Challenge Ideas

2017 Bayou Classic BizTech Challenge


Teams participating in the Challenge should choose one of the four categories: 

1) Digital Manufacturing

2) Software & Digital Media

3) Energy

4) Other Advanced Concepts

The first three categories include some challenge project ideas listed below, but you can also submit your own idea in one of those categories.  If you have an idea that does not fall into one of the first three categories, feel free to use the fourth “open” category for all other entrepreneurial ideas.  Please remember that every project should have a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) component.


1. Digital Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing

Challenges presented by America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Institute:

  • Calculation of ROI for incorporation of 3D printing into the manufacturing process. 

Details from our partners at AutoDesk: Develop a simple way to compare costs between additive manufacturing and subtractive manufacturing.  For example, create a baseline that examines factors such as geometry complexity and machine time (something that can be extracted from Fusion 360s CAM side), while considering process (FDM vs Polyjet, etc).

  • Problems associated with fuel consumption in transportation of goods, services and people
  • Lack of awareness among school-aged children about 3-D printing and its capabilities
  • Opportunities to substitute polymer materials to take advantage of their strengths
  • Products which can be highly customized to an individual or a specific use

  • Recovering energy from an industrial process
  • Robotics and Automation
  • Advanced Materials
  • Biofabrication and Biomimicry


2. Software & Digital Media

  • Cybersecurity
  • Digital and Social Media
  • Gaming & Entertainment
  • Virtual Reality Applications
  • Wearable Technology
  • Mobile Applications
  • E-Commerce
  • Education Technology (EdTech)
  • Business Process Automation


3. Energy

  • Waste to Energy
  • Energy Storage
  • Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Sources
  • Solar
  • Wind
  • Hydroelectric
  • Geothermal
  • Hydrogen
  • Wave
  • Biomass


Challenges presented by HBCU Clean Energy Coalition, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy:

o   Increase access to solar and other renewable energies on HBCU campuses

o   Increase access to solar and other renewable energies in HBCU communities by low and moderate-income individuals, homeowners, business owners, local government, non-profit organization, and faith-based institutions

o   Increase awareness among HBCU campuses and surrounding communities of their current energy consumption, and behavior changes they can make to reduce energy consumption and its undesirable effects

o   Devise ways to reduce campus-wide energy consumption, utility costs, and greenhouse gas emissions

o   Increase resources for businesses offering products or services that may have a positive impact on reducing the community’s energy consumption or increasing use of clean energy sources.  Examples may include weatherization, solar, energy-efficient HVAC products, biomass, or waste-to-water products or services.


The U.S. Energy Information Administration just published a report showing that Texas consumes the most total energy of any state in the U.S., and Louisiana consumes the most energy per capita.  The report also states “High per capita energy consumption in these states is largely attributable to industrial sector energy consumption, which accounts for more than 50% of all consumption in those five states. High production in the energy-intensive fossil fuel industry contributes to the high industrial sector consumption.”


Challenge:  What ideas do you have to reduce energy consumption in the industrial sector?


4. Other Advanced Concepts

For students' original ideas that do not fall into one of the three above categories.