The Viterbi School of Engineering offers USC undergraduate students an opportunity to use innovation to develop solutions in three areas:

  • Atoms – engineering hardware products
  • Bits – digital projects, such as mobile and web apps, including AI, ML applications
  • Cells – biomedical or bioengineering projects

The winning team in each category will receive $1,000!

The 2019 Winning Teams


Marlink is an underwater exploration device that allows information to be transmitted and received between AUVs and scientists. This communication capability reduces the need for periodic resurfacing and vehicle retrieval, which drastically simplifies operations and reduces costs.


Safar is a mobile information provider application whose goal is to alleviate refugee frustration from a lack of information by bridging the communication gap present in camps. It works in tandem with NGOs and camp management to provide up-to-date information regarding health and educational resources available both within and around refugee camps.


MyGIBuddy is a personal health tracking device, designed to allow users to monitor their GI bacterial microbiomes and diagnose illnesses such as SIBO and IBS. The device tracks hydrogen levels in users’ breath, and processes this information to deliver health updates through a web-based mobile application.


We have workshops during the spring 2020 semester to teach you about customer discovery and pitch decks.

Prof Trina Gregory holds Innovation Hours during the academic year. Please sign up for a time slot via Appointlet.


Each team can apply for funding of up to $200 to work on their innovation.

Please write a proposal for funding and then submit your document by February 23, 2020 at 11:59 PM.


To apply, you will be asked to provide:

  • Description of a problem and how you are solving it with your technology
  • Name, school, email, graduation date, and one sentence bio for each team member

All USC undergraduate students are invited to participate, although each team must have at least one Viterbi undergraduate student as a member. The maximum number of team members is five.

Applications due on Sunday, January 5, 2020 by 11:59 PM.


Key Dates

0January 2020
Application Due
0January 2020
Customer Discovery Workshop – RTH 526, 4 PM
0January 2020
Optional Legal Workshop – EEB 132, 3-4 PM
0February 2020
Lean Canvas Workshop – MCB 101, 12-2 PM
0February 2020
Storytelling Workshop – MCB 101, 2-4 PM
0March 2020
Funding Proposal Due
0April 2020
Finals – RTH 526, 4-6 PM