Harvard Innovation Lab Challenges

Have an idea that could change the world for the better? No matter how big or small, or at what stage your idea is at, we encourage you to enter one of our four challenges for a chance to win a grand prize of up to $100,000 for your venture!


Proposal deadlines are quickly approaching so be sure to submit yours today!

  • President’s Challenge – Proposal deadline February 9th
  • Deans’ Cultural Entrepreneurship Challenge – Proposal deadline February 9th
  • Deans’ Health and Life Sciences Challenge – Proposal deadline February 9th
  • Deans’ Design Challenge: Urban Life 2030 – Proposal deadline February 23rd


For more information, visit us online at:  http://i-lab.harvard.edu/


Maureen Schrader                                                                Sheryl Reilly

President’s Challenge Coordinator                                      Deans’ Challenge Coordinator

mschrader@harvard.edu                                                      sreilly@harvard.edu


Become a 1L Green Cup Captain

Volunteer Time Commitment

  • One introductory meeting, tentatively scheduled for Thursday, January 30, 12-1pm – lunch provided
  • 30 min – 1 hour each month, for sending emails

The Prize
A cool $500 to be used towards an end-of-the-semester zero-waste event

The Challenges

  • Participating in the Valentine’s Freecycle
  • Bringing re-useable beverage containers to class
  • Sipping H20 at the water taste tests
  • Rallying for environmental justice
  • Swapping at the Fashion Swapaganza

In this annual event, 1L sections compete for the Green Cup to achieve the highest percent of participation in sustainability awareness-building challenges throughout the spring semester.  We are looking for 1 volunteer Green Cup Captain from each section to forward competition information to his or her section and rally participation.  If you and a section mate would like to be co-captains, that is another option.  Becoming a Green Cup Captain is a great way to gain exposure to your section classmates and requires no prior experience – just a great attitude and an interest in making our campus more sustainable.

Email sustainability@law to lead your section to green glory!

Beanpot Tickets still available for students!

It has become Boston’s “social event of winter season.” The first two Monday nights of February in Boston are reserved for the Beanpot, an annual hockey tournament that features Boston College, Boston University, Harvard and Northeastern. It all started on Dec. 26, 1952 at the old Boston Arena. The next year the Beanpot moved to the Garden, where it has been played ever since and become the official battle for Boston’s hockey bragging rights.

Tickets available are for both games that evening.

Monday February 3, 2014 at the TD Garden

5pm Harvard vs. Northeastern

8pm Boston College vs Boston University

Cost $20 per ticket maximum 2 tickets per person, purchase from the Dean of Students Office


Prof. Greiner is Looking for Student Volunteers

Professor Jim Greiner is looking for student volunteers, particularly 1Ls, interested in working on an access to justice team project in the area of debt collection, financial health, and bankruptcy. The project will focus on innovative ways to empower pro se litigants. Interested students should come to Hauser 101 at noon on Tuesday, Jan 28. Lunch will be served. If possible, please RSVP to  jgreiner at law.harvard.edu so Prof Greiner will know how much food to order.

THURSDAY (mock) JURY DUTY SPOTS AVAILABLE for the Winter Trial Advocacy Workshop!!

We still have spots available on Thursday! Volunteer for Harvard Law School’s (Mock) Jury Duty! Thursday, 1/23/2014 Calling all who are interested in serving as jurors in the mock trials for Harvard Law School’s Winter 2014 Trial Advocacy Workshop! Trials will be held: Thursday, January 23rd from 2:00pm-6:00pm Suffolk Superior Court, Boston Moakley Federal Court, Boston The attorneys in these trials are second and third year law students who would benefit greatly from feedback on their performances. We are hoping to have 10-15 people per jury to deliberate and to give their judgments on whether the students have convinced them or not in the individual cases. Please contact Amy Soto at  asoto at law.harvard.edu if you are able to serve.

Labor Law-Introductory and First Assignment Information

The textbook for this course will be Cox, Bok, Gorman and Finkin, Labor Law: Cases and Materials, Fifteenth Edition (Foundation Press). It is currently available at the Law School Coop. In addition, the syllabus and a 2-volume, bound set of Supplemental Materials (Supp.) containing the readings are now posted to the course ISite. Please note – hard copies will be available at the Copy Center, but not until January 24 or later. The assignment for the first day of class is as follows: -Steven Henry Lopez, Reorganizing the Rust Belt (2004) [Supp. 1-5]; -Vegelahn v. Gunter, 167 Mass. 92 (1896) [Textbook 7-15]; -Plant v. Woods, 176 Mass. 492 (1900) [Supp. 6-10]; -Background Material on the National Labor Relations Act [Textbook 40-52]; -J.I. Case Co. v. NLRB, 321 U.S. 332 (1944) [Textbook 315-318]. On the first day of class, I will ask for volunteers to discuss the assigned materials. After the first day of class, students should be prepared to be called on to discuss the assigned materials, although volunteers and discussion will always be welcome.

Apply to work on a LIDS Project! Info session Jan. 27

LIDS is currently recruiting team members to work on its exciting array of spring projects! Descriptions of the projects are available at: http://www3.law.harvard.edu/orgs/lids/li…. If you would like to hear more about the projects, you are welcome at attend an informal information session on Jan. 27 at 12pm in WCC 3007. Team members are expected to dedicate 3-5 hours per week on average to their project. Read more about the role and responsibilities of team members at: http://www3.law.harvard.edu/orgs/lids/20… To apply: (1) fill out the application form: https://docs.google.com/a/jd15.law.harva…. (2) attend the MANDATORY training on Mon., Feb. 3, 2014 from 7-8:30pm in WCC 2009. If you have a class or other legitimate conflict during that time, please email Sarah ( sweiner at jd15.law.harvard.edu) and John ( john.rennie at tufts.edu) so that they can send you the necessary information. Applications for team member positions are due TUESDAY, FEB. 4, 2014. NOTE: There is a separate application process for the team leader positions, which you can read about at: http://www3.law.harvard.edu/orgs/lids/20…. Those applications are due Jan. 27.