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Big Ideas Contest

Bridging big ideas from McMaster Engineering to Silicon Valley

Help us celebrate our 5 winners!

Big Ideas Contest Winners Announcement

Big Ideas Contest Winners Announcement

Come to the Announcement of our Winners!

The contest is now closed. Thanks to all who entered!

Do you have an innovative engineering solution to a real-world problem? Engineering Co-op & Career Services (ECCS) wants you to submit your big idea for a chance to win a trip to Silicon Valley, the Bay Area and San Francisco, home to some of the biggest tech startups and top engineering minds in the world! 

Be 1 of 5 engineering students* to join Ishwar Puri, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, ECCS staff and faculty members from February 21-24, 2018 and learn from top innovators, develop your professional skills and have an experience of a lifetime.


3 Easy Steps to Enter

Step 1: Read the Contest Rules

To qualify, you must be a full-time student in the Winter 2018 term, and have a valid passport.

Read all the rules! 


Step 2: Prepare a Video

Tell your story! Film a 2 minute (max) video communicating your big idea.

Get inspiration from our video guidelines! 

Step 3: Submit your Idea

Complete the form by Jan. 7, 2018 at 11:59pm! Winners will be announced during the week of January 12. 

Apply now!

California Dreamin'

This exciting 4-day trip includes:

  • Flight, accommodation, transportation and meals 
  • Networking opportunities with top innovators and employers including Tesla and Google
  • Industry events with over 200 potential entrepreneurs from a wide range of industries including healthcare, business and computer science 
  • Professional skills development opportunities 
  • Time to have fun and explore California! 

Meet the Judges

The judges will review contest submissions and announce the winners during the week of January 12. 

Elizabeth Hassan

Elizabeth Hassan

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Kathryn Leistner

Kathryn Leistner

Manager, Engineering Co-op & Career Services

Suvojit Ghosh

Suvojit Ghosh

Co-founder and Managing Director, Computing Infrastructure Research Centre

The 5 winners will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Video
    Curiosity: Use of evidence to to prove viability of big idea
    Program Expertise: Uses engineering concepts to explain problem and solution
    Creativity: Uses media and on-camera demonstrations to illustrate the problem and solution
  • Written Response
    Goal Setting & Career Connections: Clear relationship between career aspirations and trip itinerary 
  • LinkedIn Content
    Leadership: Demonstates a proven record of leadership in extracurricular activities and/or volunteer work
    Collaboration: Able to effectively collaborate on projects in extracurrivular activities 

Questions? Please email:

*The Big Ideas Contest is open to Faculty of Engineering graduate and undergraduate students only. (Includes W Booth Bachelor of Technology and iBiomed students)