Building on their recently announced "partnership to advance ideas," UCLA Anderson and TED will hold the first annual TED Case Challenge as a way to advance the ideas that came out of this year's TED and TEDActive conferences. Competing teams will be responsible for coming up with solutions for how the TED-generated ideas can translate into powerful impact across the world.
The TED Case Challenge tasks graduate students to take the key ideas from the TED conference and the TED Active Projects, and turn them into in-depth research and analysis that can be given to corporate sponsors and potentially other key stakeholders.
For this pilot collaboration, UCLA will host the competition and open it to UCLA Anderson students only. Teams are limited to a maximum of four members, all of whom must be enrolled at UCLA Anderson School of Management at the time of application. The hope is that this pilot will evolve into a new program across top schools for translating ideas into execution plans across the breadth of important issues that TED confronts.
In this first competition, teams will be judged on how well they take the TED output - particularly that from TEDActive Giving Project, sponsored by TOMS - and translate it into a proposal that is actionable and impactful. The prompt question above is meant to be a starting place only. Teams should consider the question open ended, and feel free to think in broad terms about the idea of sustainable giving in businesses and communities.