This competition opens September 1st 2022 and students can start working on a project at any point up until March 21st 2022
The Student Community Outreach Competition is new to the Region 3 Student Activity Competition. The spirit of the community Outreach competition is to highlight outreach activities IEEE students and branches are performing. It is the hope of the Student Activates Committee that this competition will evolve to produce large scale projects.
Examples of outreach projects are as follows:
- Remodel a non profits website. There are many non profits that have little information on their website and even lack items such as links to receive donations. Students can reach out to a non profit and offer to remodel their website. Students can even go as far as to come up with an app that pairs with the website
- Create an app that helps with a need in their community. For example, some communities have report issues with rises in mountain lion attacks. Students could make an app to help best inform their community what to do if approached by a mountain lion, areas and situations to avoid, activation of a noise maker to scare off the animal, or quick connection to emergency responders.
- Improve the operating process for a non profit. Most dog rescues will have an application process where volunteers review applications, call references, conduct home checks, etc in order to match a potential adopter with a dog. Students could reach out to a rescue and see what complaints their volunteers have in their system and find a way to fix it with process improvements or use of an app.
- Create a virtual fundraising event for a non profit organization. Most non profits depend on 1-2 big fundraising events a year. Usually these events are not virtual and so in 2020, many non profits are at risk of losing funding because they do not have a virtual fundraising option.
With the demand for non profits to suddenly operate virtually in 2020, there is no shortage in opportunities for community outreach. Working with non profit organizations is a great way to do a community outreach but it is not a requirement for this competition. This competition encourages students to think outside the box to try and make an impact in their community.
Students will be evaluated upon creativity, analysis, and perspective ability to implement technical or non-technical solutions that fit the non profits need and the theme for the years competition.
Rules are released: September 2021
Competition period: 9/1/2021 – 3/21/2022
*Students can join the competition at any point in this time period
Deadline for registration: 3/4/2022