This week Avnet announced the winners from its third annual Avnet Tech Games, an annual competition featuring several multi-disciplinary technology events.
The competition, held April 5, presented more than 150 students from colleges and universities in Arizona with several technology challenges. Among the Avnet Tech Games events are “AMD Build the Fastest Computer,” where teams use pre-selected and ordered parts to build the fastest computer and “Design and Build a Digital Device,” where students present a technical report on a digital electronic device they designed and built.
The competition has students work both in teams and on their own for the nine events to prepare them for what we all know is a competitive engineering job market. A networking opportunity and career fair at the event also served to connect students with possible future employers.
The winners of the events, which are judged by sponsor representatives, local technology firms, engineers and technical “experts,” received $1,000 scholarships. And the competition takes it a step further by giving two teams in the “Invent a Technical Product” event a chance to meet with Arizona Business Accelerator to discuss further development of their product ideas. This sees a technology or innovation developed in a competition like the Avnet Tech Games through to possible production. Do you know of any other events that give teams this kind of real-world possibility?
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