Build your passion
The Idea Fund is a new funding program designed to enable students to work on their ideas beyond research and coursework. Passion projects, hobby projects, startups, hacker projects, the program rewards the commitment of students who have spent their precious time taking action on their ideas. The program has two streams: the hacker stream and the business stream. If your project is beyond the class, excites you, and is technology and/or science based, apply.
After the application is live near the beginning of the term (Jan 16), applicants have approximately two months to make demonstrable progress on their idea. At the end of the term, the projects are presented to key members of the community, with the top ideas in both streams going home with cash prizes.
If your project does NOT contain a business idea, apply to this stream. This stream is specifically for hobby/hacker projects. These projects are created and explored just for fun, for learning a new skill, or for many other reasons. The project needs only to excite the creating team. Make something, show it off. Demonstrate your progress from Feb 3 to April 7. Do not apply to this stream with a business idea, you will be disqualified. The judging is completely different for this stream.
If your project IS a business idea, apply to this stream. This stream is specifically for startups that are science & technology based. As with the hacker stream, you must demonstrate your progress from Feb 3 to April 7. Do not apply to this stream with a hacker/hobby project, you will not do well. The judging is completely different for this stream.