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 Sellery Hall 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 last year).

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

Check out our promo video here!

Thursday, November 9 - Monday, November 13, 2017

2016 Results

Congratulations to the winning entries for the 2016 100-Hour Challenge, including our first-ever tie!

Thanks so much to all the students who participated in the 2016 100-Hour Challenge—your ideas are inspiring as well as amazing.

If you still have questions after consulting the contest rules and technical requirements, please contact the Entrepreneurial Residential Learning Community Program Coordinator, Sari Judge at Sari.Judge@housing.wisc.edu or call (608) 332-3941.