Students can leverage Georgia Tech research patents to envision startups and receive cash awards!
Georgia Tech does $1.2B+ in research expenditures every year, and is one of the top research universities in the world. The research develops several world-class technologies from new machine learning algorithms to better batteries. Once again, Georgia Tech is making its technologies available to students so that they can dream big on how to leverage these technologies to launch viable, scalable and sustainable businesses based on them.

The $1B+ Startup Hackathon will be a weekend event taking place virtually November 5-7th, 2021; with winners announced on November 8th. Quick information about the hackathon:

  • Student teams of between 2 and 5 individuals will have access to a curated set of Georgia Tech patents
  • There will be a special Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) Track in addition to a General IP Track
  • Propose one or more commercial applications for the patent(s)
  • The deliverable is a 5-minute video about the application(s)
  • The winning team in each Track (MSE or General IP) will receive a cash prize of $5,000. The second and third place prizes will be $3,000 and $2,000, respectively within each Track
  • The winning teams will also go through a fast-tracked selection process for a spot in CREATE-X Startup Launch

The hackathon is open to all Georgia Tech students (both undergrad and grad) across all majors. Both technical and non-technical students are encouraged to participate, as the competition is more on the application of technology to launch a viable startup. Students will register individually and form teams during the hackathon.

To qualify for the MSE Track, teams must either a) chose one or more IP that was co-authored by the MSE School or MSE School Affiliated Faculty or b) choose are materials- related IP, and/or have at least one team member that is either an undergraduate or graduate student or a postdoc from the School of Materials Science and Engineering. If you have questions about the MSE Track, please contact Professor Gleb Yushin, at [email protected].

Register today for the hackathon and view the list now of intellectual property available (which may be supplemented in the coming weeks). A link to the list will also be in the registration confirmation email.

Contact the planning team at [email protected] with any questions you may have!

Scroll for the event schedule, judging criteria, prizes and resources below!
Virtual Event
Date & Time
November 5, 2021, 9:00 PM - November 8, 2021 - 5:00 PM
 Join us on November 05 
We look forward to hosting you!
9:00 AM
IP Hackathon Kickoff
Virtual event will start 9AM on 11/5/2021 with submissions due by 11AM on 11/7/2021.  Finalists will be announced at 5PM on 11/8/2021.  Winners will be announced through the next round judging at 11/9/2021 at 5PM.  Further details to be provided.
Judging Criteria
Significance of problem
Size of population likely to impact
Priority of problem for population affected

Consumer appeal/business adoption
Potential profitability
Ease of product adoption

Creativity of solution

Feasibility (to build, manufacture, deploy, finance)
Confidence in design
Clear pathway from prototype to product

Clear, comprehensive explanation of details of problem and solution
Engaging presentation
Audience/judges understanding of problem and solution
Submission Deadline
November 8th, 2021 at 5:00 pm
1st Place: $5,000
2nd Place: $3,000
3rd Place: $2,000


CREATE-X Startup Launch helps students launch their projects from the idea stage (or beyond) into fully functioning and viable startups.

Use Slack to connect throughout the hackathon!

Channels include:

#announcements All pertinent information released during the competition will be found here.

#participants Connect with other hackathon participants; can find teammates or ask questions.

#questions2host If you have any questions to the host that would be helpful for other participants, please post here.
Use the Google Team Finder to find teammates! Remember the qualifications of MSE Tracking above.
Contact the planning team at [email protected] with any questions you may have!

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