Tuesday, March 29, 2011

UW Eco Innovation

Competition Thursday at Seattle Center

~ This is the third year that the University of Washington's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is holding the Environmental Innovation Challenge. Competing teams are formed from degree candidates at any of Washington's colleges or universities and usually include students in engineering and business, but often drawing on the talents of students in diverse and unusual disciplines. Many of the teams come up with truly innovative and intriguing ideas.

This video from last year's competition features UW Professor Emer Dooley, whose course helped launch the competition, bits of pitches from some of the teams (including last year's winner, Envitrum) as well as comments from some of the judges:

Themes from the past years included water and energy; this year the theme is "innovations in cleantech." Judging is based on the business plan, a short pitch to the judges and a demo of the team's prototype. I've been reviewing the 18 teams' one-page summaries and am really looking forward to Thursday and meeting the teams and seeing their demos.

The Environmental Innovation Challenge will be held at Seattle Center's Exhibition Hall from 1:30 to 7:00. You follow happenings on Twitter with hashtag #enviroinnovation.

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