Assiniboine students to be judged on ideas in Showcase of Applied Research and Innovation

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BRANDON, Man. (March 28, 2018) – A low-cost community café, a locally-sourced brewery and a smartphone app to keep track of your kids are some of the ideas students at Assiniboine Community College will be judged on next Friday, April 6.

The Showcase of Applied Research and Innovation runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in various locations on the Victoria Avenue East campus in Brandon. All sessions are open to the public. For details, please visit

“The Showcase of Applied Research and Innovation allows our students to proudly demonstrate the skills they have gained during their education at ACC.  The opportunity to present projects to industry, alumni, and community members at the Showcase provides the students with invaluable feedback and networking opportunities, which only adds to their learning experience,” said Bobbie Robertson, Director of Business Programs.

There are five opportunities for the public to see and hear the major projects created by students in the Business Administration, Communications Engineering Technology, Interactive Media Arts and Land & Water Management programs.

9:30 a.m. to noon:       Trade Show –Visit the trade show displays in the gym, cafeteria and hallways of the Victoria Avenue East campus. Each guest will receive $25,000 in “CACCEY cash” to invest in their favourite businesses. The team with the biggest bank balance at the end of the event wins. (CACCEY is the Assiniboine mascot.)

10 a.m. to noon:          Cando Rail Services Idea Pitch Competition – Lecture Theatre (Room 180). With both a college and high school division, individual students will have 60 seconds to pitch their idea to a panel of judges, followed by 90 seconds of rapid-fire questions. A total of $1,500 will be awarded to the top five pitches.

1 to 3 p.m.:                  Formal Presentations – Classrooms. Business and Agribusiness student groups will make 15-minute formal presentations of their work to a panel of industry judges.

1 to 3 p.m.:                  Prairie Hearts documentary launch – Room 409. Interactive Media Arts students will premiere their Prairie Hearts documentaries. This five-part lifestyle series will soon be available on the Bell MTS TV Stories from Home video-on-demand service.

3 to 4 p.m.                   Alumni mixer and awards presentation – Cafeteria. Student winners of the day’s competitions will be announced during the mixer at the end of the day.

Student exhibitors from Vincent Massey High School and Birtle Collegiate will also be in on the action.