Sign up for an exciting digital innovation sprint on September 9 with Deloitte Digital and the Syracuse LaunchPad, featuring cash prizes and mentorship

There’s still time to register for an exclusive event with top leaders with Deloitte Digital and amazing Syracuse Blackstone LaunchPad alumni tech founders, starting Friday, September 9. “Driving Digital Transformation” will be an opportunity to explore trends shaping the digital experience and make personal and professional connections with key leaders at Deloitte Digital. To optimize the experience, the event will be capped at 50 students or recent LaunchPad alumni from 2017 – 2022, so don’t miss your chance to be part of it. RSVP here on Eventbrite. 

The goal of the program is to promote Deloitte Digital’s brand to Syracuse University students and identify top-performers as potential candidates for Deloitte Digital, as well as to establish a meaningful relationship with the Syracuse University Blackstone LaunchPad – a global entrepreneurial hub for students.

The Digital Challenge will be a dynamic seven day mentor-driven program. Participants will organize into teams to create a proof-of-concept that approaches one of these three digital challenges for enterprise. Winning ideas will receive cash prizes and follow-up personal connections with Deloitte Digital.

Teams will work on three prompts:

  • Trust in a digital world

From cybersecurity to blockchain, tomorrow’s winning digital business will transform the way they share data to earn trust. How can an enterprise innovate to increase trust?

  • Connectivity in a digital world

From virtual fandom, concerts, sports and e-gaming, large scale venues, to re-imagined retail experiences, workspaces, conferences and meetings, travel, learning, and more, how can an enterprise harness digital innovation to build better connectivity with customers, employees, and stakeholders?

  • Experience in a digital world

From social commerce to influencer experiences, to the future of the Web, how can an enterprise utilize digital innovation to personalize a user’s interaction with an organization?

The hybrid event will start Friday, September 9 at the LaunchPad in Bird Library from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., featuring keynote speakers from Deloitte Digital including Tim Juravich, partner & principal, Deloitte Digital, and Amos Cohen ’20, a LaunchPad alum who is product manager at Deloitte Digital. At the conclusion of the keynote, students will organize into pods of three teams to work independently on one of the challenges. They will work on solutions at their own pace, supported by mentors from both Deloitte Digital and LaunchPad alumni who are successful founders, subject matter experts and technologists.

The sprint will culminate in a festive Demo Day on September 16 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Bird Library, with teams making 10 minute presentations of their solutions in the forms of slide decks, wireframes or other digital renderings, MVPs, video or animation/stop motion graphics, or any other preferred digital tools of their choice.

The winning team from each pod will get a weekly 60 minute meeting with a Deloitte PPMD (the leader from each pod) for four weeks. The winning team will decide how to utilize this time with dedicated Deloitte mentors.

The winning team of each digital challenge will also receive a $500 award from the Syracuse Blackstone LaunchPad and personalized coaching from LaunchPad alumni mentors.

We are delighted that these LaunchPad alumni are joining us as volunteer mentors for the event:

AJ Damiano, head of business development at Stage TEN, founder, PowerSpike

Amos Cohen, product manager, Deloitte Digital

Catherine Forrest,  founder and CEO of Secwins

Chris Chomicki, software development engineer, Amazon

Dan Zimmerman, founder and CEO of Verse Gaming

Jack Kuveke, co-founder, PIN, co-founder, Hoodle

Jose Javier “JJ” Garcia-Rovira, co-founder and CEO, Gamercraft

Patrick Prioletti, CTO, Your Perfect Dose and founder and CEO, Psily

Phil McKnight, Founder and CEO, ghostfruit

Quentin Rosso, co-founder and CTO, Gamercraft

Shawn Gaetano, founder and CEO, Solace Vision, (Techstars LA)

Zach Goldstein, co-founder and industry advisor, CryptoCuse, VP WiTec Syracuse, program coordinator, BlockBeam

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