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Tuesday, November 17 • 8:30am - 9:00am
MDX + PSU + US Challenge Awards

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A global collaboration between Middlesex University (MDX) in London, University of Split (US) in Croatia, and Penn State.

The MDX + PSU + SU Innovation Challenge selected Penn State students, Split University students and Middlesex students. These students were formed into teams, with two students from each university per team.

Team 1
Galeziowska, Ewa (Middlesex) Apinoko, Naomi (Middlesex)
Božinovski, Tea (Split) Mršić, Ivan (Split)
Sharkey, Christopher (Penn State)Sharma, Akhilesh (Penn State)
Team 2
Achouchen, Khaola (Middlesex) Holtby, Brian (Middlesex)
Blažević, Iva (Split) Miletić, Luka (Split)
Gao, Harry (Penn State) Barczynski, John (Penn State)
Team 3
Tamisan, Joe (Middlesex) Shakya, Rikesh (Middlesex)
Cokarić, Marin (Split)Zovko, Luka (Split)
Dotts, Jake (Penn State) Kantareddy, Sai Nithin (Penn State)   
Team 4
Castillo Hernandez,Johana Asley (Middlesex) Messias, Morris (Middlesex)
Unković, Maja (Split)Odak, Petra (Split)
Srinivasan, Sneha (Penn State) Aleksander, Piasecki (Penn State)
Team 5
Kentebe, Oyindobra (Middlesex) Hassan, Yasmine (Middlesex)
Banić, Ante (Split) Dujić, Miljenko (Split)
Motiwale, Shruti (Penn State)Popa, Xydemor (Penn State)
Team 6
Raghoonauth,Kessia (Middlesex) Kazmi, Munzar Ameer (Middlesex)
Gorjanc, Tina (Split) Speranda, Diana (Split)
Killian, Joshua (Penn State) de Matheu, David (Penn State)
Team 7
Mujumdar, Shantanu (Middlesex) Jasiukajc, Ewelina (Middlesex)
Mraović, Tea (Split) Pepur, Nikola (Split)
Burke, Emily (Penn State) Consoli,Joseph (Penn State) 

One of the key learning outcomes of this competition is that you develop your skills and abilities in working remotely and virtually with a team that has diverse members.  This is probably one of the most critical skills you can have in today’s working environment.  More and more of us are working like this.  As an academic, nowadays around 50% of my work is with people I only ever see on Skype. Your starting point for this challenge is to connect with your team members. 
Once you have connected and got to know each other the next step is to identify the problem you want to solve.  Then develop a timeline/plan for the video.
There are 4 categories:        

  • Green / sustainability        

  • Social entrepreneurship        

  • "In the home"        

  •  Transportation 

The categories are deliberately ambiguous because this is all about creativity and innovation.  Find a problem, need, or pain related to one or more of the categories and come up with a solution.  Viability is not critical but credibility is. 
There are no limits to who else you involved or how wide you cast your net to capture information.  In fact, we would expect you look beyond your own expertise and engage with others within and without your university.  
You will then need to produce a 3 minute video (do not exceed this time limit or you will be disqualified!) uploaded to an online video platform that is accessible to the judges (and let us know where it is!) no later than 23:59 on Friday 13th November 2015 London time.  The video needs to define the problem, explain why it is important to solve and how you propose to solve it. 
The problem, rationale and solution need to be credible.  Your solution can be anything; physical item, virtual (on-line) or app, change in process, change in policy, and any set of steps that "rights a wrong". Everyone in your team must appear in the video.
Good thinking to all.

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Simon Best

Senior Lecturer, Middlesex University
I am a Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University, with interests in micro and small business start-up and development. I am also interested in action and experiential learning. I have also been made a National Teaching Fellow.
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Liz Kisenwether

Asst. Prof. - Engineering Design / Co-Director: Lion Launch Pad, Penn State University
Co-Director, Lion Launch Pad - Center for Penn State Student Entrepreneurship,  2009-presentAsst. Professor, School of Engineering Design, 2002-presentDirector, Engineering Entrepreneurship (E-SHIP) Minor  The Pennsylvania State University, 2002-2010President and Founder, KidTech, Inc.,   State College, PA   1997-presentPresident and Co-Founder, Paragon Technology, Inc.   State College, PA  ... Read More →

Tuesday November 17, 2015 8:30am - 9:00am
108 Wartik Building University Park

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