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UCLA Inventathon 2013

Inventathon 2014

Friday, October 4, 2013 at 4:00 PM - Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 6:00 PM (PDT)

UCLA Inventathon 2013

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Inventathon - Participant (Overflow)
Because of popular demand, we have now increased our capacity!
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Observer - Final Pitches, Saturday 4pm
Come see the final pitches, judging, and mingle with the teams on Saturday at 4-6pm in the CNSI Lobby.
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Event Details

The Inventathon is a 24-hour competition to create and pitch the best solution to a medical need. It can be a mobile app, an embedded device, or a conceptual drawing. You can use whatever tools you want, and we will have mentors during the competition to offer feedback. Arduinos and basic components (breadboard, cables, resistors, capacitors, sensors) will be available to those who require them.

We'll give you free food and have prizes during the event. No experience necessary.

Teams must have 3-5 members. Ideally, you should get people with complementary skills to join your team. Don't worry about not having a team before the event! We will form teams during the kickoff!


1) All prototyping must be performed during the 24 hours of the event (However, you can, and are encouraged to, think of ideas and practice with the tools you'll be using beforehand).

2) Teams must have 3 to 5 members.

3) Every team will have 3 minutes to present their ideas to the judges.

Registration preference will be given to competitors affiliated with UCLA (i.e. students, staff, faculty), but the general public is welcome to sign up. Pitches will be held at 4pm on Saturday, October 5th in the CNSI Lobby. Send all questions to

Tentative Schedule:

            Friday, October 4th

                        4 pm      Registration and Team Formation, Refreshments

                        5 pm      Mentorship Introductions

                        9 pm      Dinner

                        12 am     Team Update! Raffle + Midnight Snack

            Saturday, October 5th

                        3 am       Early Morning Snacks

                        9 am       Breakfast, Announcement of Pitching Lineup

                        1 pm       Lunch

                        1-3 pm       Pitch Coaching

                        4 pm       Competition deadline! Pitches begin

                        5:30 pm       Pitching Ends. Judging period

                        6:00 pm       Winners Announced

                        6:30 pm   Go Home + Sleep


I'm a science undergrad / grad / postdoc or medical student, how can I contribute?

A large component of the competition is thinking of a creative solution to a medical problem, and crafting a convincing pitch. Put your research skills to use!


I don't know how to code!

Don't worry! There is no experience necessary. You can join a team with those skills, or just represent your prototype in a different method (technical drawings, powerpoint, concept art). We will also have people on hand to show you how to use the Arduinos that we will provide. A large component of the Inventathon is thinking of a creative solution to a medical need, learning on the fly, and doing research.

What do I need to bring?

You should bring a laptop or any materials you feel you need. We will have WiFi, plug points, and food/drinks provided to all teams.


I don't have any ideas!

I have this great solution for this medical need, but it isn't listed as a topic!

We will provide a list of topics that teams must choose from. Entries that are not responsive to one of the topics will be disqualified!

I'm not sure if I can attend or not. Can I still register?

Yes, you can register, but be aware that if you do not show up during registration, your spot will be given away to others on the standby list. If you have any circumstances that prevent you from coming to registration (class conflict, club meeting, etc.), please email

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. We will have a registration list at the door, but be sure to pre-register to ensure a spot! We will use the registration and standby lists until capacity is met, so show up early!

I need my sleep. What happens if I sleep or nap during the event?

You will likely feel refreshed, and ready to get back to hacking / inventing. However, since you only have 24 hours, it's probably not a good idea to sleep during the whole event. We will provide caffeine, water, and snacks throughout the night!


What if I have to leave partway through the Inventathon?

If you have to leave for bit or want to sleep in your own bed, that's fine! However, your entire team must be present during the check-in and pitches / judging to qualify for the competition. To qualify for the raffle, you must be present during the raffle announcement at midnight.


What if I invent something cool that I want to keep working on?

Then that's awesome! Although, be aware that this event and the final pitches may be considered public disclosures. Sharing your idea with others is essential to validating it and gaining support, and this is a great time to learn how to do so without giving away your "secret sauce."


Can I observe the event even if I don't participate?

Unfortunately, we are limited in room capacity, so observers are mainly limited to mentors, judges, and volunteers. The final pitches at 4pm on 10/5 in the CNSI lobby is open to the general public. If you are interested in observing, please e-mail


Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please e-mail any questions about the Inventathon or Innovation Week to

Have questions about UCLA Inventathon 2013? Contact Inventathon 2014

When & Where

California NanoSystems Institute, 5th floor
570 Westwood Plaza
#CNSI Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Friday, October 4, 2013 at 4:00 PM - Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 6:00 PM (PDT)

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Inventathon Organizers

Shyam Natarajan

Christina Vorvis

Samantha Oughton

Jemima Escamilla

Amit Mulgaonkar

Roy Doumani

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