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  • May 03 2011
  • Congratulations 2011 IDEAS Global Challenge Teams! Congratulations 2011 IDEAS Global Challenge Teams!

Winners of the MIT Global Challenge, an innovation and entrepreneurship competition with community service at its core, were announced on May 2 in Kresge Auditorium at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This year, 45 teams, representing more than 120 MIT students, competed for awards to turn their innovation into a reality that benefits disadvantaged communities locally and across the globe.

Winning projects represent true ingenuity in education, water and sanitation, medical devices, energy, and other sectors. Winning teams will move their projects forward over the next year in collaboration with community partners.

 

Total Awards Given Away: $145,000

 

IDEAS Juried Awards 
84 leaders from around the world participated in the judging process.

 ALCAS $10,000 - Cost-effective, easy-to-use, portable, and highly-effective medical instrument sterilization for Nepal's rural hospitals 

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY $10,000 - Enabling people with severe physical disabilities to use mobile computing devices

INNOBOX $10,000 - Improving Science Education Through Innovation: sustainable hands-on science and engineering experiments and instructions

SOLAR AUTOCLAVE $7,500 - A solar-power autoclave to provide clinics with a low-cost, reliable, and portable method of sterilization

INDIAN MOBILE INITIATIVE $7,500 - With an innovative approach to technical education and a twist to entrepreneurship, promoting social fervor in college students

SAFE WATER WORLD $5,000 - Water quality testing and data collection worldwide

LOW COST CURRICULUM FOR THE BLIND $5,000 - Low-cost math and science curriculum for blind children, using cheaply available materials, with an emphasis on adaptability to local environments at home and in school

HYDRO HARVEST $5,000 - Cost-effective rainwater harvesting systems in Rwanda

EYECATRA $5,000 - Speedy detection of cataracts using a smart snap-on for mobiles, eliminating the need for a trained clinician

BIODIESEL $5,000 - A comprehensive and efficient system to “close the loop” of the energy cycle for these local food vendors

 



Global Challenge Juried Awards
84 leaders from around the world participated in the judging process.

SOLAR AUTOCLAVE $10,000 - A solar-power autoclave to provide clinics with a low-cost, reliable, and portable method of sterilization

KOSIM WATER KEG $10,000 - In-home water purification with minimal user effort

 PRACTICAL ENERGY NETWORK $10,000 - Bridging the technical divide between those who design appropriate energy technologies and those who utilize them
 

INDIAN MOBILE INITIATIVE $10,000 - With an innovative approach to technical education and a twist to entrepreneurship, promoting social fervor in college students

MAA-BARA $10,000 - Closed-loop system producing healthy fish and vegetables in areas with limited arable land, increasing food security and providing jobs starting in the Niger Delta.

 


Global Challenge Community Choice Awards
Over 14,000 people from 117 different countries participated in the online Community Choice vote.

EYECATRA $5,000 - Speedy detection of cataracts using a smart snap-on for mobiles, eliminating the need for a trained clinician

INNOBOX $5,000 - Improving Science Education Through Innovation: sustainable hands-on science and engineering experiments and instructions

INDIAN MOBILE INITIATIVE $5,000 - With an innovative approach to technical education and a twist to entrepreneurship, promoting social fervor in college students

AQUA $5,000 - Reality-based mobile and online game to raise public awareness, gather necessary funds and support the implementation of community-integrated solutions to water and sanitation problems

LOW COST CURRICULUM FOR THE BLIND $5,000 - Low-cost math and science curriculum for blind children, using cheaply available materials, with an emphasis on adaptability to local environments at home and in school

    
 

Total Awards Given Away: $145,000

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