Teams looking for teammates / Ideas pitched at the Generator Dinner

Twice a year we have a Generator Dinner to create a space and gathering where teams can form, people can meet and hear more about the IDEAS Global Challenge. This year more than 30 people signed up to pitch their ideas to recruit team members.
Here’s the list of ideas pitched this year and a link to the presentation. If we can help you connect, let us know at globalchallenge(at)mit(dot)edu. Next steps:

To simplify the sorting process, we categorized the topics by subject/sector. Below you’ll find:
  1. Water and Sanitation
  2. Education
  3. Food and Agriculture
  4. Community/Civic
  5. Health/Medical
  6. Business/Entrepreneurship/Finance
  7. Energy and Waste

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Jonathan Abbott
“Inside the Box”
In Mexico, promote awareness and education using the inside of vending boxes targeted at Mexico’s children, women, and young adults on the streets.


Recruiting needs:
- Partners who understand the context of Mexican Street Vendors
- Partners with business experience.
- Team members interested in participating in the project.

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Jason Gonzales
I’m developing a pay-per-use water purification and dispensing station for use in high density urban areas (subways, shopping districts, transportation centers) that will disrupt the bottled water industry and provide purified and mineral enhanced water to people in cities around the world.

Looking for: I need a team of MEs and EEs to help me build our first prototype and deploy it here in Cambridge/Boston.

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Clara Liu
Team Showergy! Bringing showers and cleanliness to slums in Kenya. We have a team of enthusiastic and motivated production and marketing team in Kenya.

Looking for:business people interested in applying their skills to benefit the people in the developing country.

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Ahmed El Mahi
I am working on developing an ultra-affordable mobile enabled water dispension unit that will improve access to clean water in communities not served by the water grid.Need people with a passion for increasing water access.

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Sergio Marrero
1 million HS graduates CHOOSE not to go to college every year, because they don’t have the funds or see the value. Caminos aspires to give every student access to low cost quality education through a mobile platform.

Looking for: We are looking for designers and developers. Caminos. Pathways to excel.

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Benjamin Wildrick
Deliver teacher training in rural schools in Zimbabwe.  CITW, a non-profit with offices in 7 southern African countries, is developing an Eco Club model to promote stewardship and environmental awareness among students and teachers.  Zimbabwean and Zambian school teachers will need to be trained in the delivery of this new curriculum.

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Alice Huang
Connects Chinese students pursuing an American education to current students at top universities in the US. We seek to develop an online tool for students to organize their college application materials with their Mentor’s guidance. These relationships can blossom into a global network for the future generation of entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders.

Looking for: We are actively seeking a Lead Technological Coordinator to be part of the founding team to develop and lead a team to create the online tool. I’m full of energy especially when working on a project I care about. I have a lot of experience in developing curriculum and working with schools for various education services. I’m also interested in product design especially for the developing world. I have strong communication skills, including fluency in Chinese, and love understanding and connecting with the people the product is designed for.

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Sohail Ali
Saath Saath- Labors and Small Businesses United
Small business enterprises (SBEs) are major employers in developing countries. In Pakistan, SBEs employ 78% of the non-agriculture labor force. These semi-skilled workers are generally employed at minimum wage and have poor access to health, education, and other services. Our aim is to facilitate a mutually beneficial relation between SBEs and their employees which will provide an opportunity for upward social mobility for these low income families and develop a socially responsible community.

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Madeeha Ansari
Want to look at incentives to increase retention for children in nonformal schools in urban slum areas in Pakistan. Know a network of eight schools, catering to working/ street children. Need people who can process data, like kids and enjoy creative adventures!

I enjoy writing. Actively enjoy it. Looking for innovative education sector interventions.

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 Greg Grinberg
A distribution platform dedicated to making healthy eating convenient, accessible, and affordable everywhere — by finally taking online grocery shopping to the mainstream.

Our shopping app serves not only as a buying tool but also a virtual nutrition coach, to help consumers make the best food decisions based on their current health status. Our logistical approach reduces carbon emissions from food-related personal transportation by about 90%, brings a full selection of fresh produce to food deserts, and enables direct-sourcing from small/midsize farms at a price that is fair to both grower and consumer.

Looking for: We’re technical founders, and we want to build a team of highly capable and committed programmers.  The kind of team that shares a singular focus on building the best possible product, and who instinctively knows what needs to be done to build it.
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Catfish and poultry farming
The fastest growing business in Nigeria is catfish and poultry farming  because of is  emerging industry that has not reached its peak or full potential, so all you need to do s look for a region with a growing demand that haven t been covered by a major player and situate your business there, a team would need my service because of the quality will be added to their establishment, I am created to develop a career that will  enable  me to subdue more challenges opportunities, to  be the best of whom  am created to be, a solution to the world’s problem and  blessing to my country via profession, also i want to work in a  milieu where the  ultimate utlization of my acqured knowledge and potential will be realized.

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Kwami Williams
MoringaConnect is about enabling subsistence farmers growing Moringa to capture more of the value they produce by equipping them with affordable processing technologies that allow them to extract and sell the high value oil contained in Moringa seeds.

Recruiting Needs: We need people who:

  1. Like writing (blogging, grant proposals, etc)
  2. Like to design and refine technologies
  3. Like exploring business & market elements of a project

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Ali Kamil
Many crimes in the developing world go unreported to become anecdotal. At CRIMEO, we’re working alongside the MIT Media Lab to create a self-reporting application for incidents, empowering constituents and creating a geographic heat map for incidents.

We aim to solve the problem of unreported incidents by empowering people to report crime. A built in notification system alert others within a local vicinity to avoid precarious areas upon input. Crime reporting at a grassroots level has not been dealt with in this manner.

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Amy Robinson
I am organizing TEDxMIT and would love to recruit a team to help make this happen!

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Araya Santisan
“Pink HHH”
My team name is “Pink HHH”  coming from the words; Happiness Happen Here in pink color.  I would like to make a community art starting from MIT community. It is a new pink art sculpture in the garden or on the wall- a place people could interact to, enjoy with, and be themselves. A man standing in the art will turn a blank space into a production for others to see.

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David Kuguru
Sustainable Community Africa Partners (SCAP)
Kenya’s 1950’s mindset on architectural design, construction technology, and building material perpetuates a 150,000 homes shortfall per year. Sustainable Community Africa Partners (SCAP), a not-for-profit social enterprise, will catalyze strategic global and project partners’ expertise and resources for sustainable housing integral to healthy communities and future vitality of Africa’s cities.
12+ years experience in entrepreneurship, social impact advisory, social enterprise management.

Worked with Government of Kenya in collaboration with US and European Investors on an international tender to develop 1,000 homes for civil servants. Launched and managed social enterprise in Kenya creating 1,000 jobs through innovative micro-retailer distribution channel.

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Bryan Mezue
Roundtable (
A web app that allows you to find partners for student projects in Art & Design, Film & Photography, Technology and other areas.

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Jean Marechal
The Whistle Journal Project
Distributing journals, implements (and whistles & enrollment in self defense classes) to homeless women for them to write/sketch about their experiences, with the aim of a later art exhibit of the results (with some of the work out-printed or adapted further for viewing accessibility).

Recruitment needs: grant/corporate sponsorship proposal research/development; outreach to homeless community for sign up & distribution of materials and access to classes; possible site procurement for corresponding creative time sessions; coordination/production of art exhibition w/ printing, marketing, mailing & art adaption facilitation.

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Eugene Feldman
Rallyt is a new startup out of the MIT Beehive Accelerator Program that is redefining the way people seek and achieve social and political change. It is an innovative social media platform that allows organizations, grassroots campaigns, and individuals to mobilize and engage supporters through collective actions, collaborative social tools, and learning mechanisms.

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Esther Jang
IDEiA- Internet for Development, Education, and Information Access
To develop a sustainable economic model for delivering and maintaining Internet access for rural educational institutions in developing nations. The cost-effective technology has been developed and deployed in one location; now we must devise ways for the institution to pay for continued service, cut input costs, and add value to the community.

Needs: Someone with knowledge of economics, someone with experience with mobile/wireless/radio technology, someone with experience with solar technology, someone with experience working with rural communities in developing countries (especially schools), someone with experience fabricating parts (preferably in developing countries)

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Dmitri Boulanov
euMetrica (Mozilla Ignite project)
The holy grail health IT app — taking in diverse sensor data, analyzing it in real-time using cloud resources, and providing real-time decision support to people and their health care providers.

Looking for: venture partners (technical co-founder(s)). Looking for coding skills – Android, Java, machine learning who have spare time. []

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Edward Comeau
Designing better smoke alarms

Fires kill a disproportionate number of elderly, young, poor and African American. Smoke alarms are disabled or missing in 66% of fatal fires.  We need to have a better smoke alarm design that people will use, cannot be tampered with, and will work when it is needed to save lives.

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Daisy Chang
Manual hematocrit centrifuge
Anemia affects 1.62 billion people worldwide, more than 1.2 billion of whom reside in developing nations. In developing countries, about 20-40% of maternal deaths during pregnancy may be attributed to anemia-related causes.  Unavailability of appropriate diagnostic equipment is a primary factor underlying delayed treatment and misdiagnosis.

We have developed a low-cost portable manual centrifuge to address this need using power and manual drill parts. Our team is looking for a wide range of skill sets, but particularly people who are more business minded.

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Laura Stilwell
GlobeMed at MIT
We are recruiting to create a mobile technology for community health workers in Northern Togo to improve the efficiency of their systems.

Looking for: We are looking for computer programmers and those familiar with mobile technology.  We are also looking into other projects to improve the technological capacity of their health care clinics.

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Philip Obi
Flenjo is an online ticketing platform and mobile payment system. We are seeking anyone with expertise in mobile payment industry

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Kristin Kagetsu
Inspired by Nature
Inspired by Nature aims to work with organizations around the world that make natural dyes and pigments and use them for various crafts whether it’s producing textiles or candles or other products.  The goal is to work with them to develop new natural products using base ingredients that are found locally.

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Layla Shaikley -  MIT Graduate
Kevin Hu — MIT Undergraduate | Physics
Project: Our goal is to create a visually stimulating online platform for a user to buy and sell items within his or her own local neighborhood. We aim to establish a garage sale on demand, elongating the lifespan of stuff. Users can search by price range or aesthetic.

Looking for: We are looking for people with a background in front end web developing and business/marketing.

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Sampriti Bhattacharyya
Lab-X foundation: make, break, innovate.
Inspire research, innovation and entrepreneurship in developing countries through innovation based challenges, competitions and internships.

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Laura Hogikyan
My idea, “Spaces,” is an on-line resource that helps businesses share space in beneficial ways (live/work, work/work, etc.), thus lowering barrier to market entry and mutually profiting.

Looking for: I am looking for a programmer to code who is interested in this idea too!

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Enrique Bay
Project: what I want to do is to partner with SME merchants in different cities, and offer their products local to low-income consumers. I will offer these consumers an easy to follow goal savings plan, and give them incentives to keep saving (cash, movie tickets, etc)

Need: tech co-founder for platform development

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Ezekiel Odiogo
Developing business and technology parks across Africa to help entrepreneurs

The cost of starting/running a business in Africa is astronomically high and challenging due to lack of Infrastructure and support services to leverage entrepreneur/SMEs growth. SMEs face stiff challenges to scale, innovate, and link to market. Proposed project would develop/operate viable Business/Technology Parks across Africa. Pilot country – Nigeria/Ghana.

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Joanna Zhou
Lallitara – Creating Value from Waste through upcycling and reselling discarded sari fabrics and mill scraps. Developing upcycled second-hand Indian saris into chic apparel and accessories.

Looking for people with web development savvy! Link:

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Mercy Wakweika
My name is Mercy and I am co-founder at Envy. Envy caters to the middle class Ugandan by supplying trendy and affordable ready to wear clothes. To address the unusual retail cycles, we have come up with a new retail model. In this model, we will maintain a retail store and an export center that will supply inventory to other retailers also unable to source inventory in manageable quantities.

Looking for: We are looking for people to brainstorm with.

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Jag Gill
Sustainable luxury fashion
Sustainable luxury fashion sourced in india; innovative technology interface and profit share with local artisan communities

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Yuchen Feng
MIT Lenana Project – “Pass the Gas”
We will implement a sustainable waste-management solution for Lenana using easy-to-use, easy-to-maintain technology with easy-to-observe benefits. In January, we will implement composting and a small-scale biodigester. From January to May, Lenanans can learn the mechanics and benefits of both technologies. In June, we will implement a larger biodigester.

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Daniel Heyman
Summary: household level solar distribution company for West Africa, starting in Sierra Leone.

Method: we will bring existing technologies that couple solar with mobile technology to remote control electricity flow from East Africa to West Africa. This creates an enforcement mechanism for asset financing.

Recruitment: anyone interested! Electric engineers!
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Caroline Howe
Team Name: NewCycle

Project Summary: Creating low-cost equipment to turn non-recyclable waste into building materials for low income communities in the global south

Recruiting Needs: MechE and Building Technology students, business students, and those working on development

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