Grainger Computing Innovation Prize – Concept Notes Due Sept 20

Submit Your Concept Note

Concept notes are due before midnight on September 20, 2021.

Use this form to submit your concept note and register your team to participate in the inaugural Grainger Computing Innovation Prize.

You can register as a team of up to 5 Illinois Tech students. At least one undergraduate student is required in each team.

To compete in the Grainger Computing Innovation Prize, students must be pursuing an undergraduate or master’s degree and must be registered at Illinois Tech for fall 2021. International students are eligible and welcomed to participate in this competition. Doctoral students are not eligible for the prize but are encouraged to participate as mentors.

Interdisciplinary solutions and creative thinking are welcomed and encouraged. All bachelor’s and master’s students are eligible, but entries must involve an element of computing.

Find Your Team

If you’re an individual looking to connect with other students to form a team, join the Grainger Prize Google Group.

If you have any difficulty joining the Google Group, you can use our form to subscribe for updates and note in the comment section that you’d like to be added to the Google Group.

About the Grainger Computing Innovation Prize

The inaugural Grainger Computing Innovation Prize calls on Illinois Tech students to develop 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. The competition will take place over the fall 2021 semester.

Tackle these challenging problems to win your share of a total of $30,000 in prizes:

  • 1st Place Team: $15,000
  • 2nd Place Team: $10,000
  • 3rd Place Team: $5,000

The Grainger Computing Innovation Prize was established through a generous endowed gift from The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation based in Lake Forest, Illinois, that provides substantive support to a broad range of organizations, including educational, medical, cultural, and human services institutions.

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