FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

5th

The 5th Annual Space Innovation Challenge concluded on 11/6/2021.

Thank you to all those who participated and congratulations to the top teams:

 

First Place: Teppernauts

Self-cleaning solar panels to mitigate dust accumulation

Sam Campbell, Jason DiVenere, Michelle Fremuth, Shilpa Jais-Stewart, Jen MacDonald

 

Second Place (tied): Team MIT

A garage on the Moon that provides battery recharge and thermal control for lunar rovers

Fiona Gouthro, Eduardo Maristany, Cormac O'Neill, Jenn Pandolf, Andrew Schroeder

 

Second Place (tied): Infrastellar

Standardizing lunar terrain for energy infrastructure development

Matthew Feldman, John Harrington, Ryan Lee, Alex Pletta, Russell Wong

Prompt: Develop a proposal for a new business that will provide a solution for a power supply or sustainability challenge that the space industry faces today. Your recommendation should include

a clear outline of the problem being solved along with the technical and commercial viability of

your solution. The most important part of this problem solving process is to think creatively and

have fun with your ideas!

A special thank you to our sponsors and judges for making this a successful event. The 6th

Annual Space Innovation Challenge will be planned for next school year with info coming

early next fall.

The Space Innovation Challenge is a graduate-level case competition that helps you make an impact, meet new friends across campus and from other top universities, and mingle with leaders of the new space industry. The case prompt will go live on October 31st and you'll have all week to develop solutions to a space-themed business problem for the event. The following Saturday, teams will pitch their solution to a team of leading professionals in the new space industry, which will be followed by a networking event with industry leaders.

WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND?

  1. Pitch to industry leaders and make high-profile professional contacts
     

  2. Expand your network with students from other CMU schools and other leading universities
     

  3. Your idea might get funded by the companies in attendance
     

  4. Registration is free, so why not?

 

GROW YOUR NETWORK

 

Following the innovation challenge there will be a networking social between the participants, sponsors, and judges. In addition, we will share your resumes with the judges and sponsors as a part of this case competition.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The Space Innovation Challenge offers space companies the opportunity to hear creative ideas from the brightest minds at Carnegie Mellon University and other leading universities. Sponsorship allows your company to connect with the space talent of tomorrow. For additional information on sponsorship levels, email CJ Dearborn at cdearbor@tepper.cmu.edu.

PAST WINNERS

2020: Teppernauts

Sam Campbell, Jason DiVenere, Michelle Fremuth, Vivek Jayaprakasan, Ruben Tavakalov

2019: Moon Unit Zappa

Keegan Borig, Clare Callahan, Prashant Jayaraman, Prakarsh Yadav

2018: Cosmic Computing

Kyle Marinelli, Sara Megbel, Lisha Prakash, Vaibhav Viswanathan

2017: Deep Orbital Recycler (DOR)

Shubham Agarwal, Shane Gorth, Tejas Khot, Katarzyna Olszewska, Arun Ramasami

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is the competition open to anyone?


Yes. While SIC is focused on solving business problems related to the space industry, you don't have to be a Tepper student to compete. Students from any graduate or undergraduate college are welcome and highly encouraged to attend. We welcome and have had many students from other universities compete at SIC. If you are not a Tepper student and want to get updates about SIC, or if you are part of a space related club at another school and want to be involved, please Visit Our Website and contact us!




Are we required to network with students across campus prior to attending the competition?


No, this is not required. You will have plenty of time to meet students from across campus at the team formation event on October 20th. If you have friends in other schools at CMU or would like to begin networking prior to the event then that would only benefit you!




Are we permitted to join the competition with designated team members?


Yes, you are able to register with fully formed teams. If you want to compete, but do not have a full team, please register and let us know you are open to joining other teams. If you have any additional questions please Visit Our Website and contact us!




Is there a limit to the number of students per team?


Yes, the current limit is five students per team. You do not need to have five students on your team in order to compete. It is highly recommended that you have at least three team members from different schools or academic disciplines.




Is there a limit to the number of students from each school per team?


There is no recommended limit to the number of students from each school per team.




When will the case prompt be released?


The official prompt will be released on October 30th and distributed via email to all registered teams.




Is it possible for my business idea to receive funding?


Yes! Sponsors often express interest in funding any ideas they believe may provide substantial value. If you’re a budding entrepreneur then this is an excellent opportunity for you.




What are the winning prizes?


Prize amounts will be communicated once the numbers of sponsors and participants have been finalized.