Attention all C2 participants - The Challenge Saturday on April 20th has been POSTPONED
The event will be rescheduled at a yet to be determined date and time
SECOND ANNUAL CENTRAL SQUARED CHALLENGE IN CAMBRIDGE!
CAMBRIDGE, MA - On April 20th, The Community Art Center is teaming up with Nuvu Studio to bring the second annual Central Squared Challenge to Cambridge. During this one-day hands-on technology/design workshop, local and visiting youth will be teamed with college students studying creative technology and adults working in creative technology.
Sponsored by the Microsoft New England Research and Development Center (NERD), the event will take place at NuVu Studio in Central Square. The aim of the event is to challenge youth to solve social issues using Microsoft’s exciting motion-controlling gaming interface—The Kinect. Teens will be put into teams, where they will work together with volunteer leaders-- college undergraduate students and technology professionals--to brainstorm innovative ways to use sensors to solve a community issue. The teams will each design their product, film a short two-minute promo and then present that commercial to peers for judging. At the end of the challenge, their proposals will be evaluated on creativity, social impact and practicality. All the teens in the winning group will receive a Kinect.
The Community Art Center has empowered at-risk youth, primarily from the low-income Area 4 housing district in Cambridge, to develop themselves artistically, academically, and civically for more 80 years.
Founded in 2010, NuVu Studio is an innovation center for middle and high school students, where Cambridge high-tech professionals in an intensive and fun studio environment mentor youth.
Taking place during the Cambridge Science Fair, the Central Squared Challenge is an opportunity for these teens to imagine their own, as well as our collective future, that incorporates exciting technologies developed right outside their doors. Like the creative thinkers they are, they will discover applications for new technology outside of the sphere of present use, and answer the question, “What would you like to do or see done, in the real and virtual world, with Kinect motion-triggered sensors?”
During the challenge, teams present their design ideas at the end of the challenge through an in-camera-edited 2 minute commercial to be judged by their peers. The team with the total highest score will then have their tech design showcased at the Do It Your Dam Self!! (DIYDS) National Youth Film Festival Premiere Screening on May 18, 2013, which will be held at the Microsoft New England R&D Center.
The Central Square Challenge takes place on April 20, at 10am at NuVu Studios at 450 Mass Ave in Cambridge. Please join us as young technological practitioners explore, and play with this exciting technology. To sign up for the challenge, see our Eventbrite page, or email firstname.lastname@example.org directly.
If you are interested in being a Challenge team leader, mentor or judge, you can sign up through the Challenge website. If you are interested in attending the Do It Your Damn Self!! Festival Reel Screening Premiere, tickets can be purchased on the DIYDS website.
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On April 28th over 60 teens, technology professionals and undergraduate students gathered at NuVu Studio in Central Square to participate in the inaugural Central Squared Challenge.
We kicked off the day with an exciting technology showcase that featured a number of different local projects that use sensors. GatherEducation shared their virtual classroom with the teens, as NuVu highlighted student projects that include the Singing Steps and the Personal Painter.
Next the students moved to their groups where they tackled the challenge of inventing a product that would solve a Cambridge community issue. Each group came up with their own original idea and presented it to the group through a two-minute commercial which they created during the day.
After a long and exciting day, a winning team was crowned and each teen member received a Microsoft Kinect/Xbox bundle! To view the winning team's commercial as well as the other participating teams commercials, click here.
Members of the winning team (Team Pink) include: Bobby Cius, Katrina Bien-Amie, Saba Ghole (NuVu Studio), Migeul Ramos, Wendy Ramos and Nabila Eltantawy.
Overall, the Central Squared Challenge was a huge success and the Community Art Center would like to thank NuVu Studio, Microsoft New England R&D Center, Amgen, and Raytheon for supporting this amazing day. We look forward to bringing the Challenge back to Central Square next year!
Interested in getting involved in next year's Challenge? Email: email@example.com
During this one-day event, teams will learn about, and work hands on with, this year’s featured technology, the Microsoft Kinect, to solve an important community issue of their choice. Participants will meet innovators who have put sensor technology to use in an imaginative way, explore and play with Kinect, and put their brains together to design a product that uses sensor technology to solve an important community issue.
All teams will present their designs at the end of the challenge to a panel of judges and peers who will then choose a winner. The team with the most implementable idea will have their tech design showcased at the DIYDS!! Premiere Screening that evening, which will be held at the Microsoft New England R&D Center later that evening.
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