University of Washington

From converting existing electronics into smart devices to turning cooking fires into personal power stations, the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge includes just about everything you can think of and more.

Since 2008, students have gathered from colleges and universities across the Pacific Northwest to participate in the annual competition hosted by the UW Foster School of Business' Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship. Student teams are asked to define an environmental problem, find a solution, design and build a prototype, develop a business plan, and pitch their products to over 250 judges.

There is more than $30,000 in prize money, and the winning team earns $15,000.

Take a look at past winners.

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The Innovation Challenge defines cleantech innovation as any product, process or service that aims to reduce waste, minimize energy consumption, and c
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