Call for Student Teams -School of Architecture - Carnegie Mellon University

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Call for Student Teams

Sign up: Friday, 26 February, 5:00pm

Calling for student teams to participate in Carnegie Mellon’s venture capital sponsored Open Innovation Competition

  • Sign up: Friday, February 26, 2010, 5pm – individual sign up or in pairs by email to Babs Carryer, with name, class, school/department – only five teams chosen.
  • Notification of acceptance: You will be notified by Monday 10am, 1 March, of acceptance into the competition.
  • Mandatory briefing meeting for team assignments and competition details: Monday, 1 March, 5pm, Newell Simon Hall 3305.
  • Presentations due: Friday, March 19 5pm, by email to Babs Carryer.
  • Presentations and judging: Saturday, March 20, starting at 9am, Gates 6115.
  • Awards and reception: Saturday, March 20, 12:30pm, Gates 6115.
  • Prize: 1st place prize is $2,000; 2nd place is $1,000; 3rd place is $500.
Competition description: The competition will revolve around the theme of consumer internet trends. Student teams will be asked to explore emerging consumer internet trends in a pre-market state as driven by technology, social economic factors, and consumer preferences. It is expected that winners of the competition will have the opportunity to identify projects that may be pursued as capstone or research projects sponsored by external groups during the fall and spring next academic year.
The Open Innovation Competition is open to all graduate students and junior and senior undergraduate students. Venture capital judges and internet industry experts from the west coast and the Pittsburgh region will comprise the judges’ panel. Cash prizes will be $2,000 for 1st place, $1,000 for 2nd place, and $500 for 3rd place. Only five teams will be chosen to compete. Teams will be interdisciplinary, with students from across campus working together collaboratively. We hope that teams will include students from SCS, Tepper, Heinz, H&SS, CIT, MCS, and CFA. This is a unique opportunity for CMU cross-disciplinary collaboration. We encourage students from the technical disciplines as well as students from the business disciplines to participate.
Interested students should sign up individually or in pairs. Teams will be chosen on a first-to-sign-up basis. All teams will have students from different disciplines. To sign up, please send an email to Babs Carryer,, on or before Friday February 26, 2010, 5pm. Please indicate in the email your department and year of study. Any questions can also be directed to Babs. You will receive notification of acceptance by Monday, March 1, 10am. Please note that the briefing session, described below, is later that day.
The mandatory briefing session for the competition will be held in Newell Simon Hall on Monday, March 1 at 5pm. At this meeting, participating team members will receive their team assignment, the timeline for the competition, and the subject of the competition. If you have a class conflict please let Babs know and we will see what we can do.
Final presentations will be due to Babs Carryer by email ( by 5pm on Friday March 19, with presentations and judging on Saturday morning, March 20. The competition takes place over a two week period (but because spring break occurs during this period, the actual time is three-weeks; students can choose to use the break time or not as they choose). Final presentations will start at 9am on Saturday, March 20 in Gates 6115. Awards and reception will be at 12:30pm that day.
This Open Innovation Competition is an interdisciplinary project sponsored within CMU by Project Olympus (SCS), the Don Jones Center for Entrepreneurship (Tepper), and the Institute for Social Innovation and Masters of Information Systems (ISI and MISM, Heinz College).

By: Babs Carryer