What does it take to win?

1st Attend the Pitch-off Event (click to submit your idea) on September 20th @ 6 pm in the LBC (City Diner) to pitch your idea and/or network to find team members and mentors.

2nd Apply by submitting an ENTRY FORM to gstein@tulane.edu by October 7th @ 11:59 p.m..

3rd Invent, Create, and Prototype! All semi-finalists will be paired with a local and a non-local alumni mentor, granted access to the MakerSpace, and receive $1,000 to develop the idea.

4th Submit a progress report by January 13th, 2017 .

5th Present your idea to judges on April 19th, 2017, and win up to $10,000 and additional resources to continue developing your technology. Watch the live stream of last year’s Novel Tech Challenge Final Presentations here.


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All undergraduate, graduate, and professional students are eligible to enter.

Novel Tech Challenge 2015 Winner

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Q. Does the Team need to be all SSE students?

A. No, the Challenge is open to all undergraduate and graduate students, but the idea must be a technological solution and should be grounded in science and engineering merit, and the team must include at least two members, one of whom must be a Tulane student. The Pitch-Off and subsequent NTC events will give you opportunities to recruit students from many backgrounds and skill sets to your team.

Q. I graduated in at the end of the 2015-2016 academic year; am I eligible?

A. Yes, all undergraduate and graduate (including PhD, Master’s, Law, Medicine, Business, and Social Work) alumni who graduate during the 2015-16 school year are still eligible to participate.

Q. Where is the MakerSpace?

A. Currently, space in the back of the Mechanical Engineering Complex is being renovated that will include 3D Printers, Laser cutters, work benches, laptop hook-ups, white boards, and other equipment. This will be a shared space accessible to all Tulane students and should be open by late September. Please contact Cedric Walker or Tim Schuler for more information about the MakerSpace.

Q. What are the criteria for judging the competition?

A. The Novel Tech Challenge will be judged based on the Team’s innovative, interdisciplinary and technology-based content. In addition, scientific merit, feasibility, and comprehensiveness of the Team’s plan and development will be evaluated. For the final prize, a team should demonstrate progress in further developing the technology and have a pitch prepared for presenting during Science and Engineering Week in April 2017.

If you would like any additional information, please email us.

Upcoming Events

  • September 20th, 2016, @ 6 p.m. (LBC, City Diner) – Pitch-Off

  • October 7th, 2016, @ 11:59 p.m. – Deadline to Submit Application

  • October 17th, 2016 – Semifinalists Selected

  • April 19th, 2017 – Final Presentations and Award Ceremony

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