Press & Media

Press & Media

For more information about the Y-Prize, to request images, or to speak with a Y-Prize spokesperson, journalists should contact Peter Winicov or Evan Lerner using the details provided.

Media coverage

2015-2016 Competition

Biotech & Beer: New Science Center Tenant Has Way to Accelerate Brewing Process
John George, Philadelphia Business Journal, Aug. 1, 2016

Here Is the Surprising Winner of Last Week’s UberPITCH Event
Jeanette Lloyd, Philly, May 5, 2016

Fermento: Faster Fermentation
Ben Watkins, Kinnek Community, Mar. 14, 2016

UPenn Team Wins $10,000 Grand Prize of the 2016 Y-Prize Contest
India West Staff, India West, Feb. 18, 2016

New Fermentation Process Helps Penn Students Brew Future
Diane Mastrull, The Inquirer, Feb. 15, 2016

Y-Prize Winners Discover New Way to Brew Beer
Shoba Babu, Daily Pennsylvanian, Feb. 11, 2016

UPenn Students Win Prize for 9 Times Faster Brewing Process
Jay Brooks, Brookston Beer Bulletin, Feb. 3, 2016

College Students Have Found a Way to Brew Beer Nine Times Faster
Nick Rose, Vice, Feb. 1, 2016

Penn Students Can Ferment Beer 9 Times Faster
Jared Shelly, BizPhilly, Jan. 29, 2016

Y-Prize Winners Want to Speed Up Beer Brewing 
Evan Lerner, Penn Current, Jan. 28, 2016

Penn Students Develop Concept to Shorten Beer Brewing Process
Mike DeNardo, CBS Local Philadelphia, Jan. 28, 2016

Penn Students Figure Out How to Slash the Time Needed to Brew Beer
Mike Pomranz, Food and Wine, Jan. 28, 2016

Penn Students Create Concept to Speed up Beer Fermentation Process
Elisa Lala,, Jan. 27, 2016

2016 Y-Prize Winner is Fermento!
Michelle Eckert, Mack Institute for Innovation Management, Jan. 26, 2016

A Winning Brew At University Of Pennsylvania Contest
Diane Mastrull,, Jan. 26, 2016

Y-Prize Competition Kicked Off Monday
Sun Jae Lee, Daily Pennsylvanian, Sep. 28, 2015

Y-Prize Returns With Focus On Biomedical Engineering
Evan Lerner, Penn Current, Sep. 24, 2015

2014-2015 Competition

iDesign Announces First Annual Winners
Brigitte Desnoes, Daily Pennsylvanian, Apr. 28, 2015

Y-Prize recipients set to launch GFET-Frack Technologies
Ruihong Liu, Daily Pennsylvanian, Feb. 26, 2015

An award-winning team at Penn works to make fracking safer
Alaina Mabaso, Flying Kite Media, Feb. 10, 2015
(Also appeared on Keystone Edge on Feb. 19, 2015)

Y-Prize winners set sights on fracking safety
Sarah Welsh, Penn Current, Feb. 5, 2015

Four finalists named for Y-Prize
Shaun Zinck, Penn Business Daily, Jan. 27, 2015

Penn students jump into the fracking fray with a new technology
Susan Phillips, StateImpact, Jan. 6, 2015

These Penn undergrads want to make fracking safer
Juliana Reyes, Philly, Jan. 5, 2015

Y-Prize Competition Helps Bring Penn-developed Nanotechnology to the Market
Caroline Simon, Daily Pennsylvanian, September 25, 2014

2013-2014 Competition

Y-Prize Competition Finalists
Izzy Park, The Wharton Journal, May 21, 2014

Y-Prize-winning robot acquaints students with STEM fields
Evan Lerner, Penn Current, May 15, 2014

Robotic Roundup
Interview with Daniel Lee, Katherine Kuchenbecker, Vijay Kumar on Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane, January 16, 2014

Robots of Yore: Lab Footage From the 1980s to the Present
Kasia Cieplak and Mayr von Baldegg, The Atlantic, December 13, 2013

How Penn’s Robots Came to Life: This Video Traces the ’80s-era Robots that Inspired Them
Juliana Reyes, Philly, October 21, 2013

Y-Prize Competition: Tell Penn How it Should Use its Robots
Juliana Reyes, Philly, October 16, 2013

Penn Competition Adds Global Perspective
Brenda Wang, Daily Pennsylvanian, October 13, 2013

Wharton/Penn Engineering Y-Prize Goes Global
Evan Lerner, Penn Current, October 3, 2013

Penn Engineering’s GRASP Lab, Wharton’s Mack Institute Take Y-Prize Global
Evan Lerner & Peter Winicov, Penn News, September 30, 2013

2012-2013 Competition

Drones Pique the Interest of Entrepreneurs
Aili McConnon, The New York Times, May 25, 2016

Identified Technologies’ Drones Will Automatically Map Your Job Site So You Don’t Have To
John Biggs, Tech Crunch, Apr. 27, 2015

IDENTIFIED: Student Proposal to Use Penn Robots as IED Detectors Wins Penn’s $5K Y-Prize
Juliana Reyes, Philly, February 11, 2013

First Annual Y-Prize Rewards Student Innovators
Evan Lerner, Penn Current, February 7, 2013

Y-Prize: What I Learned About Robotics, Market Testing, and Teamwork
Shreeya Goel, M&T For Life, February 4, 2013

Wharton and Engineering School Collaborate on Y-Prize
Angelyn Irvin, Daily Pennsylvanian, September 24, 2012

Press Releases

Fourth Annual University of Pennsylvania $10K Y-Prize Competition Grand Prize Winner is “Fermento” as Best of Penn-Owned Biomedical Engineering Concepts

Four Finalists Compete for Rights to Commercialize University of Pennsylvania Nanotech in Third Annual “Y-Prize”

First Annual University of Pennsylvania Y-Prize Competition Grand Prize Winner is “IDENTIFIED” as Best of Penn-Owned Robot Concepts

First Annual University of Pennsylvania Y-Prize Competition: Four Finalists Battle for the Rights to Commercialize Penn-Owned Robots

Press and Media Contacts

Peter Winicov
Director, Wharton Media Relations

Evan Lerner
Science News Officer