beyond the program that I’ve described, focuses on our social services to the underserved community that focus on a number of difficult matters in our home town.

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