MIT IDEAS Competition is an ideas contest, organized by the MIT -Massachusetts Institute of Technology- with the aim of promoting the implementation of projects producing significant improvements in the world. It is an open contest, but at least some of the participants of each team have to be MIT-students.
This competition was conceived by Amy Smith (MIT Edgerton Center) and Sally Susnowitz (Public Service Center). The 7th edition of the contest has already been held; the winners were announced on May, 1st. The two principal winners were awarded 7.500 USD. Four additional prizes of 5.000 USD and one prize of 3.000 USD were also awarded. Each prize is sponsored by public or private institutions and by different benefactors.
Among the winning projects, we may highlight the Braille Pencil, which aims to improve the daily life of elder people or disabled people with visual incapacities. The Braille Pencil is a system for Braille writing which helps users to take notes and write for long periods of time.
Over the years, many projects and ideas have been presented at MIT IDEAS Competition. The contribution made by the professionals and the students of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have been very huge.