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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Summary Data

Users:

  • Alumni: 840
  • Faculty/Staff: 299
  • Students: 1802
  • Friends: 15,382

Voting:

  • 14,239 votes cast
  • 11,941 voters
  • 119 countries represented
  • Top five sources of votes:
  • US: 9543
  • India: 4452
  • Korea: 1097
  • Brazil: 364
  • Great Britain: 173

Other data:

  • Help Wanted/Help Offered – 68 wanted, 91 offered
  • Fulfillment rate – ~ 47%
  • Number of comments posted to teams: 800+

Selected Highlights and Events, January 6 to May 11, 2011

January 5, 2011 – MIT Global Challenge Community Launch

- http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2011/ideas-global-challenge.html

- http://www.odemagazine.com/exchange/23868/mit_global_challenge_launches

January 11, 2011 – Connecting Ideas and Innovators

- http://www.nextbillion.net/blog/2011/01/11/mit-global-challenger

March 5 – Farmhack (40-60ppl est)

- http://www.metropolismag.com/pov/20110317/farmhack-mit

- http://www.youngfarmers.org/blog/2011/03/07/report-back-from-farmhackmit

March 29 – MIT Club of New York Launch (80ppl est)

- http://alumweb.mit.edu/clubs/newyork/BrowseWeb.do?webSiteId=SI000621&webPageId=P008&eventId=36507

April 5, 2011 – Dr Raj Shah Visits MIT to talk about Science, Technology, Development and the Role for University Partnerships (includes D-Lab tour; 100ppl est)

- Dr Raj Shah – Science, Technology, and International Development
http://amps-web.amps.ms.mit.edu/public/partners/USAID/2011/

- Dr Raj Shah – Universities can lead in International Development
http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2011/usaid-shah-event-0408.html

- An interview with Dr Raj Shah, by Sneha Kannan
http://mitpsc.mit.edu/globalchallenge/?p=711

April 6, 2011 – Community Choice Voting Opens

- Homepage Spotlight – Cast your vote!
http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2011/vote-global-challenge.html

April 11 – Making Service-Oriented Student Projects Stick: Lessons Learned from Early MIT IDEAS Competition Winners

- http://miter.mit.edu/article/making-service-oriented-student-projects-stick-lessons-learned-early-mit-ideas-competition-w

April 12, 2011 – MIT Club of Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin Launch (8ppl est)

- http://alumweb.mit.edu/clubs/minnesota/BrowseWeb.do?webSiteId=SI001241&webPageId=P008&eventId=38044

April 21, 2011 – MIT Club of Boston/Venture Café Launch Event (60ppl est)

- http://www.venturecafe.net/calendar/

April 25 – Poster & Judging Session (200ppl est)

- Of Note, MIT News
http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/of-note.html?id=353

- The Tech article
http://tech.mit.edu/V131/N22/ideas.html

April 26 – MIT Club of Northern California Launch Event (20ppl est)

- https://www.kintera.org/AutoGen/Register/Register.asp?ievent=478235&en=6oLFILNjGdLRKPPjE8KKJNOqFmJPIUPzHeIGKRNzFkKQK1OBKeJKLSPmG5JMK7K

May 2, 2011 – Awards Ceremony (350ppl est)

- Awards Ceremony Microsite (682 visits on May 2)
http://globalchallenge.mit.edu/live

- Of Note, MIT News
http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/of-note.html?id=358

- Awards Recap: Spotlight on service
http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2011/ideas-global-challenge-winners-0504.html

- Video archive of the Awards Celebration
http://amps-web.amps.ms.mit.edu/public/amps/de-lib/confidence/GlobalChallenge/

- Alumni Judge’s Reflections, Lessons for Federal Prizes:
http://www.phaseonecg.com/blog/archives/439

Follow-up

- May 9, 2011 – Winning the MIT Global Challenge: Now, to Work (Slice of MIT – the Alumni blog)
http://alum.mit.edu/pages/sliceofmit/2011/05/09/mit-global-challenge-2/

- May 10, 2011 – Global Challenge Added to IDEAS (The Tech)
http://tech.mit.edu/V131/N26/ideas.html

- May 11, 2011 – Indian Mobile Initiative Sweeps MIT Service Challenge
http://www.nextbillion.net/blog/2011/05/11/indian-mobile-initiative-sweeps-mits-service-challenge

- May 11, 2011 – Fourteen Innovators Win in MIT’s Annual Service Challenge
http://www.odemagazine.com/exchange/27997/fourteen_innovators_win_in_mit_s_annual_service_challenge

Data Points to May 3, 2011

Visitor Traffic – April 5 to May 3, 200


Voting Map (Countries represented in voting)


Community Choice Voting Results


Five winning teams, in order of least to greatest number of votes, are:

· LOW COST CURRICULUM FOR THE BLIND, 1085 unique votes

· AQUA, 1165 unique votes

· INNOBOX SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING TOOLKIT, 1296 unique votes

· INDIAN MOBILE INITIATIVE, 1301 unique votes

· EYECATRA: Eliminating Preventable Blindness via eye tests, 1410 unique votes

Testimonials

- “Congratulations on an absolutely spectacular celebration last night!  The Awards ceremony was terrific and so inspiring…You each have invested so much in making the IDEAS Competition and the Global Challenge so successful. Thanks so much for the encouragement of such wonderful student initiatives and for the ongoing follow-up with their work…What a great way to recognize MIT’s 150th anniversary! “ Barbara Baker, Assistant Dean for Student Life

- “I wanted to let you know how great I thought last night’s event was and how much I enjoyed your stage style. Congratulations! I was shocked and grateful to be recognized too, it was so kind of you – and it made my twelve year old daughter Laura – who was with me to learn about invention – smile from ear to ear (me too.) Thanks again for being great partners.” Christine Tempesta, Director of Strategic Initiatives, MIT Alumni Association

- The awards ceremony was SO FANTASTIC this year. It was great last year as well but this year was like being at the Academy Awards. Libby McDonald, CoLab

- “Terrific, high-energy, gracious, warm celebration! Hats off to you. Thank you for making tonight such a great occasion.” Sally Susnowitz, Director, MIT Public Service Center

- Congratulations on an outstanding job last night! It was a great night for us all! Thank you to both of you for your hard work and support for ALL the teams. It is greatly appreciated and last night was a resounding success!” Susan Murcott, Lecturer, Department of Civic and Environmental Engineering

- “It was a super night! I was so proud of all of you – and yes, the energy in that room was contagious! THANK YOU!” Priscilla Gray, MIT Public Service Center Leadership Council

- “Just wanted to let you know I had a chance to watch the MIT Global Challenge awards ceremony on webcast, and I was very impressed by the quality of the teams and the ceremony itself.  Its amazing to see how far the international development community has advanced in the past few years!” Matthew Zedler, Alumna

- “To me it seems like you all really brought this whole thing forward a long way over this past 12 months. Tremendous community-building efforts, tools, approaches… Seriously, it’s been interesting to watch how you’ve done all this. Thank you again for the opportunity to be part of this!” Charlie Watts

- “Initially I was going to drop by for a bit yesterday but I ended up staying for the entire thing. Absolutely impressed by all the projects and the organization. Great job!” Kuljot Annand, Student

- Congratulations on an amazing night and thank you for letting me be a part of it. I’ll put up a few more blog posts over the next couple days tying up odds and ends. I’ve had so much fun being a part of IDEAS and I hope I can come back next year and take my role further!” Sneha Kannan, Student

- “Congratz on tonight’s ceremony. I watched it live from Brazil. That was really awesome. Thanks for providing us this excellent opportunity to move our work further.” Vitor Pamplona, PhD Candidate

Download a copy of the interim report here.

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