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Call for Code Education Innovation Case Competition for African Creatives [$37,000]

Deadline: November 11th, 2021

Technology can be key to addressing these issues. Regardless of your course of study, by participating in this case competition you can devise innovative solutions that address the challenge of making quality education a right for all – not a privilege. As current students, the world needs your expertise, empathy, and unique perspective to design technological solutions to a global problem.

The competition theme is, “A future of education that ensures accessible and equitable quality education and promotes lifelong learning opportunities for all,” inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4

The Call for Code Education Innovation Case Competition seeks innovative technology solutions that addresses a problem aligned to achieving accessible and equitable quality education. Teams of five students enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education should design solutions that:

  • Broaden educational opportunity for women, who continue to face steep structural and societal barriers
  • Relieve the burden of educational inequality that falls dis-proportionally on under-served communities
  • Democratise access to quality learning for all, in an increasingly digital world

The EduTech solution should demonstrate how technology can help communities in need around the world. While solution submissions do not need to include working code, applicants will need to describe the technologies required and how those technologies fit into the solution.

Why You Should Apply

  • Grand Prize ($20,000 USD)
    • Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) will invite students from the winning team to participate in their year-round program that supports the next generation in developing social impact projects to address pressing societal challenges. Winning team members will also receive an invitation to the CGI U 2022 virtual Annual Meeting hosted by President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, as well as access to mentoring, skills training, networking, leadership development, and professional growth opportunities provided by CGI U throughout the year.
    • Each student from the winning team will be invited to apply to IBM job opportunities. IBM will consider each application, and will invite winning team members to interview for roles for which they qualify.
  • Runner-up Prize ($10,000 USD)
    • Each student from the Runner-up team will be invited to apply to IBM job opportunities. IBM will consider each application, and will invite those team members to interview for roles for which they qualify.
  • 2nd Runner-up Prize ($5,000 USD)
    • Each student from the 2nd Runner-up team will be invited to apply to IBM job opportunities. IBM will consider each application, and will invite those team members to interview for roles for which they qualify.
  • Gamification Prize ($2,000 USD)
    • You can earn points by taking action on the event platform! Top 10 individual point earners will receive $200 USD.

Who Can Participate?

Successful teams require diverse skillsets to design unique solutions. Explore some of the personas that are often successful in case competitions, but remember: there is no one way to build a great team. In order to participate, you must meet all eligibility criteria.

  • Builders: The digital mastermind of your team. The builder is the methodical, digital-obsessed teammate who brings the technical know-how to help ground your solution in what’s possible.
  • Designers: Your UX expert who ensures the solution is user-friendly and visually appealing. Designers bring creative vision to technical problem solving, making what you build sleek and easy-to-consume.  
  • Communicators: Good communicators make complex ideas simple and easy to digest. Your team’s calculating hustler is essential in articulating the problem and succinctly defining how the solution can make a difference in a profound, unique, consumable way.  
  • Humanitarians: Altruistic thinkers who understand the complex problems at hand in a truly human way and are committed to finding a solution to make a demonstrable difference. This inspirational lead of your team must keep in mind the communities in need, while thinking like the individual user.

Selection Criteria

Submissions will be judged equally across four primary criteria, which evaluate whether the solution applies technology effectively to solve a real-world problem.

  • Relevancy and Impact: How relevant is the solution to the stated challenge? How effectively does the technical solution address the identified issue within the theme? How helpful or useful would the outcomes be to impacted communities? Can the solution scale over time to have a further reach across multiple user groups or geographies? Can success be measured?
  • Design and Feasibility: How good is the design, user experience, and ease of use of the solution? Were the identified issue, impacted users, and technology solution thoroughly researched, with the provided data or facts demonstrating the team’s understanding of the problem? Is the solution possible, or just nice in theory?
  • Innovation and Originality: Is the solution new and disruptive? How unique and innovative is the approach to solving an existing challenge through technology, including one or more IBM solutions? Is the solution differentiated from others already on the market?
  • Compelling Storytelling: How well did the submission materials articulate the problem, the target user(s) and their experience, and how the technological solution would address the problem? How relatable and engaging was the solution story?

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