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Student Innovation Challenge

A celebration of ideas
In an expo-style event, students pitch their start-ups, innovative research and interdisciplinary projects.

The Student Innovation Challenge provides a fantastic opportunity for University of Sydney students and alumni to present their innovative solutions to real-world problems. This exhibition style event offers students the chance to win up to $10,000.

Last year's winners included the world's first anti-pollution mask, a robotic translator for people with deaf blindness, a biodegradable solution alternative to plastic mulch and vehicles that can investigate underwater structures.

The Student Innovation Challenge will take place on Wednesday 21 August. Applications close Sunday 30 June. 

2019 categories and prizes

  • Startup Innovation Prize ($10,000)
    For startups that have commercial potential.
    Apply now.
  • Research Innovation Prize ($10,000)
    For research which has been translated into a practical application. 
    Apply now.
  • Interdisciplinary Innovation Prize ($5,000)
    For interdisciplinary solutions to real-world problems. 
    Apply now.
  • Alumni Innovation Prize ($5,000)
    For alumni who have successfully commercialised their research.
    By nomination only.

Prize guidelines and judging criteria

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2019 Showcase Judges


  • Mark Pesce, leading futurist, author, entrepreneur and innovator
  • Jo Burston, founder of Job Capital



2019 Shortlisting Judges





2018 Student Innovation Challenge

The competition, run annually as part of Innovation Week, saw students pitch their start-ups, innovative research and inter-disciplinary projects in an expo-style showcase on Tuesday 31 July. There was a $30,000 prize pool for the best solutions to a real-world problem.