All the easy problems have been solved, leaving us with what professor John Kao calls “wicked problems”, those highly complex problems whose potential solutions require creative, interdisciplinary thinking.
As a part of National Public Health Week the School of Public Health will sponsor the “Wicked Problem” Case Competition to bring together some of the best teams of thinkers from UAB and in our community.
The “Wicked Problem” Case Competition will be truly interdisciplinary – at least 4 members will be UAB students and at least one member will be a local high school senior and another from a local college or university.
Students canregister as individuals, in which case they will be assigned to a team, or UAB students can register as a team (this form) of up to 6 members. If there are fewer students that want to be on the same team that is fine, the full team complement will be filled in later.
Registration will openMonday, March 18 at 8:00 AM, so there is time to plan your schedule to join the competition or begin to form a team. Each team will be assigned a mentor.
Here are the time commitments for each team:
Monday, April 1, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Teams receive case description, meet mentors, assigned working space, and plan work sessions
Wednesday, April 3, 8:00 AM – 5 PM: Team workday for discussion and preparation
Thursday, April 4, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Case competition presentation and judging
A panel of three judges with public health expertise will select the winning team based on creativity, presentation, analysis of the problem, recommendations, content, and response to questions.
Prizes will be distributed equally among team members and paid directly to each participant.