Grab a Team and Join Us at BuildFest November 14th & 15th

Announcing BuildFest 2019

Nelnet Value #2, "Create an awesome work environment."  What does that value mean to you?  We got to thinking, what would be part of an awesome work environment?  What about having 24 hours to focus your time on creating or building anything you want?  That is exactly what Buildfest is all about.  Buildfest is an event where self-formed teams work together for 24 hours on an idea or concept.  It's about teamwork and innovation.  The only ask is that after 24 hours you present your project to your peers!  Last spring Buildfest was a success and now NDS IT would like to invite all Nelnet associates to participate!  Former Great Lakes associates may know this event as Innovation Day.  So why not combine the best of both into this year's Buildfest?  Well, that is exactly what we are doing!

The What

  •  Submit your idea you are passionate about

  • Assemble your Team

  • Execute / Build your idea within a 24 hour period

  • Present your idea to your peers

The Who

  • All Nelnet Associates are welcome to participate.

  • Talk to your manager about participating.

The When

  • Informational Meeting - Friday, October 25 - 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM CST

  • WebEx:  Buildfest Informational Meeting

  • Event:  Thursday, November 14-15

  • Kick-off Thursday, November 14 at 10:00 AM CST

  • 24 Hours starts - Nov 14 at 11:AM CST

  •  24 Hours ends - Friday, Nov 15 at 12:00 PM CST

  • Presentations, Voting, Winners - Friday, Nov 15 at 1:00 PM CST

  • Event Happy Hour - Friday, Nov 15 after Presentations

The Why

  • You have great ideas!

  • You can make a difference!

  • Innovation pushes us forward!

  • Innovation is a great draw for new associates and retainer for existing associates

  • Opportunity to meet new associates across Nelnet!

The How

  • To learn more check out our website on Confluence at:  Buildfest 2019.  There you will find where to submit your idea, join a team and our FAQ's.

  • For those of you that do not have access to the links provided, please, submit your idea, team members and/or any questions to

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Brian Ardinger