IDEAS Events & Deadlines

ideas competition process 2018

Proposal Writing Workshops

Thursday, February 15 @ 7-8pm in PKG Conference Room, W20-549
Wednesday, February 21 @ 11:45am - 12:45pm in Martin Trust Center, E40-175

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!

  • Tuesday, February 27, 12-2pm in W20-549 with Keely Swan, IDEAS Administrator (or by appointment - kcswan[at]
  • Wednesday, February 28, 11:30am-2:30pm in E40-172 with Prerna Sekhri, IDEAS Grad Assistant


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 with questions.

Get Good Stuff Done: Team Dynamics Workshop

Wednesday, March 7, 5:45-7:30pm
Martin Trust Center Garage, E40
RSVP Here!

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.

Workshop in collaboration with the Legatum Center for Social Entrepreneurship and the Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship

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.


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.

Clear, Concise, Compelling: IDEAS Pitch Workshop

Wednesday, April 11, 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 less than two weeks 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!

Pitch Practice Dinner (Tentative)

Wednesday, April 18, 6:00-7:30pm Location TBD

Want some extra time to practice your pitch and some volunteers to give you feedback? Join us for this dinner, and we'll work with you to polish the presentation. Using the tips from the workshop on April 11, we'll help ensure that your visuals match your talking points, and that you're telling a compelling story about yourself and your project. 

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 RSVP on Eventbrite

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.


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!