Get ready for your SHOWDOWN! A few guidelines to help you field your awesome team!
Who Can Play?
- All COMC undergraduate majors. Each team must include at least one PR major.
- Teams need 3-5 members.
- You can only be on one team.
- You can form a team and sign up together OR if you want to compete, but don’t have a full team–we can match you with other people looking for teammates.
How the Showdown Works
There are two rounds of challenges and teams accumulate points based on their performance in each challenge.
In Round 1 (February 27 – March 2), there are four days of challenges (each with its own theme). Every day a new challenge will be released online at high noon and then teams will have 24 hours to complete that day’s challenge (due online by noon the next day).
In Round 2 (March 6), the three teams with the most accumulated points from Round 1 will be invited to Round 2, the Grand Challenge, to compete for the Grand Prize. Invited teams will receive the challenge task a day or two before March 6 and then will present their solution in person at the final event on March 6. Expert judges and faculty will vote on the winning team.
Ok, Be More Specific
- Teams accumulate points based on their scored performance in each of the four challenge days. The higher your challenge day score, the more points you accumulate. Scores are from faculty and expert judges. Entries are blinded so the judges don’t know whose work they are scoring.
- Not every team member has to help with every challenge. You can decide to strategically divide up the challenges among your teammates. Each teammate has to participate in at least one challenge. Of course, if everyone wants to participate in every challenge day–then that’s more brains working on the challenge and that’s great too.
- Teams can decide that they don’t want to compete in all four of the challenge days, and instead just want to try to win an individual challenge (or two). If teams want to be considered for the Grand Prize, then it is highly likely they will need to compete in all of the challenge days in order to rack up enough points to place in the top three teams.
- Each team can submit only one entry per challenge day.
- Challenges will post each day at high noon on this website. Submission entries for each challenge day are then due by before noon the next day.
- The three teams with the most points at the end of Round 1 will be invited to the Grand Challenge to compete for the Grand Prize.