Full Sail University

Virtual TechFest 2021 Fall Invitational

The world of technology touches nearly every aspect of our daily lives. From the way we experience entertainment and go about our daily routines, to the way we improve human welfare and affect social change. You know this; that’s why you want to be among those who shape it.

Join us virtually for a weeklong, career-focused TechFest event featuring creative individual challenges for students to win some incredible gear and emerging technology webinars with industry professionals.

Over the last 40 years, Full Sail University’s continuous innovation within the education space has helped to prepare young talent for the technology industries of the present and future. Netflix, Facebook, Tesla, SpaceX, and Amazon are just a few of the companies where our graduates have gone on to work.

TechFest will help support the connection between STEAM-related courses and the many career opportunities within technology fields, including Computer Science, Simulation & Visualization, Information Technology, Cybersecurity, Mobile Development, and Web Development.

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TechFest Interactive Challenges

Submission Deadline is November 11 at 11:59 PM ET

Throughout the week, high school students can choose to participate in one or more of the individual challenges.

For video tutorials, additional resources, and requirements, register for access to our TechFest classroom prior to submitting your project.

Already registered? Login to our TechFest classroom.


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CHALLENGE 1: Interactive Game Design

Students will be challenged to develop an interactive, text-based game using Twine (https://twinery.org/).

This game must include graphic images, choice options, and JavaScript. Specifically, each game design should include:

  • At least five images
  • Clear depiction of gaming design concepts
  • At least five alternative endings to complete the game

Students will be required to submit the following:

  • Twine link in description paragraph
  • One image that best promotes their game

GRAND PRIZE: DX Racer Gamer chair*

To learn more about the challenge, watch tutorials, and submit your project, login to our TechFest Classroom for Challenge 1.

To submit your final project via Gleam, click here.

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CHALLENGE 2: App Design/Prototype

Students will be challenged to design a rapid prototype for a new mobile application. The student's MVP (Minimum Viable Product) MUST be created utilizing Abode Spark (https://www.adobe.com/express/) to showcase the requested UI/UX features of the application.

Specifically, each app design should include:

  • At least five user screens (i.e., splash screen, three app screens, one preference/settings screen)
  • At least two motion graphics animations
  • Clear showcase of UX concepts (i.e., where, what, how)

Students will be required to submit a short video (60 seconds or less in length) that highlights the five required user screens.

GRAND PRIZE: Sennheiser Gamer Headset*

To learn more about the challenge, watch tutorials, and submit your project, login to our TechFest Classroom for Challenge 2.

To submit your final project via Gleam, click here.

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CHALLENGE 3: 3D Character Design

Students will be challenged to design a model of a new superhero using TinkerCAD (https://tinkercad.com/). The student’s submission MUST include multiple angles of their 3D design and a 150-word backstory on how the design supports the superhero’s abilities.

Specifically, each design should include:

  • A character with three superpowers
  • Clear visual references to superpower
  • Creative use of color

Students will be required to submit a short video (60 seconds or less in length) that highlights a 360-degree view of their character.

GRAND PRIZE: $250 Amazon Gift Card*

To learn more about the challenge, watch tutorials, and submit your project, login to our TechFest Classroom for Challenge 3.

To submit your final project via Gleam, click here.

Vote for Your Favorite Challenge Submissions

Public Voting open from November 13 – November 17

From November 13 through November 17, 2021, all approved challenge submissions will be up for a public vote.

To vote, go to the voting website at https://fs-courses.com/techfest/vote, during the voting period (11/13 - 11/17) to view the entries for each of the three challenges.*

*For additional details regarding the voting, please see rules and regulations per country.

Prizes

TechFest prizes include $250 Amazon Gift Card, Sennheiser Gamer Headset, and DX Racer Gamer chair

During our LIVE Awards Ceremony on November 20 at 10 AM ET, we will announce one Grand Prize Winner and three Honorable Mentions from each of the participating countries. Click here to learn more about the rules and regulations specific to your country.

Webinars

Broadcasted LIVE from November 8 – November 12, 2021

During our Virtual TechFest event, Full Sail University will be hosting two (2) daily webinars centered around the technology industry.

  • Daily 10 AM Sessions: Guest speakers from the industry will discuss various type of use cases for technology in a consumer-driven world.
  • Daily 11 AM Sessions: Industry professionals will be offering a behind-the-scenes Q&A while deconstructing the various tools that make up projects in the technology industries.

Students who participate three (3) webinars, either LIVE or on-demand, by our Awards Ceremony on November 20 at 10AM ET will be eligible to receive a “Recognition of Participation“ certificate.

To participate in LIVE webinars, watch a session on-demand, or download a certificate, login to out TechFest Classroom.

Haven’t registered yet? Click here to register.

 

Webinar Schedule

10 AM ET Monday Session 1 – The Tech Revolution
11 AM ET Monday Session 2 – Esports & Gaming

10 AM ET Tuesday Session 1 – The Game Industry
11 AM ET Tuesday Session 2 – UI/UX

10 AM ET Wednesday Session 1 – Consumption by Algorithm
11 AM ET Wednesday Session 2 – Machine Learning

10 AM ET Thursday Session 1 – Emerging Technology
11 AM ET Thursday Session 2 – Cloud Security

10 AM ET Friday Session 1 – Diversity in Technology
11 AM ET Friday Session 2 – Simulation & Visualization

Register for a webinar.

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