In 2016 hundreds of students at the University of Arizona took a chance. They put themselves in front of a camera and shared an idea. These students participated in the second annual University of Arizona Pitchfest.
Pitchfest encourages students to pitch new and innovative ideas, ideas that can make big changes, or small impacts on the world. These ideas can be connected to their area of study, or can be something that they are separately passionate about. This allows students to share what they think can be changed or what needs to be changed, and start formulating strategies on how to make these changes and improve their world. Pitchfest is part of Innovate UA’s ongoing strategy to foster entrepreneurship among university students.
This year Dr. Patrick Marcus, the owner of Marcus Engineering, was asked to judge for the University of Arizona Pitchfest. “Encouraging a culture of ideas, and investing our time to push students to think innovatively is something I foster at Marcus Engineering. I was pleased to be able to work with the student leadership running Pitchfest, and for my opportunity to judge the Tech and Hardware category” Judges were chosen for their expertise in one of the 11 given Pitchfest categories: Environment, Health, U-Provements (university improvements), Consumer Products and Businesses, Education, Web & Software, Tech & Hardware, Mobile Apps, Research, 100% Engagement, and Grad Life.
Another judge from Marcus Engineering, was Misa Gonzales, the Outreach Coordinator. She was named a ConnectED Champion of Change by the White House, and qualified to judge the Pitchfest for the Education category. “I love that these students are able to share their ideas to so many peers and professionals in the Tucson community. It can only help them grow as innovative individuals”