Frequently Asked Questions
To submit your own question, use the form at the bottom of this page.
Team formation questions
Q: Who can be on a team? Is there any limit to the number of members?
A: Each team must have at least one current Penn student as an active member; beyond that, there is no limit to the number of members or their affiliation. Undergraduates, graduate, and PhD students are all eligible. Although we encourage contestants to form teams, individuals may also submit entries.
Q: Is it possible to have team members who are currently not studying in the U.S.?
A: Team members can be located anywhere in the world. At least one member should be available to pitch their idea in person at the Grand Finale if the team is one of the four finalist teams.
Q: Where can I meet potential team members?
A: The best way to meet other students who share your interests is at one of our upcoming events. However, if you are unable to attend an event, you can also look for team members online.
Q: Are we limited to one technology per application idea or can we combine two technologies in one entry?
A: You may combine the technologies in any way you would like for your entry. You are not limited to using only one technology.
Q: Is there a limit to the number of entries one person or team can submit?
A: No, there is no limit to the number of entries you can submit.
Q: Does the five slide limit include the title slide?
A: You are allowed to include five slides with your submission, and five slides only. How you use them is up to you!
Q: Can I enter my Y-Prize idea in another competition?
A: Yes! In fact, many past Y-Prize finalists have done so quite successfully. As long as the other competition does not prohibit previously submitted ideas, we encourage you to use the Y-Prize as a starting point and get as much mileage from your idea as you can!
Add a question using the form below, and a member of the Y-Prize team will get back to you promptly. For technical questions about the smart windows or ultrathin plates, please use the tech consultants’ contact information on our Resources page.