AKRON—The Goodyear Innovation Challenge will return for the fifth straight year, offering college and graduate students an opportunity to "design the future" via a virtual competition focused on the mobility ecosystem.
Students can practice innovation skills in a real-world context and receive valuable mentoring and interaction with Goodyear innovation leaders, Goodyear said. Students must submit proposals in response to the Challenge brief by Feb. 1.
The top five teams will be invited to a four-day virtual hackathon beginning Feb. 22, culminating in virtual pitches to Goodyear leaders and an awards program on March 3. The competition includes $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 cash prizes. Goodyear also will interview participating students for a possible internship position next summer.
The challenge is a collaboration between Goodyear's Akron Innovation Lab and Case Western Reserve University. This year's event will be held virtually due to the ongoing pandemic.
"The Goodyear Innovation Challenge gives students an opportunity to show their talent and ideas, and we are consistently amazed at the passion and innovation they show," John Brainerd, manager of the Innovation Lab, said in a statement.