Competitions & Resources

RIT hosts competitions and commercial activities that integrate academic initiatives with applied business creation, commercialization experience, and/or project creation to management experience. Here are some of them:

Global Game Jam: This is the world’s largest game event and happens around the world in different locations. Typically held in January, IGM is a host site for this event.

Imagine Cup: This is a global competition that allows students to develop world changing software in the form of apps, games, and much more. IGM hosts Imagine Cup every fall semester.

RPI GameFest: This annual event showcases creativity and innovation in digital games and includes a student competition. IGM typically sponsors teams to attend RPI GameFest and compete.

WiC Hacks: This is an all-women hackathon event sponsored by Women in Computing at RIT. This event is typically held in spring semester.

Tiger Tank: Run through the Simone Center, students pitch business ideas and compete for cash prizes.

NTID’s Next Big Idea: Students compete for cash prizes with ideas and products that benefit deaf and hard-of-heading communities. The competition is sponsored by video relay company ZVRS.

RIT Business Model Competition: This is a business model writing competition where students compete for cash prizes.

Effective Access Technology Product Competition: This is a contest designed to promote early-stage effective access ideas where teams win cash prizes.

Saunders Summer Start-up Program: This is an intensive summer incubation program where students earn a stipend to advance their business ideas.

Co-Up: Designed to help fund student co-ops over the summer in multidisciplinary teams that lead to start-up products and commercial activities.

IdeaLab@RIT: A weekend-long event where student teams brainstorm solutions for real-world challenges. This event is run through the Simone Center.

NSF-I-Corps: Curriculum and grant funding to teams advancing a commercialization project.


This list was populated with information from the Fall 2016 RIT Magazine (