IDEAS Events & Deadlines


October

 

Proposal Writing Workshops

Tuesday, Oct 17, 5-6pm in Martin Trust Center Garage, E40-160

Wednesday, Oct 25, 6-7pm in classroom 56-180

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

Wednesday, Oct 25, 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.


November

First IDEAS Entry Deadline

Thursday, November 2 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.


Get Good Stuff Done Workshops

Fieldwork: November 1, 5:30-7:30pm / RSVP at bit.ly/GGSDfieldwork

Power & Influence: November 7, 5:00-7:00pm / RSVP at bit.ly/GGSDpower 

Theory of Change: November 16, 5-7pm / RSVP at bit.ly/GGSDchange

Stakeholder Analysis: November 30, 5-7pm / RSVP at bit.ly/GGSDanalysis

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 


Round One Review Process

Teams receive feedback from reviewers online and schedule a time to meet in person with IDEAS staff (November 16, 17, 20, and 21).


December

Get Good Stuff Done Workshops

This month, check out the workshops on Participatory Action Research (PAR) and preparation for International Travel. 

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

Second IDEAS Entry Deadline

Thursday, January 18 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.


February

Round Two Review Process

Teams receive feedback from reviewers online and schedule a time to meet in person with IDEAS staff (February 1, 2, 5).


Spring Generator Dinner

Thursday, February 8, 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? 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

Dates TBD

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!


March

Last Chance to Enter IDEAS!

Thursday, March 1 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.


Round Three Review Process

Teams receive feedback from reviewers online and schedule a time to meet in person with IDEAS staff (March 13-19). Teams will also be notified regarding their invitation to move forward to the Final Round.


Bose Speed Mentorship Program

Thursday, March 15, 6:00-8:15pm

*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 3 by 6:00pm

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


Innovation Showcase & Awards Ceremony

Saturday, April 21

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 $950,000 to 150 teams who implemented innovative service projects in 44 countries, serving the needs of hundreds of thousands of people.


May

Winners' Retreat

Friday, May 11 (afternoon & evening)

Saturday, May 12 (morning & afternoon)

The 2018 winning teams join us for a retreat with experts and advisors to help them prepare to launch their projects over the next 15 months!