Triton Innovation Network (TriNet) Challenge

What is the Triton Innovation Challenge?

Triton Innovation Challenge

The Triton Innovation Network (TriNet) Challenge, is an annual business competition focused on fostering creativity and bringing to the spotlight commercially promising, environmentally focused technologies generated by the finest minds at UC San Diego.  Supported through the generosity of The William and Kathryn Scripps Family Foundation Inc., the program is presented through a partnership of the Rady School of Management, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the Jacobs School of Engineering.

The 2016 competition took place on November 29th at the Rady School of Management. There were 25 applicants for the competition from across the UC San Diego campus. This year teams were divided into two tracks – Tech Track and Social Innovation Track.

The seven finalists for the Tech Track were:

  • Autonomous Nutrient Supply Alternative (ANSA)
  • Braykion
  • Greyble
  • LifeCycled Materials
  • Mobe Wash
  • Morsel
  • Tiny Fish

The finalists for the Social Innovation Track were:

  • Competitive Online Videogames in Schools
  • One Village Philippines Solar-E Torch
  • Squidtoons

A panel of 7 judges with expertise in environmental issues, enterprise and venture capital selected LifeCycled Materials, a startup out of the Jacobs School of Engineering led by faculty member Brandon Reynante that is developing technology to transform paper and plastic waste into durable building materials, as the winner of the Tech Track competition.

The audience selected One Village Philippines, a GlobalTIES team working on providing a sustainable source of light to communities in the Philippines that can be locally manufactured, as the winner of the Social Innovation Fast Pitch competition.

For more details on the evening, be sure to view our recap.

What are people saying?

"I'm ecstatic (about winning) and so proud of myself and my research partner. As a first-year student, I was a bit of an underdog. I'm very happy to win and humbled at the same time. It is great that the Jacobs School, Rady and the Scripps Institution put on this competition. It was a wonderful opportunity for researchers to take and present what we've done and get exposure. We will use the cash prize for patenting our idea and research and development, all the things needed to further develop the product and get it to market." - Uzair Mohammad, Student, Jacobs School of Engineering, 2013 first place winner

"The Triton Innovation Challenge event provided a unique opportunity to interact with business advisors from UC San Diego's von Liebig Entrepreneurism Center and students from UCSD Rady School of Management and learn about the ways to transition knowledge and information about innovative technology from the academic to the business-oriented environment." – Dariusz Stramski, Professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 2014 third place winner

"Scripps Oceanography provides an open culture to be innovative and creative and to explore the world of learning without barriers. This event allowed me not only to connect with people and organizations that I otherwise would never cross paths with, but also gave me the opportunity to join a team of inventive partners and pursue new education endeavor without boundaries." – Debi Kilb, Project Scientist, Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 2014 Social Entrepreneurship prize