Contest rules


MADMEC is a team-based competition. Teams must include at least 2 members, and a maximum of 5, comprised of MIT-students only. At least two members of each team must be a graduate or undergraduate student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

Faculty and staff are allowed to advise and consult with teams, but may not be official team members. Post-docs cannot be team members.

DOW Chemical and Saint Gobain will not claim a stake in any intellectual property (IP) generated during participation in MADMEC.

After the registration due date, we will notify those teams selected to continue their participation in MADMEC.

These teams will be able to receive up to $1000 in funding from MADMEC for their prototype. Funding will be in the form of reimbursement -- all expenditures must have receipts or invoices, and must be submitted to MADMEC within 2 weeks after the MADMEC finals to be eligible for reimbursement. MADMEC can also purchase materials, tools, etc for your group so you don't have to spend money out-of-pocket. These funds will be deducted from your available budget.

Any prior work you have done that is related to your MADMEC project will be taken into account when judging and evaluating your team. All teams will be judged according to what was accomplished and developed during the competition, and not on any prior experience, prototypes, or research.