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Global Student Innovation Challenge
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Global Student Innovation Challenge

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Submissions Due July 15, 2020

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Who

  • Students currently enrolled on a full-time basis in an academic program at either the undergraduate or graduate level

What

  • A submission of an original concept for a product, service, software, or a combination of the three, detailing the unique value proposition, evidence of demand, and mockup or embodiment of the concept.

Where and When

  • Online portal submissions by July 15, 2020
  • Presentation by finalist teams as part of PDMA 2020 Annual Conference September 22, 2020

Why

  • Leverage students’ passions to learn product development methodologies and frameworks through developing product solutions to real world problems
  • 1-year student membership to PDMA
  • Cash prizes for first, second and third place teams
  • Presentation at the PDMA Competitive Edge Conference for first, second and third place teams
  • Broad visibility by participation in press releases, social media and articles on the PDMA.org website.

Mission

PDMA is the leading association championing best practices in new product management and development. As such, we seek to ensure these methodologies are taught, learned, and practiced at the collegiate level so that graduates are effective contributors to product work teams upon entry in the workforce. Conversely, well-trained students provide a significant opportunity for organizations to inject the latest product development strategies into their workforce and improve their innovation culture.

The richest academic environments are ones where the students can put theories and concepts into practice, and where students interact with practitioners from industry. The goal of the PDMA Student Innovation Challenge is to provide a platform, purpose and incentives to drive engagement and grow relationships between students, academia, and industry professionals.

PDMA is using this university level competition to:

  • Leverage students’ passions to learn product development methodologies and frameworks through developing product solutions to real world problems
  • Promote best practices in product innovation
  • Partner with professors and industry professionals in the development of the next generation of highly skilled innovators and product leaders

The PDMA Student Innovation Challenge is unique in that it encourages and supports students developing novel, real-world offerings, that include products, software or services.

Our goal is to build a community of innovators. We recognize Students, Professors, Mentors, and Companies as unique contributors to the program and attempt to create a symbiotic relationship so each can benefit from participation.

Competition Details

Calendar icon    Key Dates

  • July 15, 2020 – Deadline submissions due
  • Aug 25, 2020 – Finalist (top 3 teams) selected
  • Sept 10, 2020 – Finalists submit their updated documents
  • Sept 22, 2020 – Presentation at the PDMA 2020 Annual Conference

Checklist icon    Eligibility

Teams

  • Submissions may come from teams currently enrolled on a full-time basis in an academic program at either the undergraduate or graduate level.
  • Students are also encouraged to reach out to students at different schools within a university, e.g. business school and engineering school and to form cross functional teams.
  • Student teams may have a sponsoring professor.
  • Professors can be sponsors for multiple student teams.
  • Submissions can be a part of coursework, to the extent allowed by the institution, or may be the products of extracurricular work.

Projects and Intellectual Property

  • Projects must be owned by the students, not corporations or third parties.
  • Teams are solely responsible for managing their Intellectual property rights and protecting their IP before disclosure.
  • The rules of academic integrity apply, and students must assure that they submit only original work-product of their own creation. Plagiarism will lead to automatic disqualification.
  • PDMA reserves the right to disqualify any entry that does not meet the rules, or spirit of the competition.

Information icon    Competition Description

Student teams who develop an original concept for a product, service, software, or a combination of the three, will develop a submission detailing the unique value proposition, evidence of demand, and mockup or embodiment of product. Designs for products, services or software of any type are welcome. Students are welcome to expand on the academic work for their theses or capstone projects as the basis of their entry.

Finalist teams may be paired with industry mentors through PDMA. Finalist teams are encouraged to present their concepts, prototypes and mockups at PDMA’s Annual Competitive Edge Conference. The presentation portion provides students the opportunity to showcase their product development skills in front of product directors, product managers, and product designers.

VIEW THE JUDGING SUMMARY


Awards icon    Incentives and Awards

  • Each team member will receive a 1-year student membership to PDMA.
  • Three winning teams (Finalists) will be selected by a judging panel, and awarded cash prizes for first, second or third place to honor their achievements.
  • The Finalists are invited to participate in the PDMA Competitive Edge Conference.
    • The presentation portion provides students the exposure to showcase their product development and presentation skills in front of product professionals.
    • Students are encouraged to take time to interact with conference attendees and make connections with practitioners.
    • Awards will be determined during the PDMA Competitive Edge Annual Conference.
  • Award winners that participate in press releases, social media and articles on the PDMA.org website will enjoy broad visibility of their achievements.


Questions?

Please contact us at PDMAChallenge@pdma.org.

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