i2i: Inspiration to Innovation Competition


Below are the competition guidelines for April 7, 2013. 

Deadline to enter:  TBD

Application and guidelines:  i2i application

Event time and place:  TBD
Cash Prizes!
1st Place: $1,000.00
2nd Place: $500.00
3rd Place: $250.00

The Inspiration to Innovation (i2i) Competition encourages participants to solve real world problems in an imaginative and innovative way. Innovation leads to the implementation of novel valuable ideas, and we're looking for the best.  In other words, we're looking for creative solutions that work! 

This year the competition is focusing on wooden pallet waste. The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources has banned wooden pallets from all general landfills.  This competition challenges students to create something innovative with discarded wooden pallets. Teams (1-5 people) will present their sustainable ideas for reusing wooden pallets to a panel of judges. Participants cannot make more than one submission to the competition.

You may be as creative as you’d like in your presentation, but please note that this is a science fair type format where judges will be visiting each team for only a few minutes. If you chose to have a power point type presentation or video demo it cannot be longer than 4 minutes. You will need to have a full charged computer to present it on as the event will be held outdoors weather permitting. Prior to the event, you can get a model kit or real pallet to do a mock up for your idea. If you choose to build with a real pallet you will need to have your own workspace and tools to complete your project. Email Tripp Evans (evanrc12@wfu.edu) by April 3, 2013 at 5pm to obtain either.


Judging Criteria:

1. SOURCE OF INSPIRATION:  What is the genesis that sparked the idea for this innovation?  This could (should) be an observation or application taken from a completely different context that can be repurposed to solve the problem described above.  This section should describe how it applies in its original context and what aspects of that served as inspiration. INSPIRATION TO INNOVATION:  How is the concept described in the Source of Inspiration going to be repurposed to address the Opportunity described in section A?  The idea has to be plausible and actionable.  


3.CLEAR ARTICULATION OF THE IDEA; THE VALUE AND THE TARGET: The commercial, social or cultural value. Who is the target? i.e. the potential buyers, users or consumers of this innovation or the population being served or benefiting from the innovation?

4. SUSTAINABILITY:  Describe the plan for how this innovation becomes sustainable for the long term, either as a commercial enterprise, or as a social enterprise or as a cultural enterprise.

The competition is open to any WFU students from any discipline or school, undergraduate or graduate.

To get inspired, follow this link and read about some of these really intriguing ideas that spawned some great - real - new products.  These weren't part of this competition, but this is the type of idea we are looking for.

Submissions must be returned by 5 p.m. March 29, 2013 in order to secure participation in the April 7th competition. Good Luck!         

The Graduate Entrepreneurship Club
The Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Society