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Forming an SDC Team

Forming a Team

Team Rules

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. Teams are encouraged to follow MIT’s intellectual property 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 of time.

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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