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!

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Applications due on Sunday, December 1, 2019, by 11:59 PM.

The 2019 Winning Teams

Marlink

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

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

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.

Workshops

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.

Funding

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.

Application

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, December 1, 2019 by 11:59 PM.

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Key Dates

0December 2019
Application Due
0February 2020
Funding Proposal Due