Contests and Competitions
The challenge is on.
Innovation Competitions keep things lively around the School of Engineering! Each quarter, student teams put their entrepreneurial mindsets and creative problem-solving skills to the test vying for cash prizes. Contests involve local industrial partners (BMW, Intel, nVIDIA, NASA, to name a few), alumni, and a talented group of innovators and entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley.
Fall 2018 Podium Sports Technology Challenge- Grand Prize up to $2,000!
The sports market in North America alone is $70B/yr. An ever-increasing aspect of this market is the incorporation of technology as a way to improve athlete performance, to enhance safety, and to improve the fan experience. Podium, a Silicon Valley venture group and accelerator program, challenges you to propose a novel technology-oriented product/service/system to create value in the sporting market.
Grand prize of up to $2,000 with possible honorable mention awards!
Grand prize of $1,500. We will increase the grand prize to $2,000 if at least 30 students participate!
Be sure to read the full Podium Challenge Announcement and Guidelines to find out all the details and requirements.
- Tuesday, Sept 25th- Competition Kick-Off Lunch
- Friday, Oct 5th, 5:00 pm- Deadline to register teams
- Wed, Oct 10th, 12:00 pm- Q & A session with Podium VC
- Mon, Oct 29th, 11:59 pm- Submit entry
- Wed, Nov 7th, 6:00 pm- Mentoring Reception and Challenge Winner announced
- Academic Technology/Media Services resources- http://tinyurl.com/
- Podium VC website- www.podium.vc
Past Competition Reference Videos:
The top three teams in the Big Bash Maker Challenge - a phone stand, virtual reality goggles, and a toy ladder - made their items in the Maker Lab to put on sale in the campus bookstore.
Knightscope Honorable Mention team poses with their mock-up robot
Knightscope Autonomous Machine Entrepreneurial Mindset Challenge teams created a two-minute storyboard video of their idea for application of multiple K5 robots.
Students from the Santa Clara Innovation & Design club won the Big Bash Maker Challenge where they designed SCU spirit items, manufactured them in the Maker Lab, and sold them in the campus bookstore.