Education: Georgia Highlands cohosting East-West Innovation Bowl on Friday. Thurmond to address Darlington students today. Floyd County Board of Education meets Monday.

Education: Georgia Highlands cohosting East-West Innovation Bowl on Friday. Thurmond to address Darlington students today. Floyd County Board of Education meets Monday.

 

Inspired by the Charger Innovation Challenge (CIC), Georgia Highlands College and Sierra Nevada University will partner to present the virtual East-West Innovation Bowl  on Friday. It will follow the same format as the challenge. Similar to the popular television series “Shark Tank,” teams will present their ideas using an elevator pitch followed by questions from the judges.

Instead of asking students to create a business or marketing plan, one of the primary objectives will be for teams to identify a void in the marketplace or a need that could be filled by an innovative product or service. The bowl will be livestreamed on YouTube from 3-5 p.m. The competition will be judged by faculty and mentors from both colleges.

Students will have 3-5 minutes to share information about their idea in a live pitch, then they will the respond to questions from judges for up to 5 minutes.

Judging Criteria includes: Innovation/Uniqueness, Feasibility, Market Potential, Customer segments, Value proposition, Products and services, Revenue streams, Channels, Key resources, Cost structure, Content and Presentation and a Business Model Canvas

GHC’s Pat Manna came up with the idea for CIC and EWIB based on the Bulldog Business Bowl he created while teaching at the Citadel, the military college of South Carolina. Both are non-academic exercises and innovative ideas can come from anyone of any background.Manna is currently the Executive Advisor to Alan Nichols, who serves as Dean for Innovation and Curriculum for GHC’s School of Social Sciences and Education. Over the past year, he has also worked as a curriculum advisor with GHC’s School of Business and Professional Studies.


Michael L. Thurmond

DeKalb County CEO Michael L. Thurmond will be the 17th speaker at Darlington’s annual Class of 1953 Lectureship Series today. This virtual presentation to the Upper School community will take place during chapel time. Click here to view the 1953 Lecture – LIVE at 9:15 a.m.

“This is an incredible opportunity for our students to connect with someone who has had an incredible career and has lived a life of service,” said Vicki Vincent, director of alumni relations. “We appreciate Michael Thurmond for taking the time to share his insights with our young people here at Darlington and are grateful to the Class of 1953 for establishing this annual lectureship that has brought so many interesting people to Darlington.”

Thurmond, a former member of the Georgia General Assembly and the first African-American elected to a statewide office without prior appointment, is widely regarded as a “turnaround expert” after fundamentally transforming the culture and enhancing operations of complex organizations such as the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services, the Georgia Department of Labor, and the DeKalb County School District.

The Class of 1953 Lectureship Series was established in 2003 to commemorate the class’s 50th reunion.


The Floyd County Board of Education will meet Monday with caucus at 5 p.m. and the meeting at 6.

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