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Calling all designers, USFSP will be hosting Innovation Overnight, it’s first design-a-thon, on April 10–11.

USFSP’s Kate Tiedemann College of Business has partnered with the student chapter of the Tampa Bay Technology Forum to host the event. This 20 hour design marathon will bring students together and challenge them to solve real world problems given to them by several businesses that are sponsoring the event.

Students will be expected to use design thinking to solve the problems given to them in four phases: explore, ideate, build, and test. On the first day of the event students will work from 3p.m. to midnight with the option of staying overnight to build a functioning prototype that solves the problem that they were given. Hula hoop contests, trivia, and an ice cream social will serve as breaks during the design process.

Students will reunite on April 11 to pitch their prototype to a panel of judges made up of business executives.

The panel will select first, second and third place winners. The winners of will collect a hefty cash prize. First place gets $1,000, second $750, and third $500.

Registration is open to all students, they are encouraged to engage each other on social media and create teams, but are welcome to participate individually if they choose.

Innovation Overnight begins on April 10 in the USC ballroom, for more information visit http://www.usfsp.edu/innovation-overnight/

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