Frequently Asked Questions


How do I enter?

Apply on this website beginning in Mid-October. Sign ups close December 1, 2019.

What is the judging criteria?

For more details on judging criteria, please review the judging criteria here.

Do you have an example from last year’s winner?

Yes, check out the reigning champion team presentation here.

I’m not from Northwestern am I eligible to compete?

Yes.  We welcome all midwest universities to compete.

Do I need to have a professor to enter?  Why?

Great question.  Yes, we require a sponsoring professor for each team to support the in depth requirements for the submission and to promote professors to offer additional credit for the submission.

I am concerned that someone is going to steal my idea?
Our professionals are interested in supporting from an educational standpoint and they are simply not interested in stealing ideas.

This is a great opportunity to get feedback on your idea from professionals who wouldn’t otherwise have or take the time to look at it. We would encourage you to take advantage of it; but if you are that uncomfortable that your idea will be stolen, then you should not enter the competition.

Whom can I email to ask more questions about this event?

Please email the prize committee here

Who is on the panel?

Judges will be announced in March 2020.

How does the mentorship work?

Selected finalist teams will get assigned mentors to support final submissions.

Can a person be on multiple teams?

Yes, a person can be on multiple teams.