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Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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. 

Summer 2017 Big Bash Mini-Maker Challenge!

$500 Grand Prize and possibility of being hired for production

We are looking for ideas of SCU spirit items that we can distribute to alumni during the Big Bash in October. If you have an idea for an item that could be made in the Maker Lab, be sure to submit for your chance at $500 and the possibility of getting hired to make 350 units in the Maker Lab!

For full challenge rules and regulations, check out the Big Bash Mini-Maker Challenge announcement.

Important Deadlines and Requirements

  • Entries due by Monday, July 31st at 5:00 pm as .pdf via e-mail to
  • Teams of 2-5 currently enrolled SCU students
  • At least 1 engineering undergraduate student
  • Be sure to check the announcement for full details

What to submit?

  • A brief report including
    • Team name and names/years/departments of students, name of any advisors/mentors (if applicable)
    • A paragraph describing the item and rationale for its concept
    • An artistic sketch/rendering of the item
    • A brief fabrication plan including what tools in the Maker Lab will be used
    • Anticipated cost for a production run of 350 units
  • Report must be submitted in a single .pdf to Anne Mahacek (
  • Teams may also submit a physical prototype, though not required (arrange delivery with Anne Mahacek).
  • Be sure to check the announcement for full details