IDEAS Events & Deadlines


IDEAS 2019 competition cycle


September 2018

IDEAS Fall Generator Dinner - 2019 Competition Kickoff

Thursday, September 27, 7-9pm
Morss Hall, Walker Memorial, Bldg 50
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Are you interested in learning more about innovation and social entrepreneurship opportunities at MIT? Working on a project to help underserved communities? Need funding? Want to recruit new team members? Want to get involved, but don't yet have an idea?

Join us for dinner. Pitch an idea. Find a team.

This is an excellent opportunity to recruit team members or join a team as the 2019 IDEAS competition gets underway! Spend the evening networking with other students who care about social innovation and entrepreneurship. Come pitch your project or your skills, and hear more about how you can get involved in this year's competition.


October

Proposal Writing Workshops

Monday, October 15th, 7:00-8:00pm in Martin Trust Center, E40 Rm 175
or
Thursday, October 18th, 12:00-1:00pm in PKG Center, W20-549

If you have questions about the IDEAS entry process, we can help answer them! Join us for one of these drop-in workshops to learn more about our criteria and how to craft a strong scope statement. Not sure if your project fits IDEAS program requirements? Come ask us at these workshops!


New Reviewer Training Session

Tuesday, Oct 16, 6:00-8:00pm
Location: PKG Center Conference Room, W20-549

Join us as a volunteer to make IDEAS a success this year! We'll be training new reviewers on our competition criteria, how to help teams strengthen their proposals, and how to use our online review platform. Dinner will be served! If you're interested in joining us as a volunteer reviewer, sign up here.


First IDEAS Entry Deadline

Thursday, October 25 by 6:00pm EST
MIT Team Leaders: Register your team on our application site!

Have an innovative project that could make a positive change in the world? Enter in the IDEAS Global Challenge for a chance to win up to $15k per team to make your idea a reality. Teams must be led by a full-time MIT student and must demonstrate that MIT students have made a significant contribution to the innovation. Email globalchallenge@mit.edu with questions.


November

Round One Review Process

Teams receive feedback from reviewers online and schedule a time to meet in person with IDEAS staff (November 7-14).


Get Good Stuff Done Workshops

Topics and Dates TBD

Get Good Stuff Done is a workshop series, collaboratively organized by 10 different centers and programs across the university. The PKG Center is involved in organizing a number of workshops. Read more about all of the workshop topics at http://bit.ly/MITgoodstuff 


December

Get Good Stuff Done Workshops

Topics and Dates TBD

Get Good Stuff Done is a workshop series, collaboratively organized by 10 different centers and programs across the university. The PKG Center is involved in organizing the workshops above. Read more about all of the workshop topics at http://bit.ly/MITgoodstuff


January 2019

Second Chance to Enter IDEAS

Thursday, January 17 by 6:00pm
MIT Team Leaders: Register your team on our FluidReview site!

Have an innovative project that could make a positive change in the world? Enter in the IDEAS Global Challenge for a chance to win up to $15k per team to make your idea a reality. Teams must be led by a full-time MIT student and must demonstrate that MIT students have made a significant contribution to the innovation. Email globalchallenge@mit.edu with questions.


Round Two Review

Teams receive feedback from reviewers online and schedule a time to meet in person with IDEAS staff (January 30 - February 5).


February

Spring Generator Dinner

Thursday, February 7, 7:00-9:00pm
Lobdell, 2nd Floor, W20 MIT Student Center

RSVP on Eventbrite

Are you interested in learning more about innovation and social entrepreneurship opportunities at MIT? Working on a project to help underserved communities? Need funding? Want to recruit new team members? Want to get involved, but don't yet have an idea?

Join us for dinner. Pitch an idea. Find a team.

Like our annual Fall Generator Dinner, this is an excellent opportunity to recruit team members or join a team! Spend the evening networking with other students who care about social innovation and entrepreneurship. You'll also hear tips and advice from several past winners. Come pitch your project or your skills, and hear insights and advice from past winners.


Proposal Writing Workshops

TBD

Location: PKG Center Conference Room, W20-549

If you have questions about the IDEAS entry process, we can help answer them! Join us for one of these drop-in workshops to learn more about our criteria and how to craft a strong scope statement. Not sure if your project fits IDEAS program requirements? Come ask us at these workshops!

We're also offering one-on-one office hours to help with last minute feedback!


Last Chance to Enter IDEAS!

Thursday, February 28 by 6:00pm EST
MIT Team Leaders: Register your team on our application site!

Have an innovative project that could make a positive change in the world? Enter in the IDEAS Global Challenge for a chance to win up to $15k per team to make your idea a reality. Teams must be led by a full-time MIT student and must demonstrate that MIT students have made a significant contribution to the innovation. Email globalchallenge@mit.edu with questions.


March

Get Good Stuff Done: Team Dynamics Workshop

TBD

You’ve put in countless hours on your project, overcome obstacles to make it work. But wait! Are you really ready to launch as a team? This workshop focuses on the day after you’ve received funding and attention for your idea. How will your team move forward, together? Developed from key questions past fellows & IDEAS winners wished they would’ve asked sooner, combined with insight from program administrators and conflict management experts, this interactive workshop explores the question of “Now what?” before it’s too late.


Round Three Review Process

Teams receive feedback from reviewers online and schedule a time to meet in person with IDEAS staff (March 12-20). Teams will also be notified regarding their invitation to move forward to the Final Round.


Bose Speed Mentorship Program

TBD
*Must have entered IDEAS to participate

Bose executive officers and employees interested in social innovation join us at MIT to hear you pitch your project and mentorship requests. You'll receive industry-agnostic feedback and advice about your project over three 20-minute 'speed mentorship' sessions.

Bose mentors joining us have expertise in many fields, including: Communications, Advertising, Product & Business Strategy, Business Models, Product Management, B2B Sales, Direct Sales, Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Design/User Interface, Program Management, Manufacturing, Finance, Human Resources, Intellectual Property/Legal, IT/Web.


April

Final Proposals Due

Tuesday, April 9 by 6:00pm

Teams will be notified in March by IDEAS staff if they have met criteria to move on to the Final Round.


Clear, Concise, Compelling: IDEAS Pitch Workshop

TBD

With the Innovation Showcase around the corner, join us for a workshop to prepare your pitch for judges. Learn about the elements that make a successful pitch, practice and receive feedback, and learn how to design effective visual aids that enhance your pitch (e.g. poster design, logo, etc.). This session aims to make sure you're all set for the Innovation Showcase!


Innovation Showcase & Awards Ceremony

Saturday, April 27
Judging 9:30-11:30 [Teams Only] / 12:30-2:30pm Public Showcase / 2:30-3:30pm Awards Ceremony
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This year's student-led teams will be presenting their innovative projects and prototypes that have the potential to improve lives around the world. The best teams will win up to $15,000. This is where great ideas come to life! Since 2001 we've awarded more than $1 Million to 160 teams who implemented innovative service projects in 44 countries, serving the needs of hundreds of thousands of people.


May

Winners' Retreat

Friday, May 10 (afternoon & evening) Saturday, May 11 (morning & afternoon)

The 2019 winning teams join us for a retreat with experts and advisors to help them prepare to launch their projects over the next 15 months!