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  • Keynote presentation from SkipsoLabs executive team
  • The teams will work jointly with mentors from SkipsoLabs to fine tune the Proposed Solutions and the “pitch”
  • The teams will have one-to-one meeting (i.e. “pitch”) with an evaluation committee composed by Generali Group and Microsoft executives
  • The evaluation committee will score the teams based on Completion, Originality, Relevance, strengths of the model, technical feasibility
  • The most promising ideas will be awarded

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  • Keynote presentation from SkipsoLabs executive team
  • The teams will work jointly with mentors from SkipsoLabs to fine tune the Proposed Solutions and the “pitch”
  • The teams will have one-to-one meeting (i.e. “pitch”) with an evaluation committee composed by Generali Group and Microsoft executives
  • The evaluation committee will score the teams based on Completion, Originality, Relevance, strengths of the model, technical feasibility
  • The most promising ideas will be awarded

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  • Keynote presentation from SkipsoLabs executive team
  • The teams will work jointly with mentors from SkipsoLabs to fine tune the Proposed Solutions and the “pitch”
  • The teams will have one-to-one meeting (i.e. “pitch”) with an evaluation committee composed by Generali Group and Microsoft executives
  • The evaluation committee will score the teams based on Completion, Originality, Relevance, strengths of the model, technical feasibility
  • The most promising ideas will be awarded

The winning team will be rewarded with:

  • 3 months incubation at TAG co-working spaces and innovative ecosystem in Milan
  • SkipsoLabs in achieving their business objectives. In particular, at reciprocal convenience, the winning projects may be helped in idea execution and commercialization
  • Digital Magics support in reaching out Investors
  • Media coverage of their company and solution leveraging communication channels activated by Digital Magics
  • The youngest participants could be elected for an internship.

Participation is open to

  • Individuals at least 18 years of age and above and entrepreneurs, with innovative ideas to the identified “Open Calls”
  • Start ups (operating since the last 5 years)

Participants can submit proposals by completing the submission form on the “Open Call” section of the website.

The deadline for submitting proposals and any relevant materials is 25/10 /2016 .

Any submission, even the one from team of individuals, must have a contact person.

The proper documentation must be uploaded in pdf printable format (as presentation), no longer than 5 pages, font 12, included technical details and tables.

The documentation must highlight the following main items:

  • Team / start up description (resurces and skills)
  • Idea/ product / business model description to solve the “open call"
  • Overview of the underlying technology
  • High level view of the Economics (investment, revenue estimation,..)

Participation is totally free of charge. Travel and accommodation expenses are not included, and must be covered by participants.

Participants cannot change Proposed Solutions once submitted. Participants may save drafts of Proposed solutions until ready to submit it and up until midnight of the submission deadline date. Once proposals are submitted, participants will not be allowed to change or edit them.

Only one Proposed solution per “Open call” is allowed.

Any documentation provided must be in English.

The pitch will be held in English.

Frequently Asked Questions 

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Challenge Based Learning

Challenge Based Learning is a framework for learning while solving real-world Challenges. The framework is collaborative and hands-on, asking all participants (students, teachers, families, and community members) to identify big ideas, ask good questions, discover and solve challenges, gain in-depth subject area knowledge, develop 21st-century skills, and share their perspectives with the world. Technology is an integral part of Challenge Based Learning because it provides students with a way to explore information and generate new ideas, and it also provides them with tools to take action, communicate, and share their work. 

Challenge Based Learning provides an overarching framework that connects a variety of ideas and learning approaches. Provided here are just a few connections between Challenge Based Learning and other learning, collaboration and project management approaches, along with some ways in which Challenge Based Learning aligns with various subject-area standards and practices.

The Challenge Based Learning Framework asks all participants to identify big ideas, ask good questions, identify and solve challenges, gain in-depth subject area knowledge, develop 21st-century skills, and share their ideas with the world. Check out How to Participate and the Facilitator Guide to learn more about how you can support your students using the Challenge Based Learning framework.

We encourage participants to be creative in how they leverage digital tools and technologies to address their challenge. Teams are welcome to combine multiple digital tools where useful to have the greatest possible impact. For example, products might start with photography or video and then be converted into a story map using ArcGIS StoryMap and Google Maps software. Alternatively, a team might design an app along with a website outlining the app’s key functionality. You are welcome to browse the action pathways in the Resource Library for additional tools that your students can use to address their challenges.

Ciena Solutions Challenge

The Ciena Solutions Challenge supports educators and students to use digital technologies meaningfully to create locally and globally relevant solutions and build a better world for all. The Resource Library includes examples of action pathways to guide students in creating and applying digital solutions to achieve a positive social and/or environmental impact in their communities. However, participants are encouraged to be creative and use whatever available digital tools and formats make the most sense for their particular actions and solutions. 

Note that while curators of the Ciena Solutions Challenge Online Gallery and judges for the Ciena Solutions Challenge Sustainability Awards will be considering “creative use of technology,” these reviewers are not expecting or prioritizing use of the fanciest or most expensive digital tools available. Instead, they will be looking for projects that reflect original and innovative use of technology that is strategically integrated as part of students’ action concepts and that goes beyond the use of digital tools only to prepare submission materials (i.e. to record the reflection video or to assemble the project slide deck).

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also referred to as the Global Goals, are targets that all countries of the world have agreed to work toward achieving by 2030. From reducing inequalities, to promoting good health and well-being, to ensuring access to affordable and clean energy, the 17 Goals are a universal call to action to create a better world. As part of the Ciena Solutions Challenge submission form, participants are asked to indicate between 1-3 Sustainable Development Goals that relate to the team’s big idea. The 17 goals are listed below:

Materials in the Resource Library  (available in English, French, and Spanish) are designed to be used by students and educators in middle/junior high and high school secondary school environments. The library contains activities and supporting resources for teachers and students at each phase of the Challenge Based Learning framework. We encourage you to adapt and customize the materials based on your team's interests and needs. Begin exploring the library by using the toolbar of filters to identify resources by Challenge phase, resource type, intended audience, etc.

Educators can connect on Twitter using the hashtag #CienaChallenge. In addition to our monthly webinars, educators are invited to join Ciena Solutions Challenge Educator Meetups. These meetups are designed to provide educators with a space to connect with one another, ask questions, share resources, and engage in project discussions.

Eligibility

Anyone can use the resources available on the Ciena Solutions Challenge website. Resource Library materials are intended for use by students and educators in middle/junior high and high school/secondary school. The Ciena Solutions Challenge Awards program will be open to educators working with middle and high school students (i.e., education level equivalent to U.S. grades 6-12, ages 11-19). Educators must be affiliated with a public school, private school, registered homeschool, or a legally-recognized educational organization. (E.g. a museum, after-school program, youth agency, etc.) Review the Terms and Conditions for detailed information about eligibility. 

Yes! Educators from a school or organization are welcome to form a partnership when enrolling in the Ciena Solutions Challenge. If you are interested in participating in the Challenge with other teachers as a small group or partnership, consider how you will support students to collaborate. Note that educators from the same educational organization may submit entries to the Ciena Solutions Challenge Awards Program, but only one winning entry from a single educational organization will be selected for a Ciena Solutions Challenge Sustainability Award.

Submission Requirements 

Review the submission requirements to see what information and materials should be included in an award application.

Educators must be registered to apply for the Awards Program. To register, click “Sign Up” at the top right of this page. Once the Challenge opens for submissions on September 15, registered educators have access to draft and enter a submission under “My Submissions.” Note: Before applying for a Ciena Solutions Challenge Award, teams should have progressed through the Engage, Investigate, and Act stages of the Challenge Based Learning inquiry cycle and have a project(s) that they would like to sustain or scale.

All submissions will be reviewed based on the judging criteria outlined on the submission requirements.

For the purposes of judging, applications for a Sustainability Award should be in English. Related outputs that showcase creative use of technology (i.e. things like podcasts, digital games, apps, data visualizations, interactive maps, or something else) can be in any language. In these cases, teams are encouraged to provide a short corresponding English description of such outputs to assist with review.