2021 Pitch Competition

The TechIdea pitch competition is part of EUS TechWeek!

During the event you will get the chance to watch 5 TechIdea finalists pitch their TechIdea to a panel of judges from the business and technical community. The top 3 pitches win cash prizes of $500, $250 and $100. The audience will also get a chance to select their favorite pitch and the winning team receives $50!

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The competition encourages McGill students, working in teams, to propose new technologically-based ideas/solutions in the form of new products, services and/or ventures to solve real world problems.

Winning Teams

1st Place & Audience FavoriteLulan Shen Profile Picture


Lulan Shen (Electrical and Computer Eng, PhD candidate) and Ruofeng Li (Electrical and Computer Eng, Master's candidate)

Innovative solution to facilitate the communication between family members and health care facilities.

2nd PlaceYasmine Benkirane Profile PictureMohamed Benkirane Profile Picture


Mohamed Benkirane (Software Eng, Undergrad) and Yasmine Benkirane (Speech Pathology, Master's candidate)

A new video-chat platform optimized for the needs of low-bandwidth users.

3rd PlaceKayla Li Profile PictureShirley Huang profile picture


Shirley Huang (Mech.Eng, Undergrad) and Kayla Li (Chem.Eng, Undergrad)

Platform which serves as a smart pet assistant for any pet owner.

Remaining TechIdea Finalists

Innato Maggie Xiong Profile PictureJoey Koay Profile Picture

Joey Koay (Software Eng, Undergrad) and Maggie Xiong (Biology and Computer Science, Undergrad)

Product aimed at drastically improving the mental health of paralyzed patients by allowing them to interact with others and engage in various activities without moving their body physically using electroencephalography (EEG) and brain-computer interface (BCI).

Smart-EyeglassSeyedfakhreddin Nabavi Profile PictureArun Butte Profile Picture

Arun Butte (Electrical and Computer Eng, Master's candidate) and Seyedfakhreddin Nabavi (Electrical and Computer Eng, PhD candidate)

Automatic food intake monitoring.

TechIdea Judges

Mitchell Wasserman headshotMitchell Wasserman, COO of Sportlogiq

Mitchell is an experienced entrepreneurial leader with multiple successes building sustainable technology-based businesses, driving high recurring revenue streams and strong customer retention rates. He focuses on developing a corporate culture of excellence, teamwork, transparency, continuous improvement and commitment to driving high-margin growth. He obtained his bachelor’s in software engineering and his graduate diploma in public accountancy from McGill University.

Ruchy Khurana headshotRuchy Khurana, Business Coach at YES

At YES, Ruchy works with entrepreneurs at all stages of the business life cycle, helping them tackle issues such as cash flow management, marketing, expansion pains and so on. As an entrepreneur herself, Ruchy recognizes that launching a venture can be both rewarding and challenging at the same time, and she aims to find ways to create a community of support for individuals looking to start or scale a business.

Bruce Tracy headshotBruce Tracy, Physics Teacher at John Abbott College

Bruce is a graduate of McGill Engineering (B. Eng, Mech, 1991; M. Eng, Aerospace 1993) and was president of the EUS in 1990 - 1991. During his time at McGill, he was very active in EUS activities, including founding REACH, the summer science and engineering camp as well as founding The Pipeline. (An early picture of Bruce is posted on the walls of the EUS office.) After graduating, he spent a few months at Paramax working on the doomed EH101 helicopter contract that was canceled by the federal government. Bruce continued his career with a small software company, Maya, doing computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer analysis for companies all over the world. Bruce shifted his career into teaching, first in England and now at John Abbott College in the Physics Department. Bruce is also the program coordinator for the STEAM-based Arts & Sciences Program.

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