EPIC Blue Sky Competition

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The EPIC Blue Sky Competition is an idea competition to encourage entrepreneurial and innovative thinking. The competition is open to UWindsor and St. Clair College students from any discipline. Participating teams of 2-4 members are required to submit a 2-min video presenting an idea (product or service) that has the potential of solving an existing problem or satisfying a need in the marketplace.

This competition will take place entirely on a virtual platform. Participants will have the opportunity to involve their network of friends and family to vote for the top 5 finalist teams.

Cash prizes sponsored by the University of Windsor Alumni Association include:

  1. First prize of $1,000
  2. Second prize of $500

The EPIC Blue Sky Competition has been postponed,

please check back in the fall for more information!

The University of Windsor Alumni Association Award consists of:

  • 1st Place: $1000 CASH
  • 2nd Place: $500 CASH

This is a team competition whereby:

  • Each team must consist of 2-4 students
  • Team members must be current students of the University of Windsor or St. Clair College in any discipline
  • March 1st, 2022: Competition Opens
  • March 20th, 2022: Submission Deadline
  • March 21st, 2022: Semi-finalist voting begins
  • March 25th, 2022: Voting closes at 4 pm
  • April 1st, 2022: Winners are announced
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Next Steps:

  • Up to 12 semi-finalists will be chosen and their submission YouTube videos will be shared on the EPICentre website
  • Voting will take place on our website. Please share this within your network! The five teams with the most votes will proceed to the final round.
    (See key dates section above for timing on voting periods)
  • A panel of judges will choose the top 2 winners from our finalists. Winning teams will be announced on March 28th, 2022 via social media. Winners will be notified via email as well.

EPICentre reserves the right to void a team’s submission should we suspect any fraudulent activity within the voting process

Criteria Maximum Score
1. Problem
– What is the problem you are addressing?
2. Solution
– What is your proposed solution to the problem?
– How possible it is to implement this solution?
– How impactful is the solution?
– Is the solution relevant to your target customers?
3. Creativity & Innovation
– Is the solution novel or unique?
– Does the solution have relevant differentiation from the competition?
– Does the product innovation have the necessary potential to generate revenue?
4. Market Research
– Have you done any market research to demonstrate there is a demand for your idea/solution?
– Who are your competitors?
– Who are your potential customers?
5. Team Members
– Who are your team members?
– How will each team member contribute to the project?
6. Quality of Video
– Is the video high-quality?
– Is the video convincing?

1st place of $1000: Single Rotor Modular UAV/Albatross – SAM

  • Sheikh Ubaid Ur Rehman, Bachelor’s in Mechanical, Automotive & Materials Engineering
  • Ankit Bhat, Bachelor’s in Mechanical, Automotive & Materials Engineering
  • Haroon Ahsan, Bachelor’s in Mechanical, Automotive & Materials Engineering

Proposal link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FVaJb0jzyw

2nd place of $500: Eye of Sauron

  • Abishek Rajagopal, Masters in Applied Computing
  • Sayee Shruthi, Master’s in Applied Computing

Proposal link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVHYuXMW-ac

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Contact lauryn.bodde@uwindsor.ca with any questions.