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The IPrize challenge of the IDEAL Center seeks to inspire the Lafayette Community to explore collaborative opportunities connecting liberal arts and engineering.

The United Nations affirmed commitment to sustainable development beginning January 1, 2016; therefore, the 2016 IPrize focuses on sustainability. Each entry must address Economic Growth and one other United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)The UN defines the Economic Growth (GOAL 8) as the goal to “promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.”  IPrize entries can be based on an original idea or from a list of sponsored challenges.

The Lafayette IDEAL Center for Innovation hosts a series of workshops that tackle some of the requirements for a successful submission to the IPrize challenge. In addition to the Entrepreneurship Workshops, the IDEAL Center provides resources through the Additive Manufacturing Institute (AMI) and the 3dPrinting (3dP) Studio (opening in April) that can be utilized for help in prototyping designs.


Challenge Guidelines

Learn more about the IPrize 2016 Challenge Guidelines and what constitutes
a complete submission.



IPrize awards

Prizes are externally sponsored.


The IDEAL Center for Innovation promotes entrepreneurship and seeks to provide support to the Lafayette Community to develop ideas or launch their startup.  IDEAL supports a range of business types including traditional for-profit businesses as well as social enterprises (both for- and non-profit).  The IPrize provides collaborative opportunities connecting liberal arts and engineering by engaging the Lafayette Community in hands-on challenges that bridge theory and practice.

The Student Learning Outcomes that are associated with a complete IPrize entry include:


Challenge ScheduleIPrize Timeline



Register for the IPrize by March 31 at 11:59 pm EST. 

Report problems to ideal@lafayette.edu.

Remember to be eligible for a prize teams must have membership from more than one class year and more than one academic division
(i.e. engineering, natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.)



All submissions should be finalized and submitted by April 30 at 11:59 pm EST.