The Next Elon Musk will be a Bruin.

We challenged Bruins to identify a major problem facing the world and imagine one new and amazing idea or invention to solve it. The grand prize? $4,000, a VIP tour of SpaceX, a 3D Printer from 3D Systems, and an 1-hour consultation with StartUp UCLA. After overcoming an extremely competitive pool of entries and a week of public voting, six finalists presented their ideas on February 4th to a distinguished panel of judges at our FuturizeX Student Challenge Awards Night. Watch all six of the finalists’ video below and join us in congratulating our three grand prize winners.

Meet Our Winners    |    Prizes    |    Timeline    |    Judges    |    Watch the Videos of the Six Finalists

Meet the Grand Prize Winners

Congratulations Jonathan Massachi, Sohom Paul, and Mitchell Zia on winning the FuturizeX 2016 Student Challenge at UCLA.

Student Challenge Timeline

Judged by You and a Committee of Game Changers

Our three grand prize winners were chosen by a combination of judges’ votes and online voting. Learn more about our distinguished judges below.

James N. Gianopulos

James N. Gianopulos

Chairman/CEO, 20th Century Fox

Eric Esrailian

Eric Esrailian

Co-Chief, Division of Digestive Diseases, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine


Paul Bunje

Principal and Senior Scientist, Energy & Environment, XPRIZE

Deanna Evans

Executive Director, StartUp UCLA & Blackstone Launchpad

Marty Sklar

Marty Sklar (’59)

Former Vice Chairman & Principal Creative Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering

Three Winners. One Epic Prize Package for Each.

Jonathan Massachi, Sohom Paul, and Mitchell Zia each won $4,000, a 3D printer from 3D Systems, an 1-hour consultation with StartUp UCLA, and a VIP tour of SpaceX. Pretty sweet, right?

FuturizeX Student Challenge Prize Partners