Deadlines

October 4th: Team sign up deadline

October 25th: Abstracts due

October 28th-November 1st: Crowd discuss of abstracts on Facebook

November 15th: Submit revised abstracts

November 18th: Announcement of project ideas

November 18th- March 6th: Work on your Round 2 project

March 6th: Submission deadline for Round 2 project

March 16th- March 24th: Crowd discuss on Facebook

March 25th: Winners announced!

Prizes

 $4,000 1st Prize

  $2,500 2nd Prize

  $500 Crowd vote 

  $500 Critic Award

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Media tool kit 

Conventional batteries rely on the electronic properties of various chemicals in order to store electrical energy, and release it when needed.

Use pennies to generate small amounts of power 

This tutorial covers how to use batteries and a few other commonly available products to make a battery that can run small things like calculators or LEDs, and can be scaled up, depending on your needs.

Non-toxic, biodegradable batteries

This battery could be used to power medical devices within a patients body, or to power environmental monitoring equipment without endangering the environment.

Plant-based supercapacitor technology

Battery capacity and speed of charging are big limitations for electricity storage. Supercapacitors enable rapid charging, but are expensive to produce. This research team at Oregon State University is developing a way to make cheap supercapacitors out of plant cellulose.

 

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