Smart Lighting Challenge: Student Information

A Student Engineering Design & Business Strategy Competition

What: A student competition. No prior Smart Lighting expertise or technical knowledge is required, all background information will be provided.

  • Help optimize the design, manufacturing process, and product strategy for emerging solid state lighting technologies under development at the NSF Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center here at BU.
  • Teams will assume the role of product developer, and have two weeks to prepare their 15 min presentation to convince a panel of judges to adopt their strategy.
  • Network with industry professionals and other SMG/ENG/CAS students
  • $1600 in prizes to be awarded based on viability of business concepts, engineering feasibility, presentation quality, logic and reasoning. Total anticipated time investment per team is 20-32 hours (5-8 per person).

Who: All BU undergraduate and graduate students, working in teams of four.   Joint ENG/SMG/CAS teams are strongly encouraged in order to fully address award criteria.

Judges: BU ENG/SMG faculty and alumni, and, venture capital and industry professionals

Date & Time: April 9, first round of judging at 3:00, followed by dinner, keynote speaker, and final round.
Location: BU School of Management (595 Commonwealth Ave.)
Entry fee: $10 per person (includes dinner)
Registration Deadline: March 28
For more information: Contact

Hosted by the BU Energy Club
Sponsored by Chevron, the NSF Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center, the BU Clean Energy and Environmental Sustainability Initiative, and the BU Center for Information and Systems Engineering