What does it take to win?

1st      Attend the Pitch-off Event (click to submit your idea) on September 13th @ 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 September 29th @ 11:59 p.m..

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

4th     Submit a progress report in January 2018 .

5th     Present your idea to judges on April 13th, 2018, in Goldring Woldenberg Complex Room 124, from 2-5 p.m., and compete for over $20,000 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

Derek Dashti of D&P Bioinnovations

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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 2016-2017 academic year; am I eligible?

A. Yes, all undergraduate and graduate (including PhD, Master’s, Law, Medicine, Business, and Social Work) alumni who graduated during the 2016-17 school year are still eligible to participate.


Q. Where is the MakerSpace?

A. The MakerSpace is on Engineering Road (uptown campus) and includes 3D Printers, Laser cutters, work benches, laptop hook-ups, white boards, and other equipment. This is a shared space accessible to all Tulane students. Please go here 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 2018.


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



Upcoming Events

  • September 13th, 2017, @ 6 – 7:30 p.m. (LBC, City Diner) – Pitch-Off  

  • September 29th, 2017, @ 11:59 p.m. – Deadline to Submit Application

  • October 6th, 2017 – Semifinalists Selected

  • January 19th, 2018 – Finalists Selected

  • April 13, 2018, from 2-5 p.m. in Goldring Woldenberg Complex, Room 124 – Final Presentations and Award Ceremony Reception

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