Massachusetts Institute of Technology

How to Enter the IDEAS Global Challenge

Welcome to the 2015 MIT IDEAS Global Challenge! To enter, please create a team here:

(Note: You must be a full-time MIT student to create a team. Not a student? Define a problem and invite students to work with you on a team here:

The MIT IDEAS Global Challenge is open to everyone. To be eligible, teams must:

  • Your team must be led by full-­time MIT students; teams are encouraged to collaborate with people around the world to realize their idea.
  • Be able to demonstrate that an MIT student made a significant contribution to the development of the project's innovative design, process, technology, etc.
  • Must work with a community partner to identify the problem and develop the solution

To enter:

  1. Submit at least one Scope Statement (required) and one Development Grant request (optional).
    ** Teams are welcome to submit more than once for additional feedback or grant opportunities.
    ** Note, We recognize teams are at different stages of development; your Scope Statement should not be a full Proposal but do give us a sense of the context of your work, the idea you're proposing, questions you're looking to answer, and help you may need. 
    1st chance to submit: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 6:00pm, EDT
    2nd chance to submit: Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 6:00pm, EST
    3rd chance to submit: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 6:00pm, EST
  2. Submit a Proposal by Friday, March 20, 2015 at 6:00pm, EDT.
    Teams whose projects meet the standards of innovation, feasibility, impact and community connection will be invited to submit a Proposal. * The IDEAS Global Challenge team will confirm your eligibility by email. *
  3. Particpate in the judging process.
    The judging process entails evaluation of written proposals and in-person meetings with teams. Judges receive entrants' final proposals in late March and submit initial rankings. Then judges meet teams in-person at the Innovation Showcase on Friday, April 10, 2015. Following the Innovation Showcase, judges submit their final recommendations for awards.

What you can win:

  • Up to $10,000 in awards per team, as selected by our panel of judges.
  • Awards are granted for a 15-month period. All unused funds revert to the Public Service Center. There are some basic guidelines on what awards cannot cover - such as employment, dangerous materials or weapons, consulting and similar products and services. If questions, ask

Questions? Email

For complete rules and restrictions, download

For an overview of initial and final proposal guidelines and development grant process, please refer to the sidebar for more information.

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The Awards Celebration, where winners will be announced, will take place on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 6:30-8:30pm in 10-250.

If you win an award, you are expected to attend the WINNERS' RETREAT - This year's retreat will take place the evening of Thursday, April 30; the late afternoon/evening of Friday, May 1; and the morning/afternoon of Saturday, May 2.