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 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.


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:

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,

Joseph FerraraBusiness Development Associate @ Ava Labs

SAE Cyber Auto Challenge

Have a knack for coding or an interest in cyber security and how it relates to connected and autonomous vehicles?

Consider applying for the SAE Cyber Auto Challenge (CAC)! With 100 million lines of code and over 100 electronic control units (ECUs), the automobile is now the most complicated software device in the world and presents security challenges for developers and opportunity for hackers. 

Participants in the CAC will take part in an intensive 4.5-day practicum-based workshop in Warren, Michigan. Acceptance to CAC is merit based. 

To apply, please click on the following link: Cyber Auto Challenge:

3rd Annual Data Science Hackathon


Saint Mary’s College is hosting its 3rd Annual Data Science Hackathon and we are hoping that you will help promote it to your students by sharing the following information:

On February 28 & 29, 2020, Saint Mary’s College is hosting the 3rd Annual Data Science Hackathon, a competition where teams of participants will work with preference data to build recommender systems.  The teams that develop the top three most accurate predictive models will win cash prizes!  Lodging at a discounted rate is available for participants traveling from out of town. Note that more information about the event can be found at

LEAR Student Innovation Challenge

This is your chance to work alongside industry leaders to define the future of mobility!
Lear Corporation is challenging university students from freshman through graduate level to participate in a tournament-style competition. In this two-week program, students will form interdisciplinary teams made up of engineers, business entrepreneurs, designers and more to compete for a three-month position on the Lear Innovation Ventures team.

Jumpstart your career by pitching real solutions to executives and gain hands-on experience to make a difference in the technology sector.

The Rundown
The 2020 Challenge kicks off with a two-day Innovation Jumpstart event on Feb. 8 in Southfield and Feb. 9 in Detroit. This is followed by a two-week incubation period where students will work remotely (or virtually) with their teams to develop a solution proposal. The challenge then concludes with a team pitch on Feb. 22 at the Lear Innovation Center in Detroit.

As a member of the winning team, you have the opportunity to work as a summer intern within Lear Innovation Ventures. This internship is not like most, you will be acting as an independent startup, working to incubate and define a real solution with the help of subject matter experts.

During the Jumpstart Workshop and two-week Sprint, you will:

  • Ideate advanced technology solutions for the future of mobility
  • Receive training from innovation leaders and technical experts
  • Be coached on how to develop business case and pitch a solution
  • Have the opportunity to implement your idea into a Fortune #147 company
  • Receive an exclusive tour of Lear’s Product and Technology Center
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