2013-2014 Corporate Partner Challenges Announced
DECA and several corporate partners will once again collaborate to offer DECA members opportunities to demonstrate the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom through innovative challenges during the 2013-2014 school year. Each challenge will have a unique focus and a specific set of required tasks, along with unique awards. One common element is the requirement that presentations will be made via YouTube videos. Official guidelines and additional information are available by clicking on the links below.
Three opportunities are available for the 2013-2014 school year.
Participants in the DECA Innovations and Entrepreneurship Challenge will present ideas to launch innovative business concepts. Business concepts should enhance the lives of consumers and must be related to one of the following themes: technology, environmental sustainability, personal health, or tourism.
The submission deadline is October 4, 2013.
Participants in the Finish Line Challenge will assist Finish Line in analyzing its omni-channel strategy (providing a consistent and premium customer experience through the many ways in which the customer shops). This includes researching the customer experience through mobile technology, the Internet, social media, offline media, and in-store.
The submission deadline is December 13, 2013.
Participants in the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) Challenge will translate a seasonal fashion trend into a “look” depicting the researched fashion forecast. First, participants will forecast a fashion trend for Back to School 2014. Second, participants will put together an outfit that students would wear to school depicting this up and coming trend. Third, participants must explain why, based on their research, they believe in their trend forecast.
The submission deadline is February 7, 2014.
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