UAF Arctic Innovation Competition 2024
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The UAF Arctic Innovation Competition is Alaska’s original idea contest created by Dr. Ping Lan and launched in 2009. AIC is hosted by the UAF College of Business and Security Management and currently awards over $45,000 in cash prizes and awards.

  • The Arctic Innovation Competition is open to anyone with an innovative idea.
  • All ideas must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time (AKDT) on Friday, March 1, 2024, to be eligible for the 2024 competition.
  • If your team has members that fall under multiple age divisions, enter the division that fits the oldest member of your group.
  • Individuals or teams are welcome. Please only create one user account per team (or individual).
  • Each JR or Cub competitor must provide contact information at the time of submission.
  • If you are entering as a team, you must disclose all presenting team members. While there is no limit to the number of team members, no more than four people may present at the final competition.
  • Only residents from North America are eligible to submit entries.
  • No prototype or business plan is necessary to enter. However, they are recommended.
  • You will be able to edit your submission up until the final submission deadline – 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2024.
  • Multiple ideas may be submitted. However, the same idea CANNOT be submitted to multiple divisions. If you previously submitted an idea and won a cash prize, you may not submit that same idea again.
  • Ideas or projects presented in other venues are eligible for submission. For example, you may submit projects that have been presented in classes, science fairs, summer camps, or other competitions.
  • If you place in the top ranking (typically 1st - 3rd) for any AIC division, a one-year break is required before you may submit an idea to any AIC division again. For example, if you won third place in AIC 2022, you would wait until 2023 and may submit a NEW idea in 2024.
  • If you have questions regarding eligibility or rules, please contact us at (907) 474-6518 or