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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.  

Visit and subscribe to the U-INNOVATE Forum in Sundog for information about future events, past years' judges, testimonials from past competitors, and general information about U-INNOVATE.

Questions?  Please email the U-INNOVATE team.


The U-INNOVATE 2021 competition was held virtually on April 30, 2021. The winners were:

1st place: Negin Sobhani (CISL) and Maryam Abdi-Oskouei (JCSDA) for their Weather-Informed Smart Transportation Planning app.

2nd place: Patrick Stegmann (JCSDA) for his Data Assimilation for Industrial Applications framework.