It’s 11:00 pm.  The OIC2009 48 hour competition has been underway for 4.5 hours. The halls of Prescott Residence are surprisingly quiet – the teams are focused, thinking.  Enter the dorm rooms and you find a different story in each.  
Room 1 holds a classic scene.  The three team members sprawled around the room with laptops (and again, all surprisingly only on research sites) notes, pieces of paper with scrawled writing, all discussing the project and how best to achieve it.  You couldn’t ask for a more classic scene.  
Room 2 is dark.  The computers have been shut off, alarms set, and the only team member staying on campus tonight has changed into their pjs and has tucked themselves into bed.  After what they described as an intense brainstorm session, the team decided to hit the sack early and wake up early revived and refreshed and ready to roll.
Room 3 is empty.  A whiteboard has been brought into the room for the brainstorming session that happened earlier that day. Chips and candy line the shelves and water, yoghurt, and most importantly, red bull, fill the fridge – the team is stocked for late night and late late night snacks for their night ahead.  A suitcase lies on the floor filled with perfectly folded clothes – someone is well prepared for this weekend.  Now they’re on a walk to continue a discussion while getting pizza and getting some fresh air.
Room 4 is well lit.  Two team members are sitting side by side on the desk (think office environment, one is even still in his tie), each quietly hard at work on their computers, researching, researching, and doing some more research, while wishfully eying the bed .  The third team member has already left, rejoining the team  early tomorrow morning.  
4 different scenarios; it’s clear that the presentations will also bring 4 very different outcomes.  For updates follow us on twitter @innovateOttawa.
-Sonia Riahi

It’s 11:00 pm.  The OIC2009 48 hour competition has been underway for 4.5 hours. The halls of Prescott Residence are surprisingly quiet – the teams are focused, thinking.  Enter the dorm rooms and you find a different story in each.  

Room 1 holds a classic scene.  The three team members sprawled around the room with laptops (and again, all surprisingly only on research sites) notes, pieces of paper with scrawled writing, all discussing the project and how best to achieve it.  You couldn’t ask for a more classic scene.  

Room 2 is dark.  The computers have been shut off, alarms set, and the only team member staying on campus tonight has changed into their pjs and has tucked themselves into bed.  After what they described as an intense brainstorm session, the team decided to hit the sack early and wake up early revived and refreshed and ready to roll.

Room 3 is empty.  A whiteboard has been brought into the room for the brainstorming session that happened earlier that day. Chips and candy line the shelves and water, yoghurt, and most importantly, red bull, fill the fridge – the team is stocked for late night and late late night snacks for their night ahead.  A suitcase lies on the floor filled with perfectly folded clothes – someone is well prepared for this weekend.  Now they’re on a walk to continue a discussion while getting pizza and getting some fresh air.

Room 4 is well lit.  Two team members are sitting side by side on the desk (think office environment, one is even still in his tie), each quietly hard at work on their computers, researching, researching, and doing some more research, while wishfully eying the bed .  The third team member has already left, rejoining the team  early tomorrow morning.  

4 different scenarios; it’s clear that the presentations will also bring 4 very different outcomes.  For updates follow us on twitter @innovateOttawa.

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