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OBG to host SPARK Innovation Competition in Central New York

Think-tank style competition promotes innovation through STEM-related problem statements

SYRACUSE, NY: On April 6-7, 2017, OBG—an integrated engineering solutions company—will host its Central New York SPARK Innovation Competition in Syracuse, NY in collaboration with Clarkson University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Syracuse University, and the University of Rochester. SPARK is a 24-hour, think-tank style competition created by OBG to promote innovative science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)-related problem statements. Hosted at select universities across the country, SPARK gives students the opportunity to solve real-world challenges addressing advanced manufacturing, energy, water, and environmental issues alongside industry representatives.

In OBG’s ninth SPARK competition, more than 60 students will come together from the universities to solve real-world cases from Corning, Kodak, National Grid, SRC Inc., and University of Rochester Facilities & Services. Guided by subject matter experts from OBG and its industry partners, the student teams will ideate, develop concepts, and pitch their solutions to a panel of academic and private sector judges, including OBG CEO Jim Fox, Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science Dean Teresa Abi-Nader Dahlberg, and Syracuse Tech Garden Director of GENIUS NY Jonathan Parry and Vice President Rick Clonan.

The competition gives students the opportunity to develop solutions that may be implemented, network with industry professionals, and improve consulting and presentation skills, while allowing OBG and its industry partners to gain fresh perspective on current issues and meet top local talent.

OBG, together with its higher education and industry partners, also identifies and supports local community organizations as part of each SPARK competition. This year, contributions will be made to local school districts in the communities surrounding each participating university.

In addition to SPARK, OBG is involved in many wide-ranging innovation initiatives both within the company and community, including hosting a company-wide innovation competition for employees to inspire collaboration and ideation and sponsoring innovation programs with The Syracuse Tech Garden, including the GENIUS NY business accelerator competition for startups. For more information, visit: www.obg.com/innovation.

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