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
  • 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
  • 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:
  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:

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

Students, traveling over IAP? Help us source challenges!
We need your help identifying problems that students can tackle in this year’s and future competitions. If you’re traveling over IAP, you can help us by documenting barriers to well being, identifying potential community partners with the capacity to implement innovative solutions, and share them with us. We’ll use them to recruit participation in the Global Challenge. Email your documentation to

In Boston? Register for great IAP classes
Please join us for some great IAP classes this January that span design, field journaling, managing IP, and more. Visit for all the details.

New Spring Course will Focus on Water Needs (DUSP 11.191)
Join DUSP instructor Susan Murcott for a hand-on, solutions-oriented investigation of the global fresh water crisis. The first half of the course details the multiple facets of the water crisis. The second half of the course describes innovative solutions. Several field trips to water/wastewater/biosolids reuse and water-energy sites will help us to better comprehend both local and international challenges and solutions. For details and more information, contact Susan Murcott at

Develop a proposal for a Davis Projects for Peace $10,000 fellowship!
Davis Projects for Peace is offering a $10,000 fellowship for an MIT undergraduate student project that promotes peace, to be implemented in the summer of 2011.  The aim is to “help young people launch some immediate initiatives that could bring new thinking to the prospects for peace in the world.”

Proposals should be emailed to by 9:00am on Friday, February 4. See for more details of the program, examples of past winners, and FAQs.

Eight Days Left – Apply to the Unreasonable Institute!
Accepting applications for 2011 fellows. Apply now for your shot at this immersive 10-week crash course in living and breathing entrepreneurship from the best. Deadline is December 15.

More information and apply at:

Post-Docs, Apply to the Branco Weiss Fellowships by March 1, 2011
This unique fellowship opportunity provides financial support for up to five years as well as an opportunity to work at an academic institution of their choice anywhere in the world. The fellows belong to a diverse, dedicated, and intellectually stimulating group that meets at least once a year to present and discuss the research projects of its members to a selected scientific and public audience.

Learn more and apply at:

Blog for Change (Paid) is looking for freelance bloggers to write 1 ­ 3 post/petition pairs per week. It’s up to each blogger to determine how much time to dedicate. All they ask is that you stick to whatever commitment you make.

Applying is super simple. You just send an introductory email with your CV/resume (or link to your LinkedIn profile), a couple writing samples, and a quick description of any activism, organizing, community groups or non-profits you have been involved in, as well as the issues you are particularly interested in blogging about. Email to:

Software Engineers Needed:
OpenPlans’ transportation software group is growing fast and they are looking for talented software engineers to build open source tools for smarter, more sustainable transportation. Learn more at:

MIT Giving Tree is here!
Please join your fellow MIT community members in supporting this great MIT holiday tradition. Through the Giving Tree, you can donate gifts to children in the Boston and Cambridge area. Each year, over 500 members of the MIT community provide gifts to over 600 children affiliated with 13 local service agencies. Co-sponsored by the MIT Public Service Center and the Panhellenic Association and currently in its 19th year, the Giving Tree allows participants to choose specific gifts for specific children, making the gift-giving process a more personalized one for all.

Questions? Email More info can be found at:

We’re Hiring!
We’re looking for a grad student to come join our team for a part-time position. You’ll help us rally the Institute, run event logistics, and much more. Drop us a note, if you’re interested in learning more:

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