Ranging from automated farming robotics to a clothing-swap app, the SIOY is proving to be the center of student innovation here at BYU. Even halfway through the fall semester, students are preparing now for the final competition in the spring.
Students across all majors are being invited to join the annual BYU Student Innovator of the Year (SIOY) competition, where they will be competing against each other to claim funding for their respective projects. The cherry on top for this competition is the $50,000 total that will be given to students and their teams, all in an effort to boost the experiences of students and to make a positive impact on the world.
If a student has ever had an idea for a product, service, or software, it is recommended that they take a closer look at this competition. Electrical and Computer Engineering as a field of study provides a great foundation for product development and creative solutions. Students within the program have already begun to expand upon their ideas that help fix real-world solutions in a variety of fields! For more perspective on how these ideas will be judged in the final competition, 35% of the project will be graded on Innovation, 45% will be graded for its Engineering, and the remaining 20% will be evaluated on the impact it makes.
SIOY serves as an amazing opportunity to network with other students both from and outside of your program, and it provides the chance to experience the creativeness of fellow BYU students. Although the official sign-up deadline for the competition is not until January 14, 2023, students are encouraged to get the ball rolling now, so that they can take full advantage of the resources and aid that are provided for them.
Students in the ECEn department who participate in the competition can even apply for an additional $400 from the department! Even more exciting, if your team happens to become one of the final seven teams in the competition, you’ll receive a guaranteed $4,000 just for competing.