The Make Impact Consortium is hosting a collaborative MathWorks® COVID-19 Design Challenge to engage its students in entrepreneurship through community building and social awareness. Student teams will design, model and CAD solutions around the theme of reopening during COVID-19.
- Exploring Business Opportunities with Laurie Stach
- Introduction to MATLAB with Neha Sardesai (MathWorks)
- Introduction to Simulink with Neha Sardesai (MathWorks)
- AUTODESK: Parametric Modeling with Gaby Waldman-Fried
- AUTODESK: Assembly Modeling with Gaby Waldman-Fried
- AUTODESK: Sculpting and Surface Modeling (to Fusion Teams) with Gaby Waldman-Fried
- Presentation Skills with Conor McArdle
Each MIC member university may have one team (minimum 3 members, maximum 6 members).
Each team member will receive a $500 stipend based on teamwork and attending the training sessions.
Each team is free to choose its own COVID-19 created challenge to solve. Please refrain from any medical products. Also, the emphasis is on hardware oriented designs. Below is a list of theme suggestions:
- Restaurants and bars
- Travel (airlines, trains, hotels, subways, etc)
- Entertainment and sports venues
- Leisure facilities (gyms, studios, casinos, etc)
- Personal services (hair, nails, massage, acupuncture, etc)
- Reimagine a shared object in a COVID-19 world such as a microwave or fridge handle, a gas pump handle, etc
June 8 Teams start working on concepts and ideas
June 9 Training sessions (Autodesk, Mathworks, Entrepreneurship 101, Presentation skills…) will empower the students to learn new skills while MIC can assess and evaluate teaching methods and tools used in innovation
June 19 Pitch 3 possible project concepts /ideas (no more, no less)
June 19 Idea Selection
June 29 Design Review and Advice by MIT Staff
July 14 Submission of Presentations
July 15 Dry Run of Presentations
July 16 Final Presentations
Final presentations on July 16:
- 15 minute final pitch via Zoom
- Panel of MIC members and sponsors vote on the best project in regard to concept, implementation and potential
Cash prizes will be awarded to the best design(s) and for the best media documentation effort (documentation of photos, videos and more).
1st prize: $5000
2d prize: $2500
3d prize: $1500
Media Documentation Prize: $1000