Every month we send out a newsletter on what’s happening in the competition, updates on teams entered into the competition this year and news of alums of the program that are working in the field. If you’d like to sign up for our newsletter, add your email address at: http://mailman.mit.edu/mailman/listinfo/globalchallenge-info. In the meantime, here’s the latest from us.
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Welcome to 2012! And Happy New Year from those of us in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We’re changing up the MIT IDEAS Global Challenge newsletter this year and trying something new.
WHERE WE ARE IN THE COMPETITION CYCLE
We’re halfway through the academic year at MIT. We have 34 teams entering so far this year. They range from looking at using coconut oil for fuel to developing a new Braille watch. Teams are working to submit their initial drafts of what they propose as solutions – what we call an Initial Scope Statement. They have four opportunities to submit. We match teams up with volunteer reviewers who meet with teams and provide an external perspective on the team’s work. As is true with any idea, the ideas coming into the competition may not resemble those that come out of the competition.
The next chance for teams to submit an Initial Scope Statement is January 25. Keep an eye for more teams signing up!
If you’re around during January, come join us for a workshop: http://globalchallenge.mit.edu/news/view/206
Meet the 34 teams entering this year: http://globalchallenge.mit.edu/teams
Right now many of the teams are working out in the field – like team Takachar (http://takachar.blogspot.com/view/classic) working in Nairobi to identify how to improve the sustainability and security of cooking fuel and team Essmart working on how to supply corner stores in India with the latest life-improving technologies (http://mitpsc.mit.edu/blog/?page_id=2219).
YOU CAN HELP!
Through the IDEAS Global Challenge site, teams request help and individuals offer their help. Come help out! http://globalchallenge.mit.edu/help
ARE YOU A CODER?
We’re looking for a web coder to come join our volunteer force. Come help us create new ways to connect people to IDEAS Global Challenge and the work teams are doing. Is that you? Drop us a note: globalchallenge [at] mit.edu
SPONSOR IDEAS GLOBAL CHALLENGE
Keen to join us in financially supporting the student-led teams working on new solutions for good? We’d love to tell your more about the opportunities to sponsor an award sponsor, an event sponsor and more. Drop Kate a note for more details: kmytty [at] mit.edu
Meet this year’s teams: http://globalchallenge.mit.edu/teams
We blog at: http://mitpsc.mit.edu/globalchallenge
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Email us globalchallenge [at] mit.edu