Imagine if there was a way to bundle Shark Tank, the Amazing Race and The Apprentice into one 24-hour-long competition. Look no further than the 24 Hour Imagination Quest (24HR IQ) 2017! Presented by Villanova’s Engineering Entrepreneurship program, this unique event delivers prizes for the top three finishers, while all participants gain valuable experience working as teams to achieve a common goal.
Kicking off at noon on Saturday, November 18th, this year’s 24-HR IQ began with the formation of teams, after which each group was given an opportunity to spend time observing and seeking to identify areas of life on campus that they could improve. After coming up with three ideas, teams interviewed students and staff to determine which one to move forward with. The first day culminated with a short preliminary pitch to the judges, delivered in the elevator in CEER to embody the “elevator pitch” concept. Teams were then ranked based on their day-one performances.
Day two began with each team developing a prototype model of its product and creating a logo and marketing campaign. These were utilized at an afternoon “tradeshow,” which allowed groups to reveal and market their product while receiving a final round of valuable feedback. Last but not least, for the finale, each team presented in the “Cat Cage,” Villanova’s very own version of “Shark Tank,” where the judges choose the final winners.
This year’s first-place team, winning $1200, was “Team C3” with “Uni-Park,” an app designed to find the right parking spot for you on campus using sensors to detect available locations. Team members included Matt Bakey ’19 ME, Sagar Bhatia ’18 EE, Christopher LeClerc ’19 EE and Matt Massina ’19 CpE, as well as one student each from Temple University, Jefferson University and University of New Haven.