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In general, Coach Lennox's comments are correct. In some years past, FLL has made a point to say that while they do not want "disallow" a particular type of solution, they have gone so far as to say that awareness campaigns will probably not score highly on innovation. This makes sense, if you think about it. FLL doesn't want to discourage a team from doing something that they really want to do. Awareness campaigns play an important role in management of the human water cycle. However, they would like to encourage teams to try and come up with an INNOVATIVE solution that solves a problem.

This year they have not included this language. I don't know if that is meant to be a relaxation of the rules, or an oversight. I encourage you to look over the rubrics and try to score your team's solution with a critical eye.

If your team really wants to do this app, then I would say absolutely do it. Share with them that this may not be the most innovative of solutions, but certainly don't discourage them from doing what they want.

I hope that helps

Skip Morrow
Coach, Norfolk Collegiate


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On Mon, Sep 25, 2017 at 11:15 AM, Todd J Lennox <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
There have been a number of teams designing apps over the last few years I can think of no issue with a solution that relies on an app.  The issue is what your app actually does. Is it an innovative use of an app. Is there no one else using an app to what you are proposing? 

The original question asked about an app for awareness.  In prior years there was a statement in the challenge documents indicating that making people aware was not a solution. This year’s challenge (as far as I see) does not include this restriction however....If your team is doing awareness as a solution to a problem.  These are the questions that come to mind that I see needing to be answered before you develop your app.  Does awareness alone solve the problem? Or does it rely on a change in habits to succeed? If habits need to change is the solution the awareness campaign or the change in habits? 

Todd Lennox
Coach 
Think Tank 


 

On Sep 25, 2017, at 10:02 AM, Jeffrey Schoolcraft <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Did they build the apps or have apps built by someone else?  As long as the focus is on what the app is and how useful/innovative it's application is towards the solution I'm happy.  I'm worried, and it could be totally unfounded, that the focus will be on the implementation of the app.

On Mon, Sep 25, 2017 at 9:57 AM, Sarah Grant <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Our teams have done apps in previous years, as the main solution. I will tell you that we've never won any project awards on them though!

On Mon, Sep 25, 2017 at 9:50 AM, Jeffrey Schoolcraft <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
My team would like to build an app as their innovative solution to this years project.  It's nothing like sticking an iPhone in dirty water and having the speakers somehow displace contaminants to the bottom.  It's more to help raise awareness and potentially provide support.

My question is: Can they have an app built at their direction and have it count as "their" solution?

The fallback, and maybe even main presentation for judges, would be a poster board sized phone to help simulate the app experience.  They'd still describe their problem and how the app fit into their solution, they just wouldn't have an app.

Thanks,

Jeff

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