Past Winners

Garth Newlands, Marching to a New Improved Beat

Garth Newlands won the Entrepreneurship Award in the Student Innovation Challenge with his Ganaan Drum Harness and Mounting System. His innovation will improve marching band drum harnesses through an improved design and new materials.

The Applied Research Award was shared between two projects: Spencer Clayton, with his Targeted Darkening Eyewear Technology, and Andrew Miltimore and Aaron Rendina, for ElastoKers, a modular kinetic energy recovery system for a bicycle.

Jeff Wright and Shane Bates Finish Ahead using 3D Printing

Jeff Wright and Shane Bates won the Student Innovation Challenge with their project "Using 3D Printing to Design a New Cranial Remodeling Orthosis", which improves on current processes to treat brachycephaly, a condition in which babies have flat spots on their skulls.

Jamie Haakons and Jenny Chen Win with AutoGarden

Mechanical engineering student Jamie Haakons and his partner from School of Business Jenny Chen claimed the $1,500 first place prize at Student Innovation Challenge with their innovative take on gardening, AutoGarden

Broadcast Logger Wins for Curtis Machek

Curtis Machek, with Broadcast Logger, a cloud-based audio logger built for radio broadcasters by radio broadcasters, won this year's Student Innovation Challenge in the best business venture category. Best Applied Research Project went to Kasun Somoratne, a student in the School of Energy, for Smart Turn, an all-in-one bicycle electrical instrumentation system.

website: Cloudcast Software

Gabriel Castanon and his Venterosso Wine Aerator Wins

Gabriel Castanon with his innovative wine aerator, the Venterosso, won the 2013 Student Innovation Challenge. The judges were impressed with how thoroughly he had developed the Venterosso, and he was fully prepared for all the questions the judges threw at him. Second Place went to School of Business students Elton Lu and Yahoel Van Essen for Apparel Exclusive, their innovative loyalty and rewards business model aimed at local fashion markets. Best Business Plan prize went to Nalumbikya Mgana for his city parking solution, SENN Sensor.  Best Applied Research prize went to a group of 3 engineers, Clayton McMunn, Tariq Shobab and Alex Hufsmith, for their “Third Wheel”, an innovative trailer solution for motorcycles. Finally, Best Pitch went to Tyler Basu, whose idea for the Challenge was the Chatting with Champions online community

Nicola Gardner, Wins with Green Earth

Business Administration student and current President of BCIT's Student Association, Nicola Gardner, took home the third annual Innovation Challenge top prize of $5,000 for her idea of a food waste collection company called Green Earth. A former restaurant server, Nicola was often bothered by how much food went to waste. Green Earth would pick up food waste from commercial food service units in Greater Vancouver and then deliver it to organic processing facilities where it could be turned into compost or bio-fuel. Runner up and recipient of the $1,000 prize, went to Jag Manhas for his company Ads on Naps. Jag's advertising company sells high-definition ad space on napkins, which are provided free of charge to businesses in Canada. Ads on Naps also took part in a mini-Dragon's Den hosted by the SFU Beedie School of Business.

BCIT's Grace Soo Delivers Winning Idea with SHIFT Delivery

2011 winner

Grace Soo's idea about a delivery service using zero-emission cargo tricycles called SHIFT beat out nearly 50 submissions to win the 2011 Challenge to pocket the $5,000 cash grand prize. Soo and her four partners at SHIFT operate a zero-emission delivery service using tricycles which have the capability to pull as much as 600 pounds. Second place, and an Apple iPad, went to Rhonda Dent (Marketing Management) for her idea of the Sun Center, a proposed wellness center for people who get Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

website: SHIFT Delivery

Michael Hubele wins first Student Innovation Challenge with website idea

2012 winner

In the first year of the Challenge, BCIT computing student Michael Hubele won the BCIT Innovates Student Challenge by developing the website OnlineStudentPlanner.com.