The Civic Innovation Challenge

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AT&T Midtown Conference Center

675 W Peachtree Street NW

Atlanta, GA 30308

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The Civic Innovation Challenge invites high school students in teams of five to solve a problem the leadership of Atlanta is facing. This year we are challenging students to develop products or services that will ensure equitable and sustainable food access for all of Atlanta’s residents. Students are encouraged to integrate emerging technologies, such as blockchain and Internet of Things into the products and services they develop. Students will compete for scholarships and the opportunity to present their products and services to social, economic, and civic leaders.


What is Blockchain Technology?

Blockchain Technology is an open, distributed ledger that can record transactions between two parties efficiently and in a verifiable and permanent way. It is a growing list of records, called blocks, which are linked using cryptography. Read more.

What is IoT?

The Internet of things (IoT) is the network of physical devices, vehicles, home appliances, and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and connectivity which enables these things to connect, collect and exchange data. Read more.

Can I start working on my project before the challenge?

We encourage all participants to conduct as much research prior to the event to ensure they prepared. Pre-existing projects will not be considered for prizes. You may, however, build a new feature for an existing project that is unique and standalone. Judges will make the final decision on whether a project will qualify for prize consideration.

Are there resources to help me start researching ideas and uses cases for the design challenge?

The organizers will have use cases accessible for students to study as they prepare for the challenge. Details forthcoming.

What should I bring into the event?

It is suggested that you bring your laptop, phones, chargers, etc. but not required to win or compete. You should also bring any specialty food items you may require.

How many students can be on a team?

Each team must have 5 members. Each team member must register and fill out a waiver form in order to participate.

What if I don't have a team?

Register as an individual and the organizers of the challenge will work to introduce you to a team of four that will benefit from your skillset.

How Does Judging Work?

Judges will score your project based on three categories:

Utility – is it useful? is it novel? does it actually need blockchain or IoT?

Design – is it practical? is it intuitive?

Quality – does it work? is it secure?

What are the prizes?

The Civic Innovative Challenge is offering College Scholarships to the winning teams.

Do I need to sign a Media Release Waiver to participate?

Yes, a media release waiver is required to be signed and filled out at the event before participating as a student or volunteer.

*Students 17 years of age or younger must have a parent or legal guardian sign the media release waiver in order to participate.

Will food be provided?

Meals throughout the course of the day will be catered and free of charge to participants.

What are my parking and transportation options at the event?

Atlanta Public Schools (APS) will provide transportation for all APS students who register to compete in the Civic Innovation Challenge. It is recommended that teams not traveling with their schools carpool to ensure all members are present. Paid parking is avaliable around the facilitty.

Can parents stay with their students?

Parents are welcome to stay for any portion or the duration of the event. Those who choose to remain on site are encouraged to sign up as volunteers. Note: For safety and security of all participants, any children/students not registered to participate in the challenge must remain with their parent or guardian at all times.

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