Raymond Ideas Challenge

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What’s your BIG idea?

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The Raymond Ideas Challenge wants to hear your BIG idea. This campus-wide idea competition challenges undergraduate and graduate students from any major to dream up the next great product, service, or solution. No prototype or business plan needed. Simply submit your idea and you could take home your share of $10,000 in prize money.

2021 Winners Announced!

First Place Award of $2,500
Magnetic Gears – Bryton Praslicka

Second Place Award of $2,000
Seatgull – Jack Roehr & Will Roehr

Third Place Award of $1,500
Olera, Inc – Carter Radocha

Fourth Place Award of $1,000
ATM Security Gate – Carson Neal & Melvin Scherer

Fifth Place Award of $750
SageDerma: The Device for Early Detection of Pressure Injuries – Madi Heck & Amogh Rao

Sixth Place Award of $500
Biosensor technology for the management of metabolic diseases in dairy cattle – Wyatt Hursh & Keara O’Reilly

Honorable Mentions – $250 Awarded to each winner
UV-C Autonomous Disinfecting Robot by Imperium – Donald Bowen
NeuroCreis: Developing Personalized Neurological Therapeutics using Adult Neural Screens – Arthur Sefiani
B2G Victory – Julie Hartman

Fall 2021 Dates

Applications Open- October 1, 2021

Applications Close- October 17, 2021

Finalists Announced- Week of November 1, 2021

Finalist Workshop- November 9, 2021

Competition Day- November 14, 2021

Eligibility

All currently-enrolled students at Texas A&M University are eligible to compete, including graduate and Ph.D. students.

Application

Applying to Raymond Ideas Challenge is online and easy! Simply submit your idea application online! Your application should explain how your BIG idea will change the world. Tell us why your idea is important, the impact it can have, and the problem it solves. Finalists will be selected from the pool of applicants and will be invited to compete live in front of a panel of judges. Members of the business and academic worlds judge each submission to select the finalists. 

*Applications have closed for the 2021 Raymond Ideas Challenge

Finalists are selected from all applicants and are invited to present the idea to a panel of judges and compete for $10,000 in prize money. Judging panels are made up of business professionals from a variety of backgrounds and industries. Finalists will have 5 minutes to present their idea and then will have 5 minutes to answer any questions from the judging panel.

Want to help identify the top student ideas from across campus?

Each year, we invite judges to evaluate the students’ ideas and help determine who wins  $10,000 in prize money! Undergraduate and graduate students from all majors dream up the next great product, service, or solution and submit their online application. Judges help us by screening all applications to identify the top 40 finalists and are also invited to evaluate Finalist presentations during an in-person event on campus.

NO EXPERTISE NEEDED

Participating as a judge is a great opportunity to “pass it back” to our Aggie student entrepreneurs. It’s also your chance to support and connect with some of the most innovative and entrepreneurial students on campus today.

Additional judging instructions and details will be provided via email prior to the event to those who register to judge.

RSVP to Judge.

2020 Raymond Ideas Challenge Winners:

Awards Ceremony 

First Place Award of $2,000
Alzheimer’s Gamma Frequency Therapeutic Device – Julia Felder ’24, Carmen Gaas ’24

Second Place Award of $1,500 sponsored by Frogslayer
Ai-RIS the Portable Retinal Imaging System – Marcus DeAyala, Tokunbo Falohun, Daniel Kermany, Harsha Mohan, Amir Tofighi Zavareh, Uthej Vattipalli

Third Place Award of $1,000 sponsored by Frogslayer
Wax-stic: The Wax That Replaces Plastic – Grant Hankins ’21, Jack Stewart ’21, Ty Thibodeaux ’21

Fourth Place Award of $850
Card Stock Exchange – Joseph Escobar ’22

Fifth Place Award of $650
Chronos 360 – Hassan Anifowose ’23

Sixth Place Award of $450
On.ai – Sanjay Kumaran ’23

Honorable Mentions – $250 Awarded to each winner
Construction Shield – Pepito Thelly ’22
InterChange – Laura Tolan ’21
Career Readiness Marketplace for the 21st Century Workforce – Naomi Woods ’24
Virus Breathalyzer: Detecting Bugs with a Single Breath – Nathaniel Fernandes ’24
Therapy Doll – Anna Huang ’24, Nyima Sanneh ’24
4 Paws – Reagan Kinley ’21
Vacation Sitters – Taylor Castillo ’21
https://mays.tamu.edu/mcferrin-center-for-entrepreneurship/ideas-challenge/the-raymond-ideas-challenge-results/