Art or App Design Challenge Offered for 2020

After a successful challenge last fall, the UAB Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) is hosting an Art or App Design Challenge, sponsored by a grant from the UAB Quality Enhancement Project (QEP) of the Center for Teaching and Learning.

EthicsDesignChallenge 280x200 1 2Alan Sprague, Ph.D., and Raquel Diaz-Sprague, PharmD., visiting faculty in ECE, are leading the contest. The goal is to ignite students’ imaginations, inspiring them to showcase through drawings, digital artworks or through an app concept that ethics in action--cooperation, honesty and integrity, building a respectful and diverse community and caring for our planet--can happen in big or small ways.

This contest gives students a chance to picture, conceptualize, design and/or develop an app to provide tips to de-escalate conflict, maintain civility and courtesy, engage in service and sustain collaborative environments at school or work or in relationships, families, and communities.

Entries can focus on topics such as how to hold a civil discussion with people who hold opposite views or how to de-escalate conflict among roommates, classmates, coworkers, siblings, or friends. Other topics may include random acts of kindness, effective compliments or examples of what "love your neighbor" means. Entries may also explore personal, group or institutional responsibility for combatting bullying, hate speech, domestic violence, pollution, homelessness, racism, sexism, gun violence, addictions, and/or other social ills.

UAB students and students at invited institutions are eligible to submit entries for judging. Winners will share $1,500 in prizes. For more information and advice on possible entries, contact Dr. Sprague at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Dr. Diaz-Sprague at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To enter, download the submission form and send the completed form to one of the email addresses listed above.

Entries will be accepted through May 15, 2020.  

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