The MIT Global Challenge connects students with the passion and talent to improve the world with the experience and resources of the MIT community worldwide. It supports innovation and entrepreneurship as public service through an annual competition that awards up to $25,000 per team for the best ideas to tackle barriers to well being.
Built on the success of the IDEAS Competition, the 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.
The Global Challenge and IDEAS Competition are open to everyone. To win, teams must:
- Have at least 1/3 full-time MIT students
- Be able to demonstrate that an MIT student made a significant contribution to the innovation
- Must work with a community partner to identify the problem and develop the solution