Category: Competitions

JUMP and STEM Competition

JUMP (Join the discussion, Unveil innovation, Make connections, Promote tech-to-market) into STEM is accepting applications for the 2020-21 competition!

College and university students are encouraged to participate in JUMP by forming a two- to four-person team to address current challenges in the building industry. Students can learn about a challenge topic and respond to it by developing a problem statement and a technical solution with a technology-to-market plan. Applicants must apply in Zintellect in the Building Technologies internship opportunity and upload a response to jumpintostem.org no later than November 13. Finalists will present solutions during a final competition and compete for a paid summer 2021 internship at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) or the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). 

2020-21 Challenges can be found online at JUMP into STEM. Topics for this year’s competition include:

  1. Advanced Building Construction Methods
  2. Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings (GEB)
  3. Building Energy Audits for Residential or Commercial Buildings

Co-led by ORNL and NREL with support from the Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office, JUMP is open to both undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at a U.S. college or university. The goal of JUMP is to attract a diverse group of innovative students to building science research and address some of the current challenges facing the industry. Diversity goals include encouraging participation from student groups who are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) as well as teams consisting of a broad variety of majors.

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Virtual Hackathon

My name is Joe Ferrara and I am reaching out on behalf of AVA Labs – a leading blockchain platform spun out of Cornell and led by Professor Emin Gün Sirer. 

This May, we’ll be hosting a virtual hackathon for the top computer science and engineering students across the world to develop new applications for financial products and services, and build infrastructure tools that could someday be used by millions of people on the AVA platform. 

More details on the event are in the note below, and linked here: https://www.avalabs.org/ava-x/hackathons/university-hackathon-may-2020

And here is a recent Bloomberg News article featuring AVA: New Startup Aims to Prove Blockchain Fast Enough for Finance

We would be thrilled if you share this event with your students and encourage their participation.  Please feel free to use the following text, or let me know how if there’s another format your team uses to notify students of opportunities like this, and we will create what you need.

This May, AVA Labs, a next-generation blockchain platform spun out of Cornell and led by Professor Emin Gün Sirer, is hosting a month-long virtual hackathon for the best and brightest computer science and engineering students in the world. 

The event will focus on developing new applications for financial products and services, and infrastructure tools that could someday be used by millions of people on the AVA platform. In addition to opportunities for close mentorship with our engineering leadership and early exposure to the most anticipated blockchain launch of 2020, students will have the opportunity to compete for up to $50,000 in prizes.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts and answering any questions you may have.

Kind regards,

Joe– 
Joseph FerraraBusiness Development Associate @ Ava Labs

Joseph@avalabs.org