Sunday, October 23, 2016

Cisco Grand Challenge Competition Management Underway

Looking to change the world? Cisco will be awarding a total of $250,000 to teams that have ideas with the power to do just that. The company’s Innovation Grand Challenge is looking for disruptive digital solutions that can make the world safer, more sustainable, and more connected. There’s no arguing with what is stated on the innovation contest website: There has never been a better time to innovate.

Promoting Change across All Areas of Daily Life

The Innovation Grand Challenge allows teams to develop ideas across a wide range of categories:

Transportation – Will you create a new venture that improves the way we travel?

Manufacturing – Does your venture transform manufacturing?

Infrastructure – Can you disrupt infrastructure with your ideas around network connectivity, data analytics or more? Read more from this blog:

Saturday, October 22, 2016

2016 Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge Winners Named by Online Contest Management

Charles “Pete” Conrad, Jr. was an astronaut, innovator, and entrepreneur. His wife Nancy created the Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge in his honor. The goal of this yearly innovation and entrepreneurial competition that connects students and mentors is to develop creative ideas for viable solutions that will benefit the world in: Aerospace & Aviation, Cyber Technology & Security, Energy and Environment, and Health & Nutrition.

Examples of specific areas of innovation across these categories include avionics, propulsion systems, artificial intelligence, smart security technologies, renewable resources, bio diversity, prosthetics, and hunger solutions. Read more from this blog:

Friday, October 21, 2016

MIA Game Jam Hackathon Innovation Competition Where You Create the Best New Game

Miami Dade College wants to know if you’ve got game. Its MIA Game Jam hackathon, October 22-23, is looking for teams who think they can create a small video game, from concept to a working product, within 24 hours. Participants will be given a theme, but are allowed to bring that concept to life any way they like.

The MAGIC (Miami Animation and Gaming International Complex) Club is behind the innovation competition, which is meant to showcase the rising game industry in Miami. The event is an extension of the MIA Animation Festival, South Florida’s premier industry conference that focuses on Computer Animation, Gaming, Visual Effects and Motion Graphics, Film, Web Design, and Visual Art. Read more from this blog:

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Skild Contest Platform-Powered KaBOOM! Play Everywhere Challenge Announces Winners

The KaBOOM! Play Everywhere Challenge is an innovation contest powered by the Skild contest platform. With $1 million in prizes, it seeks new and creative ways to help kids stay active. Especially in low-income neighborhoods where busy parents often don’t have much time for helping their children find fun and safe places to play, it’s important to provide some engaging options.

KaBOOM! hosted the challenge with generous funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Target, Playworld, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Out of more than 1,000 applications received nationwide, 50 have now been named as winners. Read more from this blog:

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Technica All-Women Hackathon Encourages Women to Immerse Themselves in Technology

November 5-6, 2016 the University of Maryland will host a 24-hour, all-women hackathon. Called Technica, the event is intended to encourage women to exercise their imagination to create interesting and innovative hacks. Unlike most hackathons, Technica is asking sponsors to be in the trenches with students in order to help participants make strong connections with businesses and the tech world.

The desire among businesses to see gender barriers removed from the technology industry was underscored in 2015 by the list of leading companies that sponsored the Technica All-Women Hackathon. Read more from this blog:

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

AARP Sponsors Innovation Contest to Help Strengthen Social Security

Innovation contests are a great way to bring attention to important social issues, and to generate powerful ideas for bringing about positive change. AARP (formerly the American Association of Retired Persons) is using the contest format to tackle an issue that will be important to all of us as we age: the solvency of the Social Security system.

The Policy Innovation Challenge: Social Security Adequacy and Solvency is looking for input from scholars and researchers in a wide range of disciplines, including law, political science, behavioral science, actuarial science, sociology, social work, psychology, economics, philosophy, business, and industry. Applicants are encourage to take a “big picture” perspective on the challenge of ensuring that Social Security is available for future generations. Read more from this blog: