SPOKANE, Wash—Engineering students at Gonzaga University competed in a 24-hour “Innovention” challenge Saturday and Sunday.
The students split into eight teams and competed in a series of challenges and presentations on the Gonzaga campus and in the Spokane community for a chance at a $1,000 grand prize.
Students identified opportunities to improve or change specific products and services and brainstormed ways to start a company that would market those products and services.
"It forces them to think quickly, to prototype quickly. And to come up with solutions quickly. This is an everchanging marketplace right now. And if you don't act on something that you think of immediately, somebody else will," said Toni Boggan with the Gonzaga University Engineering Department.
The students pitched their ideas to a group of potential investors and other attendees at a Trade Show Sunday morning.