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A major goal of Conference is to provide opportunities for students to showcase their projects and skills. To encourage this, a number of student-centered competitions are hosted by the EAST Initiative and other sponsors before and during Conference!

Who Can Enter?

All current EAST students, not just those attending Conference, may enter competitions. A student from your Conference team can accept an award on their behalf at the event.

Competition Benefits

Not only is it exciting to win and receive cool prizes, but students also gain experience and recognition from their peers. In addition:

  • Entering and/or winning a competition looks good on a resumé
  • Participating in competitions can garner administrative support and funding
  • Competitions provide a positive challenge
  • Competitions increase experience, self-confidence and growth
  • Competition deadlines help students develop organization skills and provide “real-world” experience

Competitions are offered as an opportunity for student growth and celebration. Students should not be encouraged to submit applications for a grade and require confirmation from EAST Initiative staff for evidence of participation.

Student Work Must Be Original

Submissions should be original and completely student-created. 

  1. Upon submitting the required items as defined in the competition guidelines (required items) to EAST for this competition, participant hereby grants to EAST a permanent, non-exclusive, irrevocable right and license, free of charge, to (i) use, copy, reproduce, publicly display, edit, revise, perform, and distribute the required items in any format, or otherwise make the required items available to the general public in any format through any medium, including but not limited to making the required items available to users of EAST’s website for downloading; (ii) use the required items, exclusively or together with EAST materials or in connection with EAST’s advertising or promotion; and (iii) use the required items generally in connection with identifying, marketing, and promoting EAST to third parties.
  2. Participant represents and warrants that EAST’s use of the required items shall not violate any law or infringe upon or violate the rights of any individual or entity.

EAST Project Competition

The EAST Project Competition is an opportunity for students to submit an EAST project they feel represents the best project their program has to offer. ANY project type and topic is acceptable. Multiple projects can be submitted from a single EAST Program. Submission deadline is 3 p.m., CST, February 2, 2018.


EAST Hosted Competitions

The following is a list of all confirmed competitions in order of entry deadline. Additional competitions will be coming soon!

Tech Support Olympiad - Hosted by The EAST Initiative

Calling all student administrators!! The Tech Support Olympiad has evolved into a three-part competition that includes a series of pre-qualifying tasks and a final competition that takes place on-site at Conference. Solutions to the "Golden Help Ticket" are due before 3 p.m., CST, November 28, 2017.


Best of Conference

The Best of Conference Awards offer an opportunity for students, facilitators and other registered Conference participants to vote on EAST Programs that impressed them the most at Conference. Voting happens on-site at Conference, and winners are announced during Closing Session.


The following is a list of confirmed competitions in order of entry deadline. Additional competitions will be coming soon!

Create a Healthier Arkansas - Hosted by the University of Arkansas System, Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service (UA CES)

UA CES is dedicated to reducing obesity throughout Arkansas and would like to recognize EAST projects that are helping them achieve that goal or otherwise improve the health and wellness of schools and communities. Submission deadline is 3 p.m., CST, January 19, 2018.


Fay Jones Architectural Challenge - Hosted by Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design, University of Arkansas

We want to see the coolest architectural designs (2D or 3D) you have made this year and we want to know how they were used in your EAST project. Designs can include everything from building and interior design (i.e. recreational facility, library, animal rescue shelter) to landscape design projects (i.e. natural trail, skate park, disc golf course). Submission deadline is 3 p.m., CST, January 19, 2018.


MicroControlling Everything - Hosted by The Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub

We want to see the most innovative use of microcontrollers (e.g. Arduino unit(s)) within an EAST project. Making a sensor is cool, but it also needs to be something used to benefit your community and/or client. Submission deadline is 3 p.m., CST, January 19, 2018.


A Few Good Apps - Hosted by Few

The team at Few is passionate about building digital products to enhance the human experience. This competition is going to give Few a chance to see what your mobile apps are made of. The most successful entries will have an easy to use and beautiful front end design, and a well crafted database component. Submission deadline is 3 p.m., CST, January 19, 2018.


Perfect Pitch

Give us your best 90-second pitch on your EAST project. Being able to concisely summarize what the problem is, what your proposed solution is, and what stage of that solution you are currently at is vital to securing partnerships, funding, and support from your stakeholders in the real world. EAST students, give us your Perfect Pitch! Submission deadline is 3 p.m., CST, January 19, 2018.


SketchUp Student Competition - Hosted by SketchUp

Utilizing mostly SketchUp, teams of three (3) or less will create a design that will enhance the community for the greater good. Some examples include an architectural drawing of your community garden, floor plans of your school’s evacuation routes, or a proposed design for your city’s new baseball complex. Don't forget that SketchUp can be used with 3D printing and modeling. If you used the application for one of these purposes, we want to see that too. Entries will be judged based on innovation and practicality. Submission deadline is 3 p.m., CST, January 19, 2018.