SPARK Innovation Competition
Students from Georgia Southern University recently took part in an innovation competition that aims to add some spark to the fields of advanced manufacturing, energy, environment and water.
As part of the 15th SPARK Innovation Competition, about 20 students worked with Ramboll experts and an industry partner, a global healthcare company, to solve a real-time challenge facing the company today. In this 24-hour, think-tank style event, teams worked to brainstorm, problem solve and find an innovative and environmentally-sustainable way to manage a plastic waste stream that would not be accepted by a recycling service due to contamination.
Ideas were evaluated by a panel of judges, including Ramboll Senior Vice President Maureen Hoke, PE, Georgia Southern University College of Engineering and Computing Associate Professor Anoop Desai, and Instructional Technology Integration Specialist and STEM Leader Nick LaFave. Awards were provided to the top teams. For students, the competition is a great way to gain real-life training in solving issues with innovative solutions. For Ramboll and its industry partner, it provides the opportunity to gain fresh perspective and meet top talent.
The competition was held at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia on September 22–23, 2019.
Started in 2013, SPARK has since been scaled to competitions held across the US, comprised of multiple universities and Fortune 50 companies. As part of each competition, diverse, cross-discipline student teams are provided problem statements and given just under 24 hours to come up with a solution. Guided by subject matter experts from Ramboll and industry partners, the teams ideate, develop concepts and pitch their solutions to a panel of academic and private sector judges to win a cash prize.