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SMU Lyle School of
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We want

problems that

have yet to see

solutions from

the Internet

revolution of

the past two

decades.

The best ideas for businesses come from identifying problems with the status quo. Despite the tremendous amount of technological progress that we have lauded ourselves for in the 21st century, many things are the same as they were in the 20th. It is our goal to identify a list of the top 20 elements of the human experience that are the ripest for disruptive change – and we would like your help!

The 20 over 20 is a crowd-sourced attempt to identify these innovative laggards. Once we have compiled our list, we will publish it on this site and then hold a hack-a-thon with major cash and in-kind prizes for those who are brave enough to try to address one of the 20.

As Featured In:

  • Dallas Morning News
  • Dallas Business Journal
  • Nibletz

SELECTED PROBLEMS

  • Why do we still have to fill out paperwork when we go to the hospital or clinic? Why can't there be a shared profile or even a device that stores all of my important data. I just scan a barcode and all my info is sent to whoever needs it.

  • New parent problem: When you breastfeed your child you have NO CLUE how much breast milk you're giving your child...which is why most kids lose weight the first few weeks. They aren't receiving enough nutrition. This is...MORE »

  • There should be an easy way for me to find where I parked my car in a large parking lot or garage.

    • ANONYMOUS

    When people die, their digital footprint is everywhere and not curated.

    • ANONYMOUS

    Stoplights still are insensitive to the traffic of coming cars, so even when one street is not very busy, the light can go on forever. Stoplights should be more sensitive to the traffic flowing through an intersection. As an addition to this...MORE »

  • Captchas are a often difficult to use for those with learning disabilities or poor eyesight. Is there a better solution to verify that users are human and to secure forms?

  • My pets medical records are all over the place. I would like to have an app that connects with my vet and keeps me up to date on vaccines and medications (i.e. monthly heartworm, fleas etc.)

  • Life monitoring services for elderly people all require a hard phone line but people reaching elderly ages are increasingly using mobile phones and have no need for a hard line.

  • We need a solution to help implement S.T.E.A.M education into our youth. I do believe that we need a new approach to our educational standard models. The world of digital and business is rapidly changing and it's our responsibility to adapt our...MORE »

  • Resumes are stuck in the 20th century. Still static in a fast-changing world. Even databases haven't helped; there's STILL a great deal of manual labor involved in managing them. I propose flexible resumes, built on-the-fly from an...MORE »

  • Duplication of social services. There are hundreds of non-profits and government agencies in every city that are frequently serving the same with the same services over and over. Instead of adding to what each other is doing, they are...MORE »

  • People starve and go hungry all over the world everyday, yet we have the food surplus to feed them and the logistics infrastructure to facilitate it.

  • There is no fast way to reliably analyze and prioritize the data obtained by a "smart pig" run down a hazardous fluid pipe line, presently it can take as long as nine months to review the data. Also the methods used don't always detect...MORE »

  • How can we help women manage their fertility through sensors? (example use Jawbone API to track temperature)

    • ANONYMOUS

    I found a lost cat with a collar and registration number and vet contact. But no address or phone for the owner. After hours and weekends when the vet is closed, there is no way to verify the registration number. Should be an online registry to...MORE »

    • ANONYMOUS

    Why can't toilets tell us how healthy we are?

  • One of my biggest challenges, (and, as it seems, that of a lot of "those other people" that are not 21 any more) seems to be that I am constantly searching for items, since I forget where I placed them: keys, glasses, remote controls, etc. It would be great if there...MORE »

  • How can two people sharing the same bed keep separate alarms without disturbing the other person's sleep?

    • ANONYMOUS

    As used in many college campuses, whiteboards along with blackboards are quite outdated. There needs to be a way to upgrade these boards to offer more functionality.

DETAILS

We will be announcing the 20over20 on the evening of Wednesday September 18th. Pre-selected teams will then have 18 hours to decide which problem they intend to tackle. The hackathon will begin in earnest at 12pm on September 19th and last until 4pm on September 22nd. Teams will be expected to give a 20 minute presentation followed by 10 minutes of Q&A on their projects in front of the judges. The winner will be announced after judges have had time to deliberate.

  • September, 18th, 2013

    We will be announcing the 20 over 20 on the evening of Wednesday September 18th. Pre-selected teams will then have 18 hours to decide which problem they intend to tackle. The hackathon will begin in earnest at 12pm on September 19th and last until 2pm on September 22nd. Teams will be expected to give a 20 minute presentation followed by 10 minutes of Q+A on their projects in front of the judges. The winner will be announced after judges have had time to deliberate.

  • The Prize

    • • At present, the prize for this event is $10,000 – winner take all.
    • • If the winner chooses to receive the prize, they will be incorporated free of charge by the20over20’s in-kind sponsor Strasburger and Price. All 20over20 prize money will be received as a common stock equity investment from DVP where the $10k buys 2% of the new company’s fully diluted equity.

  • Judges & Judging Criteria

    • • Judges will be announced 1-2 months prior to the event.
    • • Teams will be judged based on an equal weighting of the following four criteria:
      • 1. How well does the idea solve the problem that was identified?
      • 2. What level of disruption or innovation does the idea bring to the problem’s market?
      • 3. Current operational functionality
      • 4. Technical feasibility of product roadmap

Advisors &


Teams

There will be a total of 8 teams – 5 selected from Academic institutions and three teams from anywhere – the “Open Teams”. Teams must have a minimum of 3 members and no more than 5 members. Open Teams will each have a pre-selected Advisor who will choose his or her team members. Advisors will be chosen by DVP and Dialexa and announced two months prior to the event. Once the Advisors are announced, applications for the Open Teams will begin. Those interested in joining an Open Team will need to submit an application no later than 6 weeks prior to the event’s start date. The final teams will be announced two weeks in advance.

OPEN TEAM ADVISORS

ACADEMIC TEAMS & ADVISORS