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SHAPE THE FUTURE OF SOFTWARE ARCHITECTURE

The effort begins with university-based teams who will participate in the Student Practical Architecting Challenge (SPARC). The challenge is divided in three progressive phases spanning the course of 9 months. First and second place teams will compete for financial awards up to $38,500 and will have access to networking and educational opportunities with Government and Industry experts. Using dedicated campus and/or small business resources, members will collaborate internally to produce a software product. Will you be able to engineer a solution for the unknown, the unprecedented, the unpredictable? You will have to stretch your software skills, creativity, anticipation, strategic thinking, and boldness to win this competition!

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OUR RULES

  1. Full or Part Time undergraduate or graduate students

  2. Students must be 18 years or older

  3. May have a faculty advisor

REGISTRATION

 Teams must be registered to view Phase 1 of the challenge. Phase 1 will be uploaded to the SPARC login portal on January 20th. Please make sure to sign up for the portal after registering. 

CONTACT

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Timeline

Phase 1
1/20/23 - 3/9/23

DECEMBER

  • Registration

    • Students around the country will create their teams and submit their registration.

  • Official Registration

    • Student teams will submit necessary team and contact information.

Phase 1: 1/20/2023 – 3/9/2023

JANUARY

  • Teams complete challenge 1. Open Q&A on the website.

FEBRUARY

  • Submission Day

    • Teams will be required to submit their Phase 1 projects on the last day of Phase 1, 3/9/2023.

  • Review of Projects

    • FirePoint will have until the beginning of Phase 2 to review student submissions and advance teams to Phase 2.

  • Awards

    • Winners of Phase 1 will be determined and awards will be announced.

Phase 2
3/24/23 - 5/11/23

MARCH

  • Information Provided to Teams

    • Phase 2 information will be distributed to the teams.

MAY

  • Submission Day

    • Teams will submit their Phase 2 work for judgement on the last day of Phase 2, 5/11/23.

  • Review of Projects

    • FirePoint will utilize a judgement period to review student projects and advance teams to Phase 3.

  • Awards

    • Winners of Phase 2 will be determined and awards will be announced.

Phase 3
5/23/23 - 7/10/23

MAY  

  • Information Provided to Teams

    • Phase 3 information will be distributed to the teams.

JULY

  • Submission Day

    • Teams will submit their Phase 3 work for judgement on the last day of Phase 3, 7/10/23.

  • Review of Projects

    • FirePoint will use a judgement period to review submissions and determine winners of the phase 3 competition

  • Awards

    • After winners of Phase 3 are determined, awards will be announced. 

  • Networking Day​

    • All award winners from each Phase will be given the opportunity to present their projects to top military and industry experts. More details to come. ​

    • Awards will be distributed on Networking Day.

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