SEAS Innovation Challenge


The purpose of the competition is to foster innovative thinking in a multidisciplinary team environment whereby teams of up to three current SEAS undergraduate and/or graduate students compete to see which team develops and demonstrates the most innovative use of the provided single board Raspberry Pi 3 (with Wi-Fi) computer.  The poster and prototype demonstration of the Innovation Challenge will take place during the R&D Showcase on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.  Please note: you do not have to compete in the R&D Showcase to qualify for the SEAS Innovation Challenge - they are two separate competitions.

Qualifying Review
Each team will submit a one-page (maximum) review executive summary of their proposed Raspberry Pi innovation application.  The executive summary is due by COB on December 5, 2016.  An Innovation Challenge Judging Team (composed of five members) will convene and choose the fifteen best proposals from those submitted.  The finalists will be announced by December 12, 2016 and the Raspberry Pi 3 kits will be given to them.  Please see the rules below for a complete Innovation Challenge timeline.

1st Place - $3,000
2nd Place - $2,000
3rd Place - $1,000

The Raspberry Pi 3 kits will be sponsored by Graves Technology Inc.

For further information, please contact Annamaria Konya-Tannon at the SEAS Dean’s Office or email at


SEAS Innovation Challenge Rules  

Participation of GW students can be as individuals or in teams.

  1. Individuals: Must be a current SEAS Undergraduate or Graduate Student.
  2. Teams: Up to three members. At least one team member must be a current SEAS Undergraduate or Graduate student.


  1. Participants must use the supplied Raspberry Pi 3 single board computer as part of the completed project.
  2. Participants may add at their own discretion and expense to the supplied kits any and all items needed to complete their projects.

Individuals and teams may consult GW professors, alumni, and staff as mentors on their project. Mentors must supply advice only and must not actively participate in the design, construction, testing, or demonstration of their projects.

Innovation Challenge Timeline:

  1. Spring Progress Report: Poster presentation and prototype demo at the SEAS 2017 R&D Showcase. Please follow the R&D Showcase announcements for rules, dates and deadlines.
  2. Final Demonstration and Judging: Poster and oral presentation, and prototype demonstration to the Innovation Challenge review committee. This review will take place on the same day as the SEAS Pelton Design Competition, usually held in May. Please follow announcements in the Spring semester.

For further information, please contact Annamaria Konya-Tannon at the SEAS Dean’s Office or email at


SEAS Innovation Challenge Entry Form  

To register as a participant, please download the SEAS Innovation Challenge entry form.  Please note: all entry forms must be submitted electronically by 5:00 pm on December 5, 2016.