Gearing up for Draper 2019!

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The seventh annual competition will be held on Friday, April 5th, 2019 at the Indoor Track and Tennis (ITT) facility at the south end of Smith’s campus. This year’s competition provides more than $100,000 in cash and prizes, including a $25,000 cash prize, a scholarship to Draper University and in-kind prizes.

VR station at the 2018 Draper Competition.

VR station at the 2018 Draper Competition.

Draper participants aren’t the only ones with a chance to win prizes! There will be an interactive VR (virtual reality) station where guests and attendees will have the chance to compete against each other in a VR simulation challenge. In addition, there is an AR challenge where one lucky attendee will receive the highly sought after OculusGo (valued over $200!), and a second place winner will receive an $150 Amazon gift card.

There will also be a diverse spread of dining options. The winner of this year’s Food Innovators Challenge will have the opportunity to showcase their yummy dishes inside, along with delectables from Hot Oven Cookies and Herrell’s Ice Cream. Outside the ITT, attendees can enjoy the Mobile Taste of the Valley featuring food trucks offering delicious meals including but not limited to korean street food, hot dogs, burgers, fries, and hummus/falafel.

Judges Tim and Melissa Draper chatting with a participant during the 2018 Draper Competition.

Judges Tim and Melissa Draper chatting with a participant during the 2018 Draper Competition.

This year’s sponsors include Nike/Valiant Lab, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, Interactive Simulations, and Brattleboro Development Credit Corp. The Draper Competition festivities conclude with the 2nd Annual Battle of the Bands competition held in Davis Ballroom. Five local bands will compete for professional recording studio time and your vote for Best Band in the Valley.

The Draper Competition and all related activities (except the Food Innovators Challenge), are free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible. Click here for more information or visit us on the web at www.smith.edu/draper. We look forward to seeing you on April 5!



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