Jacks Big IDEA 2021: Canceled due to COVID-19 Restrictions
As much as we were looking forward to Jacks Big IDEA this year we have decided to cancel the event due to NAU restrictions and COVID-19 safety measures that would bar the program from any in-person component. While we’re disappointed that we won’t be solving challenges together this year we feel it’s a small sacrifice compared to the many we’ve weathered during this pandemic. We already have next year on the calendar, April 18, 2022–save the date, be well, and keep innovating!
WHAT’S JACKS BIG IDEA?
Jacks Big IDEA (interdisciplinary design experience accelerator) engages students from all majors to solve high-impact, global challenges in a intensive, 48-hour challenge format.
WHO’S IT FOR?
You. Yes, you and all NAU students–undergraduates and graduates–and all majors and areas of study are invited to apply.
We live in a dynamic world, defined by unprecedented opportunities and challenges. You and your classmates, whatever your course of study, have the potential to change the world. Jacks BIG IDEA is an opportunity for you to develop a more curious, problem-solving mindset and skillset while solving real-world issues.
HOW DOES JACKS BIG IDEA WORK?
You and a small team of fellow NAU students will select and work on one of a broad range of design challenge options–think, build a more efficient airplane wing, design an app interface to reduce food waste, improve water transportation, etc. Don’t worry if you’ve never done something like this; mentors from the campus and community will be there to coach and guide you and your team through the event. Workshops during the event will help you hone your idea, practice your presentation, and more.
WHEN’S JACKS BIG IDEA?
While 2021 had to be canceled, we will be back April 18, 2022. You’re welcome to email boundaryless@NAU.edu with any questions or to express interest in participating. Application will open spring 2022.
AND WHERE WILL IT BE?
We anticipate Jacks Big IDEA, 2022 will be in partnership with the Cline Library on NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus. All meals, drinks, caffeine, snacks, and materials your team needs will be provided. Since much of the event is in person you can’t participate fully remote unfortunately.