Saturday, November 10th, 3:00PM-3:45PM - Opportunity Judging
This event takes place near the start of the competition. Students have been asked to go out to at least three separate locations on campus and just observe what they see. Based on their observations, they are tasked to develop three opportunities for new products/ideas development at each of those places, for a total of nine opportunities. They then present their opportunities to judges who will rank the opportunities and give them each points from 1-10 (1 for the worst idea, 10 for the best). Ideally, all nine opportunities would be great ideas, and the team would get the maximum points for a perfect score.
Saturday, November 10th, 5:00PM-5:50PM - Elevator Pitch Judging
This event is the conclusion of the first day of the competition. Teams will have the length of time of an elevator ride to pitch their idea for judging. A new team will give their pitch every five minutes, and there will be two rounds of elevator pitches for two different concepts. Judges will score each elevator pitch on how the team best addresses: what, so what, now what? Judges give teams points for each of those topics, rating idea and pitch quality, for each round of elevator pitches. PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT TAKES PLACE INSIDE AN ACTUAL ELEVATOR.
Sunday, November 11th, 8:45AM-10:30AM - Prototype/Business Pitch Mentor
Student teams will be working on their prototypes and preparing their business pitches on Sunday morning, and we are looking for people who can serve as mentors on these tasks. The teams are made up of students from all disciplines and may have never created a prototype or business pitch. The helpful mentor would give them some advice on completing these tasks to earn the most points, and assist in answering any questions, or field any problems they may have as they work through the morning.
Sunday, November 11th, 11AM-12PM - Final Presentation Judging
This event is the culmination of the competition and combines all the work the students have been perfecting for 24 hours into one presentation. We are looking for serious, business-minded judges to serve as high powered executives in the dreaded Cat Cage, where students will give their final business/idea pitch. Judges will judge the presentations based on idea and pitch quality, and give the maximum number of points to the best team.