USC Stevens Student Innovator Showcase

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 thousands of dollars 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.

What: USC Stevens Student Innovator Showcase

When: Friday, October 12, 2018

Where: USC’s University Park Campus during Trojan Family Weekend

Who: Open to all current USC undergraduate and graduate students.

How to Apply: Click on the APPLY NOW button below. Applications for the Showcase will be accepted online until Sunday, September 2, 2018 at 11:59PM. Applicants selected for the showcase will be notified by September 25, 2018. All showcase participants must attend a mandatory pitch and presentation training workshop  approximately 2 weeks prior to the competition.

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Congratulations to the award winners and all 24 teams that competed in the 11th Annual USC Stevens Student Innovator Showcase on October 13, 2017. For a list of the 2017 winners, see below and read our full news story at: https://stevens.usc.edu/2017-usc-stevens-student-innovator-showcase-awards-30k-to-student-startups.

Winners of the 2017 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 

  • Carbon Thumbprint
    A more accurate transcutaneous carbon dioxide (CO2) monitor that will not burn babies.
    Team leader: Saif Ali Azam, Keck School of Medicine of USC


$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

  • EventAll
    An online platform for organizers to create custom event apps tailored to their needs, giving fans the best possible experience.
    Team leader: Alvin Liang, USC Thornton School of Music


$5,000 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

  • International Student Environmental Coalition
    An international network of 30 countries that unites and empowers students anywhere in the world to act for climate justice.
    Team leader: Kayla Soren, USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences


$2,500 Most Potentially Disruptive

Project most likely to completely transform its marketplace by making previous solutions obsolete.
Funded by the USC Marshall Center for Global Innovation 

  • Vibraille
    A device that converts text from a computer/phone to a braille-like format which can be read with a tactile hand.
    Team leader: Luke Vincent Naman, Keck School of Medicine of USC


$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

  • Lahtt Sauce
    An all-purpose chili oil sauce made with a proprietary blend of simple ingredients, and is ideal for dipping, stir-fry, and marinade.
    Team leader: Maxine Lau, 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

  • MedMind
    An app that makes it easier than ever before for cancer patients to manage their drugs and side effects and take control of their options.
    Team leader: Nina Singh, USC Viterbi School of Engineering

All 24 participating teams (listed below) at the 2017 USC Stevens Student Innovator Showcase were an excellent representation of USC student innovation. For details about each team, view our event program booklet.

  • Bunje SMART
  • Carbon Thumbprint – Finalist and Winner of the USC Stevens Breakthrough Innovation Award
  • Connecting 2 Communities
  • CoupleGoals – Finalist
  • Emotion Variance Analyzer
  • EventAll – Finalist and Best Business Concept Award Winner
  • Happy Pill, LLC
  • Infusion – Finalist
  • International Student Environmental Coalition – Finalist and Global Impact Award Winner
  • Intram
  • Kal-tein
  • Lahtt Sauce – Finalist and Venture Validation Award Winner
  • Makora Health Initiative
  • MedMind – Finalist and Trojan Family Choice Award winner
  • Modular Ears
  • Nom Noms
  • QCeq – Finalist
  • Rubedo Pharmaceuticals
  • Spoiler Alert
  • The Huff Cough Trainer – Finalist
  • ThinkNow ConneKt
  • Threshold 5
  • Tommy Bot
  • Vibraille – Finalist and Most Potentially Disruptive Award winner

Thanks 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 2017 Judges and to our Keynote Speaker and Master of Ceremonies:

  • Rohit Shukla, Larta Institute (Keynote Speaker)
  • Professor Pai-Ling Yin, USC Marshall School of Business (Master of Ceremonies)
  • Jennifer Dyer, Executive Director, USC Stevens Center for Innovation (Judge)
  • Bob Metcalfe, University of Texas (Sponsor & Judge)
  • Julia Metcalfe, Facebook (Sponsor & Judge)
  • David Florence, Stanton Chase International (Judge)
  • Carlos Gutierrez, Larta Institute (Judge)
  • Karen Heidelberger, Deerfield (Judge)
  • Seth D. Levy, Nixon Peabody (Judge)
  • Michael E. Meyers, T.R. Winston (Judge)
  • Caleb Smith, Salem Partners (Judge)