• University of Charleston Innovation Showcase April 19, 2017

    Event entries due: March 1, 2017

    Student prize money: $9000
    Faculty/Staff Prize Money: $7000
    Top Performing School: $2500 (points earned by students)
    Interdisciplinary Award: $500
    Viewing Participation: $250

    Note: Your innovations may fit into more than one category! Be strategic when you chose your category!

    It is of great importance that any work you submit in this competition be your own work. Please do not submit to this competition based on someone else's work product unless that person agrees and/or is on your team. We encourage you to form interdisciplinary teams but be sure to discuss ownership issues, especially with regard to works of art, design, or research.

    If you have any questions about the competition and/or the categories or rules, please forward those questions to fondaholehouse@ucwv.edu.

    • Student Categories

      Innovative Products

      Competitors in this category should be prepared to present a 10 minute pitch that describes an idea for a innovative product, mobile app or invention, the target customer for the innovation and the profit potential for the product, app or invention.

      Innovative Process, Service or Project

      Competitors in this category should be prepared to present a 10 minute pitch that describes an innovative process or service, who the user of the process or service will be and whether the process or service has the potential to be turned into a business. Examples of entrants in this category might be health care practitioners that develop a new method of patient care or a new therapeutic approach, an athlete who develops a new training technique, a basic science student who develops a new approach to be utilized in a lab, a student who develops a business idea that would provide a service rather than a product or even a student organization that develops a campus project. These are just examples.

      Innovative Work of Art, Design, Performance or Creation

      Entrants in this category should be prepared to present an original creation and either perform or describe that creation. The performance and/or description of the creation should be limited to 10 minutes.

      Research

      Entrants in this category should be prepared to present and defend a 10-20 minute presentation based on a research project. This presentation can be by poster, PowerPoint or oral presentation only.

      Non-competitive Category

      If a student is prepared to present a project/work of art, research or any other work related to a class assignment and does not wish to compete for prize money, these entrants will present during the event at a separate location so that they may be evaluated by their professors.

      Category Prizes Points
      Innovative product ideas by students 1st $1000
      2nd $750
      3rd $500
      Participation
      10
      7
      5
      2
      Innovative process or service ideas by students 1st $1000
      2nd $750
      3rd $500
      Participation
      10
      7
      5
      2
      Innovative design/art/performance/creation by students 1st $1000
      2nd $750
      3rd $500
      Participation
      10
      7
      5
      2
      Research presentation by a student 1st $1000
      2nd $750
      3rd $500
      Participation
      10
      7
      5
      2
      Non-competitive (all categories) Participation 2
    • Faculty/Staff Categories

      Innovative Products

      Competitors in this category should be prepared to present a 10 minute pitch that describes an idea for a innovative product, mobile app or invention, the target customer for the innovation and the profit potential for the product, app or invention.

      Innovative Process Improvement or Service Improvement

      Competitors in this category should be prepared to present a 10 minute pitch that describes an innovative process or service, who the user of the process or service will be, how the improved process or service would benefit UC and whether the process or service has the potential to be turned into a business.

      Innovative Campus Improvement Project

      Competitors in this category should be prepared to present a 10 minute pitch that describes an innovative project that would lead to an improvement of some aspect of the campus of the university.

      Presentations related to Research/Work of Art, Music or Design

      Entrants in this category should be prepared to present and defend a 20-30 minute presentation based on a research project or a 10-15 minute presentation of a work of art, music or design.

      Innovative Campus Sustainability/Going Green Project

      Entrants in this category should be prepared to present a 10 minute pitch that focuses on a policy or project that focuses on campus environmental challenges. An example of this would be a presentation focusing recycling or energy efficiency.

      Category
      (No points for outstanding school will be earned in these categories)
      Prizes
      Innovative product ideas by faculty/staff 1st $1000
      2nd $300
      3rd $100
      Innovative process or service improvement by faculty/staff 1st $1000
      2nd $300
      3rd $100
      Innovation campus project by faculty/staff 1st $1000
      2nd $300
      3rd $100
      Innovative research/work of art/music/design by faculty/staff 1st $1000
      2nd $300
      3rd $100
      Innovative sustainability project 1st $1000
      2nd $300
      3rd $100