2024 Media+Tech Collective
Innovation Challenge


By submitting this application to the competition, you accept and agree to the competition rules and certify that you can take part based on the eligibility requirements. All members of each student team must review and accept the rules.

  • The competition is open to current graduate students at the University of Denver, the University of Colorado at Denver, the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, Colorado State University, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Regis University, University of Colorado-Boulder, and Monfort College of Business.
  • Participants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Students who graduate during the competition are still eligible.
  • To keep the competition fair and competitive, students with current or previous employment in the media, entertainment and/or telecommunications fields may participate after disclosing and receiving Media+Tech Collective (Rocky Mountain Cable Association dba Media+Tech Collective) board approval.
  • To keep the competition fair and competitive, if students enter the media, entertainment and/or telecommunications fields through internships or employment during competition, the internship or employment must be disclosed and approved by the Media+Tech Collective board beforehand.
  • Each team’s presentations in rounds 1 and 2 will not be made available to other teams in rounds 1 and 2. Teams are responsible for keeping their case solutions confidential or are free to solicit feedback from their peers if they wish.
  • Team members are strictly prohibited from soliciting employment or work projects from the competition’s sponsor companies, the judges, coaches, event speakers or competition organizers, excluding company recruiters who may attend the competition event and offer employment or internship opportunities.
  • Failure to meet competition deadlines will result in team disqualification.
  • If an individual team member needs to withdraw from the competition for personal reasons, this withdrawal should be reported to designated competition managers as soon as possible. If the team has at least three members remaining, they may continue with the smaller team. If the withdrawal results in a team of only two members, an alternate team member must be added to the team.
  • Industry mentors will be assigned to each team as a coach and resource for the competition. Each team must communicate with their assigned coaches, at least individually if the entire team cannot be present.
  • A panel of judges selected by the Media+Tech Collective board will review teams’ case study solution presentations and decide the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. The decision of the judges is final.
  • Team presentations for all rounds are limited to 15 minutes.
  • PowerPoint presentations are the preferred presentation aid. Other materials and presentation aids may be used but should be disclosed in advance to coordinate logistics of technologies and software.
  • Team members are responsible for meeting any individual tax responsibilities associated with prize money and for complying with all school rules pertaining to their presentations and winnings.
  • Teams are responsible for developing their own solutions to their case tasks and may not solicit outside help from industry executives, school faculty or work colleagues other than the mentors and faculty sponsors designated by the competition organizers.
  • Teams are responsible for communicating with designated competition managers about any problems, substantive changes or other issues relating to their presentations.
  • The Media+Tech Innovation Challenge promotes an open discussion of ideas, concepts and plans without claim by participating teams, mentor sponsors or other parties to patent, copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property rights. Participating companies are responsible for their own patents, copyrights, and trademarks for their products. If a student team or individual develops an idea or concept that it believes is worthy of patent, copyright, or trademark, it is the responsibility of the students to resolve any questions of intellectual property.
  • By submitting this application, you acknowledge that you will be presenting your idea(s) in a public setting. By being involved in a case competition, the company(s) that is the topic of the case, companies or individuals that watch the case competition, or companies or individual that are exposed to promotion or other media about the case competition, may take an idea and further develop it. If you believe that your idea is of value, you should not present publicly until you have protected it with a provisional patent. By submitting this application, you acknowledge the competition’s objective is to display students’ knowledge, strategic thinking and creativity, and your ideas must be shared to do so.
  • Media Release: By submitting this application, you grant to Media+Tech Collective and its affiliates and assigns the right and permission to use in perpetuity, my name, likeness, image, voice, recorded voice, appearance, biographical information, statements, performance and/or testimonial(s) (collectively, “Appearance”) in any media, now known or later developed, throughout the world, at any time, for the purpose of advertising and publicizing Media+Tech Collective’s events and services, without review, permission or compensation of any amount or kind whatsoever. Media+Tech Collective shall have complete ownership of any recording, copy, presentation or other material or file containing or featuring your Appearance (“Product”), including copyright interests, and you acknowledge you have no interest or ownership in the Product (or any portion thereof) or its copyright. This grant includes without limitation the right for Media+Tech Collective to edit, abridge, augment, title, or create a compilation from my Appearance in whole or part as Media+Tech Collective may elect in its sole discretion. You agree that you shall not hold Media+Tech Collective responsible for any liability resulting from the lawful use of my Appearance in accordance with the terms of this agreement. You understand that Media+Tech Collective has the right, but not the obligation to use your Appearance. You confirm that you have the right to enter into this Agreement, that you are not restricted by any commitments to third parties, and that Media+Tech Collective has no financial commitment or obligations to you because of this Agreement and participation in the competition.
  • Participants acknowledge and agree that by entering the competition they are responsible for any expenses and time commitments they incur in connection with the Competition and do not hold Media+Tech Collective, or any organizers, the sponsoring university, judges, sponsor companies, coaches or other participants accountable or liable for any actions or outcomes related to the competition and event, including but not limited to any effects on academic performance, personal finances or personal welfare resulting from their participation, nor any claims of defamation or libel resulting from statements made during the Competition. Participants warrant and represent that their presentations and any materials included in them will not violate or infringe the rights of any person, company, or corporation.
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