The Campus Coding Collaborative (C3) cultivates opportunities for students by providing tools and guidance to create new technologies to enhance the University. Think of it as university R&D, allowing students, faculty, and administrators to collaboratively develop and test new solutions to university problems. C3 also gives students a unique opportunity to foster a deeper sense of connection to their alma mater, while building their skills.
The initiative encourages global innovation and collaboration among students, faculty, and administrators in the experimentation, development, and testing of applications and ideas to improve NYU. C3 is a hub that brings together the talents and existing services of NYU to foster student ingenuity and drive to improve NYU and the student technology experience.
To give student the best possible chance to move ideas out of the classroom and laboratory and bring it to the NYU Community, all to create a better NYU.
C3 Program Goals
- Support the development of technology that has positive benefits to the NYU community.
- Assist C3 teams with product development that will help turn ideas into reality and get them out of the classroom and the lab and to the NYU community.
- Provide opportunities for student inventors and innovators to foster a deeper sense of connection to their alma mater, while building their skills.
The Application Process
Students with a compelling idea that benefits or helps improve the NYU community will complete an application outlining a project. This application will include details like team members, intended audience, how it creates a better NYU, resources required, and data requirements (if any). Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and reviewed by the C3 Advisory Board. After review, applications will either be accepted, returned for additional information or revisions, or declined.
Program at a Glance
C3 Innovation Grant teams will have the opportunity to secure up to $3,000 in grant funding, while participating in three required learning/development stages, and receive coaching from the C3 Advisory Board.
- Stage 1: $500 + Canvas Strategyzer Workshop
- Stage 2: $500 + NYU Tools, Data and Security Workshop + Weekly Coaching
- Stage 3: $2000 + Launch Strategy
The C3 Innovation Grant consist of three stages after the application has been accepted by the C3 Advisory Board. Acceptance into Stage 1 does not guarantee into subsequent stages.
Stage 1: $500 Grant Funding + Kickoff Meeting + Workshop
Teams accepted into the C3 program will be awarded a $500 grant at the Kickoff Meeting and will be required to participate in a Canvas Strategyzer Workshop. The $500 award is to assist the team with minor expenses associated with furthering its innovation.
At the Kickoff Meeting, the teams will meet with the C3 Program Administrator to establish a project plan.
The Stage 1 workshop focuses on validation and discovery. This exercise will help teams understand how to articulate the value of their innovation and to validate that the target audience they have identified is indeed the right market for their innovation. It will also help the teams to form a feedback loop with their target audience which will help them during product development. Teams come out of the workshop with the ability to better describe the audience they have identified and articulate the value of their innovation in that market.
Note: Full participation is required in order to receive Stage 1 grant funds.
Stage 2: $500 grant funding + Workshop + Coaching
In the Stage 2 workshop, teams learn about NYU’s data and security policy, and the technology requirements. C3 teams will receive tactical coaching from the C3 Advisory Board to guide them towards completion of key milestones. The C3 teams will be required to participate in the weekly coaching sessions. Full participation in the Stage 2 workshop and in the weekly coaching sessions is a required component of Stage 2 grant funding.
Stage 3: $2000 grant funding + Launch Strategy
In Stage 3, teams with successful completion of their project will present at the C3 Advisory Board Meeting. After this meeting and successful demo, the remaining $2000 of the grant will be issued. The C3 Advisory Board will then begin a concerted marketing effort with the team around the project to help drive adoption and/or awareness of the project, including, but not limited to, social media efforts, traditional advertising, policy revisions, and, if appropriate, a recommendation for inclusion in the official NYU Mobile App. The project’s files will all be posted on NYU’s repository, Campus Coding Collaborative on Github; We may also hold Demo events once or twice a year to have teams show off their work to an audience of peers, student leaders, faculty, staff, and alumni.