The Lemelson-MIT Program Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Engineering

Innovation for the Developing World

The $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Global Innovation recognizes individuals whose technological innovations improve the lives of impoverished people in the developing world. The award also establishes (or creates) inventor role models who can inspire youth to solve challenges in the developing world through invention.

Lemelson-MIT Award for Global Innovation Objectives

To foster technological innovation for the developing world, the Lemelson-MIT Award for Global Innovation celebrates outstanding technology-focused inventors who:

work in any of the following areas of basic human needs of health, shelter, energy, agriculture, quality of air, water, soil, shelter, education, or ecosystem management
have already disseminated technology/ies that are further scalable or replicable
draw attention to, and increase youth interest in, the challenges facing developing countries and the role of invention in addressing those challenges