Published: Dec. 3, 2018 By

CU Boulder’s Interdisciplinary Ethics Tech Competition on Feb. 9 gives students a chance to wrestle with a real-world ethics problem in collaboration with a diverse team of students studying law, business, engineering, communication, journalism, ITP, information science or computer science.

This year’s case features a tech company grappling with ethical obligations related to its products and services that serve national security interests.

Students sign up individually and are placed on teams of three to five, with team composition designed to maximize cross-collaboration and networking opportunities. The competition is geared toward graduate students, but motivated undergraduates may be admitted.

Teams receive the case in late January and begin preparing their responses. On the day of the competition, each team presents its recommendations to panels of professional industry judges. After the final presentations, a networking and awards luncheon is held for competition participants and judges, where the winning teams are announced.

The event is sponsored by the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at Colorado Law and Silicon Flatirons, and the first-place team will receive a $10,000 scholarship award.

The competition provides students the unique opportunity to work as part of an interdisciplinary team on a problem involving ethical, legal, business, technology, and privacy issues similar to what they are likely to encounter after graduation. This hands-on learning experience prepares students to collaborate effectively across disciplines in their careers and positions students to be ethical members of business management teams. The competition is a great opportunity for students to network both with graduate students in other disciplines and with the professionals who come to judge the competition.

The competition will be held 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Wolf Law Building.

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Michele Logan is the staff contact for the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at Colorado Law.