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5th Annual Imagineering Competition

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The College is excited to announce the fifth annual Imagineering Competition. Through the generous support of John Maccarone ENG’66, the College is again sponsoring the Imagineering Competition. This competition is designed to reinforce the ideals of creating the Societal Engineer by giving students the opportunity to express their creativity and entrepreneurial capabilities on ideas that impact people and society. The competition provides a framework where interested undergraduate students can, individually or as a team, create and enter an original project in the competition. Prizes for the competition are as follows:

  • 1st Prize - $3,000, plus assistance with Patent submission, marketing analysis consultation, invitation to serve on Competition Committee the following year.
  • 2nd Prize - $1,500, assistance with Patent submission, marketing analysis consultation
  • Best in Class Prizes - $500, awarded to best project from each undergraduate class (mixed teams are categorized by team leader’s year group).

Competition Guidelines:

  1. Open to all engineering undergraduates, individually or in teams. Open to other BU undergraduate students as long as there is at least one engineering student on the team. Leveraging the abilities of students from other BU colleges and schools is not only appropriate but encouraged.
  2. Projects can be started at any time after the official competition announcement date of October 30, 2015. Competition applications/entrance forms must be submitted by April 1st.
  3. Kick-off meeting for interested participants will be on December 2nd at 5:00 in the Imagineering Lab.
  4. Projects will be judged by the Competition Committee between April 25th-28th. Participants will be notified of exact dates in early April.
  5. Students should generate their own project ideas. No senior projects can be submitted to the competition. All intellectual property will be maintained by the student participant(s).
    1. The Imagineering lab website will post a list of possible project topics that you can choose from if you are having difficulty generating your own.
    2. The Imagineering Lab will also maintain a list of students who wish to be part of a team but have not formed one. This should allow students the opportunity of working on a team without having to find enough interested individuals on their own.
  6. Projects can address any application, but are particularly encouraged in areas at the intersection of healthcare and IT; energy and sustainability; security/cybersecurity; and Global technologies for the developing world.

Competition Criteria:

  1. Originality, ingenuity, and creativity of project
  2. Quality of design and prototype
  3. Functionality of project
  4. Relationship to areas of emphasis

Competition Awards:

The Competition Committee reserves the right to withhold any and all awards if in their judgment the project does not rise to the level of excellence as outlined in the Competition Criteria. Winners are under no obligation to patent or market their work. All intellectual property generated by the competition participants remains solely their own.

Competition Project Review Format:

A short presentation/demonstration (15 minutes) is required to present your project to the Competition Committee. Presentations/demonstrations will be open to the general public. During the presentation/demonstration the following areas should be covered:

  1. Origin of Idea
  2. Purpose of Prototype
  3. Design Features
  4. Build/Assembly Process
  5. Brief description of potential market and customer impact

The presentation/demonstration will be followed by a short question and answer period by the Competition Committee.

Competition Resources:

  1. The Imagineering Lab will be available for your team’s use. The lab assistants are available to answer questions and assist your team with equipment needs.
  2. Materials and parts that are not normally stocked in the Imagineering lab can be requested through the lab assistants.
  3. Should the need arise we may be able to appoint a faculty member as an advisor.

Competition Questions:

Should you have any questions concerning this competition, please email