New STEM Spotlight Awards offers $20,000 prize for BC students

October | 2016
The STEM Spotlight Awards offer BC post-secondary students the opportunity to win $20,000 for their solution to an industry challenge. Here are the facts:

Industry leaders in 5 industries (Energy, Infrastructure, Marine, Sustainability and Technology) are sharing challenges faced by their industry. BC post-secondary students studying in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs are asked to provide a solution. Judges will choose a winner in each category; the overall winner will be awarded a $20,000 cash prize.

Here are the challenges for the 2016 STEM Spotlight Awards:
  • BC Ferries (Transportation) - Taking into consideration innovation and structural changes in the economy, what will the ferry system look like in 2050?
  • Peace River Hydro Partners (Energy) - How could you maximize civil works production by improving the existing charter flight system that provides service to and from five flight hubs in BC?
  • SNC-Lavalin (Infrastructure) - With the increase and intensity of weather events on the West Coast, how can we design critical infrastructure (ex. bridges, power grids, roads) to be more resilient and better withstand such events?
  • Structurlam Products (Sustainability) - As BC Building Code requirements evolve, how would you design a system using Crosslam CLT to create high-performance and sustainable buildings of tomorrow?
  • Unbounce (Technology) - Employing artificial intelligence, create an application to marketing that results in future buying experiences that are not only more profitable to businesses but also more delightful and valuable to consumers.

The deadline for entries is December 2, 2016. Winners will be announced at a gala in Vancouver in January. Find full details on the STEM Spotlight Awards website:

The STEM Spotlight Awards seek to drive innovation in BC by matching fresh thinking from students with industry challenges. The program is presented by Talk Shop Media in association with Babcock Canada, a subsidiary of Babcock International Group.