Selection Process

Main Division

All ideas submitted to the AIC Main Division undergo an initial screening process and the top ideas are selected for the Final Competition. All initial screening is done anonymously; reviewers are given no information about competitor’s identity. Individuals involved in screening ideas sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement to help protect all intellectual property.

Ideas submitted to the AIC Main Division are screened as follows:

  1. Ideas are screened by AIC Judging Committee members
  2. Ideas that pass the initial screening are next reviewed by Dr. Lan’s MBA students in his Innovation Technology Management (MBA 673) class
  3. Ideas are then analyzed by representatives from the UAF College of Engineering and Mines, as needed
  4. Finally, all ideas that pass the initial screenings are sent back to the AIC Judging Committee, which makes the final decisions regarding the top finalist ideas, as well as any wait-listed ideas

NOTE: For AIC 2017, one spot in the Top 20 Finalists will be reserved for the winner of the Startup Weekend Fairbanks event, which takes place September 22 through 24, 2017.

Finalists are invited to present at the Final Competition to compete for first, second, third, and fourth places. All remaining finalists who do not place in the top four receive honorable mentions. Competitors whose ideas are placed on the waitlist may be invited to present if a finalist is unable to attend the Final Competition.

JR Division

All ideas submitted to the AIC JR Division undergo an initial screening process and the top ideas are selected for the Final Competition. All initial screening is done anonymously; reviewers are given no information about competitor’s identity. Individuals involved in screening ideas sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement to help protect all intellectual property.

Ideas submitted to the AIC JR Division are screened as follows:

  1. Ideas are screened by AIC Judging Committee members
  2. Ideas that pass the initial screening are next reviewed by Dr. Lan’s MBA students in his Innovation Technology Management (MBA 673) class
  3. Ideas are then analyzed by representatives from the UAF College of Engineering and Mines, as needed
  4. Finally, all ideas that pass the initial screenings are sent back to the AIC Judging Committee, which makes the final decisions regarding the top finalist ideas

The top three competitors are chosen from the AIC JR entries to present their ideas at the Final Competition to compete for first, second, and third places. Up to three competitors whose ideas are selected to receive honorable mentions are also invited to present a brief showcase of their idea at the Final Competition. Competitors who receive honorable mentions may also be invited to compete if a top competitor is unable to attend the Final Competition.

Cub Division

All ideas submitted to the AIC Cub Division undergo an initial screening process and the top ideas are selected for the Final Competition. All initial screening is done anonymously; reviewers are given no information about competitor’s identity. Individuals involved in screening ideas sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement to help protect all intellectual property.

Ideas submitted to the AIC Cub Division are screened by a special AIC Cub Judging Committee, which makes the final decisions regarding the top finalist ideas.

The top three competitors are chosen from the AIC Cub entries to present their ideas at the Final Competition to compete for first, second, and third places. Up to three competitors whose ideas are selected to receive honorable mentions are also invited to present a brief showcase of their idea at the Final Competition. Competitors who receive honorable mentions may also be invited to compete if a top competitor is unable to attend the Final Competition.

AIC Submission Deadline is Friday, September 22, 2017

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