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Create @ STATE 2014

The fourth annual Create @ STATE: A Symposium of Research, Scholarship & Creativity will be held Thursday, April 10, 2014 in the Student Union.  Create @ STATE provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to make oral, poster, creative, and artistic presentations in a professional and supportive setting.

Submission will be accepted beginning Monday, February 10, 2014 and close Tuesday, February 25, 2014. Please note that the following information will be needed for your submission:

  1. The title of your presentation.
  2. The type of presentation (poster, oral presentation, live pitch, creative).
  3. Abstract no more than 800 characters (characters include letters and spaces).
  4. The name, ASU ID, major, classification, phone and email for each student presenter.
  5. The names and departments of other collaborators/authors (other students, faculty, etc.).
  6. The name, department and email of your faculty mentor.

Your submission will automatically be emailed to your mentor for review and approval and, please note, your faculty mentor must review and approve your abstract and send it on to Cheryl Nichols, Director of Research Development. Your faculty mentor and/or the Create@STATE Advisory Committee reserve the right to decline a student submission.

Award List 2014
Program 2014
Poster Review Rubric
Oral Review Rubric

Here is some helpful information about the various types of presentations at Create @ STATE:

G60 Live Pitch


The G60 Live Pitch is a new student presentation opportunity at Create@STATE this year! For additional information about the Live Pitch, please contact Brian Rogers at brogers@astate.edu.  Or you may contact Cheryl Nichols at cgoad@astate.edu.

Live Pitch Information
If you choose this category, you must deliver your pitch live at Create@STATE on April 10th. You will have up to 60 seconds to deliver the pitch.

What is a Live Pitch?  You are simply providing a “teaser” to the audience with the purpose of having them ask "tell me more about your company":
Product and service offering (e.g., the problem and your solution)
Brief description of offering
What problem or need does it solve? What are the benefits of your product?
Unique Differentiators
Why is this unique or different from competition?
Is this difference sustainable (e.g., patents, intellectual property, etc.)?
Market Opportunity & Target Customers
Who are the targeted customers?
What is the size of the market?
Is there evidence they will buy the product?
Current Development Stage
What is the current status of technology/venture? o What are key next steps?

  • Business Model – how will the company generate profitable revenue?
  • Milestones and Success Metrics

What are the success metrics? What is the exit strategy?
Capital Needs
How much funding is needed to move forward? How will the money be used?
Why is your business an attractive investment?

Common Live Pitch Mistakes
No energy and passion in the presentation
Too much technical language; focusing on the technology rather than the customer need
Failure to explain what customer problem you are trying to solve
Too much discussion about the idea and product and not enough explanation about the market, business opportunity, and revenue models
Listing too many names of clients or partners. Indicate how many clients and name a few big names to spark interest 
Helpful Links
http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=elevator+pitch&ei=UTF-8&fr=moz35

Oral Presentation


The author(s) of oral presentations are provided 10 minutes to present with five additional minutes allotted per presentation for questions. This schedule is strictly enforced by the room moderator. Oral presentations are held in technology enabled rooms. These rooms have a Dell laptop computer, projector and large screen. Each computer is configured with Windows 7 64 bit operating system and Microsoft Office 2010 including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Presenters must use the laptop provided. Presenters must bring any digital presentation materials on a USB flash drive. It is strongly recommended that presenters bring a backup of their digital presentation materials on a secondary USB flash drive or provide handouts, in case their primary digital memory device does not work. The recommended format for presentations is Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 (.ppt), although files saved in older versions of PowerPoint should be compatible. All rooms have internet connectivity. If there are any technical difficulties during the presentation, please inform the moderator who will contact the technical support team. Presenters should arrive at their assigned room 10 minutes prior to the start of their session (not their individual talk) to transfer their presentation to the laptop and to ensure that it opens properly.

Oral Presentation Judging
Oral Presentations may be judged by A-State administration, faculty, and members of the community. The judges will consider the quality of information demonstrated by the presentation, creativity of the topic, the student's understanding of the topic evidenced by the presentation, and overall effective communication of the student's ideas. The author(s) must be able to discuss their topics during their assigned time during the session. 

Professional Courtesy
Create@STATE offers an opportunity for participants to observe, learn and practice professional etiquette common to all disciplines. Presenters should remain in the room until all presentations in their sessions are complete. The other presentations may offer new insights, and all presenters deserve the same audience and respect. Spectators to sessions should enter and exit the room between (not during) presentations.

 

Poster Presentation


The author(s) of the poster must present the poster for judging on Thursday, April 10, 2014. All posters must be displayed on easels, which will be provided on-site. Computer display equipment, sound or projection equipment, or freestanding displays are not permitted. Foam-core board and attachment materials (tape, push pins) must be brought by author. The presentation title must be at least two inches high. Beneath the title, the name(s) of the author(s) must be at least one inch high. Handouts with additional information about your poster topic may be made available for interested viewers. No demonstrations or three-dimensional displays are allowed in a poster session. The author(s) must refer to their adviser for specifics of poster element requirements and expectations specific for their discipline.
All posters must be set up during time allotted (8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.) before the judging starts in the morning on Thursday, April 10, 2014. Posters and materials must then be removed promptly between 12:30 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014. ORTT will not be responsible for material left on easels after 1:00 p.m.

Poster Judging
Posters may be judged by A-State administration, faculty, and members of the community. The judges will consider the poster's quality of information demonstrated by the poster and the presentation, creativity of the topic, the student's understanding of the topic evidenced by the presentation, and overall effective communication of the student's ideas. The author(s) must be available to discuss their displays during their assigned session. 

Professional Courtesy
Create@STATE offers an opportunity for participants to observe, learn and practice professional etiquette common to all disciplines. Presenters should remain in the room until all presentations in their sessions are complete. The other presentations may offer new insights, and all presenters deserve the same audience and respect.