TravlerPack (Formerly DuraBlanket)
A group of MIT students benefited from a Mad Money Grant for their startup
TravlerPack: a durable,waterproof blanket that doubles as a sleeping bag and a backpack. This was designed for
the millions of refugees worldwide who struggle to carry their belongings and sleep comfortably. Grant money
was also used to send these students to London for the Hult Prize regional competition for humanitarian startups.
Using their Mad Money Grant, MIT’s Rocket Team was able to transition from
their award-winning solid propellant engine to their newly developed liquid bipropellant engine, Viper2.
This required the team to develop new infrastructure, materials, fabrication methods, and supplies—
an excellent opportunity for students to solve complicated engineering problems and within the aerospace engineering field.
With the support of a Mad Money Grant, Camp Kesem at MIT held their first weekend-long
counselor retreat in April 2016. The retreat focused on creating a sense of community among the 80 counselors in attendance.
The counselors worked in groups to practice handling difficult camper scenarios, as well as meaningful ceremonies like
Empowerment and Fireside. At the end of the weekend, counselors left with new friendships and lasting memories.
MIT Sustainability Club
A Mad Money Grant permitted the MIT Sustainability Club to host MIT’s
first Clean Earth Hackathon in April 2015. Students from MIT and surrounding schools, area professionals,
and industry and government representatives gathered to tackle real-life sustainability challenges.
Participants developed and presented concrete solutions concerning natural resource management, mobility
in the modern world, environmentally conscious design and (re)fueling the next generation.
In 2015, MIT’s hip-hop dance team, Ridonkulous, celebrated their
10th anniversary with exciting additions to their annual Footwork Showcase. The support of a Mad Money Grant
allowed Ridonkulous to bring well-known professional choreographer Ellen Kim to MIT. Following the success
of Footwork, Ridonkulous and Ellen Kim hosted a series of dance workshops for the greater MIT community.
With the support of a Mad Money Grant, the MIT Mirchi dance team traveled
to Miami in November 2014, for Dance Ke Deewane, a national intercollegiate Bollywood-fusion dance competition.
The team placed second among some of the best Bollywood-fusion dance teams in the country.
Since competing, MIT Mirchi has been invited to showcase its talent across the US.
The support of a Mad Money Grant allowed the MIT Bhangra team to travel to Dallas
to compete in the prestigious Bhangra Blitz competition in February of 2014. The team won second place, allowing MIT
to make its mark in the collegiate Bhangra circuit. The team’s experience created a strong sense of camaraderie and
a deepened passion for Bhangra dance.
The MIT Cycling club received a Mad Money Grant in the spring of 2014 to renovate
the club’s indoor cycling space and install a state-of-the-art multi-rider setup for power-based training.
The club’s new equipment allows cyclists to use power threshold tests to set power levels for training, receive
aggregated heat rate data, and track progress.
A Mad Money Grant allowed MIT’s South Asian a cappella group, the MIT Ohms,
to travel to Baltimore for Humari Awaaz on May 3, 2014. The annual showcase is hosted by Johns Hopkins University
and features South Asian a cappella groups from across the country, fusing South Asian melodies and rhythms with
mainstream Western music.
Art of Living at MIT
Supported by a Mad Money Grant, the Art of Living at MIT hosted a campus-wide Yoga Remix
on May 16, 2013, a unique event that combined yoga and meditation with live music in a dance club atmosphere. From a band
singing Sanskrit chants, to glow sticks, students were able to relax, dance, and celebrate in a creative, substance-free