SPOKANE, Wash. – The Gonzaga University School of Engineering and Applied Science will conduct its first 24-hour challenge “Innovention” this Saturday, April 5 when eight teams of future engineers will compete for a grand prize of $1,000 using skills in public speaking, design, creativity, research, and resourcefulness. The event is open to the public.
During the competition, the engineering students are sent out to campus and the Spokane community looking to identify opportunities to improve or change a product or service. The student teams brainstorm in efforts to identify how they could start a company that could market a product or service and take part in a series of challenges and presentations to earn points and bonuses. The final events are on Sunday morning and include final presentations and a “Trade Show.” The Trade Show begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Atrium of the Herak Center for Engineering and Applied Science, where the teams will pitch their ideas to people attending the show and to a group of potential investors. Attendees will have the opportunity to vote for the team with the best idea and presentation.
The event is being developed by the University for use elsewhere. Two Gonzaga seniors, Paige Bernier and Katie Neal, are planning to launch a start-up company next year that will facilitate competitions like this at other Jesuit schools.