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Below you will find all the tools you need to successfully compete in the Spirit of Innovation Challenge.

Abstract Deadline: October 24, 2013

Claude Charron, Teacher of the Year, speaks about the beginning stages of the challenge.

Frequently Asked Questions: Your questions may have already been answered! If not, email [email protected]

How to Enter and Submit: This guide will show you how to register, use the online community and submit your team's abstract.

Spirit of Innovation Challenge Handbook: Download the guide to this years Competition. All Entries must be submitted in English. International Handbooks are also available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Alumni Share Best Practices: Conrad Alumni share top ten tips and techniques to help you succeed in the Spirit of Innovation Challenge. 

How to Conduct an Innovative Brainstorm: Download the Brainstorm Reference Guide and watch the pre-recorded Webinar, to help your team conduct an innovative brainstorming session. Get your team to answer the question "how might we" solve a real world problem. Using a human-centered, design-based approach, this helps your team innovate and grow. Here is your chance to learn from the best! 

What you need:
- Post-its

- Sharpies
- Wall space
- Snacks 

Quantity vs. Quality: There are many ways to conduct a brainstorming session. By using Post-It notes and Sharpie markers you are encouraged to limit your thoughts to succinct ideas that can be demonstrated by a title or drawing. Each member of you team should write or draw as many ideas/solutions/improvements as possible. This idea-forming phase is an important step in the innovative design process and the quantity will transform into quality over time.

Narrow the Ideas: Quality: Display the small notes for the entire team to view. Begin by removing ideas you do not want to pursue then narrow down the team’s choices to the top 3-4 ideas by taking votes or by lifting the obvious choices from the pile. After talking through each choice the team should try to decide which idea(s) to pursue. Teams should keep their notes in case they encounter a problem and want to develop a new idea. Failure is an important part of the creative thinking process.