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The last few weeks have been a little rough with all the unknowns and constant adaptations that have been necessary to keep everyone as safe as possible. Our UC community has shown incredible resilience and the ability to take the challenge head-on. I3 has likewise had to adjust for the online environment. But, in the effort of going virtual, we have worked hard to make this year’s event better and more entertaining than ever before!

We have changed the structure of the event to offer even bigger prizes!

Many of us would currently be tuning in to March Madness whether we had a favorite team in the tournament or not. In an effort to help fill the void left by the lack of sports, the student competition will add a final round consisting of four category winners who will compete against each other in a “live” online event. This new format will enable much higher engagement because you can invite your peers, family, and friends to participate as well!


 

Competition Format Updates

 

Student Competition

To streamline the competition and respect our external community judges’ time, we have combined some of the categories. The student competition will now consist of four categories total (Product & Process, Art Individual & Group, Case Study, Research). In the first round of the competition, external judges will evaluate and score presentations online within their specific categories. This initial round is very similar to the live I3 events we have conducted in the past, with the exception that they are online. Each presenter will upload a video presentation, not to exceed 5 minutes, to a YouTube channel of your choice, and send the link to David Ramsburg, davidramsburg@ucwv.edu. The top 3 finishers in each category will receive cash prizes.

The winners of the four categories will move on to a “live” online event to compete for additional prizes.

 

Faculty & Staff Competition

To streamline the competition and respect our external community judges’ time, we have combined some of the categories. The faculty and staff competition will consist of three categories (Product & Process, Works of Art, Research). External judges will evaluate and score presentations online within their specific categories. The judging is very similar to the live I3 events we have conducted in the past, with the exception that they are online. Each presenter will upload a video presentation, not to exceed 5 minutes, to a YouTube channel of your choice, and send the link to David Ramsburg, davidramsburg@ucwv.edu. The top 3 finishers in each category will receive cash prizes.

 

Virtual I3 Day Process

 


 

  1. Develop your video presentation. Remember, videos should be 5 minutes or less in length. So, focus on the most important key points.
  2. Record your presentation video. See Resources for information on recording using various devices.
  3. Upload your video file to YouTube before midnight, April 7, 2020. See Resources for information on uploading your video.
  4. External judges will evaluate the presentations online on April 8 – 9, 2020.
  5. The winners of the student categories will move on to the Final Four competition. These individuals or teams will be notified so they can prepare for the event.
  6. The Final Four event will be April 13, 2020, live on Facebook.

The University of Charleston Russell and Martha Wehrle Innovation Center defines innovation as:

 

“The design, invention, development, and implementation of new or altered products, services, processes, systems, organizational structures, or business models to create new value for firms, customers, stakeholders, communities, and the world.”

 

The key phrase in the definition is CREATING NEW VALUE. Therefore, I3 focuses on how UC students, faculty, and staff are creating new value for the university, the community, and the world we live in. Every person and organization on our campus provides unique value in ways they may not realize. So, this year, we are challenging you to think about how you and your ideas, innovation, and inventions are providing value to your world.

Rubrics for external judges for each category:
2020 Art Rubric

2020 Case Study Rubric

2020 Product and Process Rubric

2020 Research Rubric

Webinar – info about the 2020 I3 Day

 

How to Create an Account on YouTube

This help page also has information on creating a channel and uploading videos on a computer, iPhone, or Android phone.