What to Expect

What it is:

The 24 Hour Imagination Quest is a fast-paced team competition taking place over a 24 hour period.  Think of it as a combination of The Amazing Race and Shark Tank.  Students will join the competition as individuals and then form teams, constantly on the move or feverishly working on their presentations and prototypes.  

Beginning at 1:00PM on Saturday, the students are sent on a quest to discover opportunities.  From there, the students must develop an idea, examine the technical/business feasibility, develop a top level design, produce a basic business pitch, create a simple prototype and take part in a tradeshow… all in just 24 hours!  Along the way, they need to present their results to various panels of judges who know nothing about their idea.  By noon on Sunday they must present their ideas in the form of a simple prototype, a business pitch and a trade show demonstration.  The competition will be over at noon on Sunday, followed by lunch and an award ceremony which will be completed by approximately 1:00PM.

What it’s not (for students):

The 24 Hour Imagination Quest is not your standard classroom experience or what you may be used to in other competitions.  It is an opportunity for your imagination, creativity, and entrepreneurial mind to shine.  We want you to use your imagination and have fun, while challenging yourself to apply the concepts of brainstorming, marketing, prototype development, and presenting to clients.

What it’s not (for judges):

The 24 Hour Imagination Quest is focused on imagination and thinking outside-the-box.  Although we do ask students to create an executive level business pitch, this is NOT a typical business plan competition.  You won’t hear in-depth market analysis, or a financial statement projecting the next five years.  You will be judging students on the feasibility of their idea and whether or not it could prosper in the marketplace.  We are looking for imagination, innovation, and fun!



Rick Stumpf
Engineering Entrepreneurship Coordinator

What is the 24-Hour Imagination Quest?