Active Schools Acceleration Project Innovation Competition

Submission Deadline

Submissions are Closed

Contact

Hemali Thakkar

Prizes

  • Two Grand Prize Winners Receive:
  • -$50,000 for school-based pilot featuring winning technology
  • -Expert staff and research support for pilot implementation
  • -Demo opportunity at a Health 2.0 Conference
Winner

Walking Classroom

Walking Classroom logo

Team Members

Laura Fenn

The Walking Classroom is a teacher-initiated, in-school fitness and obesity intervention that improves health literacy and builds core content knowledge while addressing different learning styles.

Winner

SQORD

SQORD logo

Team Members

Coleman Greene

Sqord makes active play more fun for kids and allows then to track activity while engaging with others through social media.

Background

Update:

Active Schools Acceleration Project Innovation Competition Webinar Video:

To a significant degree, we have engineered physical activity out of our lives. Many neighborhoods and communities have been designed for car use, rather than pedestrians or public transit. Many cities and towns have consolidated school districts, resulting in the need for children to commute by car or bus to and from school. Budget pressures coupled with increased emphasis on standardized testing have resulted in significant cuts to in-school physical activity programs.

The Active Schools Acceleration Project (ASAP) seeks to increase quality physical activity in schools as a means to promote healthy, active living and to evoke the beneficial behavioral and academic outcomes that follow. ASAP is an initiative of ChildObesity180. Conducted in collaboration with Tufts University, ChildObesity180 fosters cross-sector collaboration through a portfolio of high-impact initiatives to reverse the trend of childhood obesity.

A national Innovation Competition is one tool ASAP is using to identify the very best strategies for increasing school-based physical activity. Funded by a consortium of the nation’s leading health plans, the competition will unearth a range of effective physical activity innovation on two fronts: (1) newly developed technologies and/or unique applications of existing technologies that can increase quality physical activity in school and beyond, and (2) on-the-ground physical activity programs underway in schools across the country.

Description

The purpose of the ASAP Innovation Competition is to identify, reward, and scale innovative and impactful physical activity programs and technologies with excellent promise to motivate quality physical activity at school and beyond. The ultimate goal is to develop, guide, and scale the most promising of these innovations so they may reach children in schools across the country.

The Innovation Competition is comprised of two categories: School Programs and Technology Innovation

  • Technology Innovation – this category calls for commercially viable technologies, or applications of existing technologies, with excellent promise to motivate quality physical activity at school and beyond
  • School Programs – this category will uncover innovative physical activity programs currently in motion in schools across the country

Emphasis will be placed on programs and technologies which exhibit strong potential for broad-based scalability in a wide array of diverse school environments.

For further information on the “Technology Innovation” category, continue reading below. For applicants interested in the “School Programs” category, please visit: www.ActiveSchoolsASAP.org.

Timeline

  • Competition Opens, Entry Submission Period Begins: Feb. 7, 2012
  • Competition Closes, Entry Submission Period Closes: April 2, 2012:
  • Judging Period: April 3 – June 2012
  • Competition Winners Announced: May 2012
  • Winners Awards Ceremony : June 2012

Review Panel

    • Aneesh Chopra
    • The Advisory Board Company
    • Avery Faigenbaum
    • The College of New Jersey
    • Allison Aley
    • Parent Representative
    • Bill Dietz
    • CDC
    • Bob Kocher
    • Venrock
    • Cory Booker
    • Mayor of Newark, New Jersey
    • Dick Coe
    • U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association
    • Doug Hirsch
    • GoodRx
    • Halle Tecco
    • Rock Health
    • Jake Winebaum
    • Brighter.com
    • Jane Wolery
    • Parent Representative
    • Jim Cosgrove
    • US Youth Soccer
    • Joan Dorn
    • CDC
    • Jodi Drake
    • Parent Representative
    • Johnny McDaniel
    • Bradley County Schools
    • Jon Butler
    • Pop Warner
    • Kenny Rogers
    • The Fulfillment Fund
    • Manuela McDonough
    • Institute for Hispanic Health, National Council of La Raza
    • Mark McBride
    • Genentech
    • Mario Silva
    • Chicago Public Schools
    • Mary Story
    • University of Minnesota School of Public Health
    • Monica Vinluan
    • YMCA of the USA
    • Nathan McCaughtry
    • Wayne State University
    • Paul Zientarski
    • Naperville Community School District #203
    • Rebecca Seguin
    • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
    • Robert Forster
    • Phase IV Scientific Health & Performance Center
    • Robyn Bretzing
    • Alpine School District
    • Rose Haggerty
    • Houston Independent School District
    • Russ Pate
    • University of South Carolina
    • Sally Johnson
    • National Council of Youth Sports
    • Tim Chang
    • Mayfield Fund
    • Tony Pierantozzi
    • Somerville, MA Schools

Evaluation Criteria

  • Innovative, Original, Fun, & Engaging for Kids
  • Health Promoting
  • Reliable, Accurate, & Trackable
  • Cost-Effective, Affordable, Sustainable, & Scalable
  • Reaches All Ages & Ability Levels
  • Instills Transferable Skills, Habits, & Attitudes
  • Non-Disruptive to School Environments
  • Ease of Implementation and Maintenance

Submission Requirements

  • Applicants may include public and private companies, independent technology developers, inventors, entrepreneurs, or individuals representing research labs, media and communications industries, medical and fitness technology developers, and other fields.
  • This is not an idea generation competition. The competition seeks entry submissions from technologies in late stage or final development.
  • “Technology” is defined broadly and may include, but is not limited to, devices, tracking and measurement systems, software applications and platforms, innovative uses of social media, gaming, smart phones, mobile phones, and more.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate a valid claim of ownership to the technology or application they outline in their proposal, including any associated intellectual property rights.
  • There are no limitations on what type of technology may be submitted as an entry. Preference will be given to entries which demonstrate potential for widest reach (elementary through high school).
  • Any innovation with high promise to motivate moderate to vigorous physical activity is welcome and encouraged to apply.
  • All entries must be able to demonstrate at least one application of the technology that could be feasible and impactful within an elementary school environment reaching children ages 5-12.

Terms & Conditions

Official Competition Rules

  1. I.                   Contest Description
    1. Void where prohibited.  No purchase necessary.
    2. The Technology Innovation category of the ASAP Innovation Competition, presented by ChildObesity180 (the “competition”) at Tufts University, is a contest designed to discover technological innovations, including both newly developed technologies and/or unique applications of existing technologies that can increase quality physical activity in school and beyond.  This is not an ideas competition; all contest entries must refer to an existing technology innovation or application (Technology), as of February 7, 2012.
    3. “Technology” may include, but is not limited to, devices, tracking and measurement systems, software applications and platforms, innovative uses of social media, gaming, smart phones, mobile phones, and more.
    4. To enter, Teams will be asked to submit written and supporting materials that describe their Technology to the competition judging panels.  All entry materials must be submitted online at the contest website www.ActiveSchoolsASAP.org.  All information related to the contest entry, including application instructions, eligibility, rules, and evaluation criteria may also be found on this site.
    5. The “Submission Window” for the Technology Innovation category will begin at 9:00am Eastern Time on February 7, 2012 and will close at 5:00pm Eastern Time on April 2, 2012 (“Contest Deadline”).

 

 

  1. II.                 Eligibility
    1. Applicants may include public and private companies, independent technology developers, inventors, entrepreneurs, or individuals representing research labs, media and communications industries, medical and fitness technology developers, and other fields.
    2. Any technology innovation with high promise to motivate at least 60 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous physical activity is welcome and encouraged to apply.
    3. All entries must be able to demonstrate at least one use or application of the technology that could be feasible and impactful within a school environment.
    4. All entries must be able to demonstrate at least one application of the technology that could be feasible and impactful within an elementary school environment reaching children ages 5-12
    5. Entries must be submitted by a Team that meets stated requirements (see Section III).  Online submission, including acceptance of rules and regulations, is necessary to enter or win.
    6. This is not an idea generation competition.  The competition seeks entry submissions from technologies in late stage or final development.
    7. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a valid claim of ownership to the technology or application they outline in their proposal, including any associated intellectual property rights.
    8. Immediate family members (spouses and parents, children and siblings and their spouses) and persons living in the same household as employees of ChildObesity180 and Technology Innovation category judges are not eligible to apply.
    9. Entrants that do not meet these stated requirements are not eligible to participate or be awarded prizes.  All applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply.
    10. ChildObesity180 maintains ultimate authority over all determinations of eligibility.

 

  1. III.              Team Rules
    1. Entries to the Technology Innovation bracket must be submitted by a Team as defined in these official rules.
    2. A Team must include of a minimum of two (2) and maximum of six (6) individuals, all adults age 18 and older.
    3. One individual must be designated the Team Leader.
    4. Each Team is permitted to submit only one entry to the Technology Innovation category.
    5. No individual may participate on more than one Team, either as a Team Leader or as a Team Member.

 

 

  1. IV.              Entry Process
    1. To enter, the Team Leader must register at www.ActiveSchoolsASAP.org and complete the user registration.  The Team Leader will build his or her Team by inviting Team Members via e-mail through the automated module.  Invited individuals must complete the registration module to become official Team Members.
    2. Both the Team Leader and Team Members must supply valid e-mail addresses to participate, and other information as requested.  Competition administrators will use these addresses as the primary means of communication with participating Teams.
    3. Following registration, the Team Leader will be directed to the Technology Innovation category Entry Form.  Once registered, the Team Leader and all Team Members will have access to the Entry Form.  Teams may save progress and return to the Entry Form at any time during the Submission Window.  Once an entry has been submitted, no more changes to the Entry Form are permitted.  Once the Competition Deadline has passed, no more changes to the Entry Form will be permitted and incomplete applications will be disqualified.
    4. The Team Leader and all Team Members may access their Team’s Entry Form and any progress towards completion during the Submission Window.
    5. The Entry Form asks Teams to complete 1) Technology Innovation Summary & Background; 2) Physical Activity Promotion Potential (Short Answer Questions); 3) Supporting Materials; and 4) Concept for School-Based Pilot. See “How to Apply” for further details.
    6. Team Leaders and Team Members will receive e-mail notification upon the successful submission of their Team’s entry.
    7. By submitting an entry, the Team Leader acknowledges that their entry, in part or in whole, including any supporting materials submitted, may be made available for public viewing on the Active Schools Acceleration Project website, the ChildObesity180 website, the Tufts University website, and other venues.  All eligible (not disqualified or eliminated) entries may be posted on the competition website.
    8. Once an entry has been submitted, it cannot be changed or modified, except in the event that ChildObesity180 requests additional materials.
    9. Entries submitted after the Competition Deadline may be considered or rejected at the sole discretion of ChildObesity180.
    10. Entries must be in English.  Any entry in which a third party appears must be submitted with the written consent of such party and any entry depicting a recognizable location or building shall include applicable location releases. ChildObesity180 maintains sole authority over the determination of which entries are incomplete, ineligible, or otherwise inappropriate.
    11. Upon submission, the entry materials become the sole property of the presenter and will not be returned and cannot be acknowledged. If entrant wants to retain a copy of the materials submitted, he/she is responsible for making and retaining copies of any materials submitted prior to submission.
    12. Entrant maintains ownership of entry technology, including any associated intellectual property rights.
    13. As part of the evaluation process, ChildObesity180 staff may conduct interviews to validate and/or learn more about Technology Innovation entries.

 

  1. V.                Awards and Prizing
    1. The Technology Innovation category will name up to two (2) Grand Prize Winners.
    2. Winning teams will have the unique opportunity to work with leading researchers at Tufts University and ChildObesity180 to have their technology deployed in a fully-funded school-based 12-24 month pilot study.
    3. Pilots will be designed to evaluate the potential of winning technologies to motivate and encourage 60 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous activity at school and beyond.
    4. Pilots will be allocated a budget of $50,000 in addition to expert staff and researchers from Tufts University and ChildObesity180.  Tufts and ChildObesity180 will work closely with competition winners to manage pilot design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.
    5. ChildObesity180 will maintain ultimate authority over management and use of pilot funds.
    6. As a condition of entering the competition, entrants to the “Technology Innovation” category agree to allow the use of their technology in a pilot study should they be identified as a Grand Prize Winner; Entrant maintains ownership of entry technology, including any associated intellectual property rights.
    7. Team Leaders of winning Teams will be presented with a Pilot Agreement, detailing terms of participation in a pilot study.  The Pilot Agreement must be completed within the time period specified in said agreement for a Team to have their technology used in a pilot study.
    8. All winners will be announced in the spring of 2012.
    9. A Team has the option to decline acceptance of an award.  In this event, the Team forfeits their prize and ChildObesity180 will identify an alternative winner at their sole discretion.
    10. Awards Ceremony
      1.                                                               i.      Representatives from each winning Team will be invited to attend an awards ceremony.
      2.                                                             ii.      ChildObesity180 will provide transportation and accommodation for invited Team representatives to the award ceremony (location TBD).

 

  1. VI.              Ownership of Submission Material

By submitting an application, the entrant Team:

  1. assigns to ChildObesity180 all rights to the entry, including the right to reproduce and/or use any written and/or multimedia entry materials in any manner and in any medium, print or electronic, without further notification or compensation of the entrant Team.
  2. grants ChildObesity180 permission to publish the following information about the entry Team and their entry: the names of the Team Leader and Team Members; the name and location of the developing company, organization, or entity; descriptions of the Technology Innovation; and supporting materials documenting the entry.  ChildObesity180 will not release personal identifying information about Team Leaders or Team Members (e-mail or mailing addresses, phone numbers), unless granted specific permission.

 

  1. VII.           Release of Liability
    1. By participating, all entrants agree to comply with these Official Rules and to the decisions arrived at by ChildObesity180 and the Technology Innovation category judging panels.
    2. ChildObesity180 is not responsible for any hardware, software, Internet, electronic, or human error that may compromise the validity or eligibility of a competition submission.
    3. ChildObesity180 shall not be held responsible for any loss, damage, cost, or injury incurred by individuals or parties who elect to participate in the Technology Innovation category.
    4. ChildObesity180 shall not be held responsible for any event beyond the control of ChildObesity180 that may disrupt or terminate the terms of the Technology Innovation category as laid out in these Official Rules.

 

  1. VIII.         General Release and Indemnification
    1. By entering the competition, each entrant releases Tufts University and its affiliates, trustees, officers, employees, and agents (collectively, the 'released parties') from any liability whatsoever, and waives any and all causes of action, claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind (collectively, “claims”), arising in any manner out of or in connection with the competition, use of the competition website, or delivery, misdelivery, acceptance, possession, use of or inability to use any prize (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses and damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light, whether intentional or unintentional), whether under a theory of contract, tort (including negligence), warranty or other theory WHETHER OR NOT SUCH CLAIMS ARE ATTRIBUTABLE IN WHOLE OR IN PART TO THE NEGLIGENCE OF ANY OF THE RELEASED PARTIES. Further, each entrant acknowledges that much of the material that will be submitted as part of the competition may embody materials, suggestions, or ideas substantially similar to those which have been developed by others, or by ChildObesity180. Each entrant acknowledges that any similarity is purely coincidental and unavoidable in light of the volume of ideas that ChildObesity180 and others routinely use and consider in the course of each of their business activities. Accordingly, entrant consents to the following terms by submitting an entry: entrant understands that entrant will not be entitled to any compensation because of use by presenter or any featured nonprofit of any materials similar to entrant’s entry; entrant releases Tufts University and any other entrant from any claim or liability with respect to the use of similar materials, that the materials submitted are free from any lien or claim by anyone, including but not limited to any union, guild, or any performance rights society; that the entrant has obtained and owns all rights, permission, and licenses necessary to use the entry for any purpose; that the entry does not infringe in whole or in part on any rights of any other party; and that entrant agrees to indemnify and hold presenter and any featured nonprofit, and their respective affiliates, employees, directors, trustees, and agents, harmless from any claims, suits, losses, damages and expenses (including reasonable attorney fees) that arise from the breach of the foregoing terms and conditions.
    2. Each entrant further agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless presenter and its affiliates, agents, employees, officers and trustees, and any other person or entity related in any way to the competition for any injuries, loss, or damage of any kind to persons, including death or property damage, resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the making of an entered video or from any action related to the competition.

 

  1. IX.              No Representations or Warranties

This site and competition is provided on an 'as is' basis. The competition and Tufts University make no representations or warranties of any kind express or implied, as to the operation of the site or the information, content, materials, or products included on this site. To the full extent permissible by applicable law, the competition and Tufts University disclaim all warranties, express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose.

 

  1. X.                Miscellaneous

The competition and these official rules will be governed, construed, and interpreted under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the United States, without regards to Massachusetts’ conflict of interest rules. All applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited. All claims shall be brought in the federal or state courts located within the city of Boston, Massachusetts. Entrants agree that such jurisdiction is acceptable to them. Entrants agree to be bound by these official rules and by the decisions of Tufts University, which are final and binding in all respects. Tufts University reserves the right to change these official rules at any time, in its sole discretion, and to suspend or cancel the competition or any entrant's participation in the competition should viruses, bugs, unauthorized human intervention, or other similar or dissimilar causes beyond Tufts University’s control affect the administration, security, or proper play of the competition or Tufts University otherwise becomes (as determined in its sole discretion) incapable of running the competition as planned. Entrants who violate these official rules, tamper with the operation of the competition, or engage in any conduct that is detrimental or unfair to Tufts University, the competition, or any other entrant (in each case as determined in Tufts University’s sole discretion) are subject to disqualification from entry into the competition. Tufts University reserves the right to disqualify persons whose eligibility is in question or who have been disqualified or are otherwise ineligible to enter the competition. Except where prohibited by law, the winner grants permission for Tufts University and those acting under its authority to use the winner’s name, photograph, voice and/or likeness, video, in whole or in part, for business, advertising and/or publicity purposes in all media, now known or hereafter discovered, worldwide and on the internet without notice, review, approval, additional compensation, or time limitation. By submitting any entry, entrants also agree that Tufts University and competition entities do not have any obligation to show or use any entry for any purpose. Entrant agrees that Tufts University and competition entities shall have the right to use, assign, edit, modify or dispose of any entry, accompanying materials, and any video produced pursuant to this competition and to disclose entrant’s name if entrant is judged the winner by Tufts University. By participating in this competition, entrant agrees to waive any right to claim ambiguity or any deficiency in these official rules or the competition, including its administration. This release constitutes a waiver of all applicable rights under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) with respect to the subject matter hereof and of the materials submitted to the competition.

 

  1. XI.              Questions

If you have any questions about these official rules or the competition, please contact us at ActiveSchoolsASAP@tufts.edu or send written questions to:

 

Active Schools Acceleration Project

c/o Emily Rak

ChildObesity180

Tufts University

150 Harrison Ave

Boston MA, 02111

 

XII.      Winners List

For the name of the winners, see www.ActiveSchoolsASAP.org after the Competition Deadline and for at least thirty days thereafter.

 

XIII.    Competition Presenter

The presenter of the competition is ChildObesity180.

 

By submitting an entry, each Team entering the competition affirms that:

1)    all members of the Team have met all eligibility requirements and have agreed to the general release above;

2)    the entry becomes the property of the presenter and may be used for any purpose by presenter;

3)    the entry is the original work of the Team and its members, does not defame or infringe upon any rights of any party, has not been copied, in whole or in part, from any video or audio of any third party; does not use any third party materials or misappropriate or infringe any intellectual property (patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, or other proprietary right); and does not include any collaborative or third party material unless such material is in the public domain or express written permission has been obtained and documented.