The Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Arlington ISD and is proud to announce the return of the high school expansion of the “What’s Your Big Idea?” Entrepreneurship Contest.
Do you have a knack for solving complicated problems with simple solutions? Do you sit around and think about ways to improve your everyday life with new technologies? Then this is the contest for you! The “What’s Your Big Idea?” Entrepreneurship Contest dares you and a team of your classmates/friends from all AISD high school campuses to find an innovative and viable solution for one of the three provided challenges the City of Arlington is currently facing. Student teams of three (3) to five (5) members are asked to pitch their idea in a creative, 3-minute video presentation.
This contest is a fantastic resume builder, and it allows you to be imaginative and resourceful. You’ll learn a lot about the entrepreneurial process as well. The top three teams will win an amazing prize package that includes an iPad or laptop!
How to Enter
Step 1: Organize a Team
- Establish a team of three (3) to five (5) members. Teams smaller than three students or larger than five students will be disqualified.
*Team members do not have to attend the same school and grade level and ages may vary. All students MUST be enrolled in one of the eight (8) AISD high schools.
Step 2: Review the Challenge
- Information Technology Challenge: How do we take used technology and repurpose it for the benefit of the greater Arlington community. CHALLENGE DETAILS BELOW!
Step 3: Get Started
- Brainstorm a new solution for one of the revealed issues. Ensure each team member holds a specific responsibility in the collaborative process.
- Provide detailed solutions to the problem, including all the steps in the process.
Step 4: Generate a Video Pitch
- Communicate your team’s solution in a 3-minute video presentation to be attached to your final entry form. Videos less than two or over three minutes will not be evaluated.
Information Technology Challenge: How do we take used technology and repurpose it for the benefit of the greater Arlington community.
Every year the City of Arlington replaces desktops, laptops and tablets that have reached their useful life, which on average is after three years of use. Currently, the used equipment is returned to the vendor where it was purchased or is otherwise disposed of by the city. The City of Arlington is ready to consider an alternative plan for the second-hand equipment.
An entrepreneur solves a problem for profit. Expand your thinking, profit is not always monetary. Profit can be demonstrated by helping members of the community. This is the goal of this challenge.
Develop a strategy to refurbish or repurpose the City of Arlington’s used computer equipment to benefit the Arlington Community.
Parameters and Guidelines:
- Your solution must benefit an Arlington charitable or community organization.
- Your solution can address one or multiple charities/organizations.
- The solution can be a partnership with an existing Arlington organization or can include the development of a new program.
- The final solution must clearly state:
- A summary of the plan
- The benefit to the community
- Strategy for implementation
- Financial needs, if any
Things To Consider
- The computers will be operational but will have only basic functionality.
- Some computers will have wireless connectivity, while others will require an Ethernet connection.
- Computers vary from desktops, laptops and/or tablets/iPads.
- Computers are replaced on average every three years.
- Computers are assessed in groups annually, and replacements are done on a rotation with anywhere up to 250 pieces being replaced at a time.
- Type of computer equipment
Entries will be evaluated solely on the information presented in the video. However, documentation of your team’s idea development and brainstorming is required. Evaluators will consist of entrepreneurs and community/business leaders from diverse disciplines. Please view the Team Checklist to ensure each component of the challenge is met. Each entry will be evaluated on the following:
- Organization of team within the outlined guidelines
- Innovation in solving the problem
- Collaboration among team members
- Team member participation
- Communication of the value proposition
- Communication of idea and its uses
- The viability of the idea presented
- Steps to effective implementation
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
December 2: City challenge released
March 12: Entry form & video due 11:59 pm CST
Week of April 5: Top Winners announced
Recognition & Awards
The three teams who have demonstrated the most innovative and viable solution to the challenge question will be selected as our TOP WINNERS!
Win a fantastic prize package including high-end tech (iPad or Laptop) and gift certificates to local entertainment & restaurants. Also, your idea may be implemented as a city-wide program. What an AWESOME thing to have on your resume!
The TOP WINNERS and two guests will be invited to a private recognition ceremony on Saturday, April 24, 2021.
- Social Entrepreneur: A person who establishes an enterprise with the aim of solving social problems or effecting social change.
- Unique Selling Proposition (USP): the unique benefit exhibited by a company, service, product or brand that enables it to stand out from competitors.
- Customer Discovery: to understand customers and their needs that you may be able to satisfy.
- Value Proposition: an innovation, service, or feature intended to make a company or product attractive to customers.
- Minimal Viable Product (MVP): a product with just enough features to satisfy early customers, and to provide feedback for future product development
- Social Enterprise: a commercial organization that has specific social objectives that serve its primary purpose.
- Elevator Pitch: a brief speech that outlines an idea for a product, service or project.
- Pitch Deck: a brief presentation, often created using PowerPoint, Keynote or Prezi, used to provide your audience with a quick overview of your business plan.