The Garage at Tech Square is at 848 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30308. You can find driving, MARTA, and parking instructions here.
We highly encourage local participants to sleep at home; however, you will find we have ample room for everyone who chooses to crash over night. Bring your own sleeping equipment that is easily stowed during the day. The Garage does have an onsite shower for those who need it. If you prefer a hotel room with a proper bed, you can book at Renaissance Midtown, Georgia Tech Hotel, or any other of the many hotel options within walking distance.
Friday, Jan 25
5pm Doors Open
7pm Opening Ceremony
8pm. Challenge Brainstorms
9pm Team Work Session
10pm Level Up Talk: How to Win
11:30pm Late Night Snack
Saturday, Jan 26
Midnight - 8 AM. Quiet Hours
10am Mentor Campfires
Noon Lunch + Team Progress Reports
5pm Mentor Campfires
7pm Dinner + Level Up Talk: How to Demo
8pm Super Bowl Live Adventure
11:30pm Late Night Snack
Sunday, Jan 27
Midnight - 8 AM Quiet Hours
Noon Deadline + Lunch
12:30pm Peer Expo
1:30pm Category Judging
3pm. Deliberations + Hijinks
4pm. Awards Ceremony
5pm. Bid Adieu
Promo Tool Kit
2019 Challenge Executive summary
Teams competing in the Collegiate Cup will generate actionable ideas to improve the quality of life for all Georgians by building on the state’s strengths. This year, the focus is to increase access to computational education for all communities across the state of Georgia.
When we gather on Friday, January 25, we will unveil the challenge library for each of three competition categories: Coding, Design and Case Study. The Coding and Design teams will choose one of the specific challenges presented, while Case Study teams will tackle an organizational challenge. Successful teams will address the needs of the many local communities across the state.
High Level Perspective:
Community is the most basic element of human society. No matter where you are born or grow up, you are part of a local community. It is something you share with everyone else in this state. In this networked age, community can take new forms and you can belong to many communities. Technologies can connect you, but you may not be connected.
You can feel isolated, overlooked, and neglected in the most populous metro areas just as much as you can in a small town. Realizing that you are not alone, you can begin see underserved communities scattered in metro areas, small towns, and rural areas who share the same challenges and hurdles as you.
Although many Georgians can move for opportunities, many more want to innovate where they live. Others rely on their local community, so they cannot move. They must be able to prosper in place. By finding ways to connect, advocate for, and invest in them, you can help all Georgians, not just a select few.
A More Detailed Look:
STEM jobs are growing faster than any other job segment in our national economy and 60% of all new STEM jobs are in computing while only 8% of STEM graduates are in CS. In Georgia, there are roughly 21,000 open computing jobs with an average salary of $90,000. This equates to $1.7 trillion in potential state incomes just in terms of salaries. These jobs are not just programmers at tech companies but span every industry. Even jobs that aren't inherently computing jobs are becoming increasingly more reliant on computer literacies.
Students that leave secondary education without a computer literacy will be ill equipped to thrive in a digital society. Additionally, when surveyed, students report enjoying computer courses the most, second only to the arts and 90% of parents want CS in their children’s schools, while only 40% of schools offer CS. (http://www.gadoe.org/Pages/Computer-Science.aspx)
The state of Georgia is comprised of vast rural areas, agricultural/timber lands, small towns, and highly concentrated urban areas within a few large cities. The Atlanta Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) comprises a population of 6 million of the total 10 million Georgians. However, Atlanta is only a small representation of the state of Georgia, which is divided into 159 counties, more than any other state except for Texas.
Jobs that aren't inherently computing jobs are becoming increasingly more reliant on computer literacies. Students that leave secondary education without a computer literacy will be ill equipped to thrive in a digital society. Only 40% of Georgia schools offer computer science, even those that do offer CS face a challenge, only three out of four households in Georgia have internet access and access may be poor or inconsistent quality.
Challenge: Equity Across Georgia
Although each individual Georgian is different, and communities are unique, life in rural and urban markets share similar grand challenges. In a global economy where computational thinking is ubiquitous and computing skills are increasingly required across all sectors, providing access and knowledge to all students is a Georgia and national imperative. Moreover, it is particularly important to you.
Three Interlocking Perspectives
You are a 26-year-old single parent of four young children who wants the best for your kids. Two children are yours, and you are raising two others. The children are 2, 4, 8, and 15 years old. You work a full-time job. Your extended family and local community are very important to you because you count on them every day, so moving from your community is not an option. You must prosper in place, but you still want the best for all of your children.
You are one of the many Georgia high school sophomores attending a school without AP Computer Science. You’ve taken all the computer classes offered at your school, mostly keyboarding and some basic word-processing and spreadsheet classes. But you know that other high schoolers, in Georgia and around the world, are studying computer science and as a result may have better opportunities to compete in the world. You are a full-time student in a local school and you work a part-time job to help your family pay the bills. You may graduate at the top of your class, but you know that isn’t enough.
You are the Administrator of a school in a district without sufficient broadband access. The household internet access in your district is below the 75 percent Georgia average, two out of every three households do not have access. You are concerned that your students are going to be left behind and lack computational learning necessary to compete effectively in the global economy.
Breakdown the Problem
Imagine your children prospering in the world, talented and prepared, on par with the best student in the world.
What are the problems?
Are other problems that unseen communities face in Georgia?
Design and coding: Choose a Person to Help Solve a Specific Problem
Who is the specific Georgian and the specific problem that you genuinely care about solving? What does help look like? What can you do to help?
The person and problem are:
How might we?