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Brad V

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Chairmans Topics/Business Plan/other award ideas
« on: November 19, 2016, 09:27:52 AM »
Want to use this as a spot to jot down ideas for what we should include in the Chairmans award, business plan, or any other award we are considering going for. Feel free to include links to good Chairmans award/business plan submissions you find online.


Shreya C

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Re: Chairmans Topics/Business Plan/other award ideas
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2016, 10:24:44 PM »
Look here for links to this year's Chairman's material:
Executive Summaries: here
Video Script: here

As the links above state, the Chairman's Award has three components: a 10,000 character (including punctuation, spaces, etc.) essay, a set of short "executive summaries"/blurbs, and a 7-minute presentation in front of the judges at competitions. Here are our resources from last year so you can check out what we were working on and have some idea of the direction we're headed in this year (though we are doing things a little differently!):

2016
Essay: https://docs.google.com/a/westboroughk12.org/document/d/14me-ameLkCxuTnZuzRbvJzcqb8wXCyNA4-QWTme6n-k/edit?usp=sharing
Executive Summaries: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1iQTF0FZ-3XXTSle9Ue3tIwcwmzCh7VsJ69Mi81TFUB4/edit?usp=sharing
Presentation Script (the clicks correspond to changes in slides/the prezi that we created): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hwDKKNbjQCkl5_cvzsiyiOr0BaiMXU5WezBx-mqplQw/edit?usp=sharing

Familiarize yourself with the material in these documents. A lot of it will be copied/modified slightly since the Chairman's Award applies to anything in the last five years.

I've attached our brain-dump. Look over it and post any additions/changes, or clarifications.
« Last Edit: January 06, 2017, 04:31:37 PM by Shreya C »

Shreya C

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Re: Chairmans Topics/Business Plan/other award ideas
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2016, 10:31:53 PM »
This year, we're also trying for the Entrepreneurship Award which involves writing a comprehensive business plan detailing our team, as a business. There are various components to the Entrepreneurship Award that we started brainstorming ideas for. I've attached pictures of our brain dumps, and in the next post as well because of restrictions on the size and number of attachments. If you have questions/comments/concerns, post below! We'd love to hear your ideas.

Here are some more details about what the Entrepreneurship Award entails:
(taken from the FIRST website here)
Teams must complete the following fields in English in order to be considered for this award.

TEAM MISSION STATEMENT: Please briefly indicate what you believe to be the “driving engine” of your team. Your mission should be clear and concise. It should represent to any reader exactly what your business plan strives to accomplish. (1600 characters allowed, including spaces and punctuation)
TEAM ORIGIN: Please provide the date that your team formed, the location of your team, the current number of team members (highlighting any growth over past years) and describe the challenges the team had to overcome in order to participate in FIRST events. (1600 characters allowed, including spaces and punctuation)
ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE: Please detail how the team is structured to 1) Raise funds; 2) Ensure funds are properly spent; 3) Find and engage sponsors; 4) Recruit team members/ mentors for current & future seasons; 5) Ensure FIRST principles remain core to the team’s efforts. Uploading an image of your team organizational chart below, will also satisfy this requirement. (1600 characters allowed, including spaces and punctuation. Graphic image allowed in addition to or as an alternative to text - upload 5” x 4” 100 dpi resolution images that end in .JPG or .GIF)
RELATIONSHIPS: Please detail team efforts to specifically engage, inspire, educate and retain 1) Team members; 2) Mentors; 3) Sponsors/Community. (1600 characters allowed, including spaces and punctuation)
DEPLOYMENT OF RESOURCES: Please detail how the resources of your team (Financial or otherwise) have been deployed to 1) Engage the community to spread the message of FIRST; 2) Inspire others to get involved so that FIRST continues to grow; 3) Ensure all team members get the most out of their FIRST experience. (1600 characters allowed, including spaces and punctuation)
FUTURE PLANS: Please indicate specific plans the team has for the next 3 years in regards to sponsorship, team and community outreach (including helping FIRST grow) and detail how you expect to be able to accomplish these goals. (1600 characters allowed, including spaces and punctuation)
FINANCIAL STATEMENT: Please include information on team finances (include financial statement detailing income and expenditures). Uploading an image of your team financial plan below, will also satisfy this requirement. (1600 characters allowed, including spaces and punctuation. Graphic image allowed in addition to or as an alternative to text - upload 5” x 4” 100 dpi resolution images that end in .JPG or .GIF)
RISK ANALYSIS: Please describe the team’s risk mitigation plan. Present a SwOT (Strengths, weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis or narrative that describes the team plan to identify and respond to sustainability threats. (1600 characters allowed, including spaces and punctuation)
PICTURES: Please upload Organizational Charts and Budgets. Picture 1: Please upload 5” x 4” 100 dpi resolution images that end in .JPG or .GIF Picture 2: Please upload 5” x 4” 100 dpi resolution images that end in .JPG or .GIF Picture 3: Please upload 5” x 4” 100 dpi resolution images that end in .JPG or .GIF Picture 4: Please upload 5” x 4” 100 dpi resolution images that end in .JPG or .GIF

Shreya C

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Re: Chairmans Topics/Business Plan/other award ideas
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2016, 10:40:52 PM »
Timeline

We've set certain deadlines, though these are fairly flexible.
Dec 20: 3-4 Executive summaries done
Dec 21: Last meeting before break
Jan 6: Script for video due, essay outline due, 1/2 executive summaries due
Jan: Film video. Need this time to get interviews, shots during build season, etc.
Jan 26: Essay 1st draft due, 9 executive summaries completed
Feb 2: Executive summaries completed, 1st draft editted
Feb 9: Chairman's deadline (leaving one week slack to edit/revise), 1st draft video due, essay due, business plan draft due
Feb 16: Entrepreneurship Award deadline
Mar 9: WPI Distrct Event!

And I've attached more business plan pics :)

Shreya C

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Re: Chairmans Topics/Business Plan/other award ideas
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2016, 10:42:37 PM »
Meeting Dates

This post will be edited as we decide further dates for meetings :) Also I've attached the last business plan brain dump pic!

Next meeting:
Dec 21
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Vanshika C

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Re: Chairmans Topics/Business Plan/other award ideas
« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2016, 07:12:21 PM »
December 21st:

We discussed the video today and came up with a general theme, along with a basic structure for the video. You can see everything we came up with here. We also outlined our responses to the Executive Summaries (see Shreya's first post for links).

Our next meeting is January 6th.
« Last Edit: December 21, 2016, 08:18:19 PM by Vanshika C »

Vanshika C

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Re: Chairmans Topics/Business Plan/other award ideas
« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2017, 07:32:38 PM »
The first draft of the essay is completed, but it needs extensive editing. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1aFOgVQoSsx0WUH8dLUEbWe78cnxP4Jl2Yutm6cPqVgs/edit