Upcoming Events

ISU Innovation PRIZE

Date & Time Friday, March 30 - Saturday, March 31 4:00pm
Location ISU Economic Development Core Facility, 1805 Collaboration Place, Ames, Iowa 50010
Contact Diana Wright, dkw@iastate.edu

Calling all Iowa State students, faculty & staff, and community members!

Making its return back…ISU Innovation PRIZE

March 30-31st, ISU Research Park, Core Facility

New to the ISU Innovation PRIZE?
The ISU Innovation PRIZE is an incentive competition at Iowa State University where developers, designers, marketers, problem-solvers, researchers, creatives and startup enthusiasts share ideas, form teams, and solve one of the three bold challenges!   Are you ready to solve a Bold Challenge?

The competition theme for the second annual event is Innovation at Iowa StateThere will be three focus areas for participants to solve: AgTech, EdTech, and Global Impact.

  • AgTech:  How do we increase productivity of the global agricultural system with less negative impact on land, energy, water, and Mother Earth?
    • Possible focuses: Food Security; Food Waste; Water Quality & Availability; Keep Life Below Sea Habitable for Humankind; Combat Deforestation & Life on Land; Sustainable Agricultural; Renewable Energy in Wind, Solar, Hydropower; Energy Crops; Carbon Sequestration; New Public Policy; and Private Investment Options.
  • EdTech: How do we design & reinvent learning for a better experience (quality & value) in an age of accelerating technology?
    • Possible focuses:  Nontraditional Classroom Experiences & Models; Breakthrough Experiential Learning; Latest Brain Science & Learning Technologies; Innovative Funding Formulas; Offline & Online Learning–New Technologies, Analytics, & Robotics; When and When Not to use Assessments; Great Transformations–Shrinking Demographics in Local Schools; Life-Long Learning.
  • Global Impact: How do we improve the quality of life and continue to help solve urgent issues all around the globe?
    • Note: this category is meant to be broader & to challenge yourself to think big!  Possible focuses:  Fighting Poverty & Reducing Inequalities Within Developing Countries; Ensure Healthy Lives & Well-Being; Achieve Gender Equality & Empower All Women and Girls; Ensuring Affordable & Clean Energy to Transform Lives, Economics & the Planet; Overcome Urban Cities Congestion & Shortage of Adequate Housing & Declining Infrastructure; Sustain Life on Land & Combat Deforestation.

Let’s talk what you could WIN. 

The ISU Innovation PRIZE will award (3) $1,500 cash in each of the bold challenges (AgTech, EdTech, and Global Impact).  Not a bad gig for a free opportunity to create and develop a qualified concept for a business or social venture!

What does the weekend cost you?

It’s free, thanks to sponsors!  However, it’s highly suggested you register ASAP before spots fill up:  https://www.isupjcenter.org/competitions/isu-innovation-prize/

Who should attend?

Everyone—students, faculty & staff, and the community!  Whether you’re new to ideation and problem-solving or have been chipping away at an idea or research project for a while, the ISU Innovation PRIZE is a great way to collaborate together. 

Don’t have an idea?  No problem.  You can join a team based on your background, interest and skillset!  Even if you’re curious to see how the ideation process works, this event is for you to experience it first-hand!

Already working on an idea or project?  Looking for others to join you?  The ISU Innovation PRIZE is a great networking opportunity to find like-minded individuals looking to problem-solve with all kinds of backgrounds in technology, design, engineering, agricultural, global systems, business, education and research. 


Sign up at https://www.isupjcenter.org/competitions/isu-innovation-prize/

This is the Age of Entrepreneurship. Start something. We dare you.