The COINS Grand Challenge 2018 is open for applications to applicants for a global competition to uncover innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders with ideas that can improve the built environment.

Showcase yourself and your ideas to some of the world’s leading construction companies, private investors and academics.

The Challenge

New and Emerging Technologies

  • Undergraduate Competition: What new and emerging technology will have the greatest impact on business in future years and how might those technologies be applied to the built environment, whether during construction or throughout the built life cycle?
  • To enter the Undergraduate competition, Applicants must submit an 800-word essay using the official online Application Form. When submitting your entry, you must clearly select the relevant competition and Challenge to which your essay entry relates, e.g. Undergraduate competition and New & Emerging Technology challenge.*
  • Open Competition: Do you have a viable idea that uses a new or emerging technology to radically reduce costs, increase efficiency or improve sustainability, quality or compliance during construction or throughout the built life cycle?
  • To enter the Open competition, Applicants must answer a series of questions contained on the official online Application Form. When submitting your entry, you must clearly select the relevant competition to which your Application relates, e.g. Open competition and New and Emerging Technologies challenge.

Leadership

  • Undergraduate Competition: What are the major skills, abilities, and competencies you would expect to see in a successful leader? Which of these leadership qualities do you believe that you possess and how could you make use of them to add value to the construction industry?
  • To enter the Undergraduate competition, Applicants must submit an 800-word essay or 3-10 minute video about your idea using the official online Application Form. When submitting your entry, you must clearly select the relevant competition and Challenge to which your entry relates, e.g. Undergraduate competition and Leadership challenge.*
  • Open Competition: Do you have a specific vision and personal qualities to bring a new approach to leadership within the construction or home building industries?
  • To enter the Open competition, Applicants must answer a series of long-format questions contained on the official online Application Form. When submitting your entry, you must clearly select the relevant competition to which your Application relates, e.g. Open competition and Leadership challenge.*

Worth of Award

  • All finalists receive an expense paid trip to San Antonio, TX for the Grand Final
  • Undergraduate prizes typically include work experience and short-term paid internships.
  • For the Open competition, prizes include longer-term paid internships, continuing professional development, mentoring, R&D grants and investments in your business/idea.

Eligibility 

To be eligible for entry into the competition:

  • The idea must meet all the requirements for submission detailed in the Guidance Notes and the Terms & Conditions.
  • The applicant must present a clear case for how their idea will address one of the three challenges.
  • The applicant must speak English fluently.
  • The applicant must be 18 years of age or older on 1st September 2017.
  • The applicant must be able to attend the Grand Final on Tuesday 5th June 2018.
  • The applicant must be able to obtain legal entry to the USA for judging if selected as a finalist.
  • The idea must be able to be applied to the construction industry.

How to Apply

  • STEP 1: Create a profile. All fields are mandatory and create an application account for you.
  • STEP 2: Select the Competition and Challenge that you wish to enter i.e. Undergraduate or Open and then within each competition the challenge that you are aiming to address being, New & Emerging Technology or Leadership.
  • STEP 3: Create your Entry. For the Undergraduate Competition, you will submit an 800 to 1000-word essay response to the Challenge on the form provided OR alternatively upload a 3 to 10-minute video. For the Open Competition, you will have to complete the online application form containing 9 questions each with an allowable number of words.
  • Step 4: Save and Finalise your Entry. You may SAVE progress on your application at any point and return to complete it up to the closing date of the competition. Once you
  • SAVE & FINALISE your Application Form, the application is frozen so please ensure that you have worked the idea up fully before you make the final decision to select that option.

Deadline: applications close April 6, 2018. 20 APR 2018: Finalists Notified by

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