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2015 Silicon Beach @ USC

USC's Silicon Beach Awards provide recognition for innovation in digital media and technology.



New ventures focused on technology or entertainment are welcome to compete. Entering teams must have at least one current USC student (graduate or undergraduate), USC faculty member or at least one USC alum less than 5 years from graduation.



Significant cash prizes will be awarded to the top 3 teams: First place: $25,000, Second place: $15,000, Third place: $10,000.



  1. An information session will be held on September 10 from 3 to 4 pm in Dauterrive Hall, Lower Level, Room 101 (VPD LL101) . The information session will include details on the process, timeline and what is expected in order to reach the semi-finals. Questions about the competition will be answered at that time.
  2. Apply to the Silicon Beach Awards by submitting a completed application packet (using the application form), Applications must be completed no later than 5:59 PM PDT Friday, September 16, 2015. Teams may make changes to/resubmit the application until the deadline. The form can be found at SiliconBeach2015.istart.org.
  3. Mandatory Meeting For all teams that submit an application within the time frame and meet the minimum qualifications to go forward in the competition, there will be a mandatory meeting on September 22 at 3 pm. At least one member of your team must be in attendance.
  4. Semi-finals. All eligible applicants will compete in a preliminary judging round on September 28 at 6:30 pm. Finalists will be chosen following this round and will be notified no later than September 30.
  5. The Silicon Beach Awards finals will be held on the USC at the Silicon Beach @ USC conference on October 7.
  6. Silicon Beach @ USC Conference October 7. Winners will be announced at the SB@USC event on October 7. To be eligible to win, all finalists must have at least one member in attendance on the October 7. 
  7. Exhibition space may be available on-site for finalists upon request.

Please note that USC will record the the Awards finals and the SB@USC event. Also, applicants will be interviewed for Silicon Beach @ USC communication materials.