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Science & Technology Showcase

Tuesday, January 23th, 2024
HUB Lyceum
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Posters and judging will be from 5:00pm - 7:00pm​
Networking Night continues from 7:00pm - 8:30pm
  • Do you want to attend the largest team formation event of the year?
  • Do you have a business idea in the science and technology space and looking for teammates?
  • If any of these questions is a YES for you then keep an eye out for registration in November 2023.  


  • Registration Opens: November 2023

  • Application Deadline: Monday, January 8, 2024 at 11:59 pm PST.

  • Applicants will be notified no later than January 12th

  • Only current UW students are allowed to present at STS. If your team has a non-UW student member, they are welcome to attend the networking night.

  • The proposed product or idea must be science and/or technology-based.

STS 2020

Teams pitched their ideas on physical posters to judges in person, hosted in Anthonys Forum

Prizes ranged from

$1,000 - $100

Many changes were been made to host 2022 STS in person, we loved being able to see everyone there!

2024 Logistics

Come up with a pitch for an idea/product/technology


Create a poster for presentations 


Share with judges and the general public during the Science and Technology Showcase


1st Place: $2,000

2nd Place: $1,000

3rd Place: $500

Category: $200 x 5 


STS 2024 will be in-person 

We have moved the venue to the HUB Lyceum to allow for enough spacing to accommodate all attendees. All COVID-19 Protocols will be observed for the safety of teams, judges, and our student body. 

Presented by SEBA and the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship of the UW Foster School of Business, the Science & Technology Showcase allows students to explore the commercialization potential of their science- and technology-based ideas.


Teams present to an audience of fellow scientists and engineers, MBA students, and a panel of judges that includes prominent entrepreneurs and investors from the Seattle business community.

Prizes range from $200 to $2,000Previous winners have gone on to launch startup companies. 

STS will be followed by a Networking Hour open to the public where teams may recruit additional members for the Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge, Alaska Airlines Innovation Challenge, and Dempsey Startup Competition. 

If you have any questions, plese email

Past Winners

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Potential On Display at Science & Technology Showcase

January 17, 2023

Judges had stress on their minds at the 2023 Science and Technology Showcase (STS) at the University of Washington—but not in the way you might think. They awarded the team nomi the $2,000 Electronic Arts Grand Prize for its approach to creating effective, accessible, and engaging stress recognition and intervention tools. Team nomi hopes to impact not just the day-to-day work life of millions, but to also address the long-term impact stress can have on the body. Team nomi also won the $200 Davis Wright Tremaine Best Pitch Prize at the 17th annual event co-hosted by the UW Science and Engineering Business Association (SEBA) and the Foster School’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship.


Students Deliver at 2022 Science and Technology Showcase

January 25, 2022

In a new online presentation mode teams competed in, nearly $5,000 was awarded to seven of the participating teams. Team One Court won the $2,000 Electronic Arts Grand Prize for its touch-based interface designed to revolutionize how visually impaired people experienced sporting events , adding to existing but limiting solutions, such as radio and interpersonal narration. The second place Prize went to team Ultropia for its all-in-one washer and dryer innovation. Ultropia aims to help people with limited infrastructure gain access to laundry machines by providing a resource saving product made with ultrasonic technology. The team also won to $200 Davis Wright tremaine category prizes (Best Pitch) at the event. More highlights from the 2022 STS can be found below.


Ideas Elevated at 2021 Science and Technology Showcase

January 28, 2021

Judges awarded Puget Buoy the $2,000 Glympse Grand Prize for its beneficial and affordable system for crabbers that reduces whale and marine life entanglements. The team also won one of the $200 Davis Wright Tremaine category prizes (Best Presentation) at the 15th annual event—co-hosted by the UW Science and Engineering Business Association (SEBA) and the Foster School’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship. The Puget Buoy System provides crabbers with an affordable alternative that both reduces whale entanglements and prevents gear loss. Our timed-release crab pot system keeps crabbing lines out of the water column which means whales can migrate through crabbing waters at a dramatically reduced risk of entanglement (40-88% estimated decrease). 

Science & Technology Showcase Reaches New Heights

January 28, 2020

It’s not often the grand prize entry in a showcase is kept hidden under a sheet. Then again, you wouldn’t take modesty into account at a hospital while trying to solve a sensitive medical issue like poorly inserted urinary catheters. That’s where the innovative—and hyper-realistic—training prototype from bioengineering student Alyssa Schul comes into play. The CREST Urethral Catheter Simulator earned her the $1,000 Premera Grand Prize at the 2020 Science and Technology Showcase at the University of Washington. Judges also awarded Schul a $100 Davis Wright TremaineBest Communicator Prize at the 14th annual competition co-hosted by the Science and Engineering Business Association (SEBA) and the Foster School’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship.

Student Innovators Shine at 2019 Science and Technology Showcase

January 25, 2019

A student team who created an affordable, universal eyedropper adapter earned the Premera Blue Cross grand prize at the 13th Annual Science and Technology Showcase (STS) at the University of Washington. Nanodropper decreases the volume of oversized eyedrops to reduce cost, waste, and side effects. The team was among a group of seven to take home funding awards at the annual showcase for science and technology-based innovations coming out of the University.

Student Innovators Shine at Science and Technology Showcase

January 18, 2018

Seven student teams took home prizes from the 12th Annual Science and Technology Showcase (STS) at the University of Washington. Grand Prize sponsor Magic AI presented $1,000 to a team of engineering students for their innovative approach to providing real-time data on blood flow fluctuation in a patient experiencing cardiac arrest. A complete list of the winning teams is detailed below.

Student Innovation on Display at Science and Technology Showcase

January 25, 2017

Seven student teams took home prizes at the 11th Annual Science and Technology Showcase (STS) co-hosted by the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship and the student-run Science and Engineering Business Association (SEBA).  The showcase provides University of Washington students with the opportunity to pitch the potential of their science- and technology-based innovations. Seattle-area entrepreneurs and investors served as judges and provided in-person feedback and critique.

Student innovations wow judges in Science & Technology Showcase

January 22, 2016

Co-hosted by the Foster School’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship and student club Science & Engineering Business Association (SEBA), the annual Science & Technology Showcase on Jan. 21, 2016, brought student innovators from across campus together in a tradeshow-style competition. Student innovators gave 60-second pitches to a panel of judges — Seattle-area entrepreneurs and investors — as well as talking with them one-on-one to answer questions. These students’ expertise ranged from biomedical engineering to Human Centered Design and Engineering.

Science & Technology Showcase highlights student innovations

February 13, 2014

Many students at the University of Washington are working on science and technology-based innovations that have potential for commercialization. The annual Science & Technology Showcase (co-hosted by the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship and SEBA) is a tradeshow-like event where students have the opportunity to share these innovations with an audience of fellow scientists and engineers, as well as to business students interested in working on the marketability of new technologies. 

IGERT Trainee wins 1st place in Science and Tech Showcase

March 24, 2010

IGERT Trainee Omid Veiseh was the first place winner in the Third Annual Science and Technology Showcase Competition (2008) sponsored by UW’s Science and Engineering Business Association and Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The technology for novel cancer diagnostics and treatment he presented was developed with partial support from his IGERT traineeship. His project was evaluated by a panel of local venture capitalists and investors.

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