What does it take to win?

1st Attend the Kickoff Event on September 16th @ 5:30 pm over Zoom to find ideas, team members, and/or mentors.

2nd Apply by submitting an ENTRY FORM to skhan@tulane.edu by September 25th @ 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 Present your idea to judges at the Finals event in April, and compete for over $20,000 and additional resources to continue developing your technology. Watch the recording of the 2017 Novel Tech Challenge Final Presentations here.


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 Kickoff 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 2018-2019 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 previous 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 in April.

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

Upcoming Events

  • September 16th @ 5:30 – 7 p.m. (Zoom) – Kickoff Reception

  • September 25th @ 11:59 p.m. – Deadline to Submit Application

  • September 30th – Semifinalists Selected

  • January 13th – Finalists Selected

  • April (date TBA) – Final Presentations and Award Ceremony Reception

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