The Future of L.A. is Yours to Shape

The second annual FuturizeX Student Challenge asked students this Fall to identify a major problem facing Los Angeles and imagine one new and amazing idea or invention to address it. On January 26th, six finalists pitched their tech innovations at our live judging event to our distinguished panel of judges and the audience for a chance to win $4,000, a virtual reality viewer, and a day tour of Google Los Angeles. Thank you to all the Bruins that participated!

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Congratulations to the Winners

winnersWe were excited to see all of the innovative ideas you had for shaping the future of Los Angeles. Congratulations Mihir Mathur, Mehdi Roein-Peikar, and Angela Chung! To view photos from the grand finale of the competition, please click here.


Period Opens




Six Finalists Announced



From pioneering community organizations like the Goldhirsh Foundation to tech titans like Google to UCLA’s very own Venture Fund, our six finalists will be scored by a distinguished panel of judges transforming the fabric of Los Angeles.

Lilian Coral (MPP ’04)
Chief Data Officer, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti
Brandon Eicher (’07)
Director, UCLA Venture Fund
Eric Esrailian
Co-Chief, Division of Digestive Diseases, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Hector Mujica
Social Responsibility Manager, Google
Tara Roth
President, Goldhirsh Foundation

Three Winners. One Great Prize Package for Each.


$4,000, a Google Daydream headset, and a day at Google LA campus.


$2,000, a Google Daydream headset, and a day at Google LA campus.


$1,000, a Google Daydream headset, and a day at the Google LA campus.


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Frequently Asked Questions

I want to participate in the 2016 FuturizeX Student Challenge. How do I get started?

It’s simple. Just follow the steps below:

  1. Identify a major problem facing L.A. – The drought? Air quality? Housing? Health? You name it.
  2. Using your knowledge in relation to science, technology, engineering, arts, and/or mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.), develop a new technology or invention to address the problem identified. Think about how it works, its impact on the issue, and what steps are needed to make it a reality. How will your idea shape Los Angeles?
  3. Make a pitch in 400 words or less, accompanied by one visual diagram (optional) describing your new invention or technology. Tell us how it works, its impact, its feasibility, and remember what you’re being scored on. You can only use 400 words or less, so choose your words wisely.
  4. Do you have a blueprint, diagram, or illustration? You can submit one with your pitch, if you have one, to help us visualize or understand your idea.
  5. You’re all set, Bruin. Submit your entry here.
What are the judging criteria?

Imagine Los Angeles in 20, 30, 50 years. What do you envision? What problems would you make a thing of the past? Your 400 word or less pitch is your chance to propose a technology or invention that could address a major problem facing Los Angeles. All Challenge Submissions will be scored by a panel of FuturizeX judges based on the following:

25% – Originality and impact of idea or technology
20% – Use of S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics)
20% – Delivery and presentation of pitch
20% – Feasibility to be developed by 2050
15% – Live audience vote

The audience at the live judging event will also be able to participate, and vote for the invention or technology they think best addresses a problem facing Los Angeles. Their vote will count for 15% of the total score.

When are entries due?

Entries can be submitted starting September 20th, 2016. The deadline for submitting your pitch is November 14, 2016 at 11:59 PM (PDT).

Can I submit more than one pitch?

We know you have a ton of great ideas, but unfortunately each contestant can only submit one entry.

Can I submit something from another competition?

Submissions selected as winners of any prior competitions are ineligible (submissions not selected as winners are eligible provided they follow the Official Rules and Guidelines)

Can I use my name in my Submission?

Contestants may only use their first names within their submission entry. If the entry is approved and selected as one of the six finalists, the Contestant’s first name and last name initial will be shown along with the entry.

Who am I competing against?

You will be competing against other submissions by UCLA students.

How do I find out what the specific rules and guidelines are for my submission?

It is very important that each Contestant read and comply with the Official Rules and Guidelines

How and when do I find out who won?

Once the submission window closes (November 14, 2016), a team of UCLA and XPRIZE staff will review all entries and select six finalists who best meet the judging criteria and all Official Rules and Guidelines. Finalists will be announced November 16, 2016. These six finalists will then prepare to make a live pitch to our distinguished panel of judges in January, 2016. Three winners will be announced at this live judging event.

If I win, do the prizes affect my financial aid eligibility?

If you are receiving financial aid, the receipt of your prize may affect your financial aid awards. Please contact Financial Aid and Scholarships at (310)-206-0400 or via e-mail at, if you have any questions.

Who can I contact for more information?

If you still have questions, please feel free to email: