The IdeaMaker Challenge

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Are you an IdeaMaker?

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The digital age has made the world smaller, faster, more interactive and increasingly mobile. But no matter how fast and smart machines become, we still rely on the power of human creativity. It’s people who create new ways to look at and evaluate the infinite opportunities of the digital age and advance our society as a whole. We call these innovative individuals “IdeaMakers.”

IdeaMakers tackle big problems, imagine new solutions, and create businesses that make a difference. They are “thinkers” AND “doers” who take on challenges, eliminate barriers, and make things happen.

Are you ready for your next challenge?

The IST IdeaMaker Challenge is designed to facilitate cross-college collaboration among the amazing IdeaMakers here at Penn State. The IST IdeaMaker Challenge is open to all undergraduate students regardless of major who are currently enrolled in Penn State and are in good standing.

The competition is designed to encourage and facilitate the building of cross-college teams that work together to tackle a “big” problem that leverages information technology as part of the solution or as a key component of the business model. Teams wishing to participate in the IdeaMaker Challenge will move through two rounds of judging.

IdeaMaker teams work with mentors who have entrepreneurial background and expertise to develop and advance their ideas. During Start-up Week, select teams will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas and proposed solutions to a panel of judges. The top three teams will be recognized and awards will be announced during IST Start-up Week.