Last chance to apply for Intelligence ++ competition and showcase on April 26

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Last call to apply here by April 16 for the Intelligence ++ Showcase Competition offering $10,000 in prizes to support student products, services and technologies that can assist intellectually disabled people and their families. The event will be held Tuesday, April 26 from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Milton Room, Whitman School of Management.  It is sponsored by the College of Visual and Performing Arts School of Design, the Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education (InclusiveU) and the LaunchPad at Syracuse University.  Ten teams from across campus will be selected to compete and will be notified on April 18 that they will be featured in the event.  Teams must enter, using this portal, to be eligible to compete.

Intelligence ++ is an innovative, interdisciplinary program focused on inclusive entrepreneurship and design through a generous donation by Gianfranco Zaccai ’70 H’09 and the Zaccai Foundation for Augmented Intelligence.  The program culminates in a design and entrepreneurship competition each spring.

The foundation of the program is an inclusive entrepreneurship and design course, DES 400-600, taught by Don Carr, professor in VPA’s School of Design, with support from Beth Myers, assistant professor of inclusive education in the School of Education and executive director of the Taishoff Center, and Linda Dickerson-Hartsock, adjunct faculty member in the Whitman School and executive director of the LaunchPad.  A complimentary course, EEE453, taught by Dickerson-Hartsock, helps students build business models around their design ideas.

The program is made possible through the support of the Zaccai Foundation for Augmented Intelligence, founded by Gianfranco Zaccai. The Zaccai Foundation seeks to develop, stimulate and leverage technological, educational and organizational innovation to enable and empower individuals with intellectual disability, their families and their communities to improve quality of life, enhance independence and productivity, lower cost and benefit society.

For more information about the event, contact Don Carr at, Beth Myers at or Linda Dickerson Hartsock at