Wisconsin Energy Institute

Wisconsin Energy and Sustainability Challenge

Wisconsin Energy and Sustainability Challenge

Questions? Contact the coordinator at UWWESC@gmail.com

PLEASE NOTE: This competition has moved to the Fall semester as of 2015! See left sidebar for timeline.

The development of new solutions to advance sustainable and affordable energy will be a vital ingredient to America's competitive future. Historically, solutions to pressing global issues have emerged from innovative approaches and fresh, inspired perspectives. Students at UW-Madison are exceptionally suited for solving the sustainability challenge through innovation and entrepreneurship. Among research universities, UW-Madison ranks in the top ten, with an entrepreneurship program ranking in the top 25 in the nation. As a university, it is second only to Harvard in the number of alumni who are CEO's of Fortune 500 companies and ranks first in the number of students who have worked in the Peace Corps. This famous entrepreneurial spirit and vision for social change make our campus ideal for a competition focused on the issue of global sustainability. We invite all UW-Madison students to contribute their own creative solutions and adapt to the related risks through the Wisconsin Energy & Sustainability Challenge.

Fall 2016 Winners

We'd like to congratulate the winners of the 2015 fall Wisconsin Energy and Sustainability Challenge.  More information in this article and the winners below:

Dvorak Energy Innovation Prize

1st prize and $5,000 - Pathogenomica

2nd prize and $1,500 - Transforma

Global Stewards Sustainability Prize

1st prize and $5,000 - Transforma

2nd prize and $1,500 - Pathogenomica

Energy Hub People's Choice Prize

$500 - Gridchain

The Challenge offers two prizes:

The Global Stewards Sustainability Prize 

With generous funding from the Global Stewards Society (John F. & Mary Cooper; Gary & Ellora Cooper; Christine Cooper; John & Mary K. Noreika; Peter Vogel, Vogel Brothers Building Company; David Beck-Engel, J.H. Findorff & Son; Scott J. Repert, Superior Health Linens), The Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE) has established the Global Stewards Sustainability Prize (GSSP) to inspire UW-Madison students from every department to create innovative solutions to the causes and impacts of global environmental change.

Successful projects will improve environmental sustainability (e.g. reduce energy use, improve water quality, protect biodiversity). We invite all forms of innovation, whether technical or social in nature, and we strongly encourage interdisciplinary teams.

Read the Global Stewards Sustainability Prize Guidlines

The Dvorak Energy Prize

Established in 2011 by UW-Madison College of Engineering alumni Stephen Dvorak, his son Eric Dvorak and the Dvorak extended family, the Dvorak Energy Prize offers cash prizes for the best energy-related technology ideas. Participating undergraduate and graduate students must submit a paper documenting the idea and its market potential, along with a prototype or proof of concept statement on the technology. Student ideas are not restricted to any specific category and can relate to energy generation, storage, efficiency or sustainability.

Read the Dvorak Energy Prize Guidlines

Read about prior Wisconsin Energy and Sustainability Challenge winners »