Forming a Team
The Soldier Design Competition is primarily targeted toward
MIT undergraduate and U.S. Military Academy (USMA) teams
of engineers, but is also open to members of the larger
MIT and USMA communities (graduate students, post-docs,
faculty, staff, associates, alumni, and parents of MIT).
MIT teams must include at least two MIT full-time undergraduate
students and not exceed 5 individuals. Since many of these
design projects may draw upon multiple disciplines (materials
science, mechanical engineering, aero/astro, chemical
engineering, etc.), participants are encouraged to form
cross-disciplinary teams. Individuals may be members of
more than one design team. Individuals and teams can address
more than one challenge.
Forming a Team
Forming a high impact team with the right mix of skills,
motivation, and personalities is an important factor in
the success of your design team. It is the responsibility
of each individual to see that he or she is a member of
an outstanding team. If you miss the kickoff meeting,
or need helping finding a team, we can help! Fill out
the "get help teaming"
form right away.
Looking for a Team
Team registration for this year's Competition has begun. Teams that have already formed can seek advice
from individuals from academia, industry, or the government,
but their submissions should reflect the independent contributions
of the team and not their advisors. In such an instance,
any intellectual property resulting from the submission
will be wholly owned by the team members. Teams are encouraged
to follow MIT’s
guidelines including filing the proper invention disclosures.
The semi-final judging may be open to the
public and may have media coverage. If you are invited
to present your idea at this event, you must take proper
steps to protect your intellectual property rights ahead
Registering your Team
Once your team is registered, changes (additions or deletions)
to the team member list between semi-final and final judging
of the competition will be limited to a total of two changes
to the team roster (i.e. two slots exchanged, two deletions,
two additions, one addition + one swap, or one deletion +
one swap). However, teams must keep at least one of the original
full-time undergraduate MIT students constant and the original
requirements must be maintained (two full-time MIT undergraduates
and no more than five team members). No splitting of teams
into two separate teams in between the semi-finals and finals
of the Competition is allowed. The list of team members for
the final judging of the Competition must be finalized prior
to March 28 and will be the basis by which the prize money
will be awarded.
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