• The Braille Pencil, winner of a $7,500 IDEAS award.

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  • SolSource Tibet's parabolic solution to provide solar-powered cooking and heating for Tibetan villages.

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  • Orian Welling and Brad Simpson, of SolSource Tibet.

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IDEAS Competition awards

The winners of the 7th Annual MIT IDEAS Competition were announced at the May 1 Awards Ceremony at MIT. The competition, a joint project of the MIT Public Service Center and the Edgerton Center, encourages and celebrates innovations that benefit communities worldwide. IDEAS winners use the award funds to implement the projects they develop, often leveraging additional resources to expand the benefits to the communities they serve. Find out more at http://web.mit.edu/ideas.

$7,500 award for Braille Pencil
- Ted Moallem G, health sciences and technology, New York, N.Y.
- Nadia Elkordy '08, mechanical engineering, Cambridge, Mass.
- Orly Lahav, MIT staff, electrical engineering and computer science, Tel Aviv, Israel
- Svetlana Sussman, MIT staff, management, St. Petersburg, Russia

$7,500 award for Leveraged Freedom Chair
- Amos Winter G, mechanical engineering, Chesterfield, N.H.
- Mario Bollini '09, mechanical engineering, Detroit, Mich.
- Tish Scolnik '10, mechanical engineering, Waccabuc, N.Y.
- Shirley Fung G, electrical engineering and computer science, Seattle, Wash.
- Gwyn Jones, MIT staff, Edgerton Center, Cambridge, Mass.

IDEAS Competition--$3,000 award for SolSource Tibet
- Orian Welling '08, mechanical engineering, Custor, Wisc.
- Scot Frank '08, electrical engineering and computer science, Halladay, Utah
- Brad Simpson G, mechanical engineering, Eugene, Ore.

$5,000 award for Assured Labor
- David Reich G, management, Highland Park, Ill.
- Joseph Bamber G, management, Nashville, Tenn.
- Matt Albrecht G, management, East Lyme, Conn.

$5,000 award for Ghonsla
- Zehra Ali G, Engineering Systems Division, Lahore, Pakistan

$5,000 award for Sustainable Health Enterprises
- Hannah Brice '09, Materials Science and Engineering, Cambridge, U.K.
- Bernice Huang '09, biological engineering, San Diego, Calif.

$5,000 award for Wiihabilitation
- Austin Tzou '10, chemical engineering, Lexington, Ky.
- Alex Pak '10, chemical engineering, New York City, N.Y.
- Justin Tan '09, biological engineering, Montreal, Quebec
- Vivian Tang '09, brain and cognitive sciences,Chelmsford, Mass.
- Brandon Pung '10, electrical engineering and computer science, Kernersville, N.C.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on June 4, 2008 (download PDF).

Topics: Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E), Awards, honors and fellowships


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