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Kickstart Your Idea

BYU Engineering and the Weidman Center for Global Leadership host a student competition each year in partnership with the BYU Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology. Competitors can receive up to $400 in funding to help with prototyping, research, etc. and are in the running for part of the total $50K in prize money. The annual SIOY competition has kickstarted now-successful companies Owlet, Khione, MyoStorm and more across its 10-year history.

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SIOY JUDGING RUBRIC & RULES
Student innovations will be judged according to three categories. View the full judging rubric here.

Click here to download the rules.
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Innovation
  • Problem Definition
  • Newness/Uniqueness
  • Visibility
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Engineering
  • Prototypes
  • Testing
  • Engineering Design/Refinement
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Impact
  • Size of the Market
  • Value
SIOY UPCOMING events and deadlines
Check this page for new information regarding the 2021-2022 SIOY Competition.

Ready to compete in SIOY? Apply here.
Date / Time Title Location Info
Weekly Q&A / Mentoring Schedule mentoring by emailing SIOY@BYU.EDU
Thursday, September 09
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
SIOY Kickoff EB Event Space Kick-off your Student Innovator of the Year competition experience. Learn how to receive up to $400 to prototype your idea and how to join the process that will increase your technical and professional development and give you a chance to win part of 50k in total prize money. Network with fellow innovators.
Tuesday, September 21
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
SIOY Ideathon EB Event Space Come present your innovative idea to your peers. Practice your presentation skills and get positive and constructive feedback about your idea.
Thursday, November 11
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
SIOY Speed Mentoring (Mentor Alliance) TBA Be mentored by BYU College of Engineering alumni and other industry professionals. Deliver your idea or product pitch, answer questions, and receive high-quality feedback from the mentors. You may just find a mentor for your team for the duration of SIOY and beyond. 
Monday, December 06
11:59 PM
Funding Deadline Your team can receive up to $400 in funding to prototype your project. To submit a funding request, follow directions on the SIOY application. Questions? Email sioy@byu.edu.
Wednesday, January 12
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
SIOY Intellectual Property Info Session TBA Learn basics of protecting your innovative ideas from an IP pro and resources available on campus to help you.
Saturday, January 15
11:59 PM
Application Deadline Applications currently open— apply now! Submitted applications are reviewed weekly until the application deadline. Questions? Email sioy@byu.edu.
Wednesday, February 16
SIOY Showcase EB Event Space and CB step-down lounge This preliminary judging competition determines the seven teams that will advance to the Finals competition. Use your refined 4-minute pitch to highlight what makes your product innovative, the engineering work involved, and its impact to judges, students, and visitors. Four Showcase Honorable Mentions and a Crowd Favorite will win $500 each. Teams who don't advance to the Finals are eligible to compete in SIOY a subsequent year. 
Friday, February 18
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
SIOY Finalist Mentoring Engineering Building (EB) Mandatory - Prior to the final event, each finalist team will be coached by a private mentor in the development of their short presentation. This presentation coaching will focus on including all aspects of the judging rubric while being engaging and entertaining.
Wednesday, March 02
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
SIOY Final Competition TBA The seven finalist teams will give their presentation to judges in front of a large crowd.  Each finalist team will receive $4,000 just for competing in the final event. Finals competition winners will receive additional cash awards of 1st place- $8,000, 2nd place - $6,000, 3rd place - $4,000, and Crowd Favorite - $2,000.  
Student Resources
Equipment
Labs
Other
Checkout Equipment
ME Checkout Room

154 CB

Services include: free rental of hardware or equipment like electronics, motors, sensors, and gauges. Also offers workspace rentals, project consultation, and access to certain testing equipment (tensile testers, wind and water tunnels, heat treating ovens, digital microscopes, etc.). Students are trained according to the equipment they want to use and their prior experience.

HOURS OF OPERATION:

Mon. - Fri. 8am - 5pm

For questions, contact Kevin Cole:
Email: cole@byu.edu
Phone: (801) 422-7446
ECEn Checkout Room/Shop

416 CB

https://ece.byu.edu/shop
A one-stop location for all electronic needs: rent or purchase many types of chips, sensors, and equipment. Services include laser cutting, PCB milling, and 3D printing.

HOURS OF OPERATION:

Mon. - Fri.: 8am-5pm

CONDITION OF USE:

Students cannot take anything off campus. All students must complete safety training through ytrain.byu.edu (search college and then find ECEn checkout room). For purchasing and loan policies, see: https://ece.byu.edu/shop/policies.
Labs
MFGEN 101 Lab

101 CTB

https://mfgen.byu.edu/labs
The MFGN 101 Lab is mostly a machine lab that offers metal aids, metal mills, and CNCA equipment. It also has a metal shearing machine.
The MFGEN 101 Lab is only open to students who are in or have taken MFGEN 220 or ME EN 382.

HOURS:

Mon. - Fri. 8am - 5pm

Email to reserve. For available times, click here.
MFGEN Weld Lab

140 CTB

https://mfgen.byu.edu/labs
The MFGEN Weld Lab includes stick welding, wire and feed welding, and tig welding.

CONTACT:

Students must go to the lab to schedule or talk with a lab assistant. Hours are posted on the door with contact information as well.

CONDITION OF USE:

Students have to have taken a manufacturing welding calss or have proof of past welding experience .
MFGEN 3D Printing Lab

155 CTB

https://mfgen.byu.edu/labs
The MFGEN 3D Printing Lab has several kinds of plastic machines for 3D printing and a metal 3D printer.

CONTACT:

Students must go to the lab to schedule or talk with a lab assistant. Hours are posted on the door with contact information as well.

CONDITION OF USE:

Students pay to have lab assistants complete their project.
MFGEN Waterjet

101 CTB

https://mfgen.byu.edu/labs
The MFGEN Waterjet uses GibbsCam to generate code and a modified Fanuc controller to operate the waterjet.

HOURS OF OPERATION:

Mon. - Fri.: 8am - 5pm

CONDITION OF USE:

Only lab supervisors are allowed to operate the machinery but any student can request something to be made on the machines.

Email to reserve.

140 CTB

The Foundry consists of

metal welding, casting, brazing, and soldering lab.

CONTACT:

Dr. Miles, in charge of lab:
Email: mmiles@byu.edu
Phone: (801) 422-1858

TA: Juston Goldade
Email: justonjgoldade@gmail.com
BYU Cleanroom

487 CB

https://cleanroom.byu.edu/
A class 10 cleanroom used for research in solid state, optoelectronics, photonics, nanotechnology, micro-fabrication, MEMS, micro-fluids, etc.

Contact Jim Fraserhere for use of the BYU Cleanroom.

HOURS OF OPERATION:

Mon. - Fri.: 7am-5pm
If students are part of the ECE dept. or have a professor who is, they have 24/7 access.

CONDITION OF USE:

Complete training tutorialshere. Attend a 3hr in-lab training, it occurs every 2nd and 4th Thursday from 1-4pm. Contact Jim Fraser and let him know you are attending.
Prototyping Lab

EB 117

The Prototyping Lab has 3D printers, waterjet, laser cutting, CNC machines, mills, woodshop, welding equipment, lathes, and hand tools.
Click here to book.

OFFICE PHONE:

(801)422-6297

HOURS OF OPERATION:

Mon. - Fri.: 8am - 5pm

CONDITION OF USE:

Any student can access the lab but they must follow strict safety standards:
- Students must wear close-toed shoes, long pants, and bring their own safety googles
- Regardless of machine experience, students must always ask for lab assistant help when running a machine

Plastics & Composites Lab


115 SNLB

The plastics and composites lab offers casting, thermoforming, injection molding, extrusion, compression molding, roto-molding, and most composites processing methods. Sells some limited in-house stock materials for those processes. Does NOT offer part design, material procurement, or mold creation. (Prototyping lab can help with molds!)

HOURS OF OPERATION:

Varies each semester according to TA schedules, contact lab to get schedule.

CONDITION OF USE:

Available to all students but they must learn about the materials and processes before using the lab. TA's can help but students should come well-informed. Students are welcome to contact Dr. George and his TA's to ask about which materials or processes to research for a given product. (Some equipment requires specific training. When applicable, TA's will indicate and aid in the training process.)

CONTACT:

Contact Dr. George for any questions:
Email: andy_george@byu.edu
Phone: (801) 422-7878
Brigham Young University Resources
BYU Technology Transfer Office: Intellectual Property

3760 HBLL

http://techtransfer.byu.edu
Get answers about the protection of your intellectual property.

CONTACT:

Phone: (801)422-6266
BYU Venture Factory Club

270 CTB

Venture Factory offers the creative space for club members that gives them an extra boost when entering into the Student Innovator of the Year (SIOY) competition.
Students must pay a $15 annual fee to become a member and use the many resources such as 3D printers and prototyping material

CONTACT:

Email: venture@byu.edu
Phone: (801) 422-6300
Cougar Creations

1010 WSC

Cougar Creations offers black & white and color copying/printing (self-service available), posters & oversized printing, coil binding, vinyl covers, cutting, 2- & 3-hole drilling, laminating, transparency printing, and pick-up/delivery services.

HOURS OF OPERATION:

Fall/Winter Hours:
Mon. - Fri.: 8am - 7pm
Doors close at 6:45 pm
Sat.: 11am - 4pm
Spring/Summer Hours:
Mon. - Fri.: 8am - 6pm
Sat.: 11am - 4pm

CONTACT:

Customer Support: (801) 422-1469
printandmail-support@byu.edu

Office phone: (801) 422-2786
Color Center: (801) 422-3794

Click here to visit their website
CougarTech

3rd floor of WSC

CougarTech offers operating system installs, virus removal, software installs, hardware diagnostics, hardware upgrades, hardware repairs, data backup, data recovery, data migration. Students must pay for services.

HOURS OF OPERATION:

Mon. - Fri. 7:45am - 6pm; Sat. 10am - 6pm
Closed for Campus Devotionals - Tues. 10:45am - 11:45am

CONTACT:

Phone: 1(800) 253-2578 (ask for CougarTech), byustore.com@byu.edu
Equipment & Tech Services

Level 2 of HBLL

Equipment and Tech Services offers laser cutters, microform, VR, experiential lab, computer accessories, computers and tables, GIS and mapping, instruments, multimedia production equipment, multimedia viewing, printing and copying, and studying tools. See website for entire list of services and products.

HOURS OF OPERATION:

Mon.: 8am – 9pm
Tues.: 8am – 9pm
Wed.: 8am – 9pm
Thurs.: 8am – 9pm
Fri.: 8am – 6pm
Sat.: 10am – 6pm

CONTACT:

Email: science_reference@byu.edu
Phone: (801) 422-2987. Can also live chat on website here.
Engineering Building Hardware Proving Grounds

1st floor EB

The Engineering Building Hardware Proving Grounds is a project work area with storage cabinets for engineering students only available by reservation.

RESERVATION INSTRUCTIONS:

Engineering students may use their CAEDM password to log-in on the college reservation website. Near the top of the page, click on arrow to the right of "College Resources" Select "Hardware Proving Grounds," click on desired cabinet, and input the information for approval.

Click here to make a reservation.
VMWare Academic Program
Software for running virtual machines on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Click here to download software for free.

Need help with funding?

Check out our funding guidelines below.
SIOY In The News
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Each year, the competition’s contestants never cease to amaze, inspire and motivate with their innovative ideas. This year was no different.

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March 01, 2020 05:40 PM
Former Shark Tank competitors awarded $50,000 in prizes throughout 2020 Student Innovator of the Year competition
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March 28, 2019 10:00 AM
Known for launching BYU students’ great ideas into real businesses, this year’s Student Innovator of the Year Competition launched its winner’s idea even further--into space, that is.
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January 02, 2019 10:00 AM
BYU Chemical Engineering graduate Kurt Workman went from BYU student entrepreneur to multi-million dollar CEO in just a few years.
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The BYU alum was a guest judge for the SIOY Final Competition in 2020
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Have questions? Don't hesitate to contact us! We genuinely want to help students get involved with this unique and valuable opportunity to be fostered into the next innovator.