Learn what to expect when you participate in the Da Vinci Innovation Celebration.
Da Vinci Innovation Celebration Entry
Example table, but be creative with yours!

Da Vinci Innovation Celebration

October 31, 2018, 1:00pm-6:00pm
in the UWF Conference Center

Presentations & Judging | 1pm-4pm
Awards Ceremony | 4:30pm

The UWF Center for Entrepreneurship is proud to present the Da Vinci Innovation Celebration, where UWF students can showcase their innovative ideas to fellow students, staff, and faculty for a chance to win their share of $10,000 in cash prizes. Community judges will determine the winning concepts.

Share your solutions in any way you choose. Items for a successful entry will include:

  • Idea for a product or service
  • Two to Three minute pitch to judges
  • Poster, Handouts/Brochures, and/or Prototype (Note: Remote entries can be included, but you will have to supply your own power)
  • Evidence of customer research will improve chances of winning!

Note: To prepare you for the event, coaching sessions will be available every Wednesday at 4:30pm in the Library's Idea Space (1st Floor). Gain advice from campus and community experts for both this event and entrepreneurship in general. These sessions are free and open to the public. Pizza and beverages will also be provided. 

Da Vinci Innovation Celebration Coaching Sessions
September 12 at 4:30pm Innovate Like Da Vinci
Presenter: Dr. Robert Perkins
Library's Idea Space (First Floor)
September 19 at 4:30pm Entrepreneurship, Innovation,and Success
Intro: Quint Studer Presenter: Bert Thornton
Library's Idea Space (First Floor)
September 26 at 4:30pm Generate Ideas Like Da Vinci
Presenter: Mr. Jim Jipson
Library's Idea Space (First Floor)
October 3 at 4:30pm  Graphic Design Workshop
Presenter: Student Buu-Tran Duong
Library Computer Lab (First Floor)
October 17 at 4:30pm Branding Workshop
Presenter: Dr. Mona Amodeo
Library's Idea Space (First Floor)
October 24 at 4:30pm Presenting Like Da Vinci
Presenter: Glenn McDuffy
Library's Idea Space (First Floor)

Submit your application by October 17, 2018.

Here are some guidelines for participating in the Da Vinci Innovation Celebration:

1. Eligibility

Participants must be enrolled at UWF for the 2018 Fall Semester. Undergraduate and graduate students in any major are encouraged to apply.

2. Prizes

Prizes will be given to first through fourth place winners in the following categories:

  • Clever Concept: Does this project push the boundaries? Is it clever? Does it have a high novelty quotation? Does it show genuine creativity? Does this project have a “buzz factor”? In guerilla marketing, the primary goal is to get people talking about the product, the all-important word-of-mouth. Is this the project that everyone can’t wait to tell their friends about when they leave the Commons? Could it be one of YouTube’s most watched?
  • Artistic Appeal: Does the project have intrinsic merit based on its design elegance? In many fields beauty sells. Is this a highly appealing project?
  • Targeted Market: Does the project address the specific needs of a very specific albeit small group of customers? Is there a focus and clarity to the project’s solution that has special merit? Does the solution dovetail smoothly into a pretty obvious value proposition. It’s not a billion dollar home run, but it’s a clean single.
  • Commercial Potential: Does the project have the ability to attract investors? Is the market large? Is the idea likely to be commercially viable? Is the problem the project aims to solve big? Would you buy one? 
  • Civic Engagement: Does the project have the potential to improve some aspect of our community? Does it streamline processes for services such as utilities and infrastructure in a city or government? Does it include an innovation or improvement to civic life? Does it generate new knowledge from civic data? Does it increase civic engagement through public participation and outreach?

  • Dean's Choice: Each college will select its favorite entry.*
  • People's Choice: Photos of people's favorite entries will be uploaded to UWFCOB's Facebook with the hashtag #UWFDaVinci. 

Each category will award up to four winners:

  • 1st Place = $1000
  • 2nd Place = $300
  • 3rd Place = $200
  • 4th Place = $105

*Dean's choice winner from each college, as well as one interdisciplinary, will win $250. There will be 6 Dean's choice winners.

*People's choice winner will win $500

3. Judging Criteria

  • PROBLEM: DID PROJECT IDENTIFY A NEED? WHY DOES IT EXIST?
    1. Need is clear
  • SOLUTION: WHAT IS THE SOLUTION AND HOW CREDIBLE IS IT?
    1. Solution addresses problem
    2. Solution is innovative
  • COMMUNICATION OF CONCEPTS: HOW WELL IS THE IDEA EXPLAINED?
    1. Delivery of problem and solution is clear
    2. Supplemental materials (demonstration, poster, mock-up or video) is compelling
  • SUMMARY RATING: 
    1. Okay/Superior
    2. Entry could be “Best in Category”

4. Entry Terms

  • Maximum of 4 participants per group.
  • A table will be provided for your exhibit. For students presenting their idea in poster format, make sure to provide an easel, or create a poster that will stand on its own. Be as creative as you can so people will see your idea!
  • You will need to do market research and gather feedback to aid your entrepreneurial venture.
  • If the exhibit requires electrical power, the teams will be responsible for providing the extension cord(s). 

  • There is no formal presentation time; this is an exhibition of concepts, so guests and judges will stop by your table to view your display. Students will only have 2-3 minutes to share their concept with the judges, so be prepared. 

  • The Expo is from 1:00-4:00pm, with winners to be announced at approximately 4:30 pm. Teams may set up after 11:00am the day of the event, and must break down your display by no later than 6:00 pm.

  • Be prepared to answer any questions you may be asked by judges or attendees. Handouts, brochures and/or fact sheets may be helpful. Prototypes are encouraged, if applicable.
  • It is up to students to create your own means of collecting feedback from your audience. Make this a worthwhile investment of your time and energy. 

  • Instructors will be advised of students’ participation for an excused absence, but participants must do assigned work.