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Apr 14 8:00AM - 6:00PM

2018 TU Day of Innovation
April 14th, 2018. Allen Chapman Student Union, top floor.

A first annual celebration of creativity and entrepreneurship by The University of Tulsa's students, faculty, and community, sponsored by TUs NOVA Fellowship and facilitated by NOVA Fellows and TUs Stanford University Innovation Fellows. Featuring partnerships with local social change agents, startup founders, and Tulsas Innovator/Entrepreneur community; workshops and activities focused on inspiring creative confidence and constructively challenging the status quo; the Second Annual Oklahoma Young Entrepreneur Awards - An innovation and idea competition for Oklahoma high school students; and the NOVA Cup - A new competitiondesigned to encourage and reward TU students for being innovators of sustainable positive change in our world. NOVA Cup contestants submit entries in 2 categories: Innovative Approaches to Community Issues, and Innovations with Commercial Potential. The culminating Awards Banquet will feature keynote speakers from Tulsas I&E community and will bestow top teams from OYEA and The NOVA Cup (and perhaps more participants) with cash prizes and recognition.

Currently TUs NOVA Fellowship has partnerships with the following companies and organizations for the Oklahoma Young Entrepreneur Awards:

Fab Lab Tulsa
36 Degrees North
Tulsa Area United Way
Retrospec Films
Insight Creative Group
Career Tech and Junior Achievement Of Oklahoma

Workshops and Activities

|| University Innovation Fellows Design Challenge ||
A 60-90 minute exercise inspired by Stanford Hasso Plattner Design School ( Virtual Crash Course in Design Thinking found here:
Exercise will be led by TU Stanford UIF students and the NOVA Fellowship.

|| The Inspiration Walk ||
A 30-minute exercise that can be started indoors in a group setting but that requires participants to go outside and go solo, exploring the natural surroundings of the campus. The Inspiration Walk is an immersive audio learning experience designed to help you see things differently. It's an exercise in observation and synthesis that gets your body and mind moving into unexpected territory. Use it to find inspiration on a challenge that matters to you.
Pre-download audio link:
This exercise requires a group debrief, to be moderated by a UIF or NOVA Fellow, or another volunteer.

|| I&E Theater ||
A day-long YouTube playlist of TED talks, interviews, documentaries, and inspirational videos for Day of Innovation guests to view at their leisure throughout the day. Schedule will be published and released with Day of Innovation materials.
Entrepreneur/Innovator Q&A Panel
A 60 minute moderated panel discussion featuring 4-5 local entrepreneurs and social change agents who will speak on their failures and triumphs on the way to bringing their ideas and passions to life, followed by audience Q&A.

|| Innovation Fair/Reverse Job Fair: 60-90 minutes ||
Among and upon the tables of ACSUs central atrium, TU students showcase their projects, businesses, and passions while local creatives, entrepreneurs, and small business owners browse and mingle, and perhaps pick up a student intern or employee along the way. A networking event that facilitates connections between TU and Greater Tulsas Cultures of Innovation.

|| The NOVA Cup: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. ||
The NOVA Cup is open to TU undergrad and graduate student individuals and teams. The intent of the NOVA Cup is to showcase the most inventive, creative, valuable things that TU students are spending their time on. Judges will rank teams with these three primary criteria in mind: Novelty (how new and different is the idea/product/initiative than what already exists in the world), Presentation quality (communication, visual elements, etc), and Scalability/Impact (how much of a difference is this idea making, has it made, could it make in the world). Teams have 20 slides X 20 seconds/slide (Pecha Kucha style) to tell their story. Teams are encouraged to find creative and unexpected ways to tell their story. Audience participation is encouraged through a Peoples Choice vote, and audience admission will be on a first come first served basis until space is no longer available.

Students enter the NOVA Cup by submitting a 90-second YouTube video and emailing the link to The deadline for entry is Friday April 6, 11:59 p.m. The top 12 teams will be chosen by a panel of judges (selected by the NOVA Fellowship) to advance to the final round and notified the week of April 14th, all other entrants and teams will be invited to present a poster of their innovation at the Innovation Fair/Reverse Job Fair where area entrepreneurs, creatives, and HR representatives will be browsing and munching on hors d'oeuvres. An Awards Banquet at 4:30 p.m. will bestow cash prizes and honors upon the victors; all finalists will receive prizes.

To enter:
Record a 90-second YouTube video pitching your idea/project/passion
Send the YouTube video link to along with your team information: names, majors, and contact information.
Start working on your slide deck for the finals. You will be notified early in the week before April 14th whether you will be a NOVA Cup finalist or a Reverse Job Fair presenter.

A word of guidance: Student submissions which make the Top 12 will show true innovation; rather than an incremental improvement, we are looking for step-function differences, 10X ideas, and students who want to make the world a better place in big ways. Panel judges are instructed to score contestants on Novelty, Presentation, and Scalability/Impact. At least $2000 in cash prizes will be split among the top scoring teams. All finalist teams will be invited to the Awards Banquet to be held at 4:30, and each NOVA Cup finalist team, even if not chosen for the 5 cash prizes, will be awarded a prize for having made it to the top 12. Senior projects and established businesses/teams are welcome, and fall into one of the following two categories:
Innovative Approaches to Community Issues
Student involvement with social awareness campaigns, non-profit entities, art installations/film, and other projects which may not have potential for monetization but which nonetheless make a concrete impact on our world.

Innovations with Commercial Potential
Student inventions, devices, apps, software/hardware, scientific research/discoveries, and businesses, at all stages of commercialization and development are encouraged.

The 2nd Annual Oklahoma Young Entrepreneur Awards
In this second annual offering, 10 Finalist teams from high schools around Oklahoma will travel to TU to pitch to a live panel of judges and compete for $5000 in prizes, to be split among the top 3 and honorable mentions.

Day of Innovation Awards Banquet
Keynote speakers from the Tulsa community include social innovators and entrepreneurs. Food catered by Sodexo, with activities at the table for students and other participants to offer their feedback, impressions, and lessons learned.

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