2003-2004 MIT IDEAS Competition: Be a geek, win a contest, improve the world.
IDEAS is a competition started in 2001 at MIT to promote student innovation and inventiveness for community needs. The IDEAS Competition provides an opportunity for members of the MIT community to develop their creative ideas for projects that make a positive impact in the world. Participants work in teams to develop designs, plans, strategies, materials and mechanisms that benefit communities, locally, nationally or internationally.
This contest was started by MIT’s Amy Smith. The New York Times has a long story about her. Pretty impressive. Technology for the third world — I personally think that’s Linux’s true calling, so long as SCO doesn’t screw it up.