At least one member on your team must be a full-time undergraduate student majoring in mechanical engineering or nuclear engineering at Penn State during the 2013-14 academic year.
Every member on your team must be an undergraduate student at Penn State. Additional support is available to teams with students from other colleges (e.g., Business).
Each team must submit contact information for each team member (name, phone, e-mail, major, year) and a one-page proposal outlining the innovation by noon on Tuesday, Dec. 3, to be considered for the Pitch Competition. The proposal should include:
Submitted proposals will be pre-screened by a panel of experts prior to the competition. Teams may be eliminated from the competition if there is insufficient information or evidence in their proposal about the innovation and its potential impact.
Teams will be invited to pitch their idea at the Pitch Contest, which will be held on Friday, Dec. 6 from 3-4:30 pm in 125 Reber.
Teams will have five minutes to present their idea to a panel of four judges, followed by five minutes of Q&A
Teams can use any combination of handouts, posters, prototypes, demos, presentations, slideshows, videos, whiteboard, etc., during their presentation. A laptop and a digital projector will be provided.
Winning teams are expected to use the money during the 2013-14 academic year to develop and refine their innovation. The money can be used for materials, supplies, and prototyping/machining costs (see ME 340 and/or Learning Factory Purchasing Guidelines for permissible expenses). Use of any technical services external to the University must be approved prior to purchase. Additionally, teams may be awarded a Capstone team to develop their innovation during the Spring Semester.
Funding will be released in phases over the 2013-14 academic year after teams have submitted project updates. Each update will include an allocation request for the next increment of their funding. Funded teams will participate in ENGR/IST/AG BM 497B - Advanced E-Ship Teams in Spring semester. This 3-credit course will meet on Mondays from 4-6:30pm and provide critical mentoring throughout the experience.
Becky Benson in 314B Leonhard will help teams administer their funds, place orders, and provide reimbursements.
Teams are expected to make a final presentation about their innovation at the end of Spring Semester. Alumni and potential investors will be invited to participate in the final presentations and may provide additional resources for development.
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