The Environmental Challenge International (ECi) for 2014 has been announced!
SEEDS, in collaboration with the A&WMA Ottawa Valley Chapter want to send a group of students from Ottawa to represent us in this challenge.
What is the ECi? ECi is a student competition that takes place during the annual A&WMA conference. Students are challenged to propose a solution to a given problem, and present it in both a poster presentation and a public forum style presentation. The competition is being hosted in Long Beach, California, USA this June!
Carleton University has competed three times in the past, and has always represented the university well. This year we wish to bring more students from the University of Ottawa on board. The ECi is an amazing opportunity for students to compete internationally, network internationally, and develop their poster and presentation skills. Plus, there are large cash prizes! (which students from Carleton have won several times in the past.)
The competition this year will be to propose an environmental plan to perform a dredging operation. The full problem statement can be found here.
In order to put together a team, we need you to email your interest to email@example.com asap. If we receive enough interest, we’ll host a mini-competition among those who want to go. This format of the mini-competition will be to draft the proposal required for the actual ECi, so in that way it’s a great prep round.
Once a team is formed, SEEDS will offer any support and advice that we can, including organizing mock presentations to local professionals to get a real-world perspective on the proposal.
In order to qualify, you must be a student, and able to travel to the US this June.
Dates & Deadlines are all tentative but will be posted soon. Roughly however,
- April 1st – Deadline to email firstname.lastname@example.org informing SEEDS of your interest in participating.
- Late April – Mini-Competition to determine term to sponsor
- Early May – Refine your proposal and have it reviewed by previous competition attendees and local experts.
- Late May – Submit proposal to competition
- First week of June – Present your poster to a panel of former competition attendees.
- Second week of June – Present your idea (full mock presentation) to local industry professionals
- Late June – Fly off to California and win!
We have some great news!
Tuesday night was very late night finishing off the presentation with the tweak. We got up early to practice and make it to the conference. We drew for the second spot to present and we did great. We got some tough questions from the judges but they were fair. After all the presentations were done we attended the awards ceremony for student posters and presentations, as well as the ECi. We came in second place!!
We were so excited after all that hard work. The University of Florida got first place with some great ideas. We had fun celebrating with our sparkly Mickey ears and took lots of photos. We came back for our first swim in the hotel pool (finally) and then went to a great Irish pub in downtown Disney for supper and unexpected entertainment (live music and Irish dancing). Hooray!
Today we attend some technical sessions and the Awards Luncheon and Ceremony. Michelle was disappointed there were no talks related to her research and Nicole missed anything related to her research because it was yesterday morning. But hey – we learned something!
This afternoon we are off to Typhoon Lagoon for some water park fun! Thanks again to everyone for your support and we can’t wait to talk more about the conference when we get back.
We are ready for the presentation
The SEEDS Team and the massive presentation screen.
We won Second Place!
Do the A-W-M-A!
The Silver Poster
Finally... some much deserved time in the pool.
The Orlando Vistal Hotel (also known as the pineapple hotel).
The dream Land
Hi everyone! We made it to Orlando, and it is soooooooooooo hot.
Michelle R, Nicole and Erqin arrive on Saturday and we spent the first 2 days trying to get our poster finished and printed. It took much longer than planned but we were so relieved when it was finished!! You can see it in a picture below.
Straight off the airplane, working on the poster.
Sunday we played mini-golf before getting caught in a huge storm. We then visited Downtown Disney to start our tourist adventure! We spent Monday at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and had a great time. It was definitely a hot day but we saw some cool animals and attractions, including a Lion King show that was amazing.
Erqin’s first time mini-golfing!
Joining the Rainforest Café animals!
Frog eyes anyone?
Bug eyes anyone?
The Festival of the Lion King.
Giraffes on a safari ride.
A wobbly bridge at Animal Kingdom.
The Tree of Life in the background.
Michelle C arrived Monday evening and we finalized our poster presentation. Today was an early day to get to the conference for a student breakfast and ECi orientation. This afternoon was the poster presentation and it went great!! We interacted with judges and role players from the problem scenario. We think we did a great job 🙂
Michelle at the Coronado Springs resort.
Our team and our poster – finally!
Michelle squared talking with judges
Tonight there was a Grand Reception for all conference attendees – it’s huge! They needed more chairs. Tonight we are very tired but we need to finalize our presentation for tomorrow. We are hoping to catch some technical sessions too. we’ll post again tomorrow – thanks for reading!
The SEEDS Team competing in the Environmental Challenge International as part of the A&WMA Annual Conference and Exhibition would like to thank all our partners who helped getting them to Orlando:
While the SEEDS Team is putting the final touches on their poster, check out this article from the New York Times that talks about the potential for solar panels on the rooftops in New York (*article: “Mapping Sun’s Potential to Power New York”*). It’s like that old saying: “every little bit counts”!