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.
HOW IT WORKS
In Round 1 of the competition, teams propose novel applications for one or more of the featured technologies.
Each team must submit a video pitch and slide deck that the judges will evaluate on market opportunity, value proposition, team strength, and execution plan.
Four finalist teams are selected to advance to the Grand Finale.
The competition culminates at the finale, when the finalists pitch their ideas to an audience.
A panel of judges selected from the local innovation community.
The winning team receives the $10,000 Grand Prize.
Submit Your Proposal
Past Y-Prize Winners
History of the Y-Prize
The competition got its start in early 2012, when Professor Vijay Kumar (now dean of Penn Engineering) approached Professor Mark Yim with an idea: he wanted to launch a student contest aimed at finding the best applications for new technologies developed at Penn.
View current and archived videos in this comprehensive collection from years of this competition.