How It Works

Here’s how to join the competition: (Note: The deadline for team registration is November 19, 2010)

Start by selecting a two to four person team and brainstorming ideas relating to advancements in technology. Your topic can have a large scale impact, such as coming up with a completely new means of transportation, or method of housing. Or you can also choose a more narrowly focused solution to an immediate problem – such as how to more efficiently power your computer. Make sure your topic fits squarely into one of the competition’s five categories; environment, safety, electronics, mobility, or materials. You may combine your project with your senior design or independent studies course.

How to apply:

  1. Gather your team, select your faculty mentor and choose a topic.  Then register here (by November 19, 2010).  Make sure everyone in your group is eligible to participate (see rules and regulations).  In order to register, you will need to have each team member's name, permanent mailing address and email address, along with your faculty mentor's name and email address.
  2. Assign tasks to each team member and begin your research. What you choose to do does not need to provide definitive proof of its technological viability; however, your research should be focused on providing additional evidence to add credibility to your concept and to persuade program jurors of its value to society. You can create a small scale mock-up, test samples in a lab, conduct a survey, or pursue any other means of helping to validate your proposal.
  3. Write a report detailing the work that was done on the project.  Report format can be consistent with the format given by your academic mentor and typically will include a title page, abstract, table of contents, introduction, body of work and appendix.
  4. Create a slide show presentation, with slides ranging from 12-15 pages in length.  This will be the presentation that will be uploaded to our iDream web site and will be accessible for viewing by the academic community.  These slides will also be used to create your poster.  Successful presentations will state the case in a clear, consise and visually appealing manner.  Here is what we are looking for:
    1. A clear introduction
    2. A description and explanation of your idea
    3. Quantitative analysis in support of your idea
    4. Conclusion

Note:  Your group may also create a video of no more than four minutes in length, using the format shown in the following link as a reference:

You do not need to stand in front of a poster for the video presentation.  Your may stand with your mock-up or other descriptive display of your choice.