’ nutritional information. That’s the concept behind an innovation that won first place at the 15th annual IDEAS Global Challenge, held Saturday in the MIT Media Lab.ValueMe, co-founded by two MIT Sloan School of Management students, earned the $15,000 award — and high praise from judges — for inventing an app that gives food shoppers “nutrition receipts” for their purchased groceries, and tells them if the foods in their cart are lacking in essential nutrients. In all, 12 teams split $97,500 in cash prizes at the IDEAS innovation showcase and awards ceremony, organized by MIT's Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center. The other winners were: Muhit ($5,000), dot Learn ($5,000), Bamboo Bicycles Beijing ($5,000), SmartSocket ($7,500), Flare ($7,500), PrepHub Nepal ($7,500), Ricult ($7,500), Torr Energy ($7,500), Roots Studio ($10,000), Astraeus Technologies ($10,000), and Tactile ($10,000).IDEAS is an annual competition that provides MIT’s social entrepreneurs with mentorship and resources to launch social enterprises. This year, 46 teams competed in nine categories: water and sanitation, education and training, agriculture and food, health and medical, emergency and disaster relief, housing and transportation, energy and environment, mobile devices and communication, and finance and entrepreneurship.Nutritional valueValueMe team member Malena Gonzalez, a student in MIT’s Executive MBA Program, said the team’s app is powered by an algorithm that leverages data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Nutrient Database. In so doing, the app can analyze someone’s groceries for missing vitamins, minerals, protein, and carbohydrates needed to fulfill a preset diet. By partnering with the American Association of Retired Persons, ValueMe also plans to incentivize buyers with discounts for buying healthier foods.The team aims to partner with supermarkets to integrate their system at registers. At check-out, a person will swipe their insurance card, and the system will recognize the person and analyze all food items purchased for nutritional value. This information will be sent to the buyer’s app. “When they’re printing your receipt, [you] will receive a nutrition snapshot of everything that you purchased and it will analyze if there are components or nutrients that are missing in your diet,” Gonzalez said. “This provides, at the point of sale, education for consumers on how healthy they’re eating.”In presenting the award to ValueMe, Ben Sanchez, co-founder of the Latin American Science Education Network, which won a $7,500 prize at last year’s IDEAS competition, said judges called the concept “more innovative than anything they have seen in the history of the competition.” One judge noted that ValueMe “could trigger a systematic change in the food industry,” Sanchez said.ValueMe will put the IDEAS prize money toward a pilot program with a grocery store in Philadelphia, according to Gonzalez. The other ValueMe team member is executive MBA student Tomasz Grzegorczyk, a former researcher in MIT’s Research Laboratory of Electronics, who has a background in data analytics.Impact of IDEASIn its 15-year history, IDEAS has awarded more than $750,000 to 128 teams, more than half of which are still active in 44 countries as for-profit and nonprofit firms. Winners have gone on to secure more than $40 million in additional funding.This year, 64 teams submitted innovations for IDEAS. Participating teams received guidance from IDEAS mentors and participated in workshops, dinners, and other events to learn from seasoned entrepreneurs.All 46 finalist teams displayed their innovations to judges and around 150 attendees during a showcase before the awards ceremony. Each team had a large monitor for presentations about their innovations, and some displayed working prototypes.Undergraduate team SmartSocket showed off some prosthetic limbs created with locally sourced materials to make them more affordable and comfortable for people in developing countries. One of their leg prostheses was made from plastic and lined on the inside with mushrooms, which keep the device springy and conform with a person’s leg. An antimold component keeps the mushrooms fresh for 30 days, and then they can be easily replaced.SmartSocket team member Krithika Swaminathan, a junior studying mechanical engineering, said IDEAS was “a great way to kickstart prototyping … and finally [invent] something that will actually be a product.”Keely Swan, administrator for the the IDEAS Global Challenge in MIT’s Public Service Center, said the showcase and awards ceremony together represent good opportunities for student teams to gather more feedback from judges, peers, and others. “That feedback will help them develop as they continue forward,” Swan said.Many award presenters were previous IDEAS winners, who praised the competition for kickstarting their commercial ventures. Among those was Scot Frank, co-founder of One Earth Designs, a 2008 IDEAS winner that develops solar cookers for developing countries.The competition, Frank said, provided his team with sage startup advice and offered “a stamp of approval” from MIT for commercializing the invention. The company’s solar cookers are now being sold in 30 countries. “It really goes to show what the IDEAS competition can do for the ideas that are here in this room and here as part of the MIT community,” Frank said.In her welcoming remarks, Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart praised the competing students’ ingenuity. “You’ve recognized some of humanity’s most pressing problems and you’ve gotten to work solving them,” Barnhart said. “Thank you for embodying the most important MIT tradition of all: using your knowledge to make the world better for this generation and the ones that follow.”…
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Welcome and Overview, SDM Back to the ClassroomJoan S. Rubin, Industry Codirector, System Design and Management, MIT
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What Is Systems Thinking and Why Is It Important?Qi Van Eikema Hommes, Ph.D., Lecturer, Engineering Systems Division, MIT
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A New Era in Project Management: Viewing Projects as SystemsBryan R. Moser, Ph.D., Lecturer, System Design and Management, MIT; Researcher, Design Engineering Laboratory, University of Tokyo; President and CEO, Global Project Design
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Hacking LeadershipAndrea Ippolito, SDM '11, Ph.D. student, Engineering Systems Division, MIT; Presidential Innovation Fellow, White House; Co-founder, Smart Scheduling; Co-leader, MIT Hacking Medicine
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A Systems Thinking Framework for Emerging, Evolving, and Established LeadersFreddie Douglas III, SDM '00, Director of Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate, John C. Stennis Space Center, NASA
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Design Leadership at MITMatthew S. Kressy, Director and Senior Lecturer, Integrated Design & Management, MIT
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The Importance of Failure and the Incomplete LeaderChristopher Berardi, SDM '11, Ph.D. Student, Engineering Systems Division, MIT; Captain, US Air Force
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How a Systems-Based Approach Can Help You Lead and Manage More Effectively—No Matter What Your IndustryMichael A. M. Davies, Founder and Chairman, Endeavour Partners; Senior Lecturer, Engineering Systems Division, MIT
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so have altered our ideas of computers as static machines. One of the most important areas of research at MIT concerns ubiquitous computing. During a sabbatical year at Google, professor Hal Abelson invented software that would enable everyone to program an “app” for his or her phone. Google App Inventor (renamed the MIT App Inventor in late 2011 when Google stopped supporting the project) is new, but it represents a key philosophy espoused by Abelson: “If your phone is going to be an influential force in your life, then you should be able to shape it to suit your needs whether or not you have a degree in computer science or electrical engineering.”
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things through simple mobile and web apps. We will change commerce by make it faster and easier to exchange goods and services — incorporating physical location, availability, and social trust mechanisms on a platform that is transparent and beautiful. Peddl launched in open beta last month in the Boston area. Our market already has thousands of users and over $150,000 of listed items
Web/IT Track Winner - CloudTop
Team Webpage: http://www.usecloudtop.com Idea Description
CloudTop is a web application that seamlessly connects your online experience by bringing together your online file sources with online applications. By bringing these disparate best-of-breed applications into one experience, CloudTop enables an entirely new computing paradigm, allowing you to view, manage, and work on your files entirely within the browser. By removing the friction between online services, CloudTop creates whole new workflows: take Facebook photos, edit them in Pixlr to remove red-eye, and save them back onto Facebook; take a Dropbox file and drag and drop it into Google Docs. CloudTop brings the future of computing today: anywhere, anytime, any device access to all of your content and applications.
Products & Services Track Winner - Cryoocyte Idea Description
Cryoocyte will revolutionize aquaculture, the commercial farming of fish. Currently fish farms underproduce by up to 30% because of seasonal unavailability of fish eggs. We make fish eggs available to farmers year round by cryopreserving them — a process that was impossible until now.
Life Sciences Track WInner - Podimetrics
Website: www.podimetrics.com Idea Description
Podimetrics is committed to ridding the world of diabetic foot ulcers, a condition that leads to nearly 100,000 amputations each year in the US alone. Our patent-pending technology aims to detect these ulcers before they develop, allowing for timely, inexpensive treatment.
Segal Family Foundation Emerging Markets Track Winner - IoVista Idea Description
The goal is to develop a portable device to alleviate global visual impairment by increasing access to primary eye care. For much of the 153 million people suffering from visual impairment due to uncorrected refractive errors (i.e. myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism) the barrier to eye care is not the cost of eyeglasses, but is instead a shortage of professionals that can provide an eyeglass prescription. Our goal is to increase accessibility of eye care to this population by developing IoVista, a low-cost, hand-held eye test device, which will be extremely easy to operate. We plan on marketing IoVista to clinicians, nurses, and other primary care providers, empowering them to provide basic refractive care with only minimal training.
Wild Card Round Winner - MegaMIMO Idea Description
Today’s wireless technologies cannot cope with a large number of devices in a small space. We’ve seen recent examples where Steve Jobs could not demo the iPhone 4 during his keynote unless people shut off their laptops, and hotels face similar situations with video streaming demand exploding after the release of the iPad. MegaMIMO is a novel access point design for overcrowded wireless networks that will increase the throughput of networks tenfold, without requiring changes to end user devices.
Wild Card Round Winner - LiquiGlide
Summer finally arrives in Boston, and I’m at the annual lab barbeque. I get my burger and proceed to add all the necessary condiments: lettuce, tomatoes, onions…but oh no! The ketchup bottle is running low! I violently shake and slam on the bottle but only manage to get a small drop out (or even worse, I spray it all over my clothes!). Easy product dispensing is one of the key challenges faced not only by ketchup bottlers but a variety of other condiment retailers that make up an industry characterized by $33 billion in total annual sales worldwide. LiquiGlide solves this problem with a super slippery coating that allows for easy and complete dispensing of food items such as ketchup and mayonnaise. Developed in the Varanasi Research Group at MIT, this new coating is made from nontoxic materials and is easily applied to food packaging.
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[examples of youth trade invited to pitch at retaierl hosted competitions]
Nicolas Warren had a great idea for a new product — chocolate snacks for athletes — but the budding business owner did not have the experience to crack the retail food market.
Then Warren, 29, heard about an opportunity in March to pitch his concept to Whole Foods Market, the giant food chain that carries thousands of boutique items. It was an event hosted by Youth Entrepreneurship and Sustainability, a Cambridge organization that helps entrepreneurs 35 and younger find markets for their products.
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There are 8,000 Items in the grocery department of the Charles River Plaza Whole Foods, and 400 products in the “salty snacks” category.
The young entrepreneurs made 30-second “elevator pitches” to executives from Whole Foods. “It was fairly nerve-wracking,” Warren said.
It was also successful. His business was one of 20 companies, many from Massachusetts, that presented at the YouthTrade summit and whose products debuted this week on the shelves of the 28 Whole Foods stores in the North Atlantic region.
YouthTrade is the brainchild of founder Poonam Ahluwalia, who conceived of the event after attending a conference last year at Conscious Capitalism, an institute cofounded by Whole Foods chief executive John Mackey that promotes “entrepreneurship, competition, and voluntary trade.” Ahluwalia realized the companies at the conference, which included retail chains such as The Container Store, Panera Bread Co., and Trader Joe’s, were interested in helping to grow new businesses.
“It came to me: They have the markets, we have the entrepreneurs,” said Ahluwalia.
Ahluwalia said one of the biggest obstacles for new businesses is persuading retail outlets and other sales channels to take a chance on their products. “Good ideas are just a good idea until someone supports it,” she said. “There’s a lot of support and access to financing for young entrepreneurs. The biggest reason many businesses fail, though, is because there’s no real access to market.”
Now that the first companies have been placed, Ahluwalia said she wants to propose new products to Whole Foods every three months, and is looking to partner with other stores such as Nordstrom and The Container Store.
In June, Ahluwalia will launch versions of her group overseas, starting in Nigeria. She then plans to expand to Guinea and Sierra Leone, thanks to a donation from the African Capacity Building Foundation, a foundation in Zimbabwe that works to build sustainable growth on the continent.
Poorvi Patodia, another entrepreneur at the March event, owns Biena Foods, maker of chickpea-based snacks. YouthTrade helped to get her products onto local shelves faster than she could on her own, Patodia said. She also met other young businesspeople struggling with the same issues.
“They help us connect to other entrepreneurs,” she said. “That’s a huge part of building a community of like-minded people.”
Getting a product onto Whole Food shelves is a difficult proposition at best, and can take months. The chain maintains a schedule through the year to manage its reviews of new products, moving from category to category, with a panel of Whole Foods employees sifting through a myriad of applicants. Competition is fierce.
“We get applications from hundreds of products a week, at least,” said Kimberley Rose, Whole Foods vice president for the North Atlantic region. The chain isn’t necessarily looking for specific items, she said, but products do need to be different enough to stand out on store shelves.
The YouthTrade event helped Whole Foods shortcut its normal review process by bringing a number of high quality products together at one time, according to Rose. “The quality and ingredients of the products were right along the lines of what we were looking for,” she said. “It’s hard to find amazing products all in one place. That was the score for us.”
Whole Foods is working with business owners from the March event to hammer out the details of contracts and get products on the shelves. “Now it’s a matter of how many stores they can put us in,” Warren said. “I’m feeling pretty good.
While Boston is full of young entrepreneurs brimming with ideas, Warren said that YouthTrade aside, there is little support for start-ups that are not focused in the technology world.
“Boston is a huge tech hub,” he said. “If you’re not a phone app or biomedical device, it’s hard to find people to help you.”
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essfully pitching its business plan to merge two of today’s most popular, and profitable, technological phenomena: gesture-recognition and smart devices. .3dim, founded by a team of MIT engineers, has patented 3-D gesture-recognition technology — such as what’s used in the Nintendo Wii and Microsoft Kinect — to be implemented into devices such as smartphones, tablets or Google Glass. This would allow users to interact with their devices through thin air, rather than having to touch a screen.The need for power-hungry, specialized hardware has kept such technology from mobile devices — problems that 3dim has now rectified, co-founder Andrea Colaco, a PhD student at the MIT Media Lab, said during the winning pitch. “What is the next interface [for mobile devices]? … The answer is gesture recognition,” Colaco said. “Every mobile-device manufacturer is scrambling to bring gesture-recognition into their devices. This is an immediate and unaddressed market.”No one walked away empty-handed. Each of the eight finalists — out of a pool of 215 entrants this year — received $15,000 for winning its respective track: life sciences, products and services, mobile, web/IT, energy, the Segal Family Foundation’s emerging markets track, and two wildcard entries. The contest also hosted several offshoots: a $10,000 Thomson Reuters Data Prize for the team with the most innovative data-centric business plan; the first-ever $10,000 Creative Arts Prize for the innovative use of art in a business plan; an AARP Prize for $10,000; and a $2,000 Audience Choice Award.Since its debut in 1989, the competition has helped launch more than 160 companies, which have gone on to collectively raise $1.3 billion in venture capital, employ 4,600 people and build $16 billion in market capital. Health, energy and infrastructure solutionsOther finalists’ innovations aim to prevent and diagnosis debilitating diseases, deliver clean energy and fix infrastructure issues.Several teams — NoMos, QuikCatheter, SympSolutions and eyeMITRA — are developing health-care innovations. NoMos, winner of the Audience Choice Award, aims to stop the spread of mosquito-borne diseases, such as malaria, by distributing a natural, nontoxic, environmentally friendly extract that prevents mosquito-human contact.QuikCatheter plans to manufacture modified microcatheters doctors could use to help improve patient outcomes in time-sensitive emergencies, such as stroke and arterial bleeding, and improve efficiency in a variety of non-urgent or outpatient procedures. SympSolutions is developing a cost-effective and noninvasive way to treat the carotid body — a small organ known to contribute to high blood pressure — in hypertensive patients who no longer respond to oral medications alone. Finally, eyeMITRA is developing mobile technology that collects valuable information about a person’s well-being — such as eyesight complications associated with diabetes — via retina monitoring. “It may seem like science fiction, but this is MIT,” said eyeMITRA team member Everett Lawson, a postdoc in the MIT Media Lab.Other teams developed infrastructure and clean-energy innovations. UPower, which won MIT’s Clean Energy Prize last week, is developing a nuclear generator for places off the power grid, such as U.S. Army bases in Afghanistan, that could replace diesel generators — reducing energy costs and, in theory, providing power for up to 12 years without a recharge. Ant Intelligence aims to collect and interpret data from buildings and infrastructure — such as bridges, dams and excavation sites — and generate structural data to be used for remote monitoring and preventive maintenance, disaster management and big-data analytics, among other things.Finally, C2Sense has several patents and published academic articles backing its technology: low-cost “sensors on a chip” that can be used for detecting and measuring a range of chemical substances in food, or for safety monitoring and environmental protection. Three other teams — AugMI Labs, Kiwi and Mediuum — won the Data Prize, the AARP Prize and the Creative Arts Prize, respectively. ‘…
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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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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