2021 SHPE National Convention

  • Orange County Convention Center
  • Orlando, Florida

Innovation Challenge

The Innovation Challenge is a challenge where YOU will Innovate, Impact, and Build products with teammates from all over the world! The theme for this year is The Magic of Innovation.

During this 48-hour event, teams of builders, programmers, creators, project managers and engineers (all types welcome) along with technologists will meet virtually and create new product or service solutions to tackle emerging global challenges. This is a great opportunity to showcase your technical skills, collaboratively work with a team in a virtual setting and get hands on experience to talk to recruiters. Are you up for the challenge?

Join us on November 2nd for our Opening Ceremony where you will receive all the details for you and your team to start innovating. Our Innovation Challenge will empower YOU to use your STEM backgrounds to create new and innovative products and or services to help some of the world’s challenging problems.

Competitors will:

  • Network with corporate mentors, students and professionals
  • Have a chance at $15,000 in cash and raffle prizes
  • Create innovative projects to boost your resume
  • Learn how to transition from a problem statement to prototype
  • Develop leaderSHPE skills during complex problem solving sessions


Isaac Diaz Becdach
Gustavo Garcia
Justin Thomas

Gerardo Cavazos
Eduardo Huapaya
Julie Romano
Preetha Thanunathan

Christopher Molina
Santiago Gomez Paz
Bianca SIlva
Kirill Sokolov


Tuesday, November 2
3-4pm ET - Opening Ceremony
4-4:45pm ET - Define & Ideate

Wednesday, November 3
1-1:45pm ET - Prototype & Test
7-7:45pm ET - Present

Thursday, November 4
3pm ET - Submission Due
7- 8:30pm ET - Round 1 Judging

Saturday, November 6
3-4pm ET - Final Judging Round

ON SITE | Thursday, November 11

1-2pm ET - Networking Reception
Keynote Speaker: Chris Nardecchia, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Information Technology of Rockwell Automation


Who can participate?
Everyone! This event is open to all convention attendees. All levels of experience are welcome! Beginner? No problem! We'll have mentors and a bootcamp to help and your team develop new skills.

What if I don’t know how to code?

All majors are welcome and encouraged to participate. Even those without coding knowledge. Participate in our first ever Innovation Challenge Bootcamp where we will provide you all the tools necessary

Where can I find more information about the schedule?

The Innovation Challenge will kick off Tuesday, November 2, and run through November 4 (the week before SHPE Convention Opening Ceremony).

There will be additional information available on October 19 about the challenge, as well as helpful tips about creating new ideas with design and coding.

Additional details are currently under construction! We will post it here whenever that is ready to share.

Do I have to be online the entire 48-hours?

Nope! We will provide you a schedule on when you need to join sessions and networking opportunities as well as a timeline for submissions. You and your team can decide on the best time to collaborate.

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