Call for Code Education Innovation Case Competition

<p><span style="font-size: 36px;"><strong><span style="color: rgb(35, 101, 245);">Case competition overview</span></strong></span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><span style="font-size: 24px;"><strong>Challenge: Design an innovative technology solution that addresses a problem aligned to achieving accessible and equitable quality education</strong></span></span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Equal and equitable access to quality education is one of the greatest challenges facing global society. Socio-economic status, geography, race, gender, and disability all play a role in how and when we learn, and the resulting opportunities education opens. Critically, the COVID-19 pandemic has compounded long-existing challenges and wiped out 20 years of progress.*</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><br></span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">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 &ndash; not a privilege. As current students, the world needs your expertise, empathy, and unique perspective to design technological solutions to a global problem.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><br></span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">The competition theme, <strong>&quot;A future of education that ensures accessible and equitable quality education and promotes lifelong learning opportunities for all,&quot;</strong> was inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4</span></p><p><a href="https://sdgs.un.org/goals/goal4" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">(https://sdgs.un.org/goals/goal4).</a></p><p><br></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Your solution should address one of the diverse challenges aligned to this theme and demonstrate how technology can help communities in need around the world. While solution submissions do not need to include working code, you will need to describe the technologies required and how those technologies fit into the solution.&nbsp;</span></p><p><br></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><span style="font-size: 18px;"><strong>You might design solutions that...</strong></span><br></span></p><p><meta charset="utf-8"></p><ul style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;padding-inline-start:48px;"><li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type:disc;font-size:10pt;font-family:'IBM Plex Sans',sans-serif;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:400;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><span style='font-size: 14px; font-family: "IBM Plex Sans", sans-serif; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;'>Broaden educational opportunity for women, who continue to face steep structural and societal barriers</span></span></p></li><li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type:disc;font-size:10pt;font-family:'IBM Plex Sans',sans-serif;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:400;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><span style='font-family: "IBM Plex Sans", sans-serif; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;'>Relieve the burden of educational inequality that falls disproportionally on under-served communities</span></span></span></p></li><li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type:disc;font-size:10pt;font-family:'IBM Plex Sans',sans-serif;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:400;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><span style='font-family: "IBM Plex Sans", sans-serif; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;'>Democratize access to quality learning for all, in an increasingly digital world</span></span></span></p></li></ul><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><br></span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(35, 101, 245);"><span style="font-size: 36px;"><strong>Who should participate</strong></span></span></p><p><span style='font-size: 14px; font-family: "IBM Plex Sans", sans-serif; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;'>Successful teams require diverse skillsets to design unique solutions.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style='font-family: "IBM Plex Sans", sans-serif; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;'>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 be at least 18 years old and enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education.&nbsp;</span><span style='font-family: "IBM Plex Sans", sans-serif; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; font-size: 14px;'>Please read the&nbsp;</span></span></span><span style="font-size: 14px;"><a href="https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vQIATfRWZWeD4eHOFI9ZFgwNKLRBimND-eDZRyx22m7zru5HqJ3HvnH5tk4euXJ32FZ8WSkE8hPbVz_/pub" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><span style='font-family: "IBM Plex Sans", sans-serif; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; color: rgb(35, 101, 245);'><strong>eligibility criteria</strong></span></span></a> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">for a complete understanding of your eligibilty status<span style='font-family: "IBM Plex Sans", sans-serif; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;'>.</span></span></span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style='font-family: "IBM Plex Sans", sans-serif; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; font-size: 18px;'><strong>Builders</strong></span></span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style='font-family: "IBM Plex Sans", sans-serif; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;'>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&#39;s possible.</span></span></span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style='font-family: "IBM Plex Sans", sans-serif; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; font-size: 18px;'><strong>Designers</strong></span></span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style='font-family: "IBM Plex Sans", sans-serif; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;'>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.</span></span></span></p><p><strong><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 18px;">Communicators</span></strong></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style='font-family: "IBM Plex Sans", sans-serif; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;'>Good communicators make complex ideas simple and easy to digest. Your team&#39;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.</span></span></span></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong>Humanitarians</strong></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style='font-size: 14px; font-family: "IBM Plex Sans", sans-serif; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;'>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.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><br></span></p><p><span style="font-size: 36px;"><strong><span style="color: rgb(35, 101, 245);">Event Dates:</span></strong></span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong>August 23 - November 11</strong> - The case competition registration is open.</span><br><br></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong>Registration Deadlines:</strong></span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Wednesday | November 10 - <strong>Individual</strong> registration for the case competition closes at midnight (PST)</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Thursday | November 11 - <strong>Team</strong> registration closes - all teams must register their team on the event platform by the project deadline.</span><br><br></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong>Project Submission Deadline:</strong></span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Thursday | November 11 @ 9:00 pm (PST) - All final presentation videos and projects must be submitted by 9:00 pm (PST) in order to qualify for the case competition. <em><strong>Late submissions will not be accepted.</strong></em></span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><br></span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><span style="font-size: 18px;"><strong>POST EVENT ACTIVITIES</strong></span></span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">November 15 -21 - Judges will review projects</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong>Winners announced:</strong></span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Tuesday | December 7 - &nbsp;Winners announcement / awards ceremony</span></p>