IDEAS Events & Deadlines


Spring Generator Dinner

Thursday, February 16, 7:00-9:00pm (*rescheduled from 2/9)
Lobdell, 2nd Floor, W20 MIT Student Center

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

Tuesday, Feb 21, 5:00-6:00pm
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 and development grant request. Not sure if your project fits IDEAS program requirements? Come ask us at these workshops!


Third/Final Chance to Enter IDEAS

Thursday, March 2, by 6:00pm

Bose Speed Mentorship Event

Thursday, March 16, 6:00-8:15pm
Teams RSVP here.
*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.

Round Three Review Sessions

Tuesday, March 21
Each team will have a 20-minute session with their reviewers between 6:00 - 8:30pm


Team Dynamics Workshop: A Winners' Mindset

Wednesday, April 5, 6:00 - 7:30pm
Vannevar Bush Room, 10-105

You’ve put in countless hours on your project, overcome obstacles to make it work, and you’re almost ready to submit your application. But wait! Are you really ready to win? This workshop focuses on the day after you’ve won. How will your team move forward, together? Developed from key questions past winners wished they would’ve asked combined with insight from program administrators and conflict management experts, this interactive workshop explores the question of “Now what?” before it’s too late.

Office Hours: Final Editing Frenzy

April 3 - 7
Sign up for a time to meet with us here:

IDEAS staff can answer any questions you may have, help review your final proposals, and provide suggestions.

Final Proposals Due

Monday, April 10 by 6:00pm

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

Pitch Workshop: Clear, Concise, Compelling

Thursday, April 20th, 6:00-7:30pm
Grier Room 34-401

Led by Tom Gearty, Director of Communications, SA+P (and long-time IDEAS mentor!)

With the Innovation Showcase just about a week away, 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!

IDEAS Innovation Showcase & Awards

Saturday, April 29
Judging [Teams only] 9:30 - 11:30am / Public Showcase 12:30-2:30pm / Awards Ceremony 2:30-3:30pm
MIT Media Lab, 6th Floor


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 $850,000 to 140 teams who implemented innovative service projects in 44 countries, serving the needs of hundreds of thousands of people.


Winners' Retreat

Friday, May 12 (Afternoon - Evening) & Saturday, May 13 (Full Day)
The 2017 winning teams join us for a retreat with experts and advisors to help them prepare to launch their projects over the next 15 months!