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HBCU and TCU Making & Innovation Challenge

About the Challenge
Facilitating Relationships. Empowering Students. Amplifying HBCU/TCU Talent.

Posted By: Department of Education
Category: Ideas, Designs, Scientific/Engineering, Multimedia
Partners: National Science Foundation and UNCF
Partnership With: National Science Foundation
Submission Dates: 12 a.m. ET, Mar 18, 2016 - 9 a.m. ET, Jun 06, 2016 Judging Dates: Apr 22, 2016 - Jun 19, 2016 Winners Announced: Jun 20, 2016

Building on the successful 2015 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Making for Change Showcase the goals of the HBCU and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU) Making & Innovation Challenge are to:

  • Facilitate relationships between HBCUs, TCUs and tech industry partners. These relationships will lead to deeper relationships between institutions and companies who can invest in students and faculty development.
  • Empower students through hands-on making experiences and by providing opportunities to learn about innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Amplify and make more visible the innovation and technical talent of students and faculty at minority serving institutions.

Student teams (2-4 students and a faculty member) will be tasked with identifying a problem in their local community. The challenge will have 3 phases: ideation, prototyping and implementation. We welcome students of all skill levels and majors.

Judging Criteria

Originality

How creative is the project? How original is it? Does it address a problem? If so, how creative is the intended solution?

Innovativeness

The extent that the model of the project described in a submission exhibits novelty or ingenuity, and has the potential to significantly impact the community.

Potential Impact

The extent that the team demonstrates the ability to successfully implement the model described in the submission and with its proposed resources including support from the local community and businesses.

Quality of Submission

Did the team follow the submission criteria? Was it organized?

Elegance of Solution

Did the team display understanding of the problem and the intended solution? Could the solution be implemented in real-life?

How to Enter

Here is the summary of the steps teams must take to submit their applications to the HBCU/TCU Making & Innovation Challenge: (for more detail, return to the main Challenge page.)

  1. Check your eligibility
  2. Register on Challenge.gov by April 20.
  3. Host a Make-a-Thon on Campus: (Open to all TCUs and HBCUs) March 18 – April 22.
  4. Go to “Submit Solution” to submit a PDF or PowerPoint presentation no longer than 5 pages/slides. April 22.
  5. Semi-Finalists will be invited to submit a video presentation via YouTube/Vimeo.  Link must be submitted under “Submit Solution” by June 1.

4 Discussions for "HBCU and TCU Making & Innovation Challenge"

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    Eric Saliim
    NCCU is interested in registering for this challenge, however we are unsure how to proceed with registration. Is there a registration link or does registration occur with when a solution is submitted.

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      sfranklin
      Hi Eric, Here is the summary of the steps teams must take to submit their applications to the HBCU/TCU Making & Innovation Challenge: (for more detail, return to the main Challenge page.) 1.Check your eligibility 2.Register on Challenge.gov by April 20. 3.Host a Make-a-Thon on Campus: (Open to all TCUs and HBCUs) March 18 – April 22. 4.Go to “Submit Solution” to submit a PDF or PowerPoint presentation no longer than 5 pages/slides. April 22. 5.Semi-Finalists will be invited to submit a video presentation via YouTube/Vimeo. Link must be submitted under “Submit Solution” by June 1. If your team is registered on Challenge.gov your next step is to host the Make-a-Thon on Campus and submit your PDF or presentation by April 22, 2016.

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      sfranklin
      Dr. Bresette, All prototypes are welcome. They can be lo-tech or no-tech without any electronic hardware.

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Rules

 

First Steps:

Here is the summary of the steps teams must take to submit their applications to the HBCU/TCU Making & Innovation Challenge: (for more detail, return to the main Challenge page.)

  1. Check your eligibility
  2. Register on Challenge.gov by May 6.
  3. Host a Make-a-Thon on Campus: (Open to all TCUs and HBCUs) no later than May 13.
  4. Go to “Submit Solution” to submit a PDF or PowerPoint presentation no longer than 5 pages/slides. May 13.
  5. Semi-Finalists will be required to submit a video presentation via YouTube/Vimeo.  Link must be submitted under “Submit Solution” by June 6, no later than 9am EST.

Eligibility: 

Students are allowed to participate in teams of up to four (4) students and a faculty member.

No more than 2 teams per school/institution and each team must have gender balance.

Students must meet the following requirements to participate:

  • Students must be currently enrolled at a TCU or HBCU.
  • Students must be 18 on, or by, March 18, 2016 to compete in the HBCU/TCU Making and Innovation Challenge.

What Do I need to Submit?

To submit your project, go to “Submit Solution” on the left-hand side of the Challenge.gov page. A complete submission from a team consists of the following:

  • A short description of your project. In the “Description” field, explain your project in a paragraph or two. Attach a PDF or PowerPoint presentation (no more than 5 pages/slides). Details should include images and a description of who the team is, what the project does, and who the project is for. May 13.

Notified Semi-Finalists

  • 1-4 minute Demonstration Video. In this video, explain what your project does, why you created it, and how you did it. The entire team should appear on camera to deliver the presentation. The presentation should include details about the problem identified, the solution, and the team members. Upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo, and then paste the link into the “External URL” field on challenge.gov. Semifinalists submit a video presentation by June 6, no later than 9am EST.
  • Updated Project Idea Document. Teams should also submit an updated project idea document (described above). This document must be submitted by June 6, no later than 9am EST.  In addition to the video, this should be a 1-2 page summary of the project with photos of the final solution.

Submission Dates:

The HBCU/TCU Making & Innovation Challenge is open from March 18, 2016 through June 20, 2016. The Challenge submission period will be closed at 12:00 pm EST on June 20, 2016, after which no more submissions will be accepted.  See below for details

  • Announcement: March 18. Teams interested in participating will complete the online registration on Challenge.gov. All teams must register for the competition by May 6, 2016.
  • Host a Make-a-Thon on Campus: (Open to all TCUs and HBCUs) March 18 – April 22. This element is intended to generate ideas for projects.  Post your Make-a-Thon on Twitter #HBCUMakers, #TCUMakers, @NSF  @WHI_HBCUs @UNCF .
    • Teams submit a PDF or PowerPoint presentation no longer than 5 pages/slides. The presentation should describe the project and the team. Details should include images and a description of who the team is, what the project does, and who the project is for. No later than May 13, 2016.
  • Selection of Semifinalists: May 13 – May 21. Each submission will receive 3 reviews from challenge judges/advisors. For judging criteria, see Judging.   Semi-finalists will be notified by May 21.
  • Implementation: May 6 – June 18. Semifinalists submit a video presentation by June 6, no later than 9am EST. The entire team should appear on camera to deliver the presentation. The presentation should include details about the problem identified, the solution, and the team members. Teams should also submit an updated project idea document (described above).
  • National Maker Faire (Winners Announced): June 20, 2016. The advisory board members, using pre-set criteria, will judge presented projects. Students will also participate in a workshop to understand fundraising, intellectual property, and marketing skills to further the development of their projects.
  • National HBCU Week Conference: October 24-25, 2016. Recognition for top 5 winners from HBCUs and HBCU Innovation Expo (open to all schools) during HBCU Week Conference held in Arlington, VA.  Travel will be the responsibility of the school.
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