Challenges

  • Rules

    Challenges are a contest within a contest with a possibility to add to your victory with extra cash and prizes.

    A challenge is submitted by a sponsor requesting specific solutions. The work that you do to solve the challenge can be entered in the main contest, as long as it meets the main contest rules. A person/team registered in Detroit can work on a challenge issued by a sponsor in Newaygo and vice versa.

     

  • Passport Perks App

    Problem Statement: You can easily save hundreds of dollars a year just by using your Passport Perks! Passport Perks is a statewide shopping discount program for Recreation Passport holders who purchase a Recreation Passport for their vehicle through the Secretary of State. Every year, you can save hundreds of dollars at local restaurants, your favorite hometown store, on vehicle oil changes, on your tax preparations and more -- all on services you need and businesses you already frequent! If you checked "yes" to the Recreation Passport when you renewed your registration, the words "Recreation Passport" will be printed at the top of your paper registration (see an example here), and that's your proof of purchase. To receive your discount at a participating business, simply show your vehicle registration to the store or businesses representative. It's that easy! More Info: http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10365_55798_56742---,00.html

    Challenge: Create a mobile app to find the nearest passport perks business.

     

  • Mushroom with a View

    Problem Statement: Where are the mushrooms? When are the mushrooms in season? What mushrooms are edible? What do they look like?

    Challenge: Devise method to predict mushroom harvesting locations and create a guided tour.

     

  • Pet Friendly Recreational Activities

    Problem Statement: There aren’t any good references for the State of Michigan for people who want to know where they can take their pets and where they can’t.

    Challenge: Create an app to identify and distribute pet friendly state recreational destinations.

     

  • Trout and Salmon Regulations

    Problem Statement: The fishing regulations in Michigan are complex. Knowing the regulation is important but difficult understand. Can someone please sort out when and where regulations apply.

    Challenge: Provide a location aware application to show nearest trout and salmon stream or lake and the regulations that apply to that location.

     

  • Turtle Shell Pattern Matching

    Problem Statement: In talking to one of our Box Turtle researchers, we discussed the possibility of a mobile application that could be used to identify and track Box Turtle sightings. Box Turtles have a very ornate pattern on the shell, and the shell patterns are unique to each turtle. Like a fingerprint. The thought was that an algorithm could be developed to identify turtles by their shell pattern, kind of like a turtle QR code. The public could snap a photo of the turtle shell with the app, and it would capture the location, date, etc. while providing information to the end user about when and where this turtle was last seen. We have a photo library of turtles that could be used as a reference.

    Challenge: Identify individual box turtles from a picture of the turtle’s shell. The picture should come from a standard phone camera.

     

  • DHS Pathways to Potential Challenge

    Problem Statement: The Pathways to Potential program is an outgrowth of the Department of Human Services’ commitment to locating where clients can connect with social workers most easily. The first phase of this program the establishment of Family Resource Centers in area schools. The pilot program launched in Summer 2012 and includes schools in Detroit, Pontiac, Flint and Saginaw.

    Beyond ensuring that children are attending school and have access to the resources necessary to be successful, the Family Resource Center will be equally supportive of the neighborhood’s families with job placement assistance and connections to both public and non-profit resources. The Family Resource Center will become a central hub of the neighborhood through its extensive partnerships with organizations that have committed to supporting the needs of the community.

    Truancy will be a key focus for the Family Resource Centers. School attendance is a critical component of academic success and, by working hand-in-hand with educators and parents, the DHS social workers will be focused on removing the barriers to attending school. From hunger, transportation and child care to behavior and educational challenges, the DHS social worker will connect clients with the resources that address the challenges that may be keeping the child from attending classes.

    In essence, the school becomes the central resource center for the entire neighborhood. The full implementation of this model will ensure that DHS is located where our clients are, providing the resources that will lead to independence – both for this generation and the next.

    More Info: http://www.michigan.gov/dhs/0,4562,7-124-5453_7124_31804-311956--,00.html

    Challenge: Create an app to associate the nearest Pathway to Potential Services to Community Schools. 


     

  • Michigan Children Need Adoptive Families

    Problem Statement: Problem Statement: Approximately 3,000 Michigan foster children are available for adoption at any given time. Of those children, nearly 300 do not have an identified adoptive family. We need your help to give these children a forever home. These children have been through a lot and they need you to help them find a family that will love and care for them. Learn more at http://www.mare.org.

    Challenge: Come up with a better way to feature these children and promote their need for adoption.

     

  • Marquette Responsive Website Design

    Problem Statement: The City of Marquette's municipal Web site is home to a ton of valuable information. The problem is, it is not compatible in a mobile environment and could use a cleaner design.

    Challenge: Redesign the City of Marquette's municipal Web site to provide a more user-friendly interface and mobile presence.

    Incentive: One-week internship (unpaid) in the office of 109th District State Representative John Kivela. This is your opportunity to work one-on-one with a State Representative to collaborate on ideas! OR Participate in a five-week mentoring course through the use of Marquette’s newly established SmartZone business accelerator. The Smart Start mentoring course takes an idea and it’s team and is coached through a process to determine whether or not it will be a viable business through customer discovery, market analysis and business development. The Smart Start program is valued at $500. Opportunities for business development beyond the Smart Start program are limitless.

    http://www.mqtcty.org

     

  • Marquette Rip Current Mobile App

    Problem Statement: The city of Marquette currently maintains a rip current detector in Lake Superior. They have a website that provide warnings. If you are at the beach checking the web is a little cumbersome.

    Challenge: Develop a prototype system to report real-time data on water temperature, wave height, longshore current speed and atmospheric pressure at Marquette's Picnic Rocks beach area.

    Incentive: One-week internship (unpaid) in the office of 109th District State Representative John Kivela. This is your opportunity to work one-on-one with a State Representative to collaborate on ideas! OR Participate in a five-week mentoring course through the use of Marquette’s newly established SmartZone business accelerator. The Smart Start mentoring course takes an idea and it’s team and is coached through a process to determine whether or not it will be a viable business through customer discovery, market analysis and business development. The Smart Start program is valued at $500. Opportunities for business development beyond the Smart Start program are limitless.

     

  • Marquette Gravesite Locator App

    Problem Statement: The phones at Marquette City Hall are ringing and Visitors to Park Cemetery want to know where Uncle Jerry is buried. Park Cemetery's 113 acres can make it difficult to find deceased family members.

    Challenge: Develop an application to aide in the location of grave sites within Marquette's historic Park Cemetery.

    Incentive: One-week internship (unpaid) in the office of 109th District State Representative John Kivela. This is your opportunity to work one-on-one with a State Representative to collaborate on ideas! OR Participate in a five-week mentoring course through the use of Marquette’s newly established SmartZone business accelerator. The Smart Start mentoring course takes an idea and it’s team and is coached through a process to determine whether or not it will be a viable business through customer discovery, market analysis and business development. The Smart Start program is valued at $500. Opportunities for business development beyond the Smart Start program are limitless.

     

  • Marquette Arts and Culture Community Calendar

    Problem Statement: The number of arts and culture organizations in the Marquette community continues to grow. Having an all-inclusive calendar for the events of these organizations and clubs is not currently available.

    Challenge: Develop a calendar application that has the ability for organizations to input their own events and potentially the ability to import all events into their own calendar. Having the ability to search by keyword, organization, venue, event or artist would be beneficial.

    Incentive: $500

     

  • Upper Michigan Comprehensive Trails System App

    Problem Statement: The various trail organizations in the Marquette area each maintain their own trails and maps for their trails. If individuals and families wished to hike, bike, ORV or somehow travel the Upper Peninsula across all of these trails, there is currently no way to see them all in one central location.

    Challenge: Develop an all-inclusive trail system map application with the ability to see more information about what amenities are available in what areas and how trails are traveled throughout the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

    Incentive: $500

     

  • Farm to Table Challenge

    Problem Statement: There are many local farms and food artisans, including Amish farms that grow vegetables, fruits and produce other food items like cheeses, breads, jams and sauces. Yet, local restaurants and grocery stores will order their food items from remote areas/states/countries through wholesalers because they have no way of knowing what is available or when they can expect items in hand.

    Challenge: Develop a system for local farmers/artisans to post what is available for shipping and a means for end users that include individuals, restaurants and grocery stores, to search, order, and have delivered these items.

    Incentive: $1000 plus 3 month membership to The Stream valued at $500 - Total value $1500.  App needs to become available on the app store.

     

  • E-Commerce for Rural Communities

    Problem Statement: Small businesses are the backbone of rural communities. They provide the necessary goods and services that are needed by local residents. In today's world, commerce is taking place more and more on the internet. Small businesses often lack the knowledge and resources to sell their goods on the internet.

    Challenge: There needs to be a convenient system for small businesses, and local craftsmen in rural communities to sell their goods on the internet in order to remain viable and keep communities from collapsing.

    Incentive: $1500 plus 3 month membership to The Stream valued at $500 - Total value $2000. App needs to become available on the app store.

     

  • Tourism and Recreation

    Problem Statement: Map data currently exists on the Newaygo County website on topography and fish species of our lakes. There are also numerous trails in our region including hiking, biking, snowmobiling, cross country skiing and water trails.

    Challenge: Develop one easy to use application where trail amenities, such as camping, restaurants, shelters and nearby lake information such as mapping data can be accessed by the public. You will need to create representative data on your own to be able to showcase your application/idea.

    Incentive: $3000 plus 3 month membership to The Stream valued at $500 - Total value $3500.

     

  • Automate City Permit Process

    Problem Statement: Before certain activities (i.e. construction, demolition, events, etc.) can occur in the City of Newaygo, a permit is required. Currently, this is mostly a manual process. PDF files are available on the City's website for download, but a person must complete them and send in with a site plan and payment.

    Challenge: Create an automated process online that would assist a person in identifying the proper permit needed, offer the option of submitting information online along with payment, and the ability to upload attachments such as a site plan or photos.

    Incentive: $500 plus 3 month membership to The Stream valued at $500 - Total value $1000.

     

  • Automate Park Rental and Reservation

    Problem Statement: The City of Newaygo allows citizens to rent/reserve City parks. Currently this is a manual process. An application can be downloaded from the City website, but it must be filled in and sent to the City along with a payment and deposit (separate checks). In order to determine what dates are available, a person must call City Hall before filling out the form.

    Challenge: Develop an automated process where a person can go online and see what dates/times are available for area parks, and then apply for, pay for, and reserve the venue online without having to contact City Hall or mail something in. Note: Some events need approval by City Council before they can occur.

    Incentive: $500 plus 3 month membership to The Stream valued at $500 - Total value $1000.