Competitions

Competitions Students on campus have the opportunity to compete in the Wisconsin Engineering for Sustainability Challenge (left) as well as national competitions such as the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind Competition (right).
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The Wisconsin Energy Institute invites all UW-Madison students to contribute their own creative solutions to the Wisconsin Energy & Sustainability Challenge. The competition occurs annually during the Fall semester.

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The competition is intended to celebrate social enterprise in Wisconsin, including organizations that take a business model approach to making a positive difference in our state by deliberately addressing social challenges affecting people and/or the planet.

Off-Campus Competitions

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Alliant Energy is sponsoring a new student case competition to develop solutions to the power grid of the future. Teams of 4-5 undergraduate students are eligible to apply. This challenge is geared for a business or engineering skillset, but all undergraduate students are eligible for participation, and a team with a mix of disciplines is encouraged.

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Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) is a new two-year program for innovators focused on energy and science technologies. These technologies will create a more sustainable future and change the lives of nearly 1.4 billion people who currently have no access to power and the billions more with unreliable power.

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As part of our work to positively impact 1 billion people by 2025, Cisco seeks to inspire and empower a generation of global problem solvers who will not only survive – but drive and thrive – in our increasingly digital economy. This challenge aims to recognize student entrepreneurs that promote and accelerate the adoption of breakthrough technologies, products and services that drive economic development and/or solve social or environmental problems.

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E-Qube Startup Challenge is the international call for projects promoted by Estra S.p.A to find the best startups in the following areas:

  1. loT
  2. Connected homes & buildings
  3. Smart city
  4. Energy efficiency
  5. Renewable energies
  6. Big data
  7. Business analytics
  8. Customer experience

E-QUBE is the initiative to connect Estra Spa with innovative startups: a pilot acceleration program through which Estra wants to support the growth of new business initiatives, while getting closer to new forms of innovation and diversification in the fields of energy & telecommunications.

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The objective of the ENERGY GLOBE Award is to present successful sustainable projects to a global audience and to demonstrate that for many environmental problems feasible solutions already exist. Participation is open to projects with focus on resource conservation, improving air and water quality, energy efficiency and renewable energies.