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What is U-INNOVATE®?  U-INNOVATE is UCAR's internal competition for new technology and innovations such as software, hardware and applications.  This fun, friendly and fast-paced competition is open to all UCAR employees with the goal of promoting and fostering new ideas and progressing these ideas from research to potential commercial applications.  Entries are judged by members of the UCAR Exchange Board of Directors and experienced local entrepreneurs.  In addition to cash prizes, the winners are provided other resources to help commercialize their ideas.  

U-INNOVATE 2021 will be virtual and is scheduled for Friday, April 30 from 2:30 - 5:00.  Log-in details will be provided at a later date.  

Visit and subscribe to the U-INNOVATE Forum in Sundog for information about this year's judges, testimonials from past competitors and general information and videos about U-INNOVATE 2021.

Questions?  Please email the U-INNOVATE team.


The inaugural U-INNOVATE competition was held on April 26, 2019 and was a great success.  Eight participants competed and the winners were:

1st place: Jonathan Vigh and Caspar Ammann (RAL) for a Climate Risk Portal.

2nd place: Nihanth Cherukuru (CISL) for "What's Around" - Augmented Reality (AR) application to make indoor space accessible for people who are blind/visually impaired.

3rd place: Daniel Ziskin (ACOM) for "Breathe" - an app that predicts air quality where you live.