Third annual Student Innovator of the Year competition around the corner

The Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology at Brigham Young University will host its third annual Student Innovator of the Year (SIOY) competition on Nov. 7 and 8.

More than 30 teams of student inventors will compete for $12,000 in prize money. Entries will be judged on engineering innovation, product originality, usefulness, market potential, as well as the level of clarity and professionalism of each team's presentation.

Judges will award a grand prize of $5,000, a first place and second place prize of $3,000 and $2,000 respectively, along with an honorable mention prize of "Great Potential" at $1,000. To give the audience a say, there will also be a "crowd favorite" award in the amount of $1,000.

Events will kick off Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. in Brigham Square, or the Garden Court in case of inclement weather, and will continue until 2:00 p.m. All project prototypes will be on display and the student teams will be available to answer questions. The judges will select the top seven projects to advance to the final round.

Final presentations and judging will be Nov. 8 in the Varsity Theatre at 2:00 p.m. Each of the top seven student teams will have five minutes to briefly present their projects then answer questions from the judges.

The first 100 audience members to arrive will receive a free J-Dawg and all audience members will have the chance to win t-shirts and the following prizes: an iPod Shuffle, iPod Nano, iPod touch, an Apple TV and an iPad. All SIOY events are open to the public. 

Winners of the competition are encouraged to enter their innovations in the 2013 Miller New Venture Challenge or the Social Venture competitions in the BYU Marriott School of Business.

The SIOY competition has been driven by the efforts of Venture Factory, a student-run organization empowering innovation, and is sponsored jointly by the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology and the Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology.
Innovation enthusiasts are encouraged to join the Facebook event for more information and updates.

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