mit has a lot of entrepreneur competitions -but one way to get started is to look at and then understand those competition entries that  are linked to the student-led mit100k which has 3 competition phases through calendar year:



main prize

and 6 tracks

Segal Family Foundation Emerging Markets Track

The mission of the Emerging Markets Track is to create transformational change in emerging markets through business. This track is for companies addressing non-OECD countries, especially those in Africa, Latin America, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. The companies can be for-profit or non-profit companies. However, sustainability will be a major factor in the consideration of any business, so please make sure there is a very reliable funding model if the company is structured as a nonprofit.

Energy Track

The mission of the Energy Track is to turbo-charge the next generation of energy entrepreneurs to help solve the world’s energy challenge. Teams that enter the Energy Track should be working on technologies or business models that will affect the future of energy in the U.S. and/or abroad.

In the Launch Contest, the Energy Track is run by the MIT Clean Energy Prize. The highest ranking MIT team wins the Energy Track prize for the Launch Contest and competes in the finale.

fe Sciences Track

The mission of the Life Sciences Track is to advance ideas and companies related to biotechnology, therapeutics, medical devices, biomaterials, healthcare IT, diagnostics and instrumentation.

Mobile Track

The mission of the Mobile Track is to inspire new products and services that can be used to enhance our lives and productivity when we are on the go. Software or other services related to mobile phones, tablets, and other mobile devices fall in this track.

Web/IT Track

The mission of the Web/IT Track is to make the lives of individuals and businesses better by offering IT and web-based solutions that meet their needs.


Products & Services Track

The mission of the Products & Services Track is to build businesses that satisfy pressing consumer and business needs, ranging from revolutionary building materials to the latest high-tech gadget.


before continuing with 2012-2013- here are mit100k big prize winners from the past

Hall of Fame

Here are the past grand prize winners of the MIT $100K, $50K, and $10K Business Plan Contest.

Year 100K Winner Track Winners
2012 (previously called CloudTop)
2011 Sanergy View
2010 C-Crete Technologies View
2009 Ksplice View
2008 Diagnostics For All
2007 Robospy, Bagazo
2006 Steri-Coat, Centro Migrante
2005 Balico
2004 Active Joint Brace
2003 Smart Cells
2002 Ancora Pharmaceuticals
2001 Angstrom Medica
2000 Eye Gen, Inc

There are also many other startups from our competition that became successful. This BostInno article provides some examples!



please help us build this journey through a year in the day of-  -have we missed anything - -the most essential competition web tour includes - we also offer our more general tour of vaut le voyage MIT here


typically the year starts with t=0september week 2 -a weekend day opener the a choice of 3 immersion evenings    t0 on facebook

in 2012 sat 8th MIT Summer Accelerator Demo Day

Last spring 129 MIT student teams applied to be in the MIT summer accelerator programs.  We had facilities and resources for about 50 of them.  These teams have since worked incredibly hard full time over the summer to make their groundbreaking technologies and ideas a reality.

We have selected 15 teams that have made the significant progress as part of our MIT Founders’ Skills Accelerator and MIT Beehive Cooperative and we are incredibly proud to showcase them on Saturday, September 8th from 12pm to 2:45pm at Walker Memorial, building 50, on the campus of MIT. with a reception 2.45-4

These teams range from breakthrough technology in the energy and health care industries to revolutionary software in the B2C and B2B areas that has not previously been presented.  There will also be teams creating sustainable and profitable business models to improve the quality of life in Africa and better connect them with the global economy.

Monday, September 10th – Energy Immersion Night

Lab Tours – coming soon!

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Dinner, Talks, Brainstorm the next big idea! Guest Speakers: Prof. Alex Slocum, Bill Aulet Location: TBD

Tuesday, September 11th  – Healthcare Immersion Night

Lab Tours – coming soon!

4:30 pm – 6:30 pm - Dinner, Talks, Brainstorm the next big idea! Guest Speakers: Prof. Robert Langer, Dean Christine Ortiz, and Dr. Leo Cell Location: TBD

Wednesday, September 12th – Software & Computer Science Immersion Night Lab Tours – coming soon! 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Dinner, Talks, Brainstorm the next big idea! Guest Speakers: Joi Ito and Prof. Daniel Jackson Location: 32-G401/R&D Commons

Thursday, September 13th – Hardware Immersion Night 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Talk, Lab Tour, Brainstorm the next big idea! Guest Speaker: Prof. Ian Hunter Location: 3-154


Friday to Sunday -not your typical hackathon

t=0 Hackathon

**Get help working on a plan to take an idea from concept to reality! 

Friday, Sept. 14th – Sunday, Sept. 16th

What are YOU doing this weekend?

This is the place to be to make something happen!

Inspired from all the innovation and emerging technology you experienced this week? Time to start changing the world by working together to make cool stuff happen.

Come to the t=0 hackathon to pitch your ideas, meet a team, and spend 2 days working on a plan to turn your idea into a reality. That’s right — get help with the steps to move that idea to the next step.

Don’t have an idea? No problem! Come meet a team that would love your help over the weekend. No experience necessary!

And although you only have 2 days, who knows – what you do this weekend could continue in an MIT class, accelerator, or the MIT $100K.

The t=0 Hackathon will kick off with dinner at 7:30 pm and an idea pitch at 8:00. Then you’ll get a chance to form teams and start hacking!

Judging will take place on Sunday morning at 10am with awards and wrap up at 11:30am.

You provide: An idea, project, team…or just your enthusiasm to do something cool!

We provide: Space, mentors, and all the Red Bull you can drink!

Friday September 14th – Hackathon Kickoff 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm – Dinner 8:00 pm – 8:45 pm – Idea Pitch 8:45 pm – 10:00 pm – Team Formation Location: Lobdell Dining Room (W20-208)

Saturday, September 15th – Hackathon 9:00 am – 10:00 pm – All Day Hackathon Location: Building W20

Sunday, September 16th – Hackathon Awards and Wrap up 10:00 am – 11:30 am – Awards 11:30 am – 12:00 pm – Wrap up Location: Building W20



co-sponsors includeall the main comp0etition formats hosted thru the year

MIT Founders Skills Accelerators

The Beehive Cooperative

Start Labs

MIT sloan entrepreneurship and innovation club

MIT energy club & MIT energy club at Sloan

Idea Storm MIT entrepreneurship club at Sloan

Hacking Medecine


MIT Clean Energgy Pize

Trust Center for Entrepreneurship

$100K competition

MIT Ideas Global Exchange

Young Impact


Trust Center Events checklist


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Martin Trust Center Announcements 2 oct 2012

What Everybody's Buzzing About: Ben Israelite explains his role at the Martin Trust Center and the Beehive's continuation. Read more here.

Music Hack Day @ MIT will be taking place this November 10th-11th (Veterans' Day Weekend) in the Stata Center. Over this weekend, some of the biggest companies in the music industry will be opening up their catalogs and interfaces to the MIT community. For more details, please visit the following site:

Ready, Set, Pitch! MIT $100K Pitch Contest is open. Read more:


MIT Entrepreneurship Events

MITER Happy Hour

Tue, 10/2/12, 6:00pm - 9:00pm, The Muddy Charles Pub, Building 50

Join thought leaders from all across campus and learn more about the MIT Entrepreneurship Review (MITER), a student-run online publication at the intersection of technology, science and entrepreneurship. Please RSVP to Ido Salama ( since food will be provided. Read more at

MIT $100K Pitch Workshop

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm, E25-111


The MIT $100K team is hosting a workshop where you can learn tactics and strategies for delivering an effective elevator pitch. MIT Sloan's Howard

Anderson will give his tried and true advice on effective pitching strategies.Be sure to sign up through Eventbrite to reserve your spot:

AT&T Mobile App Hackathon Cambridge
Fri, 10/05/2012 - 6:00pm - Sat, 10/06/2012 - 8:00pm, 32-124

Mobile App Hackathon is an event produced by the AT&T Developer Program and MIT Sloan Business Club that is designed for attendees (technical & non-technical) to build apps/mobile apps, get fed, compete for prizes across different categories and most importantly: meet new people and scout for teammates to work on new or current projects. To sign up and see an event schedule visit:

Startup Bootcamp

Mon, 10/08/2012 (Columbus Day) - 9:00am - 5:00pm, Kresge Auditorium, W16

Startup Bootcamp, run by StartLabs, brings ten varied and inspiring startup founders to MIT's Kresge Auditorium for a free talk series each year. Open to the wider community, Startup Bootcamp has become one of the premier Boston-area startup events each year. Admission, coffee, and a light breakfast will be provided free of charge.

Community Events

1,000 Pirates Party
Fri, 10/05/2012 - 6:30pm - 9:45pm, Boston Harbor
Join and 1,000 other Boston startup community members for an evening of fun. There will be a cash bar, a DJ ( founder Jeff Taylor!), plenty of people dressed in pirate costumes (so suit up!) and lively chatter on building things that people want. RSVP at

Greenhorn Summit
Sat, 10/06/2012 - 10:00am - 4:30pm, Microsoft NERD 1 Memorial Dr Cambridge, MA 02142
The Greenhorn Summit is a one-day conference for students interested in Boston-area startups. Boston's best entrepreneurs and tech influencers will explain their experiences and insights so you can succeed in this startup environment. RSVP at

Important Deadlines

MIT $100K Pitch Contest Registration

Deadline: Fri, 10/12/2012

The Pitch Contest (former Elevator Pitch Contest) is the first of three contests hosted by the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition. It's about idea generation, connecting with others who have similar interests, and learning how to present your pitch to a potential investor in a moment's notice. 60 seconds for a chance to win $5,000!

Calling All Inventive Seniors & Graduate Students at MIT for the $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize
Deadline: Fri, 11/30/2012
Individual inventors and/or key contributors to a team project, or who have otherwise demonstrated a portfolio of inventiveness are encouraged to apply. Applicants become a part of a cohort, benefitting from events, networking, and other opportunities. In addition to monetary support, Winners (and up to 2 Finalists) gain national media attention, enabling them to further develop their ideas and/ or entrepreneurial ventures. Interested? Find out more at


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The Pitch Contest (former Elevator Pitch Contest) is the first of three contests hosted by the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition. It's about idea generation, connecting with others who have similar interests, and learning how to present your pitch to a potential investor in a moment's notice. 60 seconds for a chance to win $5,000!

September September 28th – Pitch Contest Registration opens

October October 4th, 6 PM – 7:30 PM: How to Pitch with Howard Anderson (E25-111) (RSVP) October 10th – 11th, 6 PM – 9 PM: Coaches’ Corner sessions (E40-160, advanced registration required) October 12th: Pitch Contest registration deadline (6:00 PM ET) October 15th -16th: Round 1 Judging October 18th: Round 2 Judging October 22nd, 7 PM: Finale – Kirsch Auditorium (Building 32)

Calling All Inventive Seniors & Graduate Students at MIT for the $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize Deadline: Fri, 11/30/2012 Individual inventors and/or key contributors to a team project, or who have otherwise demonstrated a portfolio of inventiveness are encouraged to apply. Applicants become a part of a cohort, benefitting from events, networking, and other opportunities. In addition to monetary support, Winners (and up to 2 Finalists) gain national media attention, enabling them to further develop their ideas and/ or entrepreneurial ventures. Interested? Find out more at includes

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MIT $100K Pitch Contest Finale Mon, 10/22/2012 - 7:00pm, 32-Kirsch Auditorium The first of three contests in the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition, students and researchers in the MIT community will pitch their idea in 60 seconds to potential investors for cash prizes. Watch the promotional video everyone's talking about and attend the event with an MIT ID on October 22! Find out more at

MIT Entrepreneurship Events

Technology Spawning and the Genesis of New Science-Based Inventions Wed, 10/17/2012 - 3:00pm, E25-401 Michaël Bikard, a PhD candidate in Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management at MIT Sloan and the Center for Biomedical Innovation will present a talk entitled "Technology Spawning and the Genesis of New Science-Based Inventions." Find out more at: StartLabs Open Project Time Wed, 10/17/2012 - 5:00pm - 11:59pm, N52-3rd floor StartLabs will be hosting an opportunity to work on projects and chat with interesting folks at their space in N52. Food will be served from 7 - 8pm.
Energy Circle Event: The Water/Energy Nexus Innovation and Opportunity Now Wed, 10/17/2012 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm, UK Trade and Investment, One Broadway 7th floor, Cambridge The MIT Enterprise Forum will host a panel discussing global trends in water innovation and its reliance on energy. Register at: Kamcord Info Session Thu, 10/18/2012 - 7:00pm, N52 (door to the right of the MIT Museum) Curious about incubators? Mobile development? Building games? will be hosting Aditya Rathnam, an '07 in course 6, and founder of Kamcord, a new startup participating in Y Combinator, to lead a discussion on audience chosen topics. Rathnam will be joined by Erik Nordlander of Google Ventures. More info at: MIT Energy Night Fri, 10/19/2012 - 5:00pm - 8:30pm, N51-MIT Museum MIT's annual energy research showcase event featuring poster presentations that cover energy research, start-ups, clubs, and initiatives. This is a great opportunity to meet experts from various energy-related fields to discuss ideas for new energy research and business opportunities. Topics include the production, transmission, consumption, policy and business of energy. MIT Energy Night is free and open to the public. Communicating Inventiveness Workshop Mon, 10/22/2012 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm, 10-105 Designed to help Lemelson-MIT Student Prize applicants assemble and hone their applications, this workshop offers practical tips and encouragement for anyone in the MIT community who wishes to develop their professional communication skills in writing, speaking, and video making. Register for the event at To learn more about the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize visit:

Community Entrepreneurship Events

Hack the Presidential Debate Fri, 10/19/2012 - 7:00pm to Sat, 10/20/2012 - 5:00pm, E14-525 Sponsored by the The Boston Globe, the MIT Media Lab, & Hacks/Hackers Boston, this hackathon has a twist: a hack on a presidential debate *before* it's held. Register and find out more at:

Important Deadlines MIT Sloan International MBA Sales Competition Entry Deadline: Fri, 10/19/2012 - 5:00pm The competition is a unique opportunity for MBA students to win prestige, $10,000 in cash prizes, recruiting opportunities, and to network with fellow MBA students and professionals from around the world. Read more MIT IDEAS Global Challenge - First Chance to Enter Deadline: Tue, 10/23/2012 - 11:59pm The MIT IDEAS Global Challenge connects students with the passion and talent to improve the world with the experience and resources of the MIT community worldwide. To register and find out more please visit
$30,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize Deadline: Fri, 11/30/2012 Individual inventors and/or key contributors to a team project, or who have otherwise demonstrated a portfolio of inventiveness are encouraged to apply. Applicants become a part of a cohort, benefitting from events, networking, and other opportunities. In addition to monetary support, Winners (and up to 2 Finalists) gain national media attention, enabling them to further develop their ideas and/ or entrepreneurial ventures. Interested? Find out more at

The above listings are some of the many events that happen throughout MIT and the  broader entrepreneurial ecosystem. For more, take a look at our  event calendar at

monday sees final of first of three mit 100k competituons of the year - the pitch elevator

MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition

  • Pitch Contest!

    October 15th -16th: Round 1 Judging

    October 18th: Round 2 Judging

    Both judging days are from 6 PM to 9 PM in E51 (meet in the lobby and see your room assignment.)

    October 22nd, 7 PM: Finale – Kirsch Auditorium (Building 32)

    For more information, please click here.

    Read More!Pitch Contest!
  • Perfect Your Pitch

    Read tips from the winners of last year’s 100K competition on how to perfect your elevator pitch!

    Read MorePerfect Your Pitch
  • Launch 2012 Winner

    Congratulations to CloudTop for winning the MIT $100K Robert P. Goldberg Grand Prize of $100,000!

    Watch Finale Video!Launch 2012 Winner

The MIT $100K |  Pitch. Accelerate. Launch.

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The Contests

We organize three MIT $100K contests every year: Pitch Contest, Accelerate Contest, and Launch Contest.

Pitch Contest

Do you have questions about the Pitch Contest? Find your answers here.


2012 Submissions | The Catherine B Reynolds Foundation YouPitch Contest

Watch the videos on YouTube/Facebook and like the Facebook post/YouTube video to support a team. You can search for a team by their Team name using the search bar.

Team Name Facebook Post YouTube Video Like Count at the Deadline.
PalmLing 1553
Synthetic Edge 954
Orbeus 734
Enelek Power 714
RevoBy 672
The Beth Project 639
CrowdIt 594
SpatiaLink Solutions 569
Bractlet 556
Practical Education Network (PEN) 556
Invisergy Corp. 553
CrowdCoin 550
Tungo 547
4 SMART 541
Saarthi - Retail Store for Villages 533
Borealis Disaster Relief System 531
DUMA 519
TOHL 519
Tilzmatic Tech 509
Plastoil 508
FBI - Fantasy and Body Institute 506
Unglasses Display 504
Weightless Weight Machine 503
Scenter 487
Medihub 349
My College Hustle 278
YumZing 257 213
Personas Connect 116
Jamela 89
ScreenCare 70
Site-Diagnostics 46
FuLufeed 38
BoxSnack 30
CoGAP 17
Notice Portal 15
Quantamerix 12
Lifetime Instruments 11
totalbiosystem 10

Pitch contest winners - and the start of contest 2 accelerator

3dim won $5000 at the 23rd annual MIT $100K Elevator Pitch Contest on October 10, 2012 at the Stata Center. Made by graduate students Andrea Colaco, Ahmed Kirmani, Vivek Goyal, Nanwei Gong, 3dim aims to bring the Kinect experience to our smartphones.

"3dim is a compact, low-cost and low-power 3D camera. Our goal is to integrate 3dim into every portable device and change the way humans interact with machines. 3dim is a patent-pending technology that makes it possible devices as small as cell phones to solve complex computer vision tasks such as understanding free form human gestures, object recognition and segmentation, as well as indoor navigation. Not only is the number of portable devices increasing, users are spending an increasing amount of time using them for computing and recreation. 3dim enhances users' interaction experience by making it more natural compared to existing input like touch and traditional keyboard and mouse. 3dim is a high quality 3d camera built using standard, low cost hardware components enabled by our signal processing innovation called compressive depth acquisition. Unlike Microsoft's Kinect and time-of-flight cameras that are power hungry and bulky, our signal processing invention enables 3dim to be a comparable quality 3d camera operating with 100x power reduction and 10-15X size reduction. Our 4 member team combines technical expertise in signal processing, human computer interaction and systems hardware. 3dim will enable users to play 3D games, shoot 3d movies, interact and augment the world around them in interesting ways, creating a new wave of business opportunities in the mobility space."

Runner-up Moses Membranes walked away with $2000, plus another $2000 for winning the audience choice award. Graduate students Joshua Adler, Aditya Sarvanand Bhujle, David Cohen-Tanugi, and Michael Nixon, showed off their "Nanoporous Graphene for Water Desalinization" technology.

Bluelight, created by Manoah Koletty, John Ikeda, David Furman, Cassandre Pignon; Hoda Eydgahi, and Blaize Wallace, won $1000 for their platform which easily enables people to save towards large purchases.

Andrea Colaço

technology tinkerer + phd student @ MIT Media Lab

resume    |         research


PhD student in Speech + Mobility, MIT Media Lab. Research Affiliate, STIR RLE at MIT. Qualcomm Innovation Fellow.
Research interests: 3D sensing, time-of-flight imaging, signal processing, body-centric interfaces


pitch competituion review linkin group

Last night’s MIT $100K Pitch Contest boiled down to 12 teams, 60 seconds each with $5,000 on the line, and a slew of superheroes, ranging from Spider-Man to Wonder Woman. “Each one of you brings super powers that can change the world,” said contest organizer Katja Schurtenberger, looking out over the crowd of anxious and antsy, ready-to-pitch entrepreneurs.

The contest marked the first of three for the MIT $100K, which is broken down into stages: Pitch, Accelerate and Launch. The Pitch puts 12 semi-finalists to the test, giving them only 60 seconds to convince the judges of their idea. None of the teams knew they were pitching until moments before they were called to the stage, yet the most convincing walked away with $5,000 and renewed confidence to, hopefully, enter the winter’s Accelerate Contest.

Before pitching, however, keynote speaker Rahim Fazal, founder and CEO of social media platform Involver—recently acquired by Oracle—had some eye-opening advice. “Your idea sucks,” he said, later admitting that while your idea might not suck entirely, customer feedback will force it to change and that you need to feel comfortable iterating.

The quip was only the first thing Fazal said wished he knew before starting a company after business school. His other tips followed the lines of:

* Choose your co-founder like you’d choose your wife or husband.

* The first 10 hires are the most important, because “the first 10 set the tone and set the culture.”

* The best product does not win. What “wins” is execution, meaning distribution, customer acquisition and “making dollars.”

* Don’t worry about the exit. Build lasting value instead, because “if you do that, your exit will take care of itself.”

* If you’re the CEO, “Everyone will hate you,” because “you are responsible for everything, but control very little.”

* One day your classmates—the ones trying to convince you to become an consultant rather than an entrepreneur—will be calling you for a job. Why? “Because some of the world’s greatest problems are solved by entrepreneurs.”

And the teams who pitched set out to prove just that. They were critiqued by a panel of judges, which included: Fazal; Ric Fulop, general partner at North Bridge; James Geshwiler, member of CommonAngels; Steven Saunders, vice chairman of the patent practice group at Sunstein; Matt Weiss, business designer at IDEO; and Joe Chung, managing director and co-founder of Redstar Ventures.

Prior to pitching, Schurtenberger reminded the finalists, “Forget for 60 seconds your idea sucks, because if you don’t believe in it, why should we?” After all, the crowd was responsible for dishing out a $2,000 Audience Choice Winner, which went to Joshua Adler of “Moses Membranes,” a nano-graphene water purification technology.

Adler also walked away with another $2,000 for coming in second place, just ahead of “BlueLight,” a social enterprise with plans to launch in Colombia that uses the power of micro-layaway and micro-franchising to help low-income households acquire durable goods, pitched by Manoah Koletty.

Andrea Colaco of the MIT Media Lab won the judges over, though, with her proposed, already prototyped mobile 3D camera called “3dim”—promising Microsoft Kinect-like technology for mobile phones. As a Media Lab student, Colaco admitted her team is made up of PhD students who are used to seeing numbers and specs, not telling a story. She crafted her story perfectly, however, and walked away with $5,000.

Yet, to Colaco, the story isn’t complete. “Not until you see the final product.” Walking out, audience members were already buzzing about that hinted at final product. And if first place wasn’t enough, hopefully these overheard words are: “I’d probably buy one of those.”



you need a good team to accelerate.  The MIT $100K Competition is therefore revved to host the "Find Your Pit Crew" Accelerate Mixer.

Hackers meet Hustlers. Hustlers meet Hackers.  Build a team. Enjoy appetizers and snacks. Have your Accelerate Contest questions answered.  Get on your marks to compete for $10,000. 

Ready? Set... ACCELERATE!

When: TONIGHT (Monday November 19th, 2012)

Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: Stata Forbes Cafe

Registration for the Accelerate Contest is open on our website!

deadline for entry november 28

- MIT $100K Organizers

since elevator contest was won by 3dom entry - some links to 3d are important

Next Edition: 3DimPVT 2013

We are proud to announce that the next 3DimPVT 2013 will be held June 29 - July 1, 2013, in Seattle, Washington, USA, following CVPR in nearby Portland, Oregon. Brian Curless at the University of Washington will serve as general chair. The submission deadline is expected to be mid March 2013. Please stay tuned for more details, and please plan to submit!

The interest in acquiring and creating 3D representations of the world is ever increasing. 3DimPVT provides a premier platform for disseminating research results covering a broad variety of topics in the area of 3D research in computer vision and graphics, from novel optical sensors, signal processing, geometric modeling, representation and transmission, to visualization and applications. This year 3DimPVT will be collocated with the 3D-TV conference, which follows 3DimPVT in the same venue at ETH Zürich, allowing participants to attend two conferences on 3D research in computer vision, graphics and transmissions. In addition, for overseas travelers planning to attend ECCV 2012 in Florence (Oct. 7-13), Zürich can function as an efficient hub with direct connections to many places worldwide, as well as three daily flights to Florence.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:


  • 3D cameras and sensors
  • Real-time 3D systems
  • Automated view planning
  • 3D sensor calibration
  • Image-based modeling
  • Shape-from-X
  • Shape and appearance modeling
  • 4D capture


  • Image and video-based rendering
  • Interactive modeling
  • Augmented and mixed reality
  • 3D printing and rapid prototyping
  • Psychophysics of 3D sensing


  • Geometric signal processing
  • Multi-resolution 3D representations
  • 3D shape retrieval and recognition
  • Shape analysis and morphology
  • 3D compression and transmission


  • Reverse engineering
  • Dimensional inspection & metrology
  • Cultural heritage & architecture
  • Medical Robotics
  • 3D television
  • 3D tele-immersion
  • Forensics and security

An International Program Committee will review the papers. The conference will be held in Zurich, Switzerland. Accepted papers will be presented in single-track oral and poster sessions. Full details on the paper format, electronic submission procedure are available at: and details on conference venue will be available soon on

2012 conference

Important Dates:

Conference - October 13-15, 2012

Paper submission - July 2, 2012

Notification - August 15, 2012

Camera ready - September 7, 2012

Quick Links:

  • Organizing Committee

  • Program

    The 3DIMPVT 2012 conference will include keynote speeches from:

    • Robert Neuman - "The Art of Making Stereoscopic Movies", Chief Stereographer, Walt Disney Animation Studios, USA.
    • Richard Hartley - "Some Results on the Geometry of Surfaces", ANU, Australia.
    • Pierre Alliez - "Robust Shape Reconstruction through Optimal Transportation", INRIA Sophia-Antipolis, France.
    • Wojciech Matusik - "From Virtual to Real", MIT, USA.
    • Uwe Franke - "6D-Vision: Cars learn to See", Daimler AG, Germany

    as well as a special session on 3D urban modeling with:

    • Christophe Strecha - "UAV based Mapping - a Surveying Tool?", Pix4D, Switzerland.
    • Jean-Philippe Pons - "3D Urban and Architectural Reconstruction: Computational Geometry can Help", Acute3D, France.

    Conference Program

    The conference booklet is available here: <Conference-Guide.pdf>.

    Registration will also be open on Friday, October 12th, from 16:30 until 18:30.

    Saturday, October 13th Sunday, October 14th Monday, October 15th
    08:30 Registration 08:55 Opening 09:00 Keynote Speaker Uwe Franke - Daimler AG 09:50 Tracking, Detection 10:30 Coffee break 11:00 Reconstruction

    09:00 Keynote Speaker Pierre Alliez - Inria Sophia-Antipolis 09:50 Point data 10:30 Coffee break 11:00 Poster & Demos 2

    08:30 Registration 09:00 Keynote Speaker Robert Neuman, Walt Disney Animation Studios 10:00 Coffee break 10:30 Special session: Telepresence

    12:20 Lunch break 12:20 Lunch break (Sandwiches will be provided) 12:30 Lunch break
    13:40 Keynote speaker Wojciech Matusik - MIT 14:30 Visualization 15:30 Coffee break 16:00 Alignment 17:00-18:30 Poster & Demos 1

    13:40 Keynote speaker Richard Hartley - Australian National University  14:30 Stereo 15:30 Coffee break 16:00 Invited session: Urban Modeling Christophe Strecha - Pix4D Jean-Philippe Pons - Acute3D 17:00 Texture, Reflectance

    14:00-15:30 Panel session / Discussion

    16:00-18:30 3D screening event

    19:00 Dinner in Dozentenfoyer 19:00 Reception - Demo Party event

    Saturday, October 13th

    08:30 Registration

    08:55 Opening

    09:00 Keynote Speaker

    Uwe Franke - Daimler AG "6D-Vision: Cars learn to See"

    09:50 Oral session: Tracking, Detection

    • Tracking Complete Deformable Objects with Finite Elements Stefanie Wuhrer, Saarland University; Jochen Lang, University of Ottawa; Chang Shu
    • 3D Object Detection and Localization using Multimodal Point Pair Features Bertram Drost, MVTec Software GmbH; Slobodan Ilic, Technische Universität München

    10:30 Coffee break

    11:00 Oral session: Reconstruction

    • High-detail 3D capture and non-sequential alignment of facial performance Martin Klaudiny, University of Surrey; Adrian Hilton, University of Surrey
    • High Resolution Surface Reconstruction from Multi-view Aerial Imagery Ali Ulusoy, Brown University; Fatih Calakli, Brown University; Maria Restrepo, Brown University; Joseph Mundy, Brown University; Gabriel Taubin, Brown University
    • Robust Simultaneous 3D Registration via Rank Minimization Diego Thomas, National Institute Informatics; Akihiro Sugimoto, National Institute of Informatics; Yasuyuki Matsushita, Microsoft Research Asia
    • Rapid Skin: Estimating the 3D Human Pose and Shape in Real-Time Matthias Straka, Graz University Of Technology; Stefan Hauswiesner, Graz University of Technology; Matthias Rüther, Graz University of Technology; Horst Bischof, Graz University of Technology

    12:20 Lunch break

    13:40 Keynote speaker

    Wojciech Matusik - MIT "From Virtual to Real"

    14:30 Oral session: Visualization

    • Fast and Stable Color Balancing for Images and Augmented Reality Thomas Oskam, Disney Research Zurich; Alexander Hornung, Disney Research Zurich; Robert Sumner, Disney Research Zurich; Markus Gross, ETH Zurich / Disney Research Zurich
    • Photo Tours Avanish Kushal, University of Washington; Ben Self, University of Washington; Yasutaka Furukawa, Google; Carlos Hernandez, Google; David Gallup, Google; Brian Curless, University of Washington; Steven Seitz, Google
    • Dynamic Mosaics Rahul Garg, University of Washington; Steve Seitz, University of Washington

    15:30 Coffee break

    16:00 Oral session: Alignment

    • Accurate and automatic alignment of range surfaces Simone Fantoni, University of Verona; Umberto Castellani, University of Verona; Andrea Fusiello, Università di Udine - DIEGM
    • Global Motion Estimation from Point Matches Mica Arie-Nachimson, Weizmann Institute of Science; Shahar Kovalsky, Weizmann Institute of Science; Ronen Basri, Weizmann Institute of Science; Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman, ; Amit Singer,
    • Boosting the computational performance of feature-based multiple 3D scan alignment by iat-k-means clustering Nicola Pezzotti, University of Brescia; Francesco Bonarrigo, University of Brescia; Alberto Signoroni, University of Brescia

    17:00-18:30 Poster & Demos session 1

    • 3D Human Motion Analysis to Detect Abnormal Events on Stairs Gemma Parra Dominguez, Toronto Rehab Institute; Babak Taati, ; Alex Mihailidis,
    • Polarization-based surface normal estimation of black specular objects from multiple viewpoints Daisuke Miyazaki, Hiroshima City University; Takuya Shigetomi, ; Masashi Baba, ; Ryo Furukawa, ; Shinsaku Hiura, ; Naoki Asada,
    • Handling Occlusions for Accurate 3D Urban Cartography: A new Approach based on Characterization and Multiple Passages Ahmad Aijazi, Institut Pascal; Paul Checchin, Institut Pascal; Laurent Trassoudaine, Institut Pascal
    • Efficient Multi-Scale Stereo of High-Resolution Planar and Spherical Images Alan Brunton, University of Ottawa; Jochen Lang, University of Ottawa; Eric Dubois, University of Ottawa
    • High-Level Bottom-Up Cues for Top-Down Parsing of Facade Images David Ok, Imagine ENPC; Renaud Marlet, Imagine ENPC; Mateusz Kozinski, Imagine ENPC
    • Exploiting Physical Inconsistencies for 3D Scene Understanding Andrea Fossati, ETH Zürich; Helmut Grabner, ETH Zürich; Luc Van Gool, ETH Zürich
    • HyperSfm Kai Ni, Microsoft; Frank Dellaert, Georgia Tech
    • 3D Facial Surface and Texture Synthesis Using 2D Landmarks From A Single Face Sketch Tanasai Sucontphunt, USC
    • Sampling-based Multiview Reconstruction without Correspondences for 3D Edges Damien Teney, University of Liege; Justus Piater, University of Innsbruck
    • A Robust Multi-Camera 3D Ellipse Fitting for Contactless Measurements Filippo Bergamasco, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia; Luca Cosmo, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia; Andrea Albarelli, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia; Andrea Torsello, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia
    • Toward compressed 3D descriptors Filippo Malaguti, University of Bologna; Federico Tombari, University of Bologna; Samuele Salti, University of Bologna; Danilo Pau, St Microelectronics; Luigi Di Stefano, University of Bologna
    • Online Gaze Disparity via Binocular Eye Tracking on Stereoscopic Displays Rui Wang, Clemson University; Brandon Pelfrey, Clemson University; Andrew Duchowski, Clemson University; Donald House, Clemson University
    • Markerless Motion Capture of Human Body Using PSO with Single Depth Camera TianWei Xing, NanJing University; Yao Yu, ; Yu Zhou, ; SiDan Du,
    • Classification and Pose Estimation of Vehicles in Videos by 3D Modeling within Discrete-Continuous Optimization Michael Hödlmoser, Vienna University of Tech.; Branislav Micusik, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology; Ming-Yu Liu, University of Maryland College Park; Marc Pollefeys, ETH; Martin Kampel, Vienna University of Technology
    • Cage-based Motion Recovery Using Manifold Learning Estelle Duveau, Inria; Simon Courtemanche, Inria; Lionel Reveret, Inria; Edmond Boyer, Inria
    • Generating Dense Point Correspondence Ground-Truth Across Multiple Views Anil Usumezbas, Brown University; Benjamin Kimia, Brown University
    • Optimising Light Source Positions to Minimise Illumination Variation for 3D Vision Tom Botterill, University of Canterbury; Steven Mills, University of Otago; Richard Green, University of Canterbury
    • Semi-dense piecewise planar stereo reconstruction using SymStereo and PEARL Michel Antunes, ISR; João Pedro Barreto, ISR
    • 3D City Modeling from Street-Level Data for Augmented Reality Applications Timo Pylvanainen, Nokia Research Center; Jerome Berclaz, Nokia Research Center; Varsha Hedau, Nokia Research Center; Thommen Korah, Nokia Research Center; Mridul Aanjaneya , Stanford University; Radek Grzeszczuk, Nokia Research
    • Increasing the Efficiency of Local Stereo by Leveraging Smoothness Constraints Yilin Wang, UNC; Enrique Dunn, UNC; Jan-Michael Frahm, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • Pinhole-to-projection pyramid subtraction for reconstructing non-rigid objects from range images Takuya Funatomi, Kyoto University; Haruna Akuzawa, Kyoto University; Masaaki Iiyama, Kyoto University; Michihiko Minoh, Kyoto University
    • Solving the PnP Problem with Anisotropic Orthogonal Procrustes Analysis Valeria Garro, University of Verona; Fabio Crosilla, University of Udine; Andrea Fusiello, Università di Udine - DIEGM
    • Uncalibrated View Syntesis with Homography Interpolation Pasqualina Fragneto, STMicroelectronics; Andrea Fusiello, Università di Udine - DIEGM; Luca Magri, STMicroelectronics; Beatrice Rossi, STMicroelectronics; Matteo Ruffini, STMicroelectronics
    • Visual Landmark-based Localization for MAVs using Incremental Feature Updates Andreas Wendel, Graz University of Technology; Michael Maurer, Graz University of Technology; Horst Bischof, Graz University of Technology
    • Automatic Calibration of Range Sensor and Camera System Hatem Alismail, Carnegie Mellon University; L. Douglas Baker, Carnegie Mellon University, National Robotics Engineering Center; Brett Browning, Carnegie Mellon University, National Robotics Engineering Center
    • Incremental Reconstruction of Manifold Surface from Sparse Visual Mapping Maxime Lhuillier, Pascal Institute; Shuda Yu, Pascal Institute
    • Extension of Tamura Texture Features for 3D Fluorescence Microscopy Tomáš Majtner, Masaryk University; David Svoboda, Masaryk University
    • Robust and Flexible Calibration Of Optical See-Through Augmented Reality Systems Jim Braux-Zin, CEA, List; Adrien Bartoli, Universite Blaise Pascal Clermont-Ferrand; Romain Dupont, CEA, List; Régis Vinciguerra, CEA, List

    19:00 Dinner in Dozentenfoyer

    Sunday, October 14th

    09:00 Keynote Speaker

    Pierre Alliez - Inria Sophia Antipolis "Robust Shape Reconstruction through Optimal Transportation"

    09:50 Oral session: Point data

    • Watertight As-Built Architectural Floor Plans Generated from Laser Range Data Eric Turner, U.C. Berkeley; Avideh Zakhor, UC Berkeley
    • Non Local Point Set Surfaces Thierry Guillemot, Telecom ParisTech; Andres Almansa, ; Tamy Boubekeur, Telecom Paristech

    10:30 Coffee break

    11:00 Poster & Demos session 2

    • Least Commitment, Viewpoint-based, Multi-view Stereo Xiaoyan Hu, ; Philippos Mordohai, Stevens Institute of Technology
    • Robust Probabilistic Occupancy Grid Estimation from Positive and Negative Distance Fields Xiaoyan Hu, ; Philippos Mordohai, Stevens Institute of Technology
    • Online algorithms for classification of urban objects in 3D point clouds Ioannis Stamos, CUNY; Olympia Hadjiliadis, Brooklyn College; Hongzhong Zhang, Columbia University; Thomas Flynn, Graduate Center of CUNY
    • Real-time Reshaping Of Humans Michal Richter, MPI für Informatik,Saarbrücken; Kiran Varanasi, MPI für Informatik,Saarbrücken; Nils Hasler, MPI für Informatik,Saarbrücken; Christian Theobalt, MPI Informatik
    • Towards Bundle Adjustment with GIS Constraints for Online Geo-Localization of a Vehicle In Urban Center Dorra Larnaout, CEA; Steve Bourgeois, CEA; Vincent Gay-Bellile, CEA; Michel Dhome, CEA
    • High-resolution Performance Capture by Zoom-in Pan-tilt Cameras Norimichi Ukita, NAIST; Shigenobu Fujine, ; Norihiro Hagita,
    • Grid-based Active Stereo with Single-colored Wave Pattern for Dense One-shot 3D Scan Ryusuke Sagawa, AIST; Nozomu Kasuya, AIST; Kazuhiro Sakashita, Osaka University; Ryo Furukawa, ; Hiroshi Kawasaki, Kagoshima University; Yasushi Yagi, Osaka University
    • An Adaptive Hierarchical Approach to the Extraction of High Resolution Medial Surfaces Luca Rossi, Ca' Foscari University; Andrea Torsello, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia
    • Structure from motion using augmented Lagrangian robust factorization Michael Bronstein, University of Lugano; Klaus Glashoff, University of Lugano
    • An Evaluation Method for Multiview Surface Reconstruction Algorithms Ran Song, ; Yonghuai Liu, ; Yitian Zhao, Aberystwyth University; Ralph Martin, ; Paul Rosin,
    • Through-the-Lens Multi-Camera Synchronisation and Frame-Drop Detection for 3D Reconstruction Evren Imre, University of Surrey; Jean-Yves Guillemaut, University of Surrey; Adrian Hilton, University of Surrey
    • A repeatable and efficient canonical reference for surface matching Alioscia Petrelli, University of Bologna; Luigi Di Stefano, University of Bologna
    • Texture Generation from a Large Set of Registered Images using Markov Random Fields Wilhelm Hannemann, TU Clausthal; Tilman Brock, TU Clausthal
    • Incremental Large Scale 3D Reconstruction Roman PArys, University of Tuebingen; Andreas Schilling, University of Tuebingen
    • On the Affinity between 3D Detectors and Descriptors Samuele Salti, University of Bologna; Alioscia Petrelli, University of Bologna; Federico Tombari, University of Bologna; Luigi Di Stefano, University of Bologna
    • A Conveniet Domestic Body Scanner based on a Single Kinect Ruizhe Wang, USC
    • Space-Time Joint Multi-Layer Segmentation and Reconstruction Jean-Yves Guillemaut, University of Surrey; Adrian Hilton, University of Surrey
    • Interactive Disparity Map Post-processing Chris Varekamp, TP Vision; Caizhang Lin, TUE; Karel Hinnen, TP Vision; Gerard de Haan, TUE
    • Sparse Modeling of Shape from Structured Light Guy Rosman, Technion; Anastasia Dubrovina, Technion; Ron Kimmel, Technion
    • Simple, Accurate, and Robust Projector-Camera Calibration Daniel Moreno, Brown University; Gabriel Taubin, Brown University
    • Sensor Fusion for Depth Estimation, including TOF and Thermal Sensors Jeroen Van Baar, Disney Research Zurich; Paul Beardsley, Disney Research Zurich; Marc Pollefeys, ETH Zürich; Markus Gross, ETH Zürich / Disney Research Zurich
    • Registration of spherical panoramic images with Cadastral 3D models Aparna Taneja, ETH Zürich; Luca Ballan, ETH Zürich; Marc Pollefeys, ETH Zürich
    • Leveraging Topographic Maps for Image to Terrain Alignment Georges Baatz, ETH Zürich; Olivier Saurer, ETH Zürich ; Kevin Koeser, ETH Zürich; Marc Pollefeys, ETH Zürich
    • Complex Terrain Mapping with Multi-Camera Visual Odometry and Realtime Drift Correction Raia Hadsell, SRI International Sarnoff; Bogdan Matei, SRI International; Taragay Oskiper, SRI International Sarnoff; Garbis Salgian, SRI International Sarnoff; Aveek Das, SRI International Sarnoff
    • The Difference of Normals as a Multi-Scale Operator in Unorganized 3D Point Clouds Yani Ioannou, University of Toronto; Babak Taati, ; Robin Harrap, ; Michael Greenspan,
    • Dense Non-Rigid Structure From Motion Joao Fayad, Queen Mary, University of Lond; Chris Russell, Queen Mary, University of London; Lourdes Agapito, Queen Mary, University of London
    • An Error Correcting 3D Scanning Technique Using Dual Pseudorandom Arrays Udaya Wijenayake, Kyungpook National University; Seung-Hae Baek, Kyungpook National University; Soon-Yong Park, Kyungpook National University
    • Modeling Kinect Sensor Noise for Improved 3D Reconstruction and Tracking Chuong Nguyen, CSIRO; Shahram Izadi, Microsoft Research Cambridge; David Lovell, CSIRO

    12:20 Lunch break

    13:40 Keynote speaker

    Richard Hartley - Australian National University "Some Results on the Geometry of Surfaces"

    14:30 Oral session: Stereo

    • Multi-view Photometric Stereo using Semi-isometric Mappings Reza Sabzevari, Italian Institute of Technolog; Alessio Del Bue, Italian Institute of Technology; Vittorio Murino, Italian Institute of Technology
    • PatchMatch-Based Content Completion of Stereo Image Pairs Bryan Morse, Brigham Young University; Joel Howard, Brigham Young University; Scott Cohen, Adobe Systems, Inc.; Brian Price, Adobe Systems, Inc.
    • A Patch Prior for Dense 3D Reconstruction in Man-Made Environments Christian Häne, ETH Zürich; Christopher Zach, Microsoft Research Cambridge ; Bernhard Zeisl, ETH Zürich; Marc Pollefeys, ETH Zürich

    15:30 Coffee break

    16:00 Invited session: Urban Modeling

    Christophe Strecha - Pix4D "UAV based Mapping - a Surveying Tool?"

    Jean-Philippe Pons - Acute3D "3D Urban and Architectural Reconstruction: Computational Geometry can Help"

    17:00 Oral session: Texture, Reflectance

    • Analysis-by-Synthesis Texture Reconstruction Florian Liefers, University of Tuebingen; Roman Parys, ; Andreas Schilling, University of Tuebingen
    • Multiple View Stereo by Reflectance Modeling Sujung Kim, KAIST; Anders Dahl, TU Denmark; Seong-Dae Kim, KAIST; Knut Conradsen, TU Denmark; Rasmus Jensen, TU Denmark; Henrik Aanaes, TU Denmark

    Monday, October 15th

    08:30 Registration

    09:00 Keynote Speaker

    Robert Neuman - Walt Disney Animation Studios "The Art of Making Stereoscopic Movies"

    10:00 Coffee break

    10:30 Special session: Telepresence

    • Real-Time Volumetric 3D Capture of Room-Sized Scenes for Telepresence Andrew Maimone, Henry Fuchs
    • Preserving Gaze Direction in Teleconferencing Using a Camera Array and a Spherical Display Ye Pan, Anthony Steed
    • Advances in Shader Lamps Avatars for Telepresence Ryan Schubert, Greg Welch, Peter Lincoln, Arjun Nagendran, Remo Pillat, Henry Fuchs
    • A Design for a Mobile Robotic Avatar - Modular Framework Gerald Seet, Wee Ching Pang, Burhan Burhan, Iastrebov Viatcheslav, William Gu, Choon Yue Wong
    • Towards Next Generation 3D Teleconferencing Systems Claudia Kuster, Nico Ranieri, Agustina A, Henning Zimmer, Jean-Charles Bazin, Tiberiu Popa, Markus Gross
    • Localizing a Mobile Robot with Intrinsic Noise Brian Allen, Flavien Picon, Sebastien Dalibard, Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann, Daniel Thalmann

    12:30 Lunch break

    14:00-15:30 Panel session / Discussion

    The Future of 3D in Entertainment and Communication Chair: Markus Gross, Director Disney Research Zürich.

    16:00-18:30 3D screening event

    3D screening event @ Metropol cinema sponsored by 

    19:00 Reception - Demo Party event

    Including ETH and Disney Research visits and Demos.

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Previous Conferences

With hundreds of teams and thousands of students vying for only 30 spots in the MIT $100K Accelerate Contest's semifinalist cohort, we are excited to introduce you to this year's semifinalists. However, before we do that, we wanted to let you know what a tough job the judges had. Even teams with remarkable ideas, capable teams, and great plans to execute were not able to be selected, but we sincerely hope that they will take advantage of IAP to continue to work on their companies and to build toward the MIT $100K Launch Contest. In the Launch Contest and the MIT Clean Energy Prize even more semifinalist teams are selected!


We received 200+ entries this year, and our judges selected the top 36 to advance as Accelerate Semifinalists. All of these teams receive mentors, industry advisor expertise, office space, and $1000 in non-dilutive seed capital to help them develop their idea into a demo. After 2 months, the teams will present their demos to a new panel of judges, and the top 8 will be selected as Finalists. The Finalist teams will present their demos live at the Accelerate Show at Demo Day on February 19, 2013, in Morss Hall in Walker Memorial, where they will compete for the $10,000 Daniel M. Lewin Grand Prize.

Please join us in congratulating the MIT $100K Accelerate Contest semifinalists:

Web/IT Products & Services Mobile

Geonecta Reticue Pixels.IO

SmartFarm StoryScape SoMo Cloud Biometric

Zinc Pipeguide Zoetic

Book a Genius CoachMe The Universe and More Vestibular Liveo

Life Sciences                                                 Segal Family Foundation Emerging Markets

Benevolent Technologies for Health             DSL Waste to Energy Solution confronting China's Gutter Oil Crisis

QuikCatheter                                                 Autopump Resolving outage crisis on water pumps of nepal householders

Quantum Dot Spectrometer                          mCPAP improving respiratory intervention for children

EveraSense                                                   Takachar turning organic waste in nairobi slum into charcoal

ShunTek                                                       PortaTherm 1 a typhoid intervention


Open Water Research

Sodium Energy


Loci Controls

Bit Harmonics

In the meantime, please save the date to come meet the semifinalists and the finalists on February 19, 2012, in Morse Hall (142 Memorial Drive in Walker Memorial) from 7 PM to 9 PM.


MIT $100K Organizers

P.S. Our semifinalists will be working in donated offices during January. If you want to donate an office in January to one of our teams, please e-mail us!


judges note from emerging markets track - due to confidentiality we can only discuss projets that have previously published progress reports - please tell us if you see sch details- here for example is takachar's entry in the global challenges online database

DSL Oil Revolution Competition Year: 2013

Summary Use the waste cooking oil as part of energy substitutes for Chinese restaurant
Categories Health and MedicalEnergy and Environment

Quick Links

Our Pitch

Imagine oil extracted from garbage and sewers is used to cook your food. In China, 9 of out 10 restaurants use this gutter oil for cooking. Why? It is 10x cheaper than regular cooking oil.

Public outrage over food safety has reached a tipping point. China is determined to crack down gutter oil. Intentional use of such oil is now a serious criminal offense. But it takes so much more than regulations! Why? There is no infrastructure to dispose used cooking oil in China! Now this creates a powerful demand for our technology! We, DSL Oil Revolution, eliminate all the gutter oil on site at any dining location. Our technology processes used cooking oil from food waste into cooking fuel that power up stoves. As a bonus, consumers can save 25% in natural gas bill. As we finish the prototype and impact analysis, the Chinese government would consider mandatory installation for every restaurant in the country.


Eliminate illigal usage of gutter oil in Chinese restaurant

Who We Are

We are MIT graduate students originally from China, one in business school and two in engineering school, who have seen the severe issue of illegal gutter oil usage for cooking in Chinese restaurant and want to find an effective method to solve the problem.

Clare Duan: - Served as Vice President of Emerging Market Investments at Vision Capital Advisors LLC - Specializes in fundraising, business & market analytics, corporate cash flow management and strategic development for Asian companies that intend to go public on NASDAQ or NYSE - Featured in UK Financial Times Weekend Magazine as China's New Bounty Hunter and in article In Search of China's Top Entrepreneur - BS in Mathematics & Finance; MBA at MIT Sloan (Class of 2014)

Kai Liao - PhD candidate at MIT Course 16 Aeronautics and Astronautics - Research focuses on internal combustion engine power cylinder system tribology design - Experienced with experiment and design for industry product: assisted in 2012 Audi 2.0L engine design

Wen Sang - PhD candidate in MIT Course 2 Mechanical Engineering - Research focuses on expanding the high load limit of HCCI combustion on light duty engines by jointly using intake boost, EGR and fuel stratification techniques. - Master's degree from Shanghai Tongji University in power machinery engineering. His master studies focused on the ion current measurement mechanism for HCCI combustion

Our Community Partner

Partner Name

Guang Dong municipal government and restaurants


Cambridge, MA


The local government of Guang Dong province, China and major restaurants in the city

Takachar Competition Year: 2012

Summary Urban waste management and the security of cooking fuel supply are two seemingly intractable problems amongst the Kenyan poor. We aim to address both (and generate local income) by turning household organic waste into charcoal. trashiscash at mit dot edu Categories Health and MedicalEnergy and EnvironmentFinance and EntrepreneurshipOther

  • Team Members
  • K. Kung
  • J. Young
  • C. Joseph
  • S. Ni
  • N. Roose
  • A. Banzaert
  • W. Ruddick
  • H. OMALA
  • N. Aluku
  • K. Gachigi
  • A. Siam
  • A. Ojema
  • S. Karl
  • F. Kaai
  • R. Ombatti
  • T. Palazzi
  • V. Hok
  • M. Burkland
  • E. McDonald
  • L. KARA

This Year's Teams

There are currently 37 teams participating in the 2013 IDEAS Global Challenge.

Note: Only teams that elected to have a public profile will be shown. Those that  were in semi-finals of mit100k accelerator are shown first

  • DSL Oil Revolution

    Competition Year: 2013Use the waste cooking oil as part of energy substitutes for Chinese restaurant

    CategoriesHealth and MedicalEnergy and Environment

    0 Votes


    • Green Power

      Competition Year: 2013Our system provides an efficient system to treat black liquor waste from paper mills and generate back-up power

      CategoriesEnergy and Environment

      0 Votes



  • Foragistics

    Competition Year: 2013By leveraging upon big data and uniquely mobilizing existing resources, we enable waste management projects to have greater impact at a fraction of the cost.

    CategoriesEducation and TrainingEnergy and EnvironmentWater and SanitationFinance and EntrepreneurshipMobile Devices and CommunicationsOther

    0 Votes



    Competition Year: 2013Creating Value from Waste through upcyclcing and reselling discarded sari fabrics and mill scraps


    • Credit United

      Competition Year: 2013A microloan texting system to create capital fluidity necessary within communities with sporadic income and under $2 a day who currently resort to high cost external microfinance


    • BlueLight

      Competition Year: 2013

      CategoriesFinance and EntrepreneurshipMobile Devices and Communications



    • MIT Lenana Project

      Competition Year: 2013To develop an effective, sustainable waste management solution for the community of Lenana, Kenya.



Competition Year: 2013Rental tractor to small-to-medium scale farmers in rural Tanzania

CategoriesEducation and TrainingFinance and EntrepreneurshipAgriculture and Processing

0 Votes


  • Inspired By Nature

    Competition Year: 2013Working with sustainable communities around the world that grow and harvest their own natural pigments to develop and sell locally sourced natural products to increase income generation and job creation for the local people.



    Competition Year: 2013




  • The Global Efficient Cookstove Education Project

    Competition Year: 2013Creating an engineering curriculum that connects secondary schools around the world



  • Micro-Institution Spot

    Competition Year: 2013Creativity inspires and changes lives. We provide migrant students in urban China with arts education, knowledge and skills to navigate their futures.



    Competition Year: 2013Providing BIG Data analytics to fight crime in developing regions.



  • Urban Renewal: Pop Up Commerce

    Competition Year: 2013A temporary store selling local entrepreneur merchandise in retail depressed areas.




  • MoringaConnect

    Competition Year: 2013Providing affordable technologies that enable subsistence farmers growing Moringa generate income by converting their seeds into high-value oil.


  • Showergy

    Competition Year: 2013Your cleaniness, our business!

    • BIzSmart Investments

      Competition Year: 2013



    • ReFresh Water

      Competition Year: 2013Two-way vending machines for filtered tap water at university campuses




    • Coriolis Centrifuge

      Competition Year: 2013An off-grid, low-cost, manually operated centrifuge easily reparable using local materials.





    • RobieOne

      Competition Year: 2013

      CategoriesHealth and MedicalHousing and Transportation

      0 Votes


    • Water Step

      Competition Year: 2013Introduce the Use of Foot-Operated Taps in Public Bathrooms

      CategoriesWater and Sanitation

      0 Votes




    • Learn411

      Competition Year: 2013Learn 411 is a mobile, information exchange service that allows high school students to ask critical questions and receive real-time advice through text via a mobile device



      • Computational Microscopy

        Competition Year: 2013Ultra low-cost cellphone microscopy via a hardware app.





      • DripGrow

        Competition Year: 2013Help small farmers in the developing world earn more by providing affordable drip irrigation solutions and knowledge via partner organizations.

        CategoriesEnergy and EnvironmentWater and SanitationAgriculture and Processing

        0 Votes


      • Nicaragua Zero Waste School

        Competition Year: 2013Designing and executing a zero waste school for the unprivileged children of waste pickers in Bluefields, Nicaragua.

        CategoriesEducation and TrainingEnergy and Environment

        0 Votes


      • Innovate Academies

        Competition Year: 2013National low-cost private school network providing access to quality education for all children

        CategoriesEducation and Training

        0 Votes


      • BizEnga

        Competition Year: 2013Engaging Small Businesses for Social Development

        CategoriesEducation and Training

        0 Votes


      • AgroDrone

        Competition Year: 2013Help farmers improve farm yield and lower operating costs using unmanned aircrafts.

        CategoriesAgriculture and Processing

        0 Votes


      • Young Artists Plus

        Competition Year: 2013


        0 Votes





...Projects of AITIat MIT

An important goal of AITI is to promote entrepreneurship and software-predicated business development.  We try to keep current with the business activities of our graduates.  Here are some recent examples of technology businesses founded by AITI graduates (either during an AITI course, or post-course):

  • Hehe,       Ltd.: A mobile services company founded by AITI     students during our Rwanda 2010 program.  Hehe, Ltd. has     multiple service offerings and has been contracted by     the Rwandan government.  Please see this       article for press coverage.
  • AfricanPixel:     A mobile application company founded by Wilfred     M. Mworia, a 2005 AITI graduate.  The company focuses on     smartphone applications.
  • M-Kulima: An SMS based service to provide rural     dairy farmers with pricing information and best     practices.  Developed by AITI 2009 graduate Amos Gichamba.
  • Jawabu: Offers     mobile services (including directions and Craiglist-like     networks accessed via SMS) in Kenya.  This company     developed from our Kenyan course in 2009.
  • Keen Media Lab       Design: A web and mobile app design firm founded by     Andrew Kinai, a Kenya AITI graduate and AITI extension     course instructor.
  • Equisoft       Technologies: A Kenyan company that develops mobile     SMS-based services companies and organizations including     universities and the Kenyan gov't.  Developed during     the Kenya 2009 course.
  • Lily Review:     e-magazine targeted to ladies in Kenya, developed and     run by an AITI graduate.
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About AITI...MIT Accelerating Information Technology Innovation (AITI) is a multidisciplinary group of MISTI (MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives) that promotes development in emerging regions by cultivating young technology entrepreneurs.  Here are AITI's community about 600 at moment, and its leading educators

AITIs discussions are worth a look - organise around an over all blog - place blogs by sumer progams and a twitter


AITI develops curriculum materials, software technologies, platforms, and networks that enable undergraduate students in emerging regions to innovate in the area of information and communication technologies (ICTs).

Most directly, AITI partners with universities in emerging regions     and organizes advanced courses taught by MIT     student/instructors. Our courses focus on mobile and     Internet technologies, and are structured so that our     students are awakened to the commercial possibilities of     the technologies.  Components of the course include     detailed technical curriculum, funded business     competitions, guest lectures, and networking events, all     to help our students develop and realize their ideas.

Concurrent to its courses, AITI scales its impact by     transferring teaching expertise to our partner     universities so that they can incorporate components of     our courses with little intervention.  Furthermore, AITI     creates online course material so that we can reach     students across the globe.

Since 2000, AITI has sent nearly 120 MIT instructors to     teach over 1500  students in five countries,     resulting in the creation of businesses and the     addition of course offerings at our partner     universities.


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Welcome Back Students!   Interested in starting a company? Need to know how to sell, design or develop your product?  Want to accelerate your idea? Check out our list of entrepreneurship courses offered this semester -- with 31 courses to choose from, there's no excuse not to add entrepreneurship to your schedule.
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MIT Entrepreneurship Events

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm, Greentown Labs, Boston, MA MIT Clean Energy Prize Kickoff Join the MIT Clean Energy Prize and members from MIT Enterprise Forum Energy Community Circle at Greentown Lab's first Energy Bar of 2013. Visit to RSVP for the event.
Fri, 02/08/2013 - 8:00am - 3:00pm, MIT Media Lab - E14 2013 Sloan Women in Management (SWIM) Conference - Dare to Fail: Taking Risks When it Matters Most The third annual Sloan Women in Management Conference - "Dare to Fail" - pushes us to question our risk thresholds and to ask how men and women respond differently in crisis scenarios. Open to All: men, women, students, alumni, and professionals. Buy your tickets at:

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm, 32-123 MIT TechTalks 2013: Innovation in a Data-Driven World Join MIT Techfair for TechTalks 2013, the second annual speaker series featuring high-profile leaders in technology! Speaker line-up includes: MIT alumnus John Bicket, Co-Founder & CTO at Meraki (recently acquired by Cisco); Paul English, Co-Founder and CTO at Kayak; Ari Gesher, Senior Software Engineer at Palantir; Yoky Matsuoka, VP of Technology at Nest Labs. The talks are open to the general public, and dinner will be served! Register for free at Learn more about the event at:

Sat, 02/09/2013 - 10:00am - 3:30pm, MIT Media Lab - E14-6th floor Scaling Development Ventures The Scaling Development Ventures conference seeks to explore the complexities of scale. For teams, it is an opportunity to access resources that will help them as they grow to reach new clients and geographic regions. The conference will share successful models of scale, explore some of the most pressing challenges and help attendees broaden their network. Attendees will hear from speakers who have forged a path in this space and who will share success stories to inspire and lessons learned to help teams avoid making the same mistakes. Find a full event schedule and link to register here:

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm, 32-155 NFC Goes Social This panel discussion will focus on some recent social applications of NFC - including smart posters and social networking tags - as well as emerging future opportunities. Find more info at

Important Deadlines

Submission Deadline for BioInnovations Conference Poster Session Deadline: Sat, 02/09/2013 Do you have exciting health/life sciences research? Do you want to meet people in the business side of biotech? Present your work at the BioInnovations Poster Session on February 22! Presenters receive FREE admission to the entire conference (max two presenters per poster) and present during the Lunchtime Poster Session and Closing Reception. Interested in presenting your bioinnovation? Register at by Saturday, February 9, 2013.

The above listings are some of the many events that happen throughout MIT and the  broader entrepreneurial ecosystem. For more, take a look at our  event calendar at

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mit 100k accelerator update

We received 200+ entries this year, and our judges selected the top 36 to advance as Accelerate Semifinalists. All of these teams receive mentors, industry advisor expertise, office space, and $1000 in non-dilutive seed capital to help them develop their idea into a demo. After 2 months, the teams will present their demos to a new panel of judges, and the top 8 will be selected as Finalists. The Finalist teams will present their demos live at the Accelerate Show at Demo Day on February 19, 2013, in Morss Hall in Walker Memorial, where they will compete for the $10,000 Daniel M. Lewin Grand Prize.



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