The Shoals needs your help in becoming the next leader in digital technology.
A joint committee from the University of North Alabama, area schools, mayoral offices and the Shoals Chamber of Commerce are inviting students and members of the community to participate in the inaugural Shoals Big Idea Competition, an initiative to engage the public so that northwest Alabama can be relevant in the 21st century.
The Big Idea, a public event to be held at 5 p.m. March 11 in the GUC Performance Center at UNA, is accepting submissions through Feb. 22.
“The Shoals can thrive as a technology hub in the South,” said Kerry DeLay McCane, president and CEO of IP Watch in Florence. “We are excited to be a part of that effort, recognizing that we need talented, well trained developers that are excited to remain in the community to work and start families. We need a supportive technology infrastructure and we need new ideas from the community.”
The competition consists of three categories: high/middle school, college/university, and community. Winners in each category will receive $500 to help move their idea forward. A $1,000 UNA fall 2015 scholarship will be presented to the winner of the high/middle school category.
Winners will be selected based on brief presentations in which they must answer, “How can we, as a community, become the next leader in digital technology?” Ideas that potentially make a difference, solve a problem and promote the Shoals as a hub for technology, innovation and entrepreneurship will be awarded.
“The idea could be anywhere between 10 words to 500 words,” said Santanu Borah, professor of the UNA Department of Management & Marketing. “Anyone can turn in as many ideas as they like. Organizations can turn in their ideas as groups also.”
For information on the Shoals Big Idea Competition, visit shoalsbigidea.com or contact Borah at 256-765-4605 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.