Penn Engineers have created some of today’s most amazing new technologies. This competition offers the chance to envision how these technologies might shape our lives tomorrow.

About the Competition

The Y-Prize is a contest in which members of the Penn community compete to propose the best applications for an emerging technology.

About the Technologies

2023-2024 Technologies

Ultrafast, Gripping Soft

A class of “metacaps” whose ultrafast yet tunable snapping response can be leveraged to overcome the power and speed limitations of current soft robots.

2023-2024 Technologies

Biodegradable Soil Moisture Sensors

A capacitive moisture sensor screen-printed on a fully biodegradable paper substrate with a surface that is improved via the infiltration of cellulose nanofibrils. 

Upcoming Events

September 18, 2023

Kickoff & Info Session

Steinberg Hall – Dietrich Hall
Room 350
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Reception to follow at Joe’s Cafe

September 26, 2023

Technology Briefing

Towne Building
Room 337
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Refreshments will be served

Past Winners & Finalists

2022-2023 Y-Prize Winners:
Other 2022-2023
Y-Prize Finalists

Learn More

Learn more about the competition and how you can get involved

How It Works

Submission Guidelines

Submit Your Proposal

History of the Y-Prize

Past Y-Prize Winners


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