YTC began hosting groups of teachers and students from Durango Mexico in 2004 for one week in Spring. In 2010, to celebrate the end of the week of technology and cultural exchange, YTC started its first Titanium Tech Competition where youth from all its program in Chicago and Durango competed for prizes. Now in its fourth year, the YTC Titanium Tech Competition can, with planning and resources be expanded into a major event.
The YTC Competition has a potential to raise money. The concept of large, well publicized competitions for prizes in sports and other endeavors is well established. From amateur to top professionals, competitions raise money and awareness; plus showcase both the best competitors and the latest innovations.
YTC’s version of a competition has the potential to accomplish all these objectives and would be expanded with a number of features:
- The competition – there are two parts; an competition testing hardware and troubleshooting ability; and “Computer Quiz Bowl” testing knowledge of terms and concepts.
- Eligibility Requirements – in order to enter a YTC competition for cash and other prizes, a group would need to donate computers in their community.
- Format – Teams would compete in single elimination competitions leading up to a championship among three or four finalists.
- Time-frame – From the press-conference announcing the competition to the championship would be approximately two years. The first eighteen months would allow potential teams to register, prepare and donate computers. The last six months would be devoted to the elimination rounds leading up to the championship.
The potential benefits for YTC Clubs and sponsors.
- Visibility – A competition for large prizes among teens where eligibility includes technology and helping others has potential for attracting media attention. A time-line of two years leading up to a championship has the potential to maintain media attention, increasing interest reaching a high point as the championship date arrives.
- Naming Rights – Interested organizations and individuals can put up the money for a prize and have their name in the title of the competition. For example the $50,000 John Doe YTC Titanium Tech Chicago Prize. Each time a new club forms, donates its first computer or participates in the preliminary competition rounds would provide constant opportunities for press announcements.
- Sponsorships – Additional sponsorships at the competition itself including booths and printed material. Groups would also be able to sponsor individual clubs entering the competition. Sponsorships would be available for both cash and in-kind donations.
- Cost Effectiveness – The YTC Competitions create a low-cost means of generating interest in important skills. The publicity of the competition and the size of the prize will attract interest and participation from unanticipated groups who have the interest and ability to start a community-based club helping their youth and community. Giving money to support clubs for competition winners helps those that have already shown the ability to get started increasing their probability of surviving.
- Media – Successful teams of teens competing over a series of events increase the potential for story telling of individual efforts leading to the championship. YTC has developed a hybrid production model where high school film students under the combined direction of film teachers and professional film makers produce finished material of high quality and lower cost at the same time training under-served youth in professional media environments. There are a number of ways the story of the competition and some of the participating youth of YTC can be developed as possible TV presentations.