USC Stevens Student Innovator Showcase

Read our news article for info on this year’s Showcase winners and full event coverage.

View the 2018 program booklet to learn about all 24 teams that competed.

The annual USC Stevens Student Innovator Showcase provides an opportunity for USC students to present their inventions, startups and prototypes (in all disciplines) to faculty and leaders from the local venture, entrepreneur and business community. Sponsored by the USC Stevens Center for Innovation, this flagship event offers over $30,000 in USC-sponsored prizes to winning teams and ideas. The innovations may be anything with the potential for impact, from clean energy generation to a medical device to a technological solution for a social problem. All USC students, faculty, alumni, staff, and their guests are invited.

Read about past winners of the USC Stevens Student Innovator Showcase:

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Congratulations to the award winners and all 24 teams that competed in the 12th Annual USC Stevens Student Innovator Showcase on October 12, 2018.

Winners of the 2018 USC Stevens Student Innovator Showcase:

$10,000 USC Stevens Breakthrough Innovation Award
Project that best demonstrates a breakthrough industry-altering approach to solving a societal problem.
Funded by USC Stevens Center for Innovation 

  • Adoptimize
    Adoptimize is an animal shelter optimization technology that saves thousands of lives while reducing costs for city shelters.
    Team leader: Jessica Schleder, USC Marshall School of Business


$10,000 Best Business Concept
Project with the best business model to be financially viable in the marketplace.
Funded by the Diem Shotwell Metcalfe Family Fund at the USC Marshall School of Business

  • PostScript
    Postscript is a powerful, easy-to-use SMS platform for Shopify stores. Send campaigns, create automations, and drive new revenue.
    Team leader: Alexander Beller, USC Thornton School of Music

$4,000 Global Impact
Awarded to the project with the most innovative idea to solve global social or environmental issues.
Funded by a donation by Daniel Floersheimer through the USC Marshall School of Business

  • IUSA
    A business-to-business technology based labor management tool that facilitates the process of doing business with independent contractors.
    Team leader: Alexander Rincon, USC Marshall School of Business (Social Entrepreneurship)

$4,000 Allen Clair Nelson Innovation Award
Project most likely to have a transformational impact by making previous solutions obsolete.
Funded by a donation by Allen Clair Nelson through the USC Viterbi School of Engineering

  • Top
    Top is the first student planner that can automatically schedule, prioritize, and track assignments and exams.
    Team leader: Seun Deleawe, USC Viterbi School of Engineering

$2,500 Venture Validation
Project closest to market with the most progress gaining market traction including securing investors, funding, and marketing.
Funded by The Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the USC Marshall School of Business

  • Yobs
    Yobs leverages BSP to build intelligence over HR unstructured data. We assist HR with building diversity, predicting performance and culture fit.
    Team leader: Federico Dubini, USC Marshall School of Business

$1,600 Trojan Family Choice Award
Project voted most popular by the attendees of Trojan Family Weekend.
Funded by the Diem Shotwell Metcalfe Family Fund at the USC Marshall School of Business

  • IUSA
    A business-to business technology based labor management tool that facilitates the process of doing business with independent contractors.
    Team leader: Alexander Rincon, USC Marshall School of Business (Social Entrepreneurship)

All 24 participating teams (listed below) at the 2018 USC Stevens Student Innovator Showcase were an excellent representation of USC student innovation. For details about each team, view our event program booklet.

  • Adoptimize Finalist and Winner of the USC Stevens Breakthrough Innovation Award
  • Anonymity
  • Atria Connect
  • Best Foot Forward
  • Blush
  • Chip In – Finalist
  • Greet
  • Hired Byte
  • Homing Beacon Map
  • IUSA – Finalist and Winner of the Global Impact Award and Trojan Family Choice Award
  • Kyoku
  • Lighthaus – Finalist
  • Mello
  • NGsure – Finalist
  • Petitas Los Angeles – Finalist
  • Plasticity
  • PocketSTETH
  • PostScript – Finalist and Winner of the Best Business Concept Award
  • Remember Me
  • Seek Software, Inc.
  • Stockton Urban Revitalization Fellowship (SURF)
  • Top – Finalist and Winner of the Allen Clair Nelson Innovation Award
  • Wordable – Finalist
  • Yobs – Finalist and Winner of the Venture Validation Award

Thank you to the students and teams that participated, and to the generous sponsors for making this event a success. Special recognition goes to the panel of 2018 Judges and to our Keynote Speaker and Masters of Ceremonies:

  • Michael E. Meyers, T.R. Winston & Company (Keynote Speaker & Judge)
  • Dr. Renee Smith-Maddox, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and Dr. Anthony Maddox, USC Rossier School of Education & USC Viterbi School of Engineering (Masters of Ceremonies)
  • Jennifer Dyer, Executive Director, USC Stevens Center for Innovation (Judge)
  • Bob Metcalfe, University of Texas (Sponsor & Judge)
  • Julia Metcalfe, Facebook (Sponsor & Judge)
  • Karen Heidelberger, Deerfield (Judge)
  • James Kaiser, HOYA (Judge)
  • William Slattery, Deerfield (Judge)
  • Caleb Smith, Salem Partners (Judge)
  • John Wetherell, Pillsbury (Judge)