October 5, 2015: Submission OPENS
October 26, 2015: Submission CLOSES at midnight
November 9, 2015: Finalists Notified
November 16, 2015: SVIC Finalist Showcase, Student Union
Ballroom from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m
Create a YouNoodle account and submit your idea
At least $5,000 in CASH prizes and a chance to win a PAID summer internship!
Other award categories include:
• Most Innovative Idea
• Best Elevator Pitch
• TechShop Award
• Social Innovation Award
• Other Special Category Awards based on sponsorship
• People’s Choice Award
At the very minimum, participants are expected to dress in business casual attire, create a visually appealing poster board, and prepare a brief 2-minute elevator pitch that succinctly communicates the innovation’s value to judges.
Enhancing the poster board display with: 1) models or prototypes of the product; 2) computer displays, animations, or short video clips; 3) demonstrations; or 4) any visual aid will help judges understand the value and utility of the product, process, or service.
Download the poster board presentation template (PPT) and purchase a free-standing poster board (max. dimensions: 36 x 48 inches) such as the two-fold Hunt ExecutivePro Display Board shown here:
The title, subtitles, body text, and graphics must be LARGE enough for audiences to read from 3 feet away. Posters must clearly explain:
1. The product or service concept as well as its value and benefits.
2. The potential customers or users and expected market size.
3. The uniqueness of the concept and its competitive edge.
4. The feasibility of the concept.
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1. Advantage—A clear advantage over existing products, services, or technology available on
the market today.
2. Benefits—Effectively targets and defines potential customers.
3. Doable—The idea can be executed or implemented as is.
4. Breadth of Impact—The potential market is widespread and adaptable to various market segments.
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Protecting your intellectual property at any stage of development is important. Avoid exhibiting content that will compromise your right to use or pursue the idea in the future.
Patentable or Copyright Technology, Process, or Software
Avoid revealing too much about your technology or process such that it becomes considered public domain. Do NOT include drawings, diagrams, or descriptions that show the unique nature or inner workings of your product or process. For instance, share the product benefits but safeguard the methods or mechanics behind delivering the benefits. If you have software, DO NOT exhibit any code.
Special Names or Symbols
Use the “™” symbol to indicate your intention to use any special product names or symbols as a brand. Eventually, you will must register the brand with the appropriate jurisdictions: states or the federal government, depending on whether you will be doing business across state lines.
Be discreet about any trade secrets used to design your business idea and create differentiation. Avoid revealing information in your exhibit that can be copied by competitors and cost you your competitive edge.
Check with the SJSU Office of Graduate Studies and Research to determine whether SJSU has an ownership interest in your innovation. The university
has the expertise and experience to assist you in assessing commercialization and
intellectual property protection.
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