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Ethical Tech and Kenan Institute for Ethics Case Competition


The Ethical Tech & Kenan Institute for Ethics Case Competition, co-hosted by Ethical Tech and the Technically Right program at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, will give Duke undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to tackle a practical case challenge centered around technology and ethics in a multidisciplinary way. Problems will involve the issues of ethics, legality, privacy, business, and technical feasibility to give competitors a wide view of decision making.

Competitors will be assigned to or register as teams of 3-4 members. It is recommended that teams consist of members with varying backgrounds in engineering, business, policy, law, philosophy, computer science, economics, psychology, design, etc. Teams will be given the problem statement and case file two weeks before the awards are announced, during which time they are free to consult any sources, including professors, alumni, and working professionals.


1st Place Team: $1,250
2nd Place Team: $500
3rd Place Team: $250

Winning teams will have an opportunity to virtually meet with the competition judges who are experts from both the private and public sector. Winning submissions will be featured on the Kenan Institute and Ethical Tech websites.


Teams of 3-4 Duke undergraduate or graduate students will submit a creative solution to the case study provided in the competition packet. This year, students will be asked to consider the ethical, business, and policy implications of a company pursuing the development of facial recognition technology.


Registration Deadline: March 5, 2021 @5 PM EST
Teams Released: March 10, 2021 @8 AM EST
Prompt Released: March 12, 2021 @8 AM EST
Core Deliverable/Video Presentation Deadline: March 21, 2021 @5 PM EST
Awards Announced: March 27, 2021 (time TBD)
Contact: jhk33@duke.edu


Submission Guidelines 

***The Ethical Tech Exec Board will host office hours during the competition for participants to ask questions or address any concerns.

***Each submission will be judged on both the core deliverable and presentation.