October 1-5, 2013


Want to be an entrepreneur? Have an idea that could solve the world's problems? Looking to meet others who share your passion? Then Innovation Week 2013 is for you! With events starting October 1st, you can learn about the entrepreneurial groups at UCLA and find the best way to get involved.

The UCLA Business of Science Center (BSC), in collaboration with the UCLA Entrepreneurship Council is hosting a series of events from October 1st to 5th focused on entrepreneurship and innovation in development of new technologies. We welcome all graduate, professional, and undergraduate students, as well as faculty and staff, and the local community to all events. These events will provide an excellent opportunity to:

  • Learn from experienced innovators
  • Find the resources on campus to help launch your own career, and possibly even find a technology that you can take to the next level.

Most start-ups are run by a small team of 2-3 that often meet in the university environment, and this week's events could be that moment! Please join the BSC as we usher in a truly inventive 2013-2014 school year at UCLA.


Startup Showcase Panel
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 5:30-7:30 pm @ California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI)

Technology eLabs
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 4:30-6:30pm @ Gold Hall, Room B301

Falling Walls Lab - Fast Pitch Competition
Thursday, Oct. 3, 4-6 pm @ California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI)

SEP Networking Session
Thursday, Oct. 3, 7-8 pm @ CNSI Lobby

Mobile Apps in Health Sciences
Friday, Oct. 4, 9-10:30 am @ Kinross Building, Suite 210

Friday, Oct. 4-5, 4 pm @ California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI)

Business of Science Weekly Meeting
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 11:30 am-12:30 pm @ BSRB 152

The Entrepreneur's Boot Camp
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 11 am - 7 pm @ Covel Commons


October 4-5, 2013
California NanoSystems Institute

The Inventathon is a 24-hour competition to create and pitch the best solution to a medical need. It can be a mobile app, an embedded device, or a conceptual drawing. You can use whatever tools you want, and we will have mentors during the competition to offer feedback. Arduinos and basic components (breadboard, cables, resistors, capacitors, sensors) will be available to those who require them.

We'll give you free food and have prizes during the event. No experience necessary.


  • All prototyping must be performed during the 24 hours of the event (However, you can, and are encouraged to, think of ideas and practice with the tools you'll be using beforehand).
  • Teams must have 3 to 5 members. The beginning of the event is reserved for team formation. It's a good idea to choose team members at the event with different skills.
  • Every team will have 3 minutes to present their ideas to the judges.

That's it. Seriously.

Needs List

Judges and Mentor List


Congratulations to all the participants for creating amazing solutions to unmet medical needs in only 24 hours! Pictures and other information about the 13 participating teams coming soon!

1st place

Lung Cancer Breathomics - Daniel Yazdi, David Kohan, Alejandro Rioja, Bhavik Merchant

2nd place

Neoptics - Aaron Keefe, Subodh Koola, Armin Karimi, Ladan Amouzegar, Albert Oku

3rd place

HemoDynamic - Justin Koh, Ernest Lee, Steven Okai, Jennifer Fang, Stephan Chiu

4th place

UV Life - Mandy Tsang, Kai Chan, Jessica McGlory

Honorable Mention

Applied Informatics - James Garritano, Alan Priester, Johnny Ho, Karthik Sharma, Jackie Jin

Tentative Schedule

Friday, October 4th
4 pm | Registration and Team Formation
5 pm | Start!
9 pm | Dinner
12 am | Team Update! Raffle + Midnight Snack

Saturday, October 5th
3 am | Early Morning Snacks
9 am | Breakfast + Talk by Nikki Barua
1 pm | Lunch
1-3 pm | Pitch Coaching
4 pm | Competition deadline! Pitches begin
6 pm | Pitching Ends. Judging + Awards
7 pm | After party (Partython, location TBA)


I'm a science undergrad / grad / postdoc or medical student, how can I contribute?

I'm not affiliated with UCLA. Can I still participate or just come to see the final pitches?

What's an Arduino?

What tools and resources will we have available to us?

Will I need to create a team beforehand?

I don't know how to code!

What do I need to bring?

I don't have any ideas!
I have this great solution for this medical need, but it isn't listed as a topic!

I'm not sure if I can attend or not. Can I still register?

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

I need my sleep. What happens if I sleep or nap during the event?

What if I have to leave partway through the Inventathon?

What if I invent something cool that I want keep working on?

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?


We sincerely thank our generous sponsors for making this event possible!

This project received support from the NIH/NCRR/NCATS UCLA CTSI Grant Number UL1TR000124.



Innovation Week Team

Shyam Natarajan - Founder and Lead Organizer
Christina Vorvis - Director of Sponsorship and Inventathon Organizer
Brittany Berry-Puzey - Founder and Campus Relations
Samantha Oughton - Event Coordinator
Mariana Fontes - Event Planning and Marketing
Jennifer McCaney - Event Planning and Marketing
Martina DeSalvo - Event Planning and Marketing
Andrea Cornford - Event Planning and Marketing
Samson Phan - Event Planning and Marketing
Javier Martinez - Event Planning and Marketing
Jason Jolly - BSC Managing Director
Roy Doumani - BSC Executive Director