Ideas and Innovation Tournament Challenge (I2TC) is a fun and effective way for aspiring Purdue students to form interdisciplinary teams and propose ideas aimed at solving important societal problems, improving people’s lives, and making the world a better place. The competition offers students a unique opportunity for idea generation, teamwork, problem solving and value creation. The educational purpose of the competition is to simulate the experience of being an engineer entrepreneur. The top three teams will be selected by a panel of judges and receive cash awards with the top prize of (per team) $5,000, runner-up of $3,000 and the third place $2,000. In addition, the top three teams can receive an additional $5,000 to move their ideas further along the innovation path through filing for a provisional patent, participating in the Purdue Foundry FireStarter program for entrepreneurs, and staring a company. Other teams qualified for the second phase but not among the top three will also receive $500 per team.
The tournament is organized in two phases, in the first phase, students form teams and propose a novel solution to an important unsolved societal problem (see the list of suggested topics). ECE technology (device, app, software, etc.) must be a key driver of the proposed solution. The organizing committee will select the top 20 problem/solution statements. The down-selection in phase 1 will be based on identification of an important unsolved problem and an innovative but feasible solution that can be the basis for a patent and potential startup company. The selected teams will then move to the second phase in which they are required to pitch their idea to a panel of judges for the final selection.