Innovaquero University Innovation Challenge

Compete as a team designing and prototyping an innovative engineering solution to a real-life challenge. Receive mentoring and support during the competition and showcase your engineering solution to win a prize.

Innovaquero University Innovation Challenge Group Picture


The Innovation Challenge will be revealed on FEB 18, 2019 during the Kick-off event. The challenge will have real, local impact and tailored for engineering and computer science students from any level and background.

Why Compete?

  • Learn about Innovation
  • Develop valuable technical and professional skills
  • Solve a real-life problem
  • Propose a valuable solution
  • Represent your student organization (or yourself)
  • Win prizes and recognition
  • Prepare as an innovator for your personal, academic and professional life

COMPETITION DATES - Shark Tank Guidelines


Apply by Monday FEB 18 at 11:59 PM CT 

Monday FEB 18, 2019 – 12:15PM CT

Competition Kick-Off

EENGR 1.268 / BMSLC 1.105

Tuesday FEB 19, 2018 – 8:00AM – 5:00PM

Mentor Day – visit with a faculty mentor regarding your project.

Wednesday FEB 20, 2018 – 11:59PM

Submit your Pitch 3-4 Minute Design YouTube Video.

See Guidelines

Thursday FEB 21, 2018 – 9:00AM CT

Poster Session

For poster format see guidelines.

EENGR Lobby / BSETB Lobby

Friday FEB 22, 2018 – 9:00AM CT

Final “Shark-Tank” Presentation

EENGR 1.300 / BLHSB 1.102 


  • Prizes will be given to the first place in the Shark Tank Event. They will officially be invited to the 2019 Engineering Week Recognition Luncheon/Ceremony.
  • Recognition will be given: Most Creative, Best Prototype, Best Team Spirit, and Best Social Media Team.


  • Must be composed of 4 to 5 actively enrolled graduate and undergraduate students from the College of Engineering and Computer Science.
  • Teams representing student organizations and independent teams are welcome.
  • Multidisciplinary teams are preferred, but there is no constraint on the composition of teams.
  • If you are looking to join a team or your team needs students go to the Kick-Off Event to find additional team mates!

Registration Information

Register for the Innovaquero University Innovation Challenge!

Edinburg Campus Contact:
Noe Vargas, PhD.

EENGR 3.272
1201 West University Drive
Edinburg TX 78539-2999
(956) 665-3727

Brownsville Campus Contact:
Jesus Gonzalez, PhD.

BSETB 1.370
One West University Boulevard
Brownsville, TX 78520
(956) 882-6661


FIRST PLACE: #ProjectNexa (Interdisciplinary Project Participation App)  

Oscar Salgado, Antonio Adame, Carmina Edrozo, Isabel Sanchez

SECOND PLACE: #GreenMachine (Recycling Machine)  

Lauren Villarreal, Erick Martinez, Jose Infante, Hugo Garcia


FIRST PLACE: #COLDSTART12 (Shair Lightweight Workstation Loan System)  

Abelardo Villarreal, Elliud Hernandez, Matias Serna, John Paul Ortiz

SECOND PLACE: #UTRGV_FANTASTIC 5 (Student Carpooling System)

Heidi Yessenia Sepulveda, Marcos Alipi, Jose Ruben Flores Jr., Angel Delgado, Arnoldo Gonzalez

THIRD PLACE (TIE): #MECEGEAT (Recycled Plastic Whiteboards) 

Colton E. Coyle, Steven Franco, Jorge Mondragon, Jonathan Morales Lopez, Omar Rodriguez


Leslie Vela, Ezequiel Cuellar, Jazziel Hernandez, Ivan Rodriguez