California Institute of Technology
Intellectual Ventures - Caltech

to the Intellectual Ventures - CALTECH Invention Competition!

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Today's young inventors are tomorrow's technological and entrepreneurial leaders. The $50,000 Intellectual Ventures-Caltech Invention Competition seeks to recognize and inspire these budding innovators and inventors with a first prize of $25,000 and smaller, runner up prizes.

The prizes of the Intellectual Ventures-Caltech Invention Competition will be awarded to Caltech undergraduate or graduate students who have created a product or process, applied a technology in a new way, or demonstrated remarkable inventiveness. Students will gain invaluable exposure to the science, business, and investment communities through participation in this competition.

All ideas should be novel and invented by the contestants. They should not be directly based on any previous work done at Caltech or any other institution. Please identify any existing technology that the idea builds on or requires for implementation.

Eligibility Requirements & Rules
The competition is open to all Caltech undergraduate and graduate students who will be enrolled full-time in the fall 2013 semester. Click here for official rules.

How to enter:

  1. Select your team
  2. Select your project topic (pdf)
  3. Fill out the on-line application form
  4. Upload project description and other required documents

Contestants must be present for judging and the awards ceremony to collect their prizes. Students may form teams with other full-time undergraduates or graduate students from Caltech. Small interdisciplinary teams are encouraged. Each team member must provide a description of their contribution.

The Intellectual Venture Invention Competition is sponsored by Intellectual Ventures and the Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) at the California Institute of Technology. Each person who enters the competition agrees to follow these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsors and the Judges, which decisions may be made in all cases at the sole and absolute discretion of Sponsors and the Judges, and which are final and binding on all matters relating to the Contest.

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Last Year's Winners

1st Prize
- $25,000
Vighnesh Shiv
A Continuous-Weight Neural Networks

2nd Prize - $15,000
Samson Chen and Chris Varnerin
Novel Highly Scalable Optical Multitouch Solution

3rd Prize
- $10,000
Kaushik Dasgupta, Steven Bowers, Kaushik Sengupta, and Alexander Hu
A Fully Integrated Self-Healing Systems


   last update: 04/26/2013