Innovation Competitions


An Innovation Dash is a design and deliver competition that brings interdisciplinary teams together to create and propose solutions to specific problems.


Innovation Sprints are 16-week team projects for students to work alongside an industry innovator and a faculty collaborator to propose solutions to specific problems.

2021-2022 Innovation Dashes

$10,000 Music Challenge

Sponsors: Department of Music and Theatre

Build a team of at least two people to invent or reimagine an existing instrument. Eight finalist teams will be selected to compose a musical score using their new instrument. $10,000 of prizes will be awarded at the IGNITE Innovation Showcase in April 2022.
  • Nov 10: Required Informational Session with Conn-Selmer, Lance LaDuke, Michael Golemo, Christian Carichner
  • Nov 10-Dec 10: Team Registration Open
  • Jan 21: Submit designs
  • Jan 28: Announcement of 8 finalist teams; $250 awarded to each team to create a prototype
  • April 22: IGNITE Innovation Showcase: Teams present their instrument and musical score; judging by Lance LaDuke, Michael Golemo, and a mystery judge:
    • $1500 for best reimagined instrument
    • $1500 for best invented instrument
    • $500 for best composition
    • $4500 and free consultation with Conn-Selmer for Best in Show “Leave a Legacy” Award

2021-2022 Innovation Sprints

Kent Corporation’s “Building Better Fats”

A team of 10 interdisciplinary undergrads will develop a better fat for use in meat and plant-based food products for Kent Corporation. 

  1. Determine market and consumer fat replacement needs.
  2. Develop and test optimal fat for use in food products.
  3. Design commercial manufacturing process for developed fat.

SkyCurrent’s “Wind Fairing Solutions for Robotic Window Washers”

A team of 5 engineering undergrads will collaborate with Hudson Harr and Paul Willard to create a solution to wind fairing on robotic window washers.

  1. Conduct preliminary wind tunnel testing to establish baseline.
  2. Test system to threshold wind levels.
  3. Recommend prototype fairing that minimizes reactionary forces.
  4. Research funding opportunities addressing water conservation.

Cookie-less Autonomous Advertising Solutions

Sponsored by evolve24 and the Student Innovation Center, this 16-week project will pay eight students $1000 each to develop a prototype of a cookie-less autonomous advertising platform.

for students interested in: advertising, computer science, data science, statistics, computer engineering, industrial engineering

GO VOTE 2.0 “We Are The Champions”

Sponsored by the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, Department of Political Science, and the Student Innovation Center, this 16-week project will pay six students $1000 each to create a new method of engaging college students in the voting process and increase voter turnout.

for students interested in: political science, data science, advertising, elections, community engagement, youth engagement, social media, marketing, campaigns

Louis Carr, Mentor and Sponsor

ChangeMaker Civic Education Sprint

September 15, 2021 – December 1, 2021

New Vista: Hydrogen Powered Aviation Solutions

Mentor: Dennis Muilenburg

Sponsored by New Vista and the Student Innovation Center, this 16-week project will pay ten students $1000 each to deliver hydrogen powered aviation options, including assessment rankings, risks, and opportunities.

Have questions about our online Innovation Programs?

Contact Karen Kerns

Entrepreneur in Residence President’s Initiative for Entrepreneurship and Innovation