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The purpose of this challenge is to develop practical solutions to supply chain security problems, particularly the need for a distributed, unalterable database of transactions. Many blockchain applications enhance the ability to track and trace items in a supply chain. This is valuable, but the industry needs more. The Blockchain Innovation Challenge invites participants to develop practical solutions that build trust in the integrity of both items and information in a supply chain.
The Blockchain Innovation Challenge invites you to develop an innovative system that uses blockchain or blockchain-related technologies to solve a logistics or supply chain management security problem. Topics include:
Teams are required to submit a team information ledger and completed proposal by the date specified in the challenge schedule.
Teams that want to participate in the pitch competition must:
Team Chain Reaction
Runner Up Team:
Teams will take part in a series of boot camps, address key training areas and develop a project plan. Challenge teams will then take part in a pitch competition to refine their offering. Teams that complete the pitch competition will receive $1,000 in funding to develop the prototype. Teams will implement their plans during the course of the challenge using The Agile Method. Finally, teams will demonstrate their prototype to government, academic and industry representatives.
The challenge has a number of objectives:
By submitting, participants agree to abide by Blockchain Innovation Challenge rules, and to all decisions made by ASURE.
ASURE reserves the right to change, postpone or cancel any part of the competition.
Submissions must be received no later than the date and time specified in the program schedule. Submissions received after this time are not eligible to take part in challenge.
The competition is open to participating organizations, undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff. Participants must be 18 years old or older. There is no size constraint to the number of people allowed on each team.
Each team must include:
There is no entry fee to participate.
Teams selected to move forward with design development will be able to procure items to support their proposed design solution. An evaluation committee will determine the funding amount based on the number of teams selected.
Teams will submit an order form to purchase an item. Procurement will occur twice a week. Teams must plan procurement from a financial and lead-time perspective.
Each team will be required to keep a Bill of Materials workbook documenting the use of the funds. Each purchase will include quantity, unit cost and a link to the product or service.
Teams (or members from each team) shall attend each challenge event.
Teams that bring a viable solution to the demonstration event have a greater chance of succeeding. To support this goal, ASURE provides support to individual teams, including answering requests for specific support, program management assistance and issue resolution.
Innovation Challenge administration, execution and procurement:
ASU's Intellectual Property point of contact:
Each team’s parent organization governs intellectual property arising out of the Innovation Challenge.
The Arizona Board of Regents owns intellectual property generated by ASU teams. ASU finalists will declare and protect existing IP at the kick-off meeting at SkySong Innovations. SkySong Innovations will manage ASU intellectual property arising out of the Innovation Challenge. Participants may contact its liaison at any time.
ASU, ASURE and the developing team will share revenue generated by IP developed during the challenge. Teams should not publish on topics related to their designs or post images of their system to social media or other public venues until they have discussed this information with SkySong Innovations. Failure to do so may result in loss of certain IP rights.
|August 26, 2019||Innovation Challenge is open for proposal submissions through the website|
|October 16, 2019||Innovation Challenge is closed for proposal submissions.|
|October 18, 2019||Finalist selection.|
|October 30, 2019||Kickoff and start of boot camps. Teams are briefed on program details at the kickoff. Boot camps provide the basic skills necessary to commercialize a concept and develop the prototype.|
|November 5, 2019||Second bootcamp.|
|November 13, 2019||Scheduling for preliminary design review. Each 20-minute presentation is on a first-come, first-scheduled basis.|
|December 12, 2019||Preliminary design review. Teams will take part in a lean version of a formal preliminary design review.|
|February 6, 2020||Scheduling for critical design review. Each 20-minute presentation is on first-come, first-scheduled basis.|
|March 6, 2020||Critical design review. Teams will take part in a lean version of a formal critical design review.|
|March 13, 2020||Teams submit slick sheets.|
|March 20, 2020||Scheduling for demonstration readiness review. Each 20-minute presentation is on first-come, first- scheduled basis.|
|April 3, 2020||Demonstration readiness review. Teams will show their readiness to take part in the demonstration event.|
|April 8, 2020||Demonstration day. Teams will demonstrate their prototype to a review committee and engage with industry, academic and governmental representatives.|
|April 16, 2020||Victor announced. Teams will take part in an awards ceremony and social event.|
The Innovation Challenge is designed to expose students to skill sets they will need in their careers. The evaluation team will be looking for:
A team’s faculty advisor is responsible for providing adequate and appropriate space for system design, coding, development and testing.
Each team’s mission is to design, develop and demonstrate a capability for a real-world problem. Teams will include system design requirements — the “shall have” capabilities that represent the minimum system capabilities presented for the challenge.
The inclusion of enhanced system capabilities, above and beyond system design requirements, are at the discretion of the team. However, these capabilities can create a more technologically advanced and innovative solution. Teams must balance cost, capability and schedule to ensure the enhanced capability falls within the Innovation Challenge constraints.
Teams are expected to take a methodical, systems engineering approach in selecting a concept, identifying requirements and a design, and testing the system.
Teams shall have design artifacts that define the hardware, software, electrical and signal components in enough detail to support production of the system.
Teams shall identify key performance measures based upon their design. These include, but are not limited to, processing capacity, cost and storage. Key performance measures should estimate requirements to evaluate margins and compliance with requirements. KPMs will be tracked until actual measurements are taken.
The Innovation Challenge Safety Officer (DSO) is Jonathan Klane (Jonathan.Klane@asu.edu, 480-965-8498). Any questions regarding safety and safe operation of the system should be directed to the DSO.
Review committees provide a multi-disciplined perspective on Innovation Challenge proposals. Members come from academia, agencies developing and soliciting logistics and supply chain technology, the defense and aerospace industry, and the technology industry.
Committee members evaluate the design of the system at each phase of development, and provide teams with insight and guidance to address potential problems and enhance capabilities. Each member brings his or her unique perspective to the process, using a rubric to guide the evaluation.
Teams complete a submission for the Innovation Challenge that identifies team members, including a faculty advisor, and a description of their proposed system.
Teams take part in a series of boot camps after finalist are announced. Boot camps prepare teams for product development and program execution. They will learn specific dates and topics during the kick off meeting.
The review committee monitors progress through a series of reviews with the teams. The goal of the review is to ensure teams develop their solution and resolve roadblocks.
Teams will schedule their review using the Innovation Challenge website on a first-come, first-served basis. To the fullest extent possible, the entire team is expected to be present at the reviews.
In progress reviews may be conducted in person or virtually.
All teams will take part in status meetings with the ASURE team or the team’s mentor every other week. The goal is to report progress and address issues early in the development cycle.
Committee members will evaluate the maturity of the design and assesses its readiness for the demonstration. The review will focus on the ability of the design to meet the team’s requirements and its progress toward development.
Teams will complete the development review template and submit the review package prior to the review. The development readiness reviews take approximately 20 minutes, and are followed by a brief question-and-answer session. Teams may add information into the back-up section of the briefing to add context and demonstrate the maturity of the design.
Teams will be required to develop a data sheet on the design using a provided template. The data sheet is similar to marketing material and will be used to advertise the capability to a broader audience.
Teams are responsible to complete adequate testing of their capability to ensure it functions without defects.
The final phase of the program is a demonstration event to showcase technical implementation and operational capabilities. The review committee will assess each team’s system based on the applicability of the team’s solution to its stated problem, the impact of the solution and innovation.
Teams will receive an order of events and time schedule for the demonstration event at a later date.