Female Students Encouraged to Discover the “Art of the Possible” at IoT Innovation Olympiad

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Cleveland, OH, February 23, 2015—Young women interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) will be encouraged, educated and empowered to dream big dreams about the Internet of Things (IoT) on  Case Western Reserve University’s campus, March 13 and 14 during the innovation competition, “Cleveland Young Women’s IoT Innovation Olympiad,” hosted by locally-based OneCommunity, an ultra-high speed broadband provider; BlueBridge, a leading local total technology solutions provider and Case Western Reserve University.

There’s much conversation surrounding the Internet of Things (the interconnection of identifiable computing devices through the internet infrastructure) and this competition is designed to allow female students ages 13 to 18 to explore this growing field, as well as to inspire creativity, innovation and collaboration.

“Women are already shaping the technology industry. This event will generate ideas and energy as well as connect these young women to other women who are changing the future of the country as we know it,” Lev Gonick, CEO, OneCommunity, explains.

The Olympiad is also an awareness generator for the broader-based Cisco Young Women’s Innovation Grand Challenge taking place in spring of this year.  The Cisco competition is designed to “recognize, promote, and reward young innovators as they come up with new uses for the Internet of Things technologies” to improve education, healthcare, manufacturing, energy, retail, transportation and smart cities, or to find new solutions that can cut through industries.

While the global competition will award a grand prize of $20,000, participants in the Cleveland IoT Innovation Olympiad will vie for prizes ranging from a grand prize of $1,000 to $500 for second prize and $250 for third and fourth prizes.  In an effort to foster collaboration and innovation, students will form teams focusing on a host of different IoT categories followed by brainstorming sessions that will include receiving feedback, tips and advice from technology mentors. Their proposals will then be made before a panel of judges responsible for making the final determinations.

“This event is a catalyst for the Internet of Things.  It helps raise awareness of these young women’s abilities and also aids them in envisioning the art of the possible,” Gonick adds.

For registration and information, please visit www.onecommunity.org/olympiad.

About OneCommunity
OneCommunity is a nonprofit organization based in Cleveland that works to expand high-speed broadband access and adoption to strengthen Northeast Ohio. OneCommunity’s vision is that advanced digital capabilities and effective use of technology will help transform the region and establish it as a national hub for innovation and economic growth. For more information on OneCommunity, please visit www.onecommunity.org.


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