Invent@SU, supported by Bill and Penny Allyn, is comprised of two immersive, six-week invention accelerators for Syracuse University students. The program uses Invention Factory‘s proven model of developing students’ abilities to innovate and communicate. Invent@SU trains undergraduate students to “design, prototype, and pitch” as they develop tangible products.

The program takes place at the Fisher Center in NYC and on the SU campus every summer.

Students learn about design, ideation and intellectual property, then conceive an original invention, prototype the invention, and refine it in response to weekly feedback from diverse audiences of guest evaluators.

In addition to a chance to win cash prizes of $5,000 for best invention and $3,000 for second best invention, students receive:

  • A $1,000 stipend
  • A $1,000 budget per team for project materials
  • Guidance from expert consultants and evaluators
  • Access to laser cutters, 3D printers, a machine shop, and professional machinists
  • Assistance with a provisional patent application
  • Daily lunch, coffee, and snacks

Applications for Summer 2019 will open in November 2018

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2018 Winners

First Place NYC – Prioritage
Ibnul Rafi and Angelica O’Hara

Second Place NYC – Artemis Wand
Hanna Yacubov and Patrick Riolo

First Place SU Campus – L-IV Portable IV System
Quinn King and Alec Gillinder

Second Place SU Campus – Halo Emergency Reporting System
Annabelle Lincoln and Jaclyn Hingre