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Lawrence Tech offers $2,000 scholarships in new Technovate competition

Release Date: March 9, 2009

Southfield, Mich. - On March 30 Lawrence Technological University will launch its Technovate competition to challenge high school students to create something of value out of an everyday object. The top prizes will be $2,000 scholarships to Lawrence Tech.

The first step for students is to sign up by March 29 by going to http://bit.ly/technovate. High school students can enter as individuals, and there is no limit on the number of members on a team.

On March 30, Josh Linkner, founder and CEO of Michigan-based ePrize, will announce the everyday object to be used in this year's competition via a video on the Technovate web page. Students will have until April 17 to create value out of the object and prepare a three-minute video showing the implementation of their idea.

The winners will be announced at an April 25 ceremony at Lawrence Tech's Southfield campus, and those who attend can also vote for the winner of the Audience Favorite prize. Hajj Flemings, the founder of Brand Camp University and author of "The Brand YU Life," will announce the top video submissions.

Technovate can be a science project, a social studies experiment or a business project, since the students will determine what "value" means to them. If the object were a water bottle, for example, students might upload videos showing how they turned water bottles into a watering system for house plants or developed a new and innovative brand of bottled water with a new logo.

The new Lawrence Tech competition is inspired by Stanford University's Global Innovation Tournament, which challenges college students to create value using an everyday object over a 48-hour period.

If you have any questions about Technovate, contact Karen Evans, Lawrence Tech's director of undergraduate management programs, at (248) 204-3508 or kevans@ltu.edu.

Lawrence Technological University, ltu.edu, offers over 80 undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes 75 years ago, and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech's 102-acre campus is in Southfield, with education centers in Lansing, Livonia, Traverse City and Petoskey. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.