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GEW 2013 Contest Rules

 

 

 

Jump in For Change Application

 

The Challenge:  If you think leadership is for other people, think again.  A movement can be started by one individual or a group of determined people passionate about a cause.  This challenge asks you to develop an idea for a movement for change on campus or in the community.  One person standing for a cause can work, but what could you do to promote positive change if you could get others to follow?

The Criteria:  Individually or within a self-chosen team , identify a campus or community need  that you are passionate about.  Using that cause, come up with an issue within that cause that needs to be addressed.  How you would facilitate change and how you would spread your message to engage others in your movement?
The Application:  In one page or less, identify the challenge or issue you are addressing, how you would solve that challenge or issue and the methods you would use to engage others to join your movement.
Judging Criteria:  Entries will be judged on the following criteria-

Award:  $500 total in quarters (to be split by all team members) and assistance in developing a plan to begin your movement.

DEADLINE for ENTRIES: Email all entries to by Thursday November  21st, 2013 by 5:00 p.m.


 

What’s Appening?

 

The Challenge:  To develop an idea for a new app.

The Criteria:  Individually or in a team, develop an idea for a new app that solves a problem or fills a need, either for a commercial venture or a social venture.
The Entry Application:  In one page or less, explain the problem or need you are addressing and clearly identify how your app will address it.  Clearly identify how your app will be designed.

Judging Criteria:  Entries will be judged on the following criteria-

Award:  Mini iPad (Only one iPad will be awarded, even if submission came from a team)

DEADLINE for ENTRIES: Email all entries to by Thursday November  21st, 2013 by 5:00 p.m.


 

“Best… Class… Ever…”

 

The Challenge:  Tired of classes you don’t want to take?  Wish you had input to design a class that could be the best…class….ever?  Do you wish you had an outlet for a new and innovative course to be offered on campus?  Now’s your chance to let us know.  Design, create, determine the content, whatever, for the course you have always wanted to take.  Be creative, think outside of the box, and don’t let traditional ideas lead your thinking.
The Criteria:  Individually or in a team, come up with an idea for a class that you would define as the “best…class…ever”.  There are no restrictions on the content, the delivery or the rules as long as it is ethical and does not violate the principles of the college.
The Application:  In one page or less, provide a description of your class that includes at least the following –

Judging Criteria:  Entries will be judged on the following criteria-

Award:  $500 total and the opportunity to pitch your course idea to the Educational Policies Committee for consideration of inclusion in course offerings.

DEADLINE for ENTRIES: Email all entries to by Thursday November  21st, 2013 by 5:00 p.m.


 

Rube Goldberg Contest

 

The Challenge :   To design the winning Rube Goldberg machine that will cut the ribbon for the opening of the new innovative space to be located in Miller Library.  Don’t know what a Rube Goldberg machine is?  Take a look at this link:  http://www.rubegoldberg.com

The Criteria:  Must work in teams of at least 2 individuals.  Design a Rube Goldberg machine that ends with a ribbon being broken, cut, or somehow displaced that will be the featured event and “official” ribbon cutting  of the innovative space in Miller Library.  There are no restrictions on the number of reactions required.

The Application:  We are looking for the design only.  The winning team will be asked to build the machine in the library during the spring semester.  The application should be a design showing each of the components of your Rube Goldberg Machine and the anticipated cost to build.

Judging Criteria:  Entries will be judged on the following criteria-

Award:  $500 total and the opportunity to have your Rube Goldberg machine featured at the official ribbon cutting.

DEADLINE for ENTRIES: Email all entries to by Thursday November  21st, 2013 by 5:00 p.m.


 

Makerspace Design Contest

 

The Challenge :   To design a portion of the upper floor of Miller Library into a creative and innovative space for students to develop ideas, collaborate in creative activities, and have access to a technology rich environment for discovery and enrichment.   Actual design will take place during spring semester.
The Criteria:  Must work in teams of at least 3 individuals..  Must attend (or at least have a team member present) at the Creativity Summit/Makerspace presentation on Tuesday, November 19th at 6:00 p.m. upper floor of Miller Library.
The Application:  A one page description of why you would like to be a part of the design team for this unique campus space and how you could contribute to the student leadership of the space. 
Judging Criteria:  Entries will be judged on the following criteria-

Award:  $500 total and lead in development of space.  Option of enrolling in a spring course for credit to design the space.

DEADLINE for ENTRIES: Email all entries to by Thursday November  21st, 2013 by 5:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

Horizon Fund Stories

Micro-grants of just $500 through the college’s Horizon Fund have made a significant difference in the lives of enterprising MC students.
See what Horizon Fund students are doing


Where are They Now?

An update on three grant recipients - now grads - from year one of the Horizon Fund.
Zack Gaddis, Emily James and Dale Schwartz

 

Blog

President Schneider is interviewed by KWCH (CBS) about the $1.2 million anonymous gift to entrepreneurship initiative.

 

Dr. Betsy Gatewood talks about the Entrepreneurship Fellow position and entrepreneurship at McPherson College.

 

President Michael Schneider introduces the Horizon Fund initiative to help fund students who have original entrepreneurial ideas.


Entrepreneurship Blog