Open to all majors and class years across the University this challenge will provide hands-on experiences to increase each student’s ability to solve real problems in creative and collaborative ways by exploring design thinking mindsets and methods for identifying, developing, and delivering meaningfully differentiated solutions.
Working with Twilio will provide Bucknell students with an incredible opportunity to develop and enhance their analytical, creative and professional skills in a real-world environment while working in a team of peers.
Why should students be interested in this challenge?
Learning skills around how technology is tied into communication platforms will help students better understand business process functions. Participants will:
- Improve technological literacy
- Learn more about the developer / creative mindset
- Gain skills to enter the workforce/tech industry in a variety of roles
- Network with Twilio professionals, including several alums
- Earn an experience to add to a resume and portfolio
What is the challenge?
Teams will create a solution to a community issue, using the Twilio platform with technical mentors to help with code or using their no-code product, Studio. Teams will submit a video presenting the solution as a code snippet or a visual presentation of what they built. More specific details will be provided at the Challenge Launch once teams are formed.
- Monday, April 5 by 11:59 PM: Individual students or already formed teams sign up using this form: https://forms.gle/TWBmqUZHHUc1G7xd9 (A team is 3-5 Bucknell University students representing at least 2 different majors. Individual sign-ups will be assigned to a team.)
- Tuesday, April 6: Confirmation email with details will be sent to the teams
- Wednesday, April 7 from 4-4:30 PM at least one member of each team (but ideally the entire team) will attend the Challenge Launch Zoom with Twilio to learn Challenge specific details for the deliverable https://bucknell.zoom.us/j/99843961962
- From April 7-12 teams will work on a video submission with guidance from Twilio developers and mentors
- Monday, April 12 at 11:59 PM: Final video submissions are due
- Friday, April 16, Noon at least one member of each team (but ideally the entire team) will attend the Awards Ceremony Zoom https://bucknell.zoom.us/j/93733810032
Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three teams
- 1st Place: 1k
- 2nd Place: $500
- 3rd Place: $250
Bucknell alumni at Twilio bringing this engagement to students include:
- Cliff Bockard ’97, Electrical Engineering Major, Director of Sales
- Natasha Byrne ’12, Economics Major, Head of Contact Center
- Sarah Remshifski ’14 English- Literary Studies Major, Manager, Sales Development
- Sara Varni ’00, Business Major, Chief Marketing Officer
- Alyson Welch ’96, Economics, and French Major, Vice President Enterprise Sales
More about Freeman Week: Freeman Week is a celebration of management education at Bucknell University OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS!
Contact Missy Gutkowski, Assistant Dean for Experiential Learning with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org