The Grainger Computing Innovation Prize calls on Illinois Tech students to discover creative technology solutions to some of the most challenging problems facing the world today: health disparities, climate change, and the need for sustainable smart infrastructure.

Yes, you need to be an Illinois Tech student to participate.

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The judging criteria will be announced in fall 2021.

Yes, Illinois Tech will help provide mentors to support your innovation.

The Grainger Computing Innovation Prize is open to all Illinois Tech students pursuing bachelor’s and master’s degrees, but must include some element of computing.

Registration is now open. Register using the form on the registration page to participate in the inaugural Grainger Computing Innovation Prize. You can register as a team (of up to 5 Illinois Tech students) or as an individual looking for a team. 

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The Grainger Computing Innovation Prize will go through three stages during the fall semester 2021:

  1. Round 1 September 20: teams will submit Concept Notes describing their ideas. If a team’s submission is selected, they will move on to the next round.
  2. Round 2 October 20: teams will be invited to develop a detailed prototype of their idea. If a team’s presentation is selected, they will move on to the finals.
  3. Finals November 10: teams will present their ideas in front of a top-tier panel of judges.

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