Raymond Ideas Challenge
What’s your big idea?
Each spring, the Ideas Challenge asks students from across campus, "What is your big idea?" We challenge everyone from freshmen to doctoral students to dream up the next great product or service and enter their big idea in this campus-wide competition.
Typically, hundreds of students, in majors from agriculture to zoology, submit applications describing their concept.
Members of the business and academic worlds judge each submission and the top 40 are named finalists. On judging day, the finalists present their concept to judges from the business community who challenge them with questions.
Over the years, the judges have seen plans varying from duct tape sandals to a method for directing the color of cultured pearls. Students from all colleges and academic levels have participated and several students have participated multiple times. In addition to cash prizes, students receive valuable experience developing business concepts, writing skills and presentation abilities. Networking with the judges is also invaluable to them.
The annual Ideas Challenge shows the world the quality of Texas A&M students. Our students never fail to impress and several have come away with job offers or investment interests as a result. The judges also find the day rewarding, left energized by the creativity and poise of the students.
2015 Ideas Challenge Date: May 6, 2015
Congratulations to our 2014 Ideas Challenge Winners:
- First Place ($3,000): Tree to Aircraft | Blake Teipel, David Hagen and Ben Ross
- Second Place ($2,000): SiCoustics | Dean Tate and Andrew Maly
- Third Place ($1,000): Modular Monitoring Platform (M2P) | Spencer Conn, Daniel Riess, Zack Cobb and Colton Chojnacki
- Video Prize Winners:
- 1st Place ($1,000): eWriter | Chris Findeisen, Wesley Wehner and Martin Fracker
- 2nd Place ($500): ReCYCLING Bus | Julia Gaas, Sean O'Beirne, Blake Leiker, Jess Yarbrough, Andrea deLorimier and Sandya Athigaman
- 2nd Place ($250): Symbiot | Kiran Ramchandani
- Honorable Mentions ($500)
- HeadsUp Tackling Trainer | Austin Hahn
- Persistent Golf Ball | Travis Cable and Clay Norbin
- Backseat Bib | Diandra Esparza, Christina Tharp and Allie Miller
- Miniaturized Sleep Apnea Diagnosis Device | Jiayi Jin
A Special Thanks to the 2014 Ideas Challenge Sponsors
Ideas Challenge Title Sponsor
Prize and General Sponsors