Massachusetts Institute of Technology

About the MIT IDEAS Global Challenge

The MIT IDEAS Global Challenge connects students with the passion and talent to improve the world with the experience and resources of the MIT community worldwide. We support innovation and entrepreneurship as public service through an annual competition that awards up to $10,000 per team for the best ideas to tackle barriers to well being. Get started today!

Developed in conjunction with MIT's 150th anniversary in 2011 and built on the success of the IDEAS Competition, the IDEAS Global Challenge offers a window into innovation at MIT and invites students, faculty, staff, alumni, and their collaborators to identify and address community development challenges through innovation and collaboration in communities around the world. IDEAS and Global Challenge teams are often inspired by the rich innovation ecology at MIT that includes the D-Lab family of courses, Development Ventures at the MIT Media Lab, engineering courses like 2.009, and many others.

Join us! Through the IDEAS Global Challenge you can:

Get involved

You don't have to be affiliated with MIT to participate. Everyone is encouraged to contribute your time, energy, and expertise to support student innovation as public service. However, teams must be led by a full-time MIT student and should ensure that roughly 1/3 of the team is MIT students to be eligible to win an award. To get started, register to be a part of the IDEAS Global Challenge, explore or define problems, get to know the teams, and ways you can contribute through the Help Wanted/Help Offered board. You can also sign up to be a volunteer with the IDEAS Global Challenge.

Who We Are

  • Keely Swan is the IDEAS Global Challenge Administrator in the MIT Public Service Center. You can reach out to Keely with any questions about IDEAS events and opportunities at kcswan at mit dot edu. 
  • In addition to the Public Service Center Staff, the IDEAS Advisory Board provides guidance, connections, and mentorship to the program and its student teams. Read more about the board members here.