Innovation Challenge

Think outside the box

If you have at least one friend and a smart phone that can take amateur video, you can put your creativity to work in NAIT’s Innovation Challenge and have a lot of fun doing it.

The Challenge gives you the opportunity to experience some of the creativity associated with being an entrepreneur, collaborate under time and resource constraints, and pitch an idea in an engaging way.

How does it work?

Teams are tasked with taking an everyday object  and transforming it into something of greater value – whether that value is economic, environmental, or social. So, your idea could potentially turn into a lucrative commercial enterprise, or a way to solve a significant social problem.

Learn more about the Innovation Challenge

2024 Winners - High School Stream

Winner: Thrive Edmonton

Submitted by Argyll Centre students: 

  • Willow Draper
  • Ibrahim Muhammad
  • Triniti Ulliac

The winners received $250 Visa gift card per team member.

High school submissions honorable mentions


Submitted by Argyll Centre students

Green Canopy Construction

Submitted by Ross Sheppard High School students


Submitted by Harry Ainlay High School students

2024 Winners - NAIT stream presented by Raptor Mining

First place, $1,500 prize: Team Vortex Dynamics

  • John Nasitem (Electrical Engineering Technology)
  • Hunter Dufault (Computer Engineering Technology)

Second place, $1,000 prize: Team Bio Driveway

  • Carri St. Pierre (Bachelor of Technology)
  • Marie Grabowski (Bachelor of Technology)
  • Neza Benedicto (Bachelor of Technology)

Third place, $500 prize: Team CompoCity

  • Angela Ryl (Bachelor of Business Administration)
  • Karlene Guy (Bachelor of Technology)

NAIT student submissions honorable mentions


Submitted by:

  • Willis Chan

  • David Rambarran
  • Daphne Bronowski
  • Steven Huynh 
Eco Guardian

Submitted by:

  • Fatima Baguiwan

  • Jocelyn Gonzale
  • Ron Alfred De Guzman
Resource Rangers

Submitted by:

  • Abdel Abdelkarim

  • Maha Khan
  • Demi Dorn

2023 Winners

  • First place:  Team Innovait: Yash Verma and Pamela Huynh
  • Second place:  Team Indigo: Karlo Escallon, Ana Matallana, and Tania Lievano
  • Third place: Team Mic and Vic: Mikayla Balfour and Victor Castellon Bonilla


2022 Winners

  • First place:  Team DarkRed Media: Niki Kearl and David DesJarlais
  • Second place:  Team EspresSEO: Caitlin Kamminga and Mandeep Panesar
  • Third place: Team MK Media:  Kris Smylie and Michelle Ramoutar


2021 Winners 

  • First place:  Team Select Start: Real LaFrance, Niki Kearl and Katherine McDougall
  • Second place:  Team LATAM: Rodrigo Dominguez-Burich and Pablo Garcia Vega
  • Third place: Team Freedom:  Shane Bowzaylo and Carly Orton-Rogers


2020 Winners

  • First place:  Team CHP  – Marcel Figueiredo Araujo and Jaafar Alkhayr Allah  
  • Second place:  INNOFLUX – Jonathan Mui and Denise Bermjo 
  • Third place: Team Quadsquad – Arth Soni, Raj Shah and John Hodgins 

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