Challenge Details | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Challenge Details

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Dates & Deadlines

  • October 22 - 12pm : Launch event
  • January 29: Submit abstract. Link to be available on 1/19 on the main challenge page 
  • February 5:  Six finalists will be announced
  • March 2: Finalist submissions due
  • March 4: Live pitch event to judging panel and award announced


  • At least 2 faculty members must make up each team — one from Rusk and one from Tandon
  • Additional student team members are allowed 
  • Above graduate level participation 

Submission requirements

Abstract submission and judging criteria 

  • Up to 500 words abstract. Must at least answer the following:

    • Outline of the specific problem being solved
    • Solution to the problem
    • Novelty of the approach
    • Impact of the invention at scale
    • Support the team needs to bring the product or service to market

Finalist submission and judging criteria

  • 2 page executive summary refined after market validation including the abstract submission criteria along with:

    • Market and market size for the product or service
  • Signed LOIs, partnership agreements or email confirmation or an intention to sign such an agreement with a potential partner, client, or similar


Two $10,000 grants 

Each winning team will also receive:

  • No cost company formation costs from Orrick LLP
  • Hosting from AWS, Google Cloud, and others available at no cost
  • Student intern stipend for Spring semester
  • Access to NYC startup and mentor ecosystem
  • Additional support from Future Labs