Engineering 2169

Imagine life in 2169. What will we eat? What will we drive? Submit a 10-minute PowerPoint presentation for any of the following categories related to Purdue University's Ideas Festival (sustainable economy and planet, artificial intelligence, space exploration, and health and longevity). Finalists will be selected to present before a live audience. One winning team will receive a $1,000 Amazon gift card and one runner-up team will receive a $500 Amazon gift card per category.

Contest Details

Three categories

Create a 10-minute PowerPoint presentation that answers one of the following questions:


  • Creative and visually appealing. No boring presentations!
  • Persuasive. Convince us your idea is the way life will actually be in 150 years. (No breaking the first law of thermodynamics, for instance.)
  • Educational. Even the wildest science fiction usually has an element of actual science to it. What makes your idea possible? Are there recent discoveries/advancements that are moving us in this direction?
  • Easily understood by a lay audience. This is not your typical research presentation. Have fun. Send the audience away talking about the amazing things Purdue Engineering graduate students dream up and may someday translate into reality.


  • Individuals or teams of up to four graduate students. All participants must be enrolled as a graduate student during spring 2019. At least 50 percent of the team must be pursuing an engineering graduate degree.--Each individual or team may submit once per category. An individual may submit once as an individual and once as part of a team, per category.
  • Complete the online entry form and upload your PowerPoint file.
  • Submit by November 30, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. and indicate which category you are entering. If you wish to enter more than one category, complete a separate entry form for each submission.

Judging Criteria

Submissions will be screened, and top entries will be presented before a panel of judges. Finalists will be invited to present at "Engineering 2169" events in spring 2019. The audience will select the winners.

Submit your presentations by December 21, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.
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Please direct any questions to
Stephanie McKinley, College of Engineering Events Specialist
(765) 494-5178 or