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An Introduction to the MIT Global Challenge


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An Introduction to the MIT Global Challenge

  1. MIT students have the ambition, the energy, and the skills to make the world a better place. MIT alumni have the experience, the connections, and the depth of understanding to help make that dream happen. The MIT Global Challenge will bring those two groups together to impact the world. - Brian L. Hinman, EE 1984
  2. Proposition The world-wide MIT community – 120,000 alumni across 130 countries – is uniquely positioned to inform, instruct, and invest in today’s young problem solvers. The Global Challenge offers an opportunity to foster and feed those connections.
  3. Background It is estimated that 25,800 companies founded by MIT alumni employ about 3.3 million people and generate annual world revenues of $2 trillion, producing the equivalent of the eleventh-largest economy in the world. Imagine if we applied that kind of entrepreneurial talent to today’s urgent humanitarian challenges.
  4. Mission The Global Challenge will contribute to real improvements in human well-being by helping MIT students and the worldwide MIT community design and pilot innovative products and services in partnership with the people who need them.
  5. Approach Connect, support, and celebrate teams of public service innovators through an annual competition that provides up to $25,000 in implementation grants to teams demonstrating the greatest innovation, feasibility, and impact.
  6. Features <ul><li>Iterative proposal development process </li></ul><ul><li>Development grants for prototyping </li></ul><ul><li>Juried and community choice awards </li></ul><ul><li>Winners’ planning retreat </li></ul><ul><li>One year of implementation support </li></ul>
  7. Inspiration <ul><li>IDEAS Competition experience Awards and implementation support since 2001 </li></ul><ul><li>Growth of “design for development” at MIT Courses, student groups, labs, competitions </li></ul><ul><li>MIT150 Celebrating 150 years of service to the world </li></ul>
  8. Experience <ul><li>10 year track record 60 teams awarded $264,000 since 2001 </li></ul><ul><li>International impact 25% of teams are international students; projects in 28 countries </li></ul><ul><li>Leveraged results $3.2 million raised by teams in follow-on funding </li></ul>
  9. Examples
  10. PerfectSight Developers of an innovative, mobile system for diagnosing refractive eye conditions for under $1 using cell phones . Year awarded: 2010 Location: Malawi
  11. EGG-energy Developers of an innovative lighting and energy leasing franchise that aims to eliminate costly, unhealthy, and dangerous kerosene lanterns used around the world. Year awarded: 2009 Location: Tanzania
  12. 6Dot Braille Labeler Developers of a portable and easy to use electronic braille labeling device that significantly increases the ease and speed of creating braille labels by the visually impaired . Year awarded: 2008 Location: United States
  13. HeatSource Textiles Developers of a novel phase change heating form that can be used within clothing and bedding, with the purpose of promoting comfort while reducing risks of indoor air pollution. Year awarded: 2008 Location: Western China
  14. Leveraged Freedom Wheel Chair Developers of a rugged wheelchair suited to the needs of the physically impaired in the developing world, where unpaved surfaces make road travel difficult and slow. Year awarded: 2007 Location: Tanzania
  15. Get Involved <ul><li>Invest in “invention as public service” </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer to mentor a team </li></ul><ul><li>Review and provide feedback on proposals </li></ul><ul><li>Identify and define innovation challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Nominate yourself to be a judge </li></ul><ul><li>Connect us with community partners </li></ul>
  16. 2011 Targets <ul><li>Directly engage > 400 students, ~ 80 teams </li></ul><ul><li>Review > 60 initial proposals </li></ul><ul><li>Judge > 50 final proposals </li></ul><ul><li>Award ~ 12 teams </li></ul><ul><li>Support delivery of benefits > 12 communities </li></ul>
  17. Timeline <ul><li>September – March Initial proposals reviewed monthly </li></ul><ul><li>April Final proposal submission and judging </li></ul><ul><li>May Awards celebration </li></ul><ul><li>June – May Year of implementation </li></ul>
  18. 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
  19. Contact Lars Hasselblad Torres 617-324-5176 [email_address] On the web On Twitter @mitchallenge