The Make Impact Consortium is hosting the Omni Hotels & Resorts COVID-19 Design and Innovation Challenge to engage its students in making, innovation and entrepreneurship through community building and social awareness. Student teams will design, model and CAD solutions around the theme of reopening hotels safely during COVID-19.
Students will receive from this exciting international team Challenge:
- Access to high quality design, simulation, entrepreneurship, and video skills training
- Cash stipends of $350 per student for reaching the second (final) round. The top 9 teams that progress past the pitch competition will be eligible for stipends.
- Total prizes of $10,000
Each team member will receive a $350 stipend based on teamwork and attending the training sessions.
Cash prizes will be awarded to the best design(s) and for the best media documentation effort (documentation of photos, videos and more).
- 1st prize: $5000
- 2d prize: $2500
- 3d prize: $1500
- Media Documentation Prize: $1000
Solutions to make guests and staff feel safe at hotels during the pandemic. Student teams from member universities compete to design products and software which will address key concerns of hotel guests.
Live training courses to be run commencing February 8th, 2021
The top 9 teams that progress past the pitch competition will be eligible for stipends. At least one of the team members must attend each of the training sessions, and the other team members will need to review the recorded sessions and complete a short quiz on the content.
The Omni Hotels kickoff presentation on Feb 8th should be attended by all team participants live.
Here is the detailed training schedule. All times are US Eastern Standard Time:
Monday Feb 8th
10am-10.45am: Intro and Omni Hotels Challenge Goal Setting (tbd)
11am-12noon: Intro to MATLAB with Neha Sardesai (MathWorks)
Tuesday Feb 9th
10am-11am: Intro to Simulink with Neha Sardesai (MathWorks)
11.15am-12.15: Exploring Business Opportunities with Laurie Stach (LaunchX)
Wednesday Feb 9th
10am-11.30am: Parametric Modeling with Satchel Sieniewicz (MIT/Autodesk)
11.45am-12.45: Video Skills with Conor McArdle (MIT)
Friday Feb 11th
10am-11.30am: Assembly Modeling with Satchel Sieniewicz (MIT/Autodesk)
Monday Feb 14th
10am-11.30am: Sculpting & Surface Modeling (Fusion Teams) with Satchel Sieniewicz (MIT/Autodesk)
All sessions will be recorded and be available shortly after the live event.
Each MIC member university may have several teams (minimum 3 members, maximum 4 members). Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to participate.
- Jan 29th
Team applications due
- Feb 8th
Information and Training Sessions (Omni Hotels, Autodesk, Mathworks, Entrepreneurship 101, Presentation skills) will provide students with new skills over the week
Teams start initial idea concept work
- Feb 19th
Each team pitches up to 3 project concepts to panel of judges
Teams moving-on to the 2nd round are announced
- Mar 1st – 5th
Technical Design Reviews by MIT staff and faculty
- Mar 16th
Submission of Presentations
- Mar 17th
Dry Run of Presentations
- Mar 18th
Final Presentations and Awards
Final presentations on March 18th
- 15 minute final pitch via Zoom
- Panel of MIC members and sponsors vote on the best project in regard to concept, implementation and potential