Invention as Public Service at
MIT
Inspire, Support, and Scale Student
Innovation
Your generation wears its commitment to the greater good
quite lightly. You use your skills to help repair a broken
world,...
No MIT students were harmed
making this presentation
Imagine if we applied MIT’s entrepreneurial talent
toto today’s urgent humanitarian challenges
Agriculture, Processing
Education, Training
Emergency, Disaster Relief
Energy, Environment
Employment, Entrepreneurship
Ho...
Involve the world-wide MIT community in “invention
as public service”
Prizes incentivize innovation both where markets fail
and when problem space is complex
Annual competition that awards implementation grants
Amrita Saigal
Team Komera, ME ‘10
Sanitary Pad Manufacturing Process for the
Developing World
• B.S. in Mechanical Engineering – 2010
• Currently working for
Procter & Gamble Gillette
in Process & Engineering
• Passi...
• In Rwanda, currently:
• 36% of women miss
• 50 days of school or work a year
• because they cannot afford sanitary pads
...
Pad Making Process
• Pulp
• Our Task:
Alpha Prototype
Social Entrepreneurship
• Mentoring
• Funding
• Networking
• Socializing Komera
IDEAS helped Komera move
forward…
Why YOU should get involved
• Resourceful
• Understand the Business
Aspects
• Global Perspective
• Implementation
and Scal...
What’s in it for YOU….
Brilliance + Experience = Large Scale Social Impact
You have the opportunity to extend your reach b...
Launch in the context of growth and celebration
Experience suggests now is the right time
Lifecycle
1-3 Discovery, Design
Students learn about
design challenges,
teams propose solutions
and receive feedback
on th...
PerfectSight
Developed an innovative,
mobile system for
diagnosing refractive eye
conditions for under $1
using cell phone...
Egg-energy
Developed innovative lighting
and energy leasing franchise
that aims to eliminate costly,
unhealthy, and danger...
Konbit
Developed platform to help
communities rebuild by
collecting the skills of
residents, allowing non-
governmental or...
26%
22%
17%
Alumni involvement will be critical to the success of
IDEAS, the MIT Global Challenge, and our teams
How can we achieve that success, together?
Thank you
Lars Hasselblad Torres
lhtorres@mit.edu
On the web http://globalchallenge.mit.edu
On Twitter @mitchallenge
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Invention as Public Service at MIT

  1. 1. Invention as Public Service at MIT Inspire, Support, and Scale Student Innovation
  2. 2. Your generation wears its commitment to the greater good quite lightly. You use your skills to help repair a broken world, however, you see nothing remarkable about it; you simply expect it of each other, and of yourselves. - President Susan Hockfield Commencement Address to the Class of 2010
  3. 3. No MIT students were harmed making this presentation
  4. 4. Imagine if we applied MIT’s entrepreneurial talent toto today’s urgent humanitarian challenges
  5. 5. Agriculture, Processing Education, Training Emergency, Disaster Relief Energy, Environment Employment, Entrepreneurship Housing, Transportation Health, Accessibility Mobiles, ICTs Water, Sanitation
  6. 6. Involve the world-wide MIT community in “invention as public service”
  7. 7. Prizes incentivize innovation both where markets fail and when problem space is complex
  8. 8. Annual competition that awards implementation grants
  9. 9. Amrita Saigal Team Komera, ME ‘10 Sanitary Pad Manufacturing Process for the Developing World
  10. 10. • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering – 2010 • Currently working for Procter & Gamble Gillette in Process & Engineering • Passionate about Women’s Empowerment through technology
  11. 11. • In Rwanda, currently: • 36% of women miss • 50 days of school or work a year • because they cannot afford sanitary pads Need for Komera
  12. 12. Pad Making Process • Pulp • Our Task:
  13. 13. Alpha Prototype
  14. 14. Social Entrepreneurship
  15. 15. • Mentoring • Funding • Networking • Socializing Komera IDEAS helped Komera move forward…
  16. 16. Why YOU should get involved • Resourceful • Understand the Business Aspects • Global Perspective • Implementation and Scaling
  17. 17. What’s in it for YOU…. Brilliance + Experience = Large Scale Social Impact You have the opportunity to extend your reach beyond your current space of engagement and make a positive difference
  18. 18. Launch in the context of growth and celebration
  19. 19. Experience suggests now is the right time
  20. 20. Lifecycle 1-3 Discovery, Design Students learn about design challenges, teams propose solutions and receive feedback on their ideas. 4-5 Decide, Deploy Judges nominate winners; they are announced at the awards ceremony and have a year to implement their projects.
  21. 21. PerfectSight Developed an innovative, mobile system for diagnosing refractive eye conditions for under $1 using cell phones. http://globalchallenge.mit.edu/teams/view/19 Year awarded: 2010 Location: India
  22. 22. Egg-energy Developed innovative lighting and energy leasing franchise that aims to eliminate costly, unhealthy, and dangerous kerosene lanterns used around the world. http://globalchallenge.mit.edu/teams/view/2 Year awarded: 2009 Location: Tanzania
  23. 23. Konbit Developed platform to help communities rebuild by collecting the skills of residents, allowing non- governmental organizations to find and employ them.. http://globalchallenge.mit.edu/teams/view/28 Year awarded: 2010 Location: Haiti
  24. 24. 26% 22% 17%
  25. 25. Alumni involvement will be critical to the success of IDEAS, the MIT Global Challenge, and our teams
  26. 26. How can we achieve that success, together?
  27. 27. Thank you Lars Hasselblad Torres lhtorres@mit.edu On the web http://globalchallenge.mit.edu On Twitter @mitchallenge

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