AUC Rcc2022

Futurize Your Course Competition

Imagine teaching your course in 20 years' time. What will have changed during that time? What will you be teaching? How will you be teaching it? How will society be different? How might higher education be different? How will our learners have changed? How will the world of work be different? What kind of technology might have arrived, and what technology will have disappeared? What kind of global challenges will young people be grappling with? How will that change the purpose, meaning, and practice of teaching and learning in your discipline?

This new world is coming quickly, and if you are interested in reimagining what your course might look like in 20 years, then we invite you to join with others at The American University in Cairo (AUC) and participate in the Research and Creativity Convention (RCC) 2022: Futurize Your Course Pitch Competition.  

Futurize Your Course Competition Prize and Award

The winning teams will receive a prize of EGP 30,000; EGP 20,000 EGP and EGP 10,000 for first, second and third place. Submissions will be pitched to a panel of internal and external judges. Winning teams might also be eligible to receive support in prototyping and testing features of their reimagined and redesigned courses.

Courses will be evaluated on the following four criteria:

  • Potential value or importance the redesigned course could have for students or society
  • The creativity and innovation found in the redesigned course
  • The realism or feasibility of the redesigned course
  • The research and preparation put into designing the course


  • A team can be up to four people and must be composed of at least one faculty member and one student. Optional members can be faculty, students, or teaching assistants. 
  • All members must be affiliated with AUC and be led by at least one participating full-time AUC faculty member. 
  • Teams can be interdisciplinary.

Participants will receive a certificate of attendance if they participate in at least two of the Kick-off and workshop sessions regardless of receiving a prize for the final submission.

Team Requirements

To create a community of innovators and developers, the committee will work with all applicants through several workshops and ideation sessions. These online/hybrid sessions will explore techniques and strategies to facilitate the design process.

To apply, submit the required preliminary information and statement of interest through this form by February 10, 2022.

If you have questions, contact the committee chair, Juleen Keevy at

To enhance innovative ideas, applicants will have the opportunity to participate in the following:

  • Kick-off event: Introduction to human-centered design (February 15)
  • Two workshops: Imagining the Future Together (asynchronous) and Preparing a Pitch (hybrid)
  • Virtual reading and discussion community #FuturizeAUC (ongoing)

Final date for committee feedback on proposals is March 1, 2022.