a key invention(s) within a team environment
be a matriculated student in the spring of the year the award is given
serve as an inspiration to young people, through their creativity, outreach or mentoring activities
Applicants can be from any major, discipline, or research concentration and will be invited and encouraged to participate in Lemelson-MIT Program activities, including outreach opportunities to inspire young people to pursue creative lives and careers. All applicants benefit from networking opportunities with each other, the MIT community, and Lemelson-MIT Award Winners.
Lemelson-MIT Student Prize Winners and Finalists are expected to attend EurekaFest, the Lemelson-MIT Program’s annual celebration of the inventive spirit. EurekaFest is a unique, inspiring opportunity for Student Prize Winners and Finalists to interact with Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams, and the Winners of the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize and the $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Global Innovation.
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IME magazine's best inventions of 2012.
LiquiGlide, a nontoxic, nonstick, super slippery coating for condiment bottles, was developed by Kripa Varanasi's laboratory in MIT's Department of Mechanical Engineering. Made from food materials, it's easy to apply to food packaging and prevents stubborn condiments from sticking to the inside of the bottle.
For food-sauce companies — and their customers — easy removal of condiments is a constant challenge. Most people have experienced the frustration that comes with struggling to expel a condiment — such as ketchup, mustard or mayonnaise — with furious shaking, messy rummaging or pure brute force. Now, a simple tilt of the hand sends condiments sliding out.
This prestigious recognition comes on the heels of this fall's top MassChallenge award, including $100,000, and this past spring's MIT $100K Competition Audience Choice Award. Led by Varanasi, the Doherty Associate Professor of Ocean Utilization, the LiquiGlide team is J. David Smith, Christopher J. Love, Adam Paxson, Brian Solomon and Rajeev Dhiman.
Bounce Imaging's low-cost, easy-to-use imaging device for visual recconnaisance enables soldiers and first responders to get an inside look at potentially dangerous situations, such as fires, collapsed buildings, hostage situations and war zones, without having to run in blind and put their lives at increased risk.
The spherical device is stuffed with six cameras and infrared LEDs on the inside and covered with a rubber shell on the outside. Once it's thrown into an unknown area, the camera takes two photos per second — even in low light. The infrared LEDs and a camera with near-infrared range enable full panoramas that can be sent to phones, tablets or laptops for immediate viewing.
The startup's co-founder, MIT alum Francisco Aguilar MBA '12, says the idea came to him after the Haitian earthquake in 2010, which illustrated to him the need for a method of visualizing a potentially dangerous situation before entering it. Bounce Imaging's other co-founder, David Young, is currently a second-year MBA student at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Bounce Imaging was also recognized at this year's MassChallenge Awards Ceremony with a $50,000 prize.…
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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of electricity—far from enough for a rapidly growing city of 18 million. To address this shortfall, students from across MIT have teamed up to launch a waste-to-energy company that will provide Lagos residents with cheap, reliable electricity.
"Lagos has a severe waste problem, severe unemployment, and an environmental problem. Millions of people are running diesel generators on a daily basis," said Adetayo "Tayo" Bamiduro, an MIT Sloan MBA '15 student from Nigeria. The company the students founded, NovaGen Power Solutions, aims to supply biogas to apartment buildings while providing local jobs. "The impact is social, environmental, and economic," Bamiduro said.
The brainchild of Adeyemi "Yemi" Adepetu, a student in MIT's System Design and Management (SDM) program, NovaGen will collect organic waste from apartments and convert it into biogas to fuel generators. The system will be piloted this summer at a seven-unit building and scaled up to 10 buildings, serving 70 units in total. If the pilot succeeds, the next step would be for NovaGen to equip all 210 units managed by their partner real estate company, Property Mart Real Estate Investment.
"We think what's available is too expensive," Adepetu said. "Our idea was: Look at the technology out there, build locally, and make it affordable for people."
While NovaGen will employ existing technology, it has a novel strategy, Bamiduro said. "The innovation is our business model. We're not targeting large businesses or customers one by one. We're looking for that sweet spot," he said, wherein 20-70 families share one waste-to-energy system. "That's why we picked real estate."
The fledgling company has racked up a number of successes in entrepreneurship competitions. The team—which also includes Ellen Chen, a Master's in City Planning (MCP) candidate in the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning—was a semifinalist this spring in the MIT Africa Innovate Business Plan Competition, the MIT IDEAS Global Challenge, and the MIT $100K Pitch and Launch Entrepreneurship Competitions (emerging markets track).
Adepetu was recently named a finalist for the 2014 Echoing Green Climate Fellowship, which supports next-generation social entrepreneurs committed to working on innovations in mitigation and adaptation to climate change. Adepetu also has a Legatum Fellowship that supports his work on NovaGen and is supported by the MasterCard Foundation.
Born and raised in Nigeria, Adepetu said the idea for the company had been percolating for a long time before he came to MIT and was inspired to act. "I thought [NovaGen] was 10 years away. MIT was the crucial influence that took me from the corporate world," said Adepetu, who spent several years working for United Technologies. "Before MIT... I thought I'd do this when I was done with my first career."
At MIT last fall, Adepetu met Chen in New Enterprises, a class designed to help students launch startups. "I wanted to do something in emerging markets and Yemi's was the only idea in a developing country," said Chen, whose interest in housing inspired the idea of targeting residential real estate. Adepetu had originally envisioned serving hospitals.
Bamiduro was the next team member to join NovaGen, bringing with him crucial, up-to-date contacts with the Lagos business community. (Adepetu had been out of the country for nine years, but Bamiduro had just left a lead analyst role in Nigeria's oil and gas industry.) Bamiduro said his goal in attending MIT was to gain the skills necessary to create "a high impact energy venture that would employ a lot of people."
NovaGen's founders credited the MIT Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship for first believing in their idea, as well as the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, the MIT Venture Mentoring Service, MIT Africa Interest Group, and the student club Energy for Human Development with giving them opportunities to meet mentors and connect to others with a passion for energy and the developing world. "The ecosystem at MIT Sloan gives you the chance to test your ideas vigorously," Bamiduro said. The MIT D-Lab group has also been a source of mentorship and advice, he added.
All three founders are committed to a future with NovaGen—although Chen won't graduate until December, and Bamiduro won't complete his degree until 2015. Adepetu, who will graduate this spring with a master's degree in engineering and management, said he expects to spend the next couple years building the company in Nigeria, but the long-term plan for NovaGen is to build a U.S.-based multinational company. For now, the founders are actively seeking early seed investors, mentors, and additional business partners to help them move forward.
ng and the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), this summit brings together a diverse range of individuals, including: research scientists; educators from formal and informal settings; NGO staff members; computer scientists; representatives from industry; entrepreneurs; and others. The intimate size, exhilarating program, and accomplished attendees make the MIT App Inventor Summit the ideal opportunity to share current work, form new collaborations, and stay abreast of the latest developments within the MIT App Inventor community.
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Talks present participants with the opportunity to present their research, experience, projects or implementations of their App Inventor-related work. Each presentation will last no longer than 15 minutes with an extra 5 minutes specifically dedicated to questions. Authors who wish to submit possible topics to be considered for talk sessions at the App Inventor summit must submit a 2-3 page abstract following the talk formatting guidelines.
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Posters provide an interactive forum in which authors can present their work to attendees during poster sessions. We especially encourage students to submit their work-in-progress projects related to App Inventor. The poster sessions will be held over lunch and during coffee breaks. Posters provide an opportunity to describe new work or work that is still in progress using App Inventor.
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Panels present multiple perspectives on a specific topic. Each panel will have at most four panelists including a moderator.Panel submissions should include a list of the panelists, their affiliations, and a description of the overall topic, with brief position statements from each panelist.
Proposals with more than four panelists must specify the reason for the extra panelist as well as how the time will be divided so that each panelist will be able to speak.
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The App Competition allows users of MIT App Inventor to showcase their apps.
The app developer DOES NOT need to be present at the 2014 MIT App Inventor Summit. However he/she must agree that the MIT App Inventor Team can showcase the app. There will be three prizes awarded for this competition. In addition the prizes, each winner will also receive a certificate that reflects the winning category.
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Short video submissions allow users of App Inventor to tell their story, their experience in using the tool, reasons and motivations for creating apps or to just showcase their work etc. The video needs to be NO LONGER than one minute .
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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: http://boston.musichackday.org/2012
Ready, Set, Pitch! MIT $100K Pitch Contest is open. Read more: http://www.mit100k.org/register/
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) since food will be provided. Read more at http://miter.mit.edu
MIT $100K Pitch Workshop
Thu, 10/04/2012 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm, E25-111
READY? SET. PITCH!
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: http://100kworkshop.eventbrite.com/
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: http://mobileappmit.eventbrite.com/
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. http://startupbootcamp.mit.edu
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1,000 Pirates Party Fri, 10/05/2012 - 6:30pm - 9:45pm, Boston Harbor Join Filepicker.io and 1,000 other Boston startup community members for an evening of fun. There will be a cash bar, a DJ (Monster.com founder Jeff Taylor!), plenty of people dressed in pirate costumes (so suit up!) and lively chatter on building things that people want. RSVP at http://1000pirates2012.eventbrite.com/
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 http://greenhornsummit.eventbrite.com/
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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! http://www.mit100k.org/pitch/
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 http://web.mit.edu/invent/a-student-2.html
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 entrepreneurship.mit.edu/calendar.
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