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Past Innovate to Grow Judges
Inaugural Innovate to Grow finals panel in action.
Capstone (IDC) Team
Past IV League Capstone Team member holding the IV Pole Redesign project for Valley Children's Hospital.
IDC Team displaying their poster
About the Innovation Design Clinic
IDC provides UC Merced's graduating seniors opportunities to learn and contribute through teams that include practicing engineers and other professionals from partner and sponsoring organizations. 
UC Merced's Innovate to Grow poster competition
Prize Competition
Student teams, in partnership with industry sponsors, compete as finalists towards the grand prize.


May 11, 2018 | Event Program

7:30 a.m. Registration Opens
9:00 a.m. Student Presentations
12:00 p.m. Poster & Prototype Expo
1:00 p.m. Final Presentations
3:30 p.m. Final Awards Ceremony
4:15 p.m. Reception

Thank you to our Sponsors and Judges for your support!

Innovate to Grow logo is the annual showcase of UC Merced student ingenuity and entrepreneurship.

This year, 2018, markS UC Merced and the School of Engineering's 7th annual Innovate to Grow event.

Everyone – the campus community and the public – is invited to Innovate to Grow (Save the Date for Spring: May 11, 2018) to see the amazing results of student teams from our three signature programs (1) Capstone Innovation Design Clinic (2) Engineering Service Learning and (3) Mobile App Challenge (read more below). The work these teams perform will have long-lasting implications, not only for the students and partnering organizations, but also for the wider community, the state, the nation and, potentially, the world.

For more on the programs featured during Innovate to Grow, click on the links to read more about our programs and mentors/sponsors.

Feel free also to leave us a note here.


Innovation Design Clinic (IDC)

Graduating engineers work on capstone design projects identified by community partners.

Visit the Team page.

Eng Service Learning (ENGSL)

Cornerstone experience to deliver real-world solutions with non-profit partners.

Visit the Team page.

Mobile App Challenge (MAC)

Cross-disciplinary teams pitch their software solutions to help solve societal challenges.

Visit the Team page.

Featured News

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May 13, 2016

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April 29, 2016

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