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Inviting UCLA Students to Solve Real-World Problems
Through Technology

 

October 2020

We believe the strongest solutions to complex problems come from a diversity of thought, experiences and backgrounds. This initiative brings together UCLA students from all disciplines and backgrounds to collaborate on driving a positive change in society.

 

Innovation Challenge Prompts

 

Healthcare

Use technology (digital or otherwise) to create a solution that will significantly improve accessibility, affordability, health outcomes or care delivery in U.S. healthcare. 

Sustainability

Reduce or offset the carbon footprint, at scale, emitted from industry operations, commercial buildings, homes and multi-family dwellings, electricity production and/or transportation through an innovative solution that integrates technology and/or data.

*Subject to change

 

Structure

 

This initiative provides ample opportunities for students to learn from industry leaders at major technology companies, meet and collaborate with like-minded students across campus and receive guidance from subject matter experts to propel their venture to the next level.

Fall Quarter

  • Workshop and Event Series: Learn the best practices related to innovation management.
  • Virtual Networking: Inspire and facilitate team formation.

Winter Quarter

  • Registration Deadline: Submit written plan online.
  • Qualifying Review: Judges review plans and select top teams in each track to continue to the final round.
  • Mentorship: We connect the top teams advancing to the final round with SME principals for guidance in refining their proposed innovations.

Spring Quarter

  • Final Round: Top teams pitch their business plans to a panel of expert judges.
  • Closing Event: Winning team from each track pitches their venture and share their leadership learnings with a greater audience at an event hosted by the Easton Center.
 

Innovation Challenge Events

 
  • INNOVATE Conference 2021
    January 28 and 29, 2021

    Technology has become an integral part of our lives, changing our lives and work, the opportunities for new ventures and established enterprises, and more broadly society. Technology-based disruptions are affecting almost every sector today, including transportation, health care, financial services and retail. They are also affecting industry structure, organizational capabilities and the future of work for humans and machines/robots. Featured keynotes with Sachin Jain, President & CEO of SCAN Group and SCAN Health Group and Nan Boden (’11), COO of The Everyday Robot Project, formerly Google X.

  • Storytelling for Startups Workshop
    January 20, 2021

    This presentation and discussion will explore methods and frameworks for identifying, shaping and deploying story for more effective investor presentations. With a focus on start-up and early stage companies, we'll also explore how story thinking can better inform the process of defining a product, value proposition or business model. Jim Jusko(BS ’11), Founder of Firelight Health (This event is open to all UCLA graduate students regardless of whether they participate in the Innovation Challenge. Please note this session will NOT be recorded)

  • Head of Google Health, David Feinberg on Healthcare Transformation and the Role of Technology
    January 14, 2021 | 11:30am

    Get a firsthand look at the promising areas of innovation – – near term and long term for healthcare and Google Health's fascinating areas of focus. Better understand the role of data and technology in improving health outcomes, reducing costs and enhancing access. Join the Centers@Anderson and Professor Terry Kramer in a moderated conversation with Dr. David Feinberg, head of Google Health and former CEO of UCLA Health who will share his unique 360° view of healthcare from the point of view of health providers, payers, researchers, patients and technology providers to understand how and where transformations will occur. UCLA Anderson Dean Tony Bernardo will provide opening remarks.

  • Strategic Partnerships: A Changing Role in a
    Tech-Driven World Workshop

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021   

    Mitch Feinman, VP & Business Development, Media and Entertainment, nFlux.ai will provide a short overview of strategic partnerships and 3 case studies highlighting case studies from his own direct experience including companies such as YouTube, Apple, Fox and At&T.

  • Building a Financial Model Workshop
    November 16, 2020

    How much money do you really need? Speaker Olav Sorenson is currently the Joseph Jacobs Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies, Faculty Research Director of the Price Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, and Professor of Strategy, at the University of California Los Angeles.

  • Apple in Enterprise & Design Lab
    October 21, 2020

    Learn about the latest trends and building blocks of the app economy - and how companies are investing in the future through mobile first strategies.Dr. Andrew Currah is an Education Leadership Executive with Apple. Based in San Diego, he consults with higher education institutions across the US and internationally, with a focus on the intersection of business education with the app economy. Prior to joining Apple, Andrew served as faculty in the Center for the Environment, University of Oxford, with parallel appointments in the Oxford Internet Institute and the Oxford Reuters Institute of Journalism. He holds an MA, MPhil and Ph.D. in economic geography from Downing College, University of Cambridge, England.

  • Fundamentals of Team Formation
    October 15, 2020

    Learn how to 10X your talent strategy! Students will have a broad overview of talent strategy from inception through all stages of company-building.

  • Tech for Good: Innovation Challenge Kickoff
    October 6, 2020

    Join Professor Terry Kramer, Easton Center Faculty Director, in a moderated conversation with Eric Hoek and Larry Leisure on these topics. And hear about the formal launch of the Easton Center Innovation Challenge - the innovation prompts, deadlines, prize monies and the content/programming designed to support participating students on their journeys. UCLA Anderson Dean Tony Bernardo will provide opening remarks.

 

Team Testimonials

 
  • "Participating in the Innovation Challenge was exactly what our team needed to take our idea to the next level - the feedback from the judges not only helped us fortify our strengths, but also pointed out the critical weaknesses that we needed to address. Since the core of our team is rooted in the David Geffen School of Medicine, this competition has opened up our idea to the expertise and perspectives of the broader intellectual community at UCLA. The connections we have made, as well as the publicity and attention our idea has since garnered, have given us tremendous momentum."

    CranioView (1st place winner, 2020 Innovation Challenge – Healthcare)

  • "The Innovation Challenge is the reason we exist today as a new startup. And it took cross-campus collaboration to make this happen! We are a fully remote team who came together after our CTO, a PhD candidate at the Samueli School of Engineering, posted an abstract about this novel, early- cancer screening technology. That one abstract and this Innovation Challenge opportunity catapulted us to push this unique technology out of academia into commercialization where its real world value can be realized. We've had incredible mentors along the way from Anderson and the Sameuli School of Engineering. Business acumen meets Engineering talent -- that's how UCLA can encourage more cross-campus collaboration, regardless of where you live in the world!"

    Nur Labs (2nd place winner, 2020 Innovation Challenge – Healthcare)
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  • "Our team had identified a critical need in the healthcare system. The Easton Innovation Challenge helped push us to not only come up with a potential concept to address this problem, but also assess the overall context of its impact and develop a roll-out strategy to make it a real world solution."

    SigmaSense (3rd place winner, 2020 Innovation Challenge – Healthcare)

 

$100k total in cash prizes awarded

 

$50k for Sustainability track and $50k for Healthcare

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For questions, please contact Jaymie Park, Innovation Challenge Program Manager at jaymie.park@anderson.ucla.edu OR schedule a 1:1 meeting via Calendly