Collider Sprints

Collider Sprints are projects designed to connect students with thought leaders in industry and academia.  In an effort to find the next emerging fields in tech, Collider Sprint topics are proposed by industry or academic research centers and designed to challenge students to develop innovative solutions that lead to industry or technology advancement, new venture creation, or measurable social impact. Mentoring by industry experts provides students valuable insight into new markets and opportunities while expanding personal and professional networks.  All Collider Sprints are team-based and project-driven, providing an opportunity to sharpen teamwork and leadership skills in a multidisciplinary environment.

Collider Graphic Edited II

Who Participates?

Undergraduate students, graduate students, researchers, investors, entrepreneurs, and industry leaders can participate in the Collider Sprints.


Collider Sprints are innovation projects open to undergraduates and graduates of all disciplines that take place outside of the classroom. The class is offered during Fall and Spring semesters and is listed in the course catalog as INDENG 190c. Due to high demand and specific skill requirements for each Collider Sprint topic, enrollment into the class is application-based. It is the student's responsibility to drop the class if they are enrolled through CalCentral but do not get accepted. Announcements regarding the application will be posted on SCET media channels and registered students will receive an announcement through bCourses. The class is only offered P/NP and students may choose whether to take it for 2 units or none. Units from this class count towards fulfilling the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Technology for undergraduate students.

Industry Sponsors

Industry and Academic Advisors

Ikhlaq Sidhu

Faculty Director and Founder, SCET

Danielle Vivo

Innovation Collider Program Manager

Leah Edwards

Collider Sprint Faculty Advisor

David Law

Collider Sprint Faculty Advisor

Adam Dada

Collider Sprint Coordinator

Shomit Ghose

Lead Advisor for

Data Science

Ali Kashani

Lead Advisor for

Connected Cars

Mar Hershenson

Advisor for

Connected Cars

Ricardo San Martin

Lead Advisor for

Meat Alternatives

Anju Patwardhan

Lead Advisor for


Yaya Fanusie

Lead Advisor for

Transnational Security

Current Collider Sprints

Today, online data trails provide large volumes of private, real-time consumer information to companies doing business on the Internet.  Search histories, GPS locations, browsing behaviors or social media content postings, allow companies like Google, Amazon and Facebook to mine data streams to gain insights and details that consumers may consider private (and may incorrectly assume is undiscoverable).  Can we protect the privacy of individual consumers by injecting irrelevant or misdirected noise into the Internet data stream?  Learn more...

Modern Cuba is a unique mix of command economy and endemic entrepreneurship, powered by tourism and remittances. Their innovation models are vastly different from those that made Silicon Valley or Tel Aviv successful. During this weeklong International Collider course, American students will work with Cuban students and entrepreneurs to learn about the innovation models of Cuba and the US; and apply their creativity to solving business and technology problems for local Cuban entrepreneurs.

Previous Collider Sprints

Intellectual Property

Collider Sprints do not change the ownership of IP.

  1. If the problem and resources to work on the problem are provided by a sponsoring firm and no substantial use of facilities and equipment are provided by the university, then the firm may own the resulting IP, similar to an internship.
  2. If the resources to work on the problem, including substantial use of facilities and equipment, are provided by the university, then the IP may be open or protected by the university at the discretion of the faculty and researchers.
  3. For projects proposed and conducted entirely by students who are not paid employees of the university, such as undergraduates students, then students will continue to own the work of their project as well as have the ability to make their results open.

Sponsors and Partners

Pear VC
Cheetah Mobile
kabam square
geisinger square
Imprint Energy