Do you feel the desire to address a worldwide issue but you don't know where to start?
The ACerS President's Council of Student Advisors (PCSA) wants to bring students and non-profit organizations together to benefit global communities. The technical knowledge that you have attained in school can have an incredible impact for underserved communities.
The PCSA is hosting a competition for you to pitch your ideas to a panel of judges about how you can address a challenge that a community is experiencing. By utilizing your material engineering background, you should aim to show how improved materials/processes will benefit the community that is in need.
Pitch Competition Participants
Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to participate.
You may put together a team of up to 4 participants in order to develop a solution to a real world problem using material science.
Your pitch presentation must be between 8-10 minutes, and at least one member of your team must be at the competition on September 30 from 8am - 11am in order to present to the judges.
Abstracts will need to be submitted by the deadline shown below.
Your team will need to put together a pitch that includes the following items.
Introduction: Describe a specific community/need
- Make note of what part of the world you will be focusing on, and the community of people you hope to impact with this technology.
- Specify the problem that the community is facing.
- Address the reason why this is an important problem that needs to be solved.
- Need help thinking of some specific problems to solve? Refer to the 14 Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st Century.
Body: Propose a technical solution to the problem
- This solution should focus on materials. Can be a new product or an innovation to an existing product.
- Describe how the solution would work technically, and note if there are similar products in the market.
- Make note of current research/publications that could back up your claim, if available.
- Include what resources/infrastructure will be necessary to implement the solution into the community.
- Address the following longevity issues: Is it sustainable? Will they be able to keep using this technology after a long period of time? What about maintenance?
Bottom Line: Provide a budget
If you were pitching this to investors, this would be information that they would want to know!
- Put together a list of expected expenses. This can be a rough estimate.
- Include information regarding how the technology will be funded. Will it be donated? Will the community have to come up with a portion of the money?