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  1. Your team must be led by full-­time, currently-registered MIT students. We encourage you, however, to collaborate with and involve people around the world to realize your team’s vision.
  2. The MIT student(s) on your team must have made a significant contribution to the development of the project's innovative design, process, model, technology, or other key components.
  3. Your entry must be the original work of your team.
  4. Your team must identify and work with a community partner to understand the problem, develop the solution, and implement the project. A community partner can be a non-profit organization, a government body, a partner or client company, a community leader, a school, etc.
  5. Your proposed project must be service-oriented, ethical, and safe.
  6. Your project’s location cannot be considered “high risk” according to MIT’s Travel Risk Policy. We understand that security situations are continually evolving. If you are planning to travel or are traveling with PKG Center funds, we reserve the right to ask you to change, delay, or otherwise alter your travel plans if we think it necessary for your safety.
  7. Your team must be available to attend all required events—reviewer feedback session, Innovation Showcase & Awards Ceremony, and, if applicable, the Winners’ Retreat.
  8. Although you may enter a project for which you already have established a formal entity (501(c)(3), LLC, C corp, B corp, for example), your project cannot have acquired significant investment. Funding will go to the MIT student(s) on your team, not to any organization you have created.

IDEAS Project Requirements
The IDEAS Global Challenge is an annual social innovation competition that encourages our students to live MIT’s mission of working wisely, creatively, and productively for the betterment of humankind.

Your IDEAS project can take place in the United States or around the world. Many projects relate to one or more of these sectors listed below. There are no sector requirements for IDEAS; however, teams must demonstrate that their project has a strong community service / social impact focus to benefit an underserved community.

Your team can be led by either/both MIT undergraduate and graduate students.
When you enter the challenge, your project should still be in an early stage—beyond a purely lab or research phase and more in a testing, prototyping, or piloting phase. Our goal is to support projects that actually can be implemented or tested with a community during the 16-month grant.