The IDEAS Global Challenge helps MIT achieve its mission of working wisely, creatively, and effectively for the betterment of humankind. IDEAS is an annual innovation and social entrepreneurship program run by the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center, enabling students to apply their MIT education in real-world situations to tackle quality of life issues for people around the world.
Programs & Opportunities
Working in teams to develop innovative devices, systems, and processes that benefit communities locally, nationally, or internationally, participants compete for grants of up to $15,000 to launch their projects. IDEAS teams are created and led by MIT undergraduate and graduate students, but can involve other collaborators from around the world. Throughout the academic year, the staff work with students to help develop their projects – from networking and mentorship events, to feedback on initial scope statements and development grants of up to $1,000 for prototyping and travel expenses.
It’s all about collaboration. When passionate individuals pool their skills, knowledge, and resources, they can tackle just about anything. Volunteers share knowledge and expertise with teams as a mentors or reviewers.
Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center
Through several programs, the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center provides encouragement, advice, logistical support, and funding to help students engage in meaningful and effective public service work in the local community, throughout the United States, and around the world. Their goal is to enrich the MIT education for students through hands-on, real-world opportunities that complement the innovative culture of MIT. Their programs are designed to help students apply classroom learning, develop new skills, and understand the complexities of resolving challenges while working collaboratively with communities.