Showcase Project Information
Each year, the TechOlympics Showcase is a central part of our technology competition and event. Schools work on their Showcase projects with their coach during the November to February timeframe, then present their projects as a team in front of our panel of executive judges from all over Cincinnati’s business community.
Create a project in one of these categories to earn points for your school in the 2020 TechOlympics Showcase. Sign up here. Use these as inspiration, but the sky’s the limit for what you can do. You will present this project to a panel of expert judges at TechOlympics 2020, February 22-23. Activate!
Come back to this page to submit your Showcase application before the deadline to ensure a spot in the conference schedule! If you have any questions, email [email protected].
Each school can submit an unlimited number of projects, so long as 5 representatives from the school will attend the conference to present each project.
Projects should be substantial. If a high level of effort is apparent when your project is being judged, your project will earn more points. Think outside the box, cover all your bases, and use a team to divide a huge project into small pieces so your school can succeed. The winning project of the TechOlympics showcase will have the opportunity to present their project on the main stage in front of over 500 of their peers!
|Creativity and Originality||High: Surprisingly innovative. Clearly not a copy of anything that already exists.
Low: Not very original at all, an overused idea. Cliché, unimaginative.
|Presentation||High: All students showed terrific and professional stage presence, and present very well. Visuals and graphics look very professional.
Low: Poor public speaking skills shown. Visuals not effective in communicating the idea.
|Real-World Impact||High: Project provides a powerful, innovative solution to a real-world problem that could have impact on many people, if implemented widely.
Low: Project is shallow, in that, it may be interesting, but does not address a real-world issue.
High: Project involves complex subject matter and uses sophisticated technology creatively to address the problems.
Low: Project addresses a relatively superficial problem and does not represent a technical challenge of substance.
- While a working prototype is not required, it is highly encouraged. A working prototype will help to eliminate ambiguities and improve accuracy in interpretation of the project requirements and functionality.
- Providing judges with a workflow/development process will give them a heightened sense of how your project came to fruition. This may include the: tasks and requirements which constitute a process & the people or resources required to deliver this process.
- Similar to a workflow, a data/application flow will help judges follow the actual functionality and flow of information for your process or system. This is simply an overview that should be able to be elaborated upon.
- In addition to your core project, it is advised to develop a business and marketing plan if applicable. This will convey your forward-looking approach and show a practical plan for advancing your idea.