Radiance Technologies and the Independence Bowl Foundation proudly present the 2022-2023 Radiance Technologies Innovation Bowl. The Radiance Technologies Innovation Bowl is an academic competition between schools and conferences affiliated with the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl. Schools compete for a $25,000 grand prize by developing innovative approaches to a current research and development topic selected by Radiance Technologies, 2022-23 Topic tab. Evaluation of submissions is a two-step process where teams submit their ideas and approaches to Radiance Technologies prior to the end of the fall term. Scientists and researchers within Radiance Technologies will pick three finalists, announced at the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl. These teams will then further develop their ideas in the spring semester through prototypes, models and simulation or experimentation and present their findings in person to a panel of experts. From these live presentations, a winning team will be selected and awarded the $25,000 grand prize.

Contest Format

Universities form teams consisting of faculty and students to compete in the Radiance Technologies Innovation Bowl. The number of team members and make up is up to the discretion of the team but we would expect only one faculty member per team. Multiple teams from the same university are permitted. Teams will sign up early in the fall semester, Phase 1, and will be given additional information concerning the competition. See ‘Dates to Remember’ section. There will be opportunities for teams to discuss their ideas with Radiance Technologies GEOINT experts at various times during this phase. The goal of this initial phase is for the teams to provide a proof of principal or proof of concept for their innovative idea and show that it will work and the benefit of the approach. Teams will conduct initial research and assessments of their approach and present these in a written report along with a plan of action if selected for the next phase. This information will be evaluated by a team of GEOINT experts who will determine three finalists to move to the next phase. This announcement will coincide with the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl.

Phase II will take place in the spring semester. The three teams will mature their approach and produce a prototype, model and simulation or other means to demonstrate the operation of their innovation. Teams will send three members to a Radiance Technologies location for a final presentation (expenses paid by Radiance Technologies Innovation Bowl). From the presentation, a winner will be selected, and the $25,000 grand prize awarded.

All efforts will be taken to schedule events, so they do not conflict with school schedules concerning finals and graduation. See ‘Dates to Remember.’

Questions, contact, and additional Information is available under “Contact” on the Innovation Bowl website menu. 

Who Can Enter?

Participation is open to all schools affiliated with the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl. It is expected that teams can be either faculty lead or student lead. It is up to the individual teams to decide on the number of team members, provided each team has no more than one faculty representative. Teams need to express their interest to compete in the Innovation Bowl no later than September 12, 2022. They will then be invited to attend our Virtual Workshop September 15, 2022 where we will provide information concerning data, rules, and expectations. This will also give students an opportunity to interact with national GEOSPATIAL experts to gain a better appreciation of capabilities. Following this First Virtual Workshop, teams will sign up, by September 16, 2022, to participate in the competition. A roster of competitive teams will be published.

How to Enter

Click the “APPLY” tab to apply. Applicants will receive competition-related information electronically and be invited to meetings and discussion sessions.