The top ten of 34 original teams of Washington State University first-year and other students will deliver online presentations March 25 from 6-8 p.m. describing their plans for safe communities as part of a Adobe Creative Jam, said Cindy Williams, program director for the freshman seminar course UNIV 104.

The WSU community and the public are invited to observe online.

“The topic was selected by Adobe early in spring semester when the plan was for the top teams to deliver live presentations and compete for prizes from Adobe,” said Williams. “Now with our university going to online course delivery in light of COVID-19 precautions, we switched from live to online-only student presentations. The students made the adjustment easily, exemplifying that Cougs have a real can-do Cougar attitude, I believe.”

Of around 125 participating students from nine course sections, ten teams were selected by Adobe hosts and judges, also working from a distance. WSU’s Creative Corridor handles the technological aspects of the presentations, and is a partner with UNIV 104 on the overall project with Adobe. The WSU Adobe Creative Jam is the only such event sponsored by Adobe that takes place within a university course, said Williams.

For the Jam, students are given a key phrase to identify solutions to a complex problem affecting others, this time around the theme of safe communities. They then create an app using Adobe XD software. At the March 25 Jam, the presentations and projects of the top teams will be judged by industry and Adobe professionals, who will also provide constructive feedback.

On Wednesday, there will be two ways to follow the presentations, said Williams. One is to log in to Crowdcast and the other is to pop in to Facebook LIVE.

“Viewers will see firsthand how creative and resilient WSU students are,” said Williams.