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Goodyear Innovation Challenge

A business design and innovation competition sponsored by Goodyear, in collaboration with Weatherhead School of Management

DESIGN

Develop a compelling solution to a complex challenge

COMPETE

Prove your skills at a two-day design hackathon

WIN

Cash prizes and the opportunity to interview at Goodyear

THE CHALLENGE

The Goodyear Innovation Challenge is a business design and innovation competition sponsored by Goodyear in collaboration with the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Master's degree students from across the United States are invited to unleash their creativity while addressing real-world business challenges. The top five teams will compete for prize money and a chance to interview for a position with the Global Innovation Team at Goodyear.

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RULES FOR PARTICIPATION

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE

Current students over the age of 18 who are pursuing a master’s degree in any discipline in the United States. Multiple teams from the same university may participate.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

1. Form a team of 4-5 students. Individuals may not participate outside of a team.
2. Prepare a proposal in response to the brief. Only one proposal per team is permitted.
3. Jury will review proposals and select final teams for competition.
4. Final teams will travel to Cleveland to compete in two-day hackathon.

TIMELINE

Deadline to submit proposal: October 10
Teams notified of invitation: October 17
Hackathon: November 10-11
Submissions are freely available for use by and for Goodyear and Case Western Reserve University.

THE BRIEF

Reinventing the Wheel

It is hard to imagine that when Tim Berners-Lee created the Internet he envisioned the impact it would have on the world. Bits flying from one space to another delivering different kinds of information has dramatically changed how we operate in the world as individuals and organizations. Today we can connect houses, cars, telephones, toys, and even ourselves to sensors that record and transmit all sorts of information that later can be analyzed to deliver all kinds of insight. This is constantly referred to as the “Internet of Things,” an interesting description for a “thing” that once was uncommunicative but now sheds insight on performance, from temperature to force to heart rate. Things are changing and becoming smarter and we want your help reinventing tires so they become part of the connected world.

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THE DESIGN HACKATHON

November 10-11, 2016

2-day design session

Five select teams are invited to a 2-day design hackathon at Case Western Reserve University. Teams will have access to 3D printers, laser cutters, routers, saws, and more in Case Western Reserve’s 7-story, 50,000-square-foot makerspace, the Larry Sears and Sally Zlotnick Sears think[box].

You will be asked to design a service by validating user needs, coming up with concepts, prototyping the best one, and developing “back of the envelope” business model calculations.

A jury consisting of Goodyear executives and Weatherhead professors will select the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

Members of the 1st place winning team will be granted an interview slot at Goodyear for an internship position on the Global Innovation Team.*

* An interview slot does not guarantee a position with Goodyear.

Agenda

Day 1 - November 10, 2016
Welcome lunch Noon – 1 p.m.
Tour of Sears think[box] 1 – 1:30 p.m.
Hackathon begins 1:30 – 9 p.m.
Day 2 - November 11, 2016
Breakfast (optional) at PBL 8 – 9 a.m.
Hackathon (boxed lunches) 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Presentation and prize ceremony 2 – 4 p.m.
Reception 4 – 5 p.m.

PRIZES

What will they win, Bob?

First Place $5,000 + an opportunity
to interview for an internship spot
on the Global Innovation Team
Second Place $3,000
Third Place $2,000

SUBMIT

Submit your proposal here

 
 
 
 
 
 

Upload your proposal below. Your proposal should contain a definition of the problem, a target user, the target user's needs, and areas of opportunity (market sizing).

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Frequently Asked Questions

You've got questions, we've got answers

No, but CWRU has several hotel recommendations such as Glidden House, Tudor Arms Hotel, and Courtyard by Marriott.
No, it is the responsibility of the participants to arrange for and cover travel expenses.
No, first place winners are guaranteed an interview slot (if they meet requirements) but not a position. However, all participants are encouraged to apply if they meet the requirements. See internship full description and requirements here.
No, only one proposal per team is allowed.