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THE COMPETITION

The Global Innovation Challenge consists of an overnight, hackathon-style case competition. Teams indicate a preference among three streams of problem solving (technology, social entrepreneurship, and governance), and then create interdisciplinary and innovative solutions within their stream. Finalists pitch their proposals to compete for the grand prize.

Proposals presented by each team are evaluated by a panel of professionals from within the field of international development. Presentations will be judged on feasibility, scalability, cultural relevance, innovativeness, and level of development. Three groups are chosen as finalists and give a public presentation to be considered for the grand prize.

The Three Streams

Technology: Create a solution that relies on technology or data to address the case

Social Entrepreneurship: Create a business or nonprofit solution to the case

Governance: Create a policy or public sector strategy to address the case

 

 

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CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

 

The Global Innovation Challenge will take place March 29-30th, 2019 at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. The event will be held in Tyler Hall and Washington Hall.

 

 

FRIDAY MARCH 29

4:00-5:00 pm: Check In (Tyler Lobby)

5:00-6:00 pm: Dinner (Tyler)

5:30-6:30 pm: Networking Expo (Tyler Lobby)

6:30-7:30 pm: Opening Ceremony (Washington 201)

7:15 pm: Case release

7:45-11 pm: Advising Sessions

7:45-9:00 pm: Optional Workshop with Tribe Innovations

10:00 pm: Optional documentary screening

 

SATURDAY MARCH 30

7:30 - 8:30 am: Light breakfast & coffee (Tyler Lobby)

8:30 - 10:30 am: Advising Sessions

11:00 am: Submissions due

11:15 am - 2:30 pm: Presentations

12:00-1:00 pm: Lunch available

2:30 - 3:00 pm: Judges deliberate

3:00 - 4:00 pm: Finalist Presentations & Closing Ceremony