EPIC Blue Sky Competition

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

We challenge you to think like a changemaker!

The format of the competition will be a video submission, virtual semi-final voting round followed by an in-person finalist viewing event with judges.

Cash prizes for finalists are sponsored by the University of Windsor Alumni Association and include:

  • First prize of $1,000
  • Second prize of $500

The SKY is the limit, it is bright and blue, ideas are inspiring, and SO ARE YOU!

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 or a mix of both
  • Can be in any discipline of study

Our first key date in the competition will be Thursday, September 22nd. This is our in-person info session that will take place at the EPICentre office (Joyce Entrepreneurship Centre- 2455 Wyandotte St W). This event is a chance for students interested in the competition to form teams and ask questions.

  • Saturday, October 1st: Competition Submissions are open
  • Monday, October 17th: Competition Submission Deadline
  • Tuesday, October 18th: Semi-finalist voting begins
  • Friday, October 21st: Semi-finalist voting closes
  • Thursday, October 27th: In-person finalists viewing event @EPICentre office (Joyce Entrepreneurship Centre- 2455 Wyandotte St W). First and second place winners are announced.
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Next Steps:

  1. Semi-finalists are chosen and their submission YouTube videos will be shared on the EPICentre website under the left heading labeled “VOTING”
  2. Please share this with your people! The five teams with the most votes will proceed to the final round (See key dates section above for timing on voting periods)
  3. The Top 5 teams with the most votes will be selected as finalists and invited to join us at the EPICentre office for an in-person viewing event on Thursday, October 27th
  4. A panel of judges will choose our top 2 winners from our finalists. Winning teams will be announced!

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?
5
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?
15
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?
10
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?
10
5. Team Members
– Who are your team members?
– How will each team member contribute to the project?
5
6. Quality of Video
– Is the video high-quality?
– Is the video convincing?
5

Our first key date in the competition will be Thursday, September 22nd. This is our in-

person info session that will take place at the EPICentre office (Joyce Entrepreneurship

Centre- 2455 Wyandotte St W). This event is a chance for students interested in the

competition to form teams and ask questions.

 

To register for the info session night, please click here.

The earlier the better as we have limited spots available.

Q: How is the prize money divided for the winning teams?

A: Prize money is processed via e-transfer and is divided equally among team

members. Payment information is collected from both first and second-prize-winning

teams at the completion of the competition.

 

Q: Can the idea be based on an existing product/service that is already in the market?

A: Yes, it can be. Your team must however prove how your idea solves the problem and

is different from what is currently available.

 

Q: Does it have to be a business idea?

A: It does not have to be a business idea; it can also be an idea in the form of a solution

to a problem or service.

 

Q: What other benefits besides prize money are available by participating in this

competition?

A:

  • A chance to meet new connections within your own teams, the EPICentre team, judges, and other contestants
  • Add experience to your resume or as an example of on-campus involvement during a job interview
  • Could be the beginning of a journey as an entrepreneur or developing an entrepreneurial mindset.

Q: Do I really have to create or prototype something to submit?

A: No, the competition is only conceptual and does not require creating the product, service, or solution.

Q: Is there a penalty for going over the 2-minute time limit on the video?

A: Videos must be no more than 2 minutes in order to be considered to move onto either semi-finalist or finalist round. Your video will only be viewed and judged up to the 2-minute mark.

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

Stay tuned for a link to our voting page!

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