IT staff members to participate technology innovation day

Eleven teams of university employees will compete in the 2018 Quack-IT Challenge, the university’s first innovation day for information technology staff.

The 24-hour challenge begins on Wednesday, Dec. 12. Teams will present their work Thursday, Dec. 13 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Knight Library Browsing Room.

Modeled after innovation day events at other universities, the Quack-IT Challenge aims to inspire creativity and cross-unit collaboration among IT staff at the UO through a fun, work-related activity. Projects will be judged on deployability, technical expertise, helpfulness and uniqueness.

The Dec. 13 event is open to everyone in the university community. A panel of judges will select the winning teams for each category and the audience will vote for the People’s Choice Award. Provost Jayanth Banavar will present awards to the winning teams.

Full-time, part-time and student employees working in IT roles are eligible to compete. For a list of proposed 2018 Quack-IT Challenge projects and more information about the event, see