Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Wearable Technologies Innovation Contest Seeks Next Big Thing

Wearables… Just a few years ago the term didn’t exist. Today, it’s one of the hottest areas in technology, with many of the newest ideas coming from innovation contests like the Wearable Technologies (WT) Innovation World Cup. And of course, here at Skild, our online contest management is all about technology and innovation.

What are You Wearing?

The WT Innovation World Cup 2016/17 is looking for the next generation in wearables. The competition is designed to inspire participants to come up with ideas for next generation products that have the potential to be marketed and sold. Sponsored by STMicroelectronics, MediaTek Labs, AiQ, VARTA Microbattery, and Cicor, the contest is the world’s leading innovation competition in the area of wearable technologies.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Verizon App Challenge is Not a Hackathon but an Innovation Contest for Middle and High School Students

The Verizon Innovative Learning App Challenge allows middle and high school students to design real mobile apps with no coding required. Not only do participants have a chance to win prizes, the innovation contest promotes teamwork, creative problem solving, and entrepreneurship skills. Unlike a hackathon, there will be weeks to complete the challenge.

What Can You Win?

Teams in the Verizon App Challenge compete at the state, regional, and national level. Best in State winning teams get $5,000 for their school’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) budget and mobile tablets for each team member.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Play Everywhere Challenge Powered by Skild’s Contest Platform Shares Gallery of Finalists

Kids and play… they go together like peanut butter and jelly. In fact, studies show that play is critical to the health and well-being of children. But far too many kids in the U.S. aren’t getting the play they need. This is especially true in low-income neighborhoods. To counter this trend, the nationwide Play Everywhere Challenge, powered by the Skild contest platform, seeks to find great innovations in city redevelopment that make play fun and accessible for kids and families.

Collaborating on More Ways to Play

The challenge was developed by a group including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Target, Playworld, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the National Endowment for the Arts. It will provide $1 million in prizes to 50 winners across the country to help them turn their community-focused concepts into reality.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

National Association of Broadcasters PILOT Innovation Competition Software Launches

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) describes itself as “the voice for the nation’s radio and television broadcasters” and “the premier trade association” for the industry. The organization provides value to its members through advocacy, education, and innovation. It’s the innovation piece that drives its newly launched, Skild-powered PILOT competition platform.

The contest, designed to help “navigate broadcasting’s future,” poses the question, “How might local television and radio broadcasters engage their communities with next generation content on any device, whether big, small, or moving?” This could include TV, radio, tablets, smartphones, computers, wearables, VR devices, gaming systems, etc. Participants must provide creative answers to that question in the form of ideas, strategies, and solutions that will help define the future of broadcasting.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Global Travel Entrepreneur Challenge: A Vacation-Related Innovation Contest

The Global Travel Entrepreneur Challenge (GTEC) looks to take advantage of “the power of local wisdom.” How many times have you visited a new place and wished you knew a resident who could direct you to the best restaurants, the coolest sights, or the most fun entertainment?

Triip (no misspelling there) is a travel platform that allows travelers to get the best private tours caringly crafted by handpicked local tour guides. Triip is now available in 93 countries and 650 cities around the world. And with a 98% approval rating from customers, it is surely expanding to other locations rapidly!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Winners Named in 2016 Community College Innovation Competition

The Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC) is an innovation competition presented by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). Understanding that the education of future scientists is an important part of scientific progress, the NSF has made it a point of emphasis to encourage the incorporation of research into the traditional teaching approach of community colleges.

Community colleges play a critical role in developing America’s technical workforce, especially those often underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and careers. This challenge helps students discover and demonstrate their ability to make a difference in the world through science.