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  • January 27 2011
  • Global Challenge Marketplace | 1.27.11 Global Challenge Marketplace | 1.27.11

In the Marketplace: 20 teams

1. Challengers! there are 19 help requests from teams that include a web designer, business planning/finance support, product development, and more. Browse, connect here:

2. Teams! there are 16 help offers including a business manager, visualization of quantitative data, and research and evaluation, curriculum development, and more. Browse, connect here:

(And, don’t forget: please “Close” your ad if it has been filled!)

SPECIAL NOTICE:  D-Lab is hiring
This amazing design for development resource at MIT has grown steadily over the years, reaching 12 academic offerings in 2010-2011, with close to 400 students going through the program. D-Lab also conducts research and field work in 20+ countries across  three continents, and continues to grow in all these fronts. These are exciting times, and D-Lab is excited to open two new positions to continue and support this growth.
Get all the details here:
In the news...
Entrepreneurship at the Base of the Pyramid
Have you seen NextBillion? Its a great resource for insight into trends and developments in emerging markets. IDEAS and Global Challenge are pleased to be represented:
On the Importance of a Point of View
John Kolko write in FastCompany today that objectivity – metrics, testing, etc - can be fatal during design synthesis, a recipe for disaster. The reason, John writes, is that during synthesis designers are “purposefully applying a frame of bias to objective, empirical data, in order to produce something new.” Great stuff. Read the full article:
Congratulations 2011 Unreasonable Institute Semifinalists!
Four PSC-supported teams are finalists for the Unreasonable Institute. That’s 4 out of 45 selected worldwide – pretty exciting! Congrats to IDEAS winners EGG-Energy, One Earth Designs, Sana Mobile, and BLISS. To be accepted, they need help to become among the first 25 teams to raise $8,000. Check out the 4 teams, help out, and spread the word. Learn more at:
Resources, offerings...
The 2011 Yunus Challenge
Around the world, 550 million smallholder farmers lack access to mechanized agricultural technology. Many important food staples like maize and grains are harvested and processed by hand, which is both labor intensive and time consuming. This year's Yunus Challenge calls for locally and environmentally sustainable innovations to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.
Visit or contact Laura Sampath for more information:
2011 Monster Challenge
This year’s Monster Worldwide Challenge asks, “What barriers to the well being of migrant and temporary workers can be reduced through the application of information technologies – mobile devices, the web, others. Learn more and find out how you can be involved at:
Develop a Proposal for a Davis Projects for Peace $10k Fellowship
Davis Projects for Peace is offering a $10,000 fellowship for an MIT undergraduate student project that promotes peace, to be implemented in the summer of 2011.  The aim is to "help young people launch some immediate initiatives that could bring new thinking to the prospects for peace in the world."  Deadline is 9:00am on Friday, February 4. Learn more at:
Laura Bush Traveling Fellowship
The fellowship will help fund a proposal designed by the applicant to conduct brief work in a foreign country related to the mandate of UNESCO – using education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations. The deadline is February 4.
Learn more at:
Call for Applications: Dell Social Innovation
The RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas and Dell invite college students from around the world who want to improve areas of critical human need through innovation to enter the Dell Social Innovation Competition. (Students who graduated in December 2010 are eligible to enter.) All finalists will receive prizes, and the overall winner will receive $50,000 in seed funding to launch his or her venture. Deadline to apply is February 14, 2011.
Learn more:
Young Social Activists Wanted: Do Something Awards
In 2011, the five nominees will be rewarded with a community grant of $10,000, media coverage, and continued support from Do Something to advance their community work. The grand-prize winner will receive $100,000 during the live broadcast of the awards ceremony. All winners have the option of receiving $5,000 of their grant in the form of an educational scholarship. Deadline is March 1, 2011. Learn more:
Mark your calendars...
FSILG&D Community Service Challenge
Team up with your FSILG or dorm and make an impact. Info session: January 31, 7:30-9:00pm, 32-123. Contact:,
Attend the MIT Community Service Fair
Tuesday, February 1, 12:30-3:00pm, Lobby 10 & Bush Room (10-105) to connect with over 30 community organizations looking for MIT student volunteers. Questions:
Microsoft Imagine Cup Sign Up Party
On February 8, from 5:30-8:00pm in 1-132, join Edwin Guarin, Senior Academic Developer Evangelist for Microsoft New England, as our host for an Imagine Cup ( entry party. Imagine Cup is a team-based, worldwide student developer competition encouraging students to create technology that solves some of the world’s toughest problems, while learning what it takes to potentially create a socially responsible startup.  100% of the IP is retained by the team.

So, ready to win recognition, $25,000 in cash, free travel, and a chance to meet global technology leaders? Join us. RSVP to  with “Imagine Cup” in the subject line. Oh, and the first 20 students to form teams and submit will receive a free XBOX360 game!
February Mixer + Generator Dinner
Got at innovative idea and you want to recruit team members? Perhaps you have skills to share? Join us for the IDEAS and Global Challenge Spring Generator Dinner February 23 at 7:30pm in La Sala de Puerto Rica (W20). RSVP to globalchallenge-rsvp with “Generator Dinner” in the subject line.
March 5, an all-day event bringing together New England farmers with MIT engineers to identify joint innovation opportunities. Focus areas will include technological innovation, financial innovation, and policy innovation to support a healthy small-scale farm economy in New England. Co-sponsors/organizers include IDEAS and the MIT Global Challenge, The Greenhorns ( and Bon Appetit. Subscribe to updates:
And how you can help...
A Tweet A Day
Help us raise awareness of this year’s teams and help connect them with the resources to succeed. Use Twitter, Facebook Like, and other tools to easily spread the word across your social networks. Curious how to get started? Just visit a team profile page here:
Nominate a Judge
We’re accepting nominations for 2011 IDEAS and Global Challenge judges for our in-person and online judging processes. To qualify, judges should have technical expertise and/or entrepreneurial experience in one or more of our challenge domains – water and sanitation, energy and environment, etc – and have a passion for helping students and young innovators excel. Want to learn more? Contact us at
We’re building our resource base for awards and operations. Sponsoring IDEAS and the MIT Global Challenge is a great way to support public service innovators at MIT that are delivering benefits to communities around the world. Its also a great way to raise the visibility of your company or organization across the Global Challenge network. Join with sponsors like the Legatum Center for Entreprepreneurship and Development, the Lemelson-MIT Program, National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance, the SEVEN Fund, and many other generous organizations and individuals. Want to learn more? Contact us at

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