2018 Collegiate Inventors Competition
The National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF) hosted the Collegiate Inventors Competition® (CIC) in Alexandria, Virginia November 14-16. Three graduate and three undergraduate teams took home the bronze, silver and gold prizes, along with the Arrow Electronics Innovation Prize Winner and People’s Choice Award Winner.
What is CIC?
CIC is an annual collegiate competition presented by the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Each year, college inventors submit their groundbreaking innovations to join the competition. A panel of third-party judges reviews all entries and helps select the Finalist teams for both undergraduate and graduate categories. The panel of judges consists of United States Patent and Trademark Office representatives, NIHF Inductees and STEM experts. Once selected, the Finalists travel all-expenses-paid to the competition, which includes three days of showcasing, networking and consulting with invention and intellectual property experts. The event culminates in the Expo + Awards Ceremony, where each team showcases their inventions to the public and the winners are awarded their cash prizes.
Who are the 2018 Finalists and Winners?
Our CIC Finalists are some of the brightest collegiate inventors in the country. The 2018 Finalists represent Brown University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Louisville, Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California at Berkeley, Virginia Tech, University of California at San Diego, Case Western Reserve University, Harvard University and Boston University. Learn more about these innovators and their inventions on our website.
The 2018 winning teams include:
- Undergraduate Gold: Rhino from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
- Undergraduate Silver: Radiex from Johns Hopkins University
- Undergraduate Bronze: CropDoc from Brown University
- Graduate Gold: PionEar from Harvard University
- Graduate Silver: Neurotendo from University of California at San Diego
- Graduate Bronze: OSPRI from Case Western Reserve University
- People’s Choice: Neurotendo from University of California at San Diego
- Arrow Electronics Innovation Prize: Automatic Tracking of Surgical Instruments from University of California at Berkeley and University of California at San Diego