Moonshots live in the gray area between audacious projects and pure science fiction; instead of mere 10% gains, they aim for 10x improvements. The combination of a huge problem, a radical solution, and the breakthrough technology that might just make that solution possible is the essence of a Moonshot.

This spring, CAPS is issuing students a challenge to hack the CAPS program.  The purpose of the CAPS Moonshot Challenge is to identify ideas that significantly enhance the CAPS model, CAPS experience, and/or CAPS facility.

Rules and Recommendations

  • The CAPS Moonshot Challenge is open to any current CAPS students in any course or strand.
  • Cross-course or cross-strand teams are encouraged.
  • Competition will consist of two parts
    • Online application via the Blue Valley CAPS website
      • Initial review by CAPS team
      • Proposals deemed in the realm of possibility advanced to finals
    • Final pitch round
      • Pitches made to a panel consisting of admin team, instructors, CAPS alums, CAPS business partners
      • 5 minute pitch, 8 minutes for questions
  • Funding available for student innovations
    • Funding provided will be contingent on the quality of implementable ideas.
      • Ideas are encouraged up to an expense of $20,000.
    • At minimum, funding will be allocated to implement the winning pitch strategy.
    • Funding is for the implementation of ideas and is not provided as prize money to individuals or teams.
  • Timing
    • CAPS Moonshot opportunity announced in January 2017.
    • Online applications must be submitted by Friday, February 24, 2017.
    • Finalist will be selected and announced by Friday, March 10, 2017.
    • Pitch event will be held after Spring Break, March 2017.
    • Winning solutions will be announced prior to or at the 2017 CAPS Innovation Celebration on April 27, 2017.

    Moonshot Application

    Spring 2017 Moonshot competition
    • Please indicate strands of all team members. Use CRTL to select multiple strands.
    • Attach detailed budget.
    • Drop files here or
      Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx.