100-Hour Challenge

This Year’s Challenge Has Ended

Check back in fall 2019 for more information on next year’s 100-Hour Challenge!

This is a contest that challenges your inventiveness, resourcefulness, and creativity! Create and pitch a valuable, innovative or socially beneficial product or service using materials from UW SWAP (Surplus with a Purpose). Think like an entrepreneur and keep in mind the three elements of entrepreneurship: having an idea, taking action and creating value. To succeed in this Challenge, test assumptions, seize opportunities and be creative. To participate:

  1. Attend the SWAP Item Pick Up at the Makerspace in the 2nd floor of Wendt Commons (next to Union South) to select pieces to be repurposed into your creation
  2. Work alone or with a team to build and document your working prototype…have fun and be creative!
  3. Submit and pitch your creation by posting a video or photo series to a public website (here are some video submissions from previous years)

The contest is administered by the StartUp Learning Community at UW-Madison and is open to all currently enrolled UW-Madison students.


2018 Results

2017 Results

2016 Results