ABC Innovation Prize

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 top three winning teams will each receive $1000.

Come join our virtual info session on Friday, February 4, 2022 @ 1pm PST for more information. Register HERE.

The 2021-2022 Atoms, Bits, and Cells (ABC) Innovation Prize competition will be hosting its culminating virtual Finals event on:

May 2, 2022 @ 2pm PT

Please join us as the student teams present their final pitches.

The Zoom link will be shared after completing an RSVP.


2022 Key Dates

Fri, February 0 @ 1pm PST
Info Session
Tues, February 0 @ 11:59pm PST
Applications Close
Wed, March 0 @ 5pm PST
Acceptance Notifications
Wed, March 0 @ 2:00pm PST
Workshop 1: Customer Discovery
Wed, March 0 @ 2:00pm PST
Workshop 2: Value Propositions
Wed, April 0 @ 2:00pm PST
Workshop 3: Relationships
Mon, May 0 @ 2:00pm PST
Final Showcase

2022 Funding

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

Funding instructions and submission deadline will be announced after acceptance notifications are sent to the teams.

2021 ABC Winners

And the winner goes to...

Pressure Refresher - Designing a mattress that effectively redistributes pressure points on hospital beds to prevent patients from developing pressure ulcers.

Stage - A social media platform for artists that is a fully-customizable wall of dynamic multimedia widgets that encourages connection and collaboration.

SustainLA - A digital platform that aims to reduce food insecurity and waste by connecting farmers with surplus produce to those in need in Los Angeles.

Congratulations to all the teams that participated in the ABC competition and attended the workshops.

Published on June 9th, 2021

Last updated on April 25th, 2022