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Questions can be emailed to or better yet you can get your question answered in real time by attending one of our free online Q&A sessions, hosted by founder David R. Schneider.

Requirement Details

  • Teams of no more than five (5) students, single member teams welcomed
  • Undergrad or Master's (or soon to be undergrad) students welcome
  • At least one (1) member must attend the San Mateo Maker Faire “Industry, Career & College Faire” Event to give your pitch at your assigned time.
  • Must be your own original idea
  • IP of your idea remains with your team!

How to Apply

  1. Register you and your team here.
  2. Submit to by the deadline a single Word or PDF document with up to a 200 word max description of your idea focusing on the pitch competition’s three (3) criteria areas:
    a. How well do you understand the challenge your aiming to solve
    b. How well your solution meets your challenge's needs
    c. Can you describe what makes for a good solution versus a great solution
  3. One optional picture / diagram / chart may also be included in the single Word / PDF document