Fluke Connect: Student Contest

Innovative tools deserve innovative minds

For the third year in a row, Fluke is recruiting student teams at two and four-year colleges, universities, trade/tech schools and apprenticeship programs to submit their best ideas on how our new Fluke Connect system can improve maintenance service, team collaboration and communication and operational efficiency.

Five teams will be selected to put their ideas to the test, using a set of Fluke Connect tools and software. All five teams win Fluke tools and prizes, but only First Place gets an all-expenses-paid trip to Fluke headquarters and $3,500 worth of Fluke tools!

What is Fluke Connect?

Fluke Connect is the newest and most innovative software system, app, and wireless test tools Fluke has created to date. When connected to the app and software, Fluke Connect allows maintenance technicians, electricians, and reliability engineers to capture, store, and share data across their entire team without leaving the field. It provides instant access to data and measurements from smart phones and computers to review images, check reports, spot trends, and more, helping teams to get their jobs done better and faster. Watch this video to see the difference Fluke Connect can make

Think you have a winning idea? Enter now!

  1. First, gather your team and adviser 21 years who is a member of the Fluke Education Partnership Program. Teams consists of up to five students and one adviser. Adviser must be affiliated with school or institution enrolled in the education program. Adviser not a member? Register here.
  2. Download the application and business case submission form and explain your team’s idea for a project that fully utilizes the Fluke Connect Tools, software, and app. View list of tools to select from Limit ten tools per team. Take a look at last year’s winning team.
  3. Submit your completed application forms by November 18, 2016 at 11:59PM to [email protected]. Limit ten tool models per team. Take a look at last year’s winning team. Entries will be scored by a panel of six judges. Only the top five teams will be chosen and sent the requested Fluke Connect Tools and provided with Fluke Connect Assets software license to demonstrate their case.

Criteria for Evaluation (equal weight for each)

  • Technical skills demonstrated
  • Innovation and creativity
  • Business value
    • Improve maintenance service to the facility
    • Improve team collaboration and communication
    • Improve operational efficiency, productivity (number of steps taken, time to complete job, number of people required, etc.)
    • Improve reliability / machine health (involving data management)
    • Improve client communication (reporting)
    • Increase monetary savings (cheaper cost to fix, other ROI)
  • Presentation skills

***All projects and applications must follow correct safety procedures. An automatic deduction of five points will be taken for an infraction of this rule. ***

Finalist Team Selection

If your team is chosen as a finalist, you will be given the set of tools requested, individual Assets software accounts, and a report-out template with final project submission criteria/guidelines. Your team will be asked to provide an introduction with your project description and team photo. Teams will have eight weeks to implement their ideas. Final projects will be decided 75% by judging panel and 25% crowd vote.

Prizes for the most innovative

First place

  • All members of the team and their adviser (or other adult chaperone 21 years and older) receive an all–expenses paid trip to visit Fluke Park for three days and two nights, to meet the Fluke Connect engineering and marketing teams, tour the Fluke museum and manufacturing floor, and tour neighboring Boeing Manufacturing and Flight museum.
  • $1,000 worth of Fluke tools for the school department championing the team
  • Donation of Fluke Connect modules used for contest (including the thermal imager), at an approximate value of $3,500.

Second place

  • $500 worth of Fluke tools for the school department championing the team
  • Donation of Fluke Connect tools used for contest (including the thermal imager), at an approximate value of $3,000

Third place

  • $500 worth of Fluke tools for the school department championing the team
  • Donation of Fluke Connect tool used for the contest, excluding the thermal imager, which must be returned. Approximate award value: $1,500

Fourth and Fifth place

  • Donation of Fluke Connect tool used for the contest, excluding the thermal imager, which must be returned. Approximate award value: $1,000

***All awards/prizes are contingent upon the teams completing all levels of the contest, e.g., submitting their team introductions, conducting their project, and submitting their report-out. Tools are on loan to the school until officially notified otherwise.***

Important Dates

  • Applications and business cases due: November 18, 2016 11:59pm PST
  • Finalist teams contacted: December 9, 2016
  • Top five teams announced and tools shipped: January 2-13, 20
  • Finalist teams submit intros: January 31, 2017
  • Finalist submit final report and presentation: March 31, 2017
  • Online/judge voting period: April 3-7, 2017
  • Winner announced: April 13, 2017

Questions?

Email [email protected] or call 425.446.4600

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Contest open to any legal resident of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who is 18 years of age and older and are enrolled in a vocational, technical, 2-year and 4-year college, university and/or apprenticeship program. To enter, form a team of one to five students from your school and an adviser who is at least 21 years of age and older, is affiliated with your school and is a member of the Fluke Education Partnership Program. Then visit www.fluke.com/fcstudentcontest and follow the directions to submit an application, including an idea for a project that demonstrates how you would use Fluke Connect tools on the job. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM Pacific Time November 18, 2016. Five finalist teams will be selected by a judging panel on December 8, 2017 provided with Fluke Connect software and tools and asked to submit completed projects by 11:59 pm Pacific Time on March 31, 2017. The judging panel will determine the winning teams based on the public voting and other criteria, namely, innovation and creativity; technical skills demonstrated; business value; and presentation skills. Grand prize winning team will win: $1,000 worth of Fluke tools and donation of tools used for the Contest to a department at the team’s school, and a trip for all team members and the adviser to visit Seattle for 3 days and 2 nights (ARV: $15,000). Second place prize winning team will win: $500 worth of Fluke tools and donation of tools used for the Contest (including thermal imager) to a department at the team’s school (ARV: $3,000). Third place prize winning team will win: $500 worth of Fluke tools and donation of tools used for the Contest (not including thermal imager) to a department at the team’s school (ARV: $1,500). Fourth and fifth place prize winning teams each will win: donation of tools used for the Contest (not including thermal imager) to a department at the team’s school (ARV of each prize: $1,000). Odds of winning depend on number and quality of eligible entries received. Contest subject to Official Rules Void where prohibited by law. Sponsor: Fluke Corporation, 6920 Seaway Blvd, Everett, WA 98203.