FAQ's for Neat Idea Fair Exhibitors
What is a Neat Idea?
A Neat Idea is any practical idea that can change the world for the better; it can be a new product, process or service, or simply a new application of existing technology.
We expect a neat idea to be innovative in some way, but not necessarily radical. (A new approach to implementing a standard computer program would fit if it created new benefits.) Exhibits can be a booth, poster board display, model/prototype, computer display or any combination thereof.
Who can participate?
Anybody affiliated with San Jose State University, alumni, students, faculty, or staff can present a Neat Idea.
Can I enter two different projects?
What are the prize categories?
Best Presentation, Best Executive Summary, Best Elevator Pitch, and People’s Choice Award. There will be a separate prize in each category. Click on Prizes for details.
How do I register?
Advance registration is required. Click on Registration and follow the instructions.
Is there a schedule of events?
Yes. Click on Schedule for details.
What is the time commitment required?
If possible, somebody should be manning the display to answer questions. If you are on a team, you do not all have to be present. Exact schedule will be announced soon. Click on Schedule for details.
How do I present my Neat Idea?
A poster is required. Anything extra you choose to do is up to you. You can have a prototype, a PowerPoint presentation, handouts, an Executive Summary, and prepare an Elevator pitch. Click on Project Guidelines for details.
Is power provided?
Yes. High speed internet connections are also available.
What equipment is provided?
You bring your own equipment: computers, monitors, prototypes or whatever else you need.
When do I set up my display?
Set up time will be announced soon. Click on Schedule for details. Make sure to fill out the 'Indicate the type of support you will need' box in the registration form.
How large is the display area?
Allocation of space depends on the number of exhibitors. The table sizes are: 6’x2.5’, 12’x2.5’, and 10’x2.5’. We will update this information when registration closes.
Do I have to take down the project overnight?
The rooms will be locked when not in use. You can leave your equipment overnight, if you choose to do so.