Competition Finalists will join us April 8-10, 2018, on Massachusetts Institute of Technology's campus in Cambridge, MA for a stimulating experience. Selected contestants will present their work and compete for the chance to win prizes.


There are plenty of ways for the public to get involved as well. Come check out all of the cool research projects and support the contestants on Public Viewing Day and vote for your favorite project.

The details of last year's event is as follows. 

April 10, 2017: Check In, Opening Ceremony and Public Viewing

  • 12:00 PM 1:30 PM: Registration, check in and poster set up in Walker Memorial Morss Hall (50-140)

  • 2:00 PM 4:00 PM: Opening ceremony, keynote, panel and instructions in Wong Auditorium (E51-115)

  • 4:30 PM 6:30 PM: Public viewing and judging for INSPIRE Lincoln Award in Walker Memorial Morss Hall (50-140)

  • 7:00 PM 8:00 PM: Suggested time to meet your host (for those staying on campus) and have dinner on your own (not provided by MIT INSPIRE)

April 11, 2017: Judging

Location: Walker Memorial Morss Hall (50-140)

  • 8:30 AM 9:00 AM: Continental Breakfast

  • 9:00 AM 12:00 PM: Judging session 1

  • 12:00 PM 1:00 PM: Lunch

  • 1:10 PM 5:00 PM: Judging session 2

  • 6:00 PM 6:30 PM: Poster tear down

  • 6:30 PM 7:30 PM: Dinner (optional - please let us know at registration time if you have other plans for dinner)

April 12, 2017: Closing Ceremony and Check Out

Location: Kresge Auditorium (W16-109)

  • Before 10:00 AM: Suggested time to have breakfast on your own (not provided by MIT INSPIRE)

  • 10:00 AM 12:30 PM: Awards ceremony (Note that winners must be present to receive awards, as trophies, ribbons and certificates will not be mailed after the event.) 

A map of MIT Campus can be found here.


Photo by Christopher Harting; 2008