BYU’s seventh annual Student Innovator of the Year (SIOY) competition will be Thursday, March 9 and Wednesday, March 15.
Approximately 35 teams of student innovators will compete for $13,000 in prize money. On March 9, these teams will present their innovations to the public at the product showcase, which will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Brigham Square.
Entries will be judged at the product showcase on criteria such as potential market size, originality or innovation and engineering analysis. Judges will choose the top seven competitors to move on to the final event.
The final round of the competition will be Wednesday, March 15 at 3 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre in the Wilkinson Student Center. Finalists will compete for first, second and third place prizes, which are $6,000, $3,000 and $2,000, respectively. One runner-up will receive $1,000, and the audience will have the chance to pick their favorite team, which will also win $1,000. Members of the Advancement Council for Engineering and Technology (ACET) will judge the final round.
For the first time this year, past SIOY participants, such as the creators of Illumibowl, PhoneSoap and Owlet Baby, will be at the final event to give an update on their experiences since competing. Food and prizes will also be available to audience members at the final event. The first 100 people to arrive will receive free J Dawgs, and audience members will have the chance to win bluetooth speakers, gift cards, Stance socks, an Amazon Echo Dot, and the grand prize, a 3D printer. All SIOY events are free and open to the public.
The SIOY competition is made possible by the Venture Factory, a student-run organization focused on student innovation, and is sponsored by the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology and the Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology.
Ira A. Fulton College