Accelerator Rap – the course that won the 2020 AOM Innovation in Entrepreneurship Pedagogy Award – has inspired a national (US) challenge for undergrads. Teams of undergrads will compete in the creation of animated music videos designed to help girls and kids of color see themselves in innovative entrepreneurial careers. Participants will engage in active learning about diversity in entrepreneurship, and they will craft media works that can become part of their portfolios. (For an example of student work see - https://psu.mediaspace.kaltura.com/media/t/1_r0zabpd9 ) Make sure teams from your school are represented in the competition by getting involved as a partner today – https://forms.office.com/r/R7VwfaHf6v.
The Challenge is supported by Adobe, Anchor Point Foundation and other leading organizations. The 2022 judges and judging categories are: Charles Alexander, Berklee School of Music (musical/lyrical artistry); Bill Aulet, MIT Trust Center for Entrepreneurship (clarity of entrepreneurial concept); Milton Chen, George Lucas Educational Foundation (educational merit); Monica Lago-Kaytis, Rise Up Animation (visual artistry); and Betsy Campbell (inclusive spirit of the contest).
Student teams can register from November 29, 2021 through the submission date of February 28, 2022. Other key dates include a virtual kickoff in December, AMAs with judges and Insight Sessions with experts in January, video submission deadline and social event in February, Insight Sessions on NFTs and the creator economy in March, and the Finale and Awards Presentation in April, 2022. All activities are virtual, and links will be made available to registered teams and to university partners.
The Challenge needs you to alert students about the Challenge and encourage them along the way. In this note. Please sign up to be an Accelerator Rap champion for your university by filling out this short form: https://forms.office.com/r/R7VwfaHf6v .
More information about the Accelerator Rap Challenge can be found at https://sites.psu.edu/challenge . Please feel free to contact me if you'd like to talk more about involving your students with the Accelerator Rap Challenge. And be sure to follow @AcceleratorRap on Twitter!