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Opportunity for undergrads -- Accelerator Rap Challenge -- Please share

  • 1.  Opportunity for undergrads -- Accelerator Rap Challenge -- Please share

    Posted 12-06-2021 10:45

    Registration is now open for The Accelerator Rap Challenge -- a national contest based on the course that won the 2020 AOM Innovation in Entrepreneurship Pedagogy award. This is a fantastic opportunity for undergrads to engage in active learning about diversity in entrepreneurship, expand their networks, build creative abilities and teamwork skills, and add an impressive media piece to their portfolios before graduation. This year's theme is Disciplined Entrepreneurship by Bill Aulet. Let's make sure your school has a team in the competition.

    Here's what students can expect from the Accelerator Rap Challenge:
    Teams of undergrads are challenged to create 2-minute animated music videos designed to help girls and kids of color see themselves in innovative entrepreneurial careers. Contestants will have access to experts and peers as they create their works. Prizes will be awarded, and bragging rights will be earned. (See here for examples of student work from the formal course.)

    A virtual experience
    All activities will be hosted on zoom and other online platforms. Students can participate from anywhere. 

    Arc of the contest
    - Registration is open now
    - Submissions are open from January 4 - February 28
    - AMAs with judges are throughout January
    - Insight Sessions with experts to help teams create their videos are in January and February
    - Submission day virtual party is February 28
    - Insight Sessions focused on NFTs and the Creator Economy are in March (while the judges evaluate the submissions)
    - Finale and Awards Presentation is April 4

    Basic eligibility
    - Be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student pursuing any degree at a university in the US. 
    - Be part of a team of 2-5 undergrads. (Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged.)

    Prize information (and judges)
    Prizes will be awarded to a winner in each of the five judging categories and to a winner overall.
    - Clarity of entrepreneurial concept (Judged by Bill Aulet, MIT) – winning team receives $500
    - Educational merit (Judged by Milton Chen, George Lucas Educational Foundation) – winning team receives $500
    - Musical/Lyrical artistry (Judged by Charles Alexander, Berklee School of Music) – winning team receives $500
    - Visual artistry (Judged by Monica Lago-Kaytis, RiseUp Animation) – winning team receives $500
    - Inclusive spirit of the contest (Judged by Betsy Campbell, PSU) – winning team receives $500

    Grand prize awarded to the best overall submission among the five category winners – winning team receives an additional $500
    Winning entries will be featured in a Film Festival hosted by the Penn State Arts and Design Research Incubator in Spring 2022.

    The Challenge and prizes are made possible by support from the Anchor Point Foundation and other generous sponsors.

    Visit the Accelerator Rap Challenge site and follow @AcceleratorRap on Twitter

    Promotional graphics to share can be found at https://sites.psu.edu/challenge/materials/

    To share on Twitter: 

    Registration for @AcceleratorRap is open - a national #contest for #undergrads. Compete by creating animated music videos that help girls & kids of color see themselves in innovative #entrepreneurship. Prizes, bragging rights, & more https://sites.psu.edu/challenge

    To share on Facebook / LinkedIn 

    Registration for the Accelerator Rap Challenge is now open - a national #contest for creative undergrads. Teams compete by creating short animated music videos designed to help girls and kids of color see themselves in innovative #entrepreneurship. Win prizes and bragging rights. Click https://sites.psu.edu/challenge and get involved 

    We look forward to seeing your students compete in the 2021-22 Accelerator Rap Challenge! If there are more ways that we can help you encourage your students to participate in this national event.

    Thanks for helping to spread the word!
    - Betsy
    Betsy Campbell, PhD
    Assistant Professor Penn State University, College of Education
    Director of The Cape at Penn State (https://sites.psu.edu/cape)


    Betsy Campbell