The MSU teams have been putting in long hours and consuming lots of delivery food in order to finish up their initial presentations that they must give for their mentors on Wednesday. How they do on these presentations will determine who moves on in the competition.
This is how it will work –
All of the teams are divided into classes based on their mentors. Each class has about 10 teams, but by the end of Wednesday, six of them will be eliminated leaving only 24 teams to qualify for the final presentations on Thursday.
On Tuesday, Team Flight Club spent their day filming and creating animations for their idea. Their approach to the brief is to use QQ, the penguin, to promote Snickers with a unique take on the app’s well-known mascot.
Team Pulp Non-Fiction’s plan is to create a program in QQ that is based upon connecting friends in what they call a “Snickers Society.” In the program, people can create their own society with their group of friends and track their hunger levels, send them memes and funny videos about what they're like when they're hungry in order to target Snickers' message that “You’re Not You When You’re Hungry.”
Amidst the preparation, news coverage for the 2016 presidential election began early in the evening as everyone in the United States started to wake up and the polls opened. The students turned on CNN and tuned in periodically to watch as the long-anticipated event unfolded.
At the tail end of the evening, Henry Brimmer surprised the two groups with a cake to celebrate Matt’s birthday, one of the students participating in the competition. It was a reminder that despite the fact that the group is separated into two teams and competing against one another, everyone is here together and supporting one another as friends and as Spartans.
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The students' experiences in China will be documented in both English and Chinese by two journalism students from Michigan State University traveling with the group.