The Monte Jade Innovation Competition (MJIC) 2020

Have an innovative idea or project that could make an impact in the field of science and technology? Enter the Monte Jade Innovation Competition (MJIC) 2020 for a chance to win $3,000 top prize and an opportunity to make your idea a reality.

MJIC, sponsored by Monte Jade Science and Technology Association Southeastern U.S. (Monte Jade SE), is an annual innovation competition aimed to provide a forum for young students and professionals to foster their creativity, communication and critical thinking skills, and to prepare them for future entrepreneurship.

In 2020, the third annual MJIC Program welcomes contestants for three categories: (1) Concept Product, (2) AI x Robotics and (3) Future Tires.

Each category will award three prizes. The first-place winner will receive $3,000, the second-place winner will receive $2,000, and the third-place winner will receive $1,000.


MJIC 2020 is open to college students and young professionals under age 35 in the US. Individual or team (up to three members) submissions are accepted.

Family members of the MJIC judging committee are not eligible to apply.

Competition Categories

The competition will be divided into three categories:

  1. Concept Product: this is the general category for any solution to a real-world problem. The deliverable could be a new hardware, software, process, design or methodology, with a full description of how it will address the issue.
  2. AI x Robotics: this year’s new thematic category is looking for creative ideas and applications in the emerging field of AI and robotics. Topics may include, but not limited to, medical devices, autonomous vehicles, and smart manufacturing.
  3. Future Tires: this is the sponsor-specified category seeking innovative ideas about the tires of the future, for example, air-less tires, smart tires, and deformable tires.


  1. Each person or team may submit only one application per topic.
  2. Each team may consist of up to three members.
  3. Submission cannot simply be a school project. Parts of the submission may be inspired by a previous academic work, but the creative and innovative aspects of the submission must be entirely new. Any previous academic work used in this submission must be identified in the submission.
  4. Proposal submitted cannot have been previously published or publicly disclosed.
  5. Software, hardware, and prototypes are accepted and encouraged but are not required to show creative, innovative, and inventive concepts.
  6. Applicants found to have committed copyright, patent, or intellectual property infringement will be disqualified immediately with no exception. It is the responsibility of the applicant to perform the requisite literature and intellectual property reviews to ensure compliance with copyright, patent, and intellectual property laws. Applicants found to have infringed on the intellectual property rights of a third party will forfeit any prize or award received from the Monte Jade Innovation Competition.


The MJIC schedule below outlines key dates for the submission process. Following the Round #1 Registration/Proposal acceptance, contestants will have time to fully develop the innovation proposals and submit them before the Submission deadline (Round #2).

Process Schedule
Start Accepting Registration w/Proposal

Mar 29, 2020
Registration/Proposal Deadline (Round #1) May 31, 2020
Proposal Acceptance Announcement June 1-7, 2020
Innovation Submission Deadline (Round #2) Aug 3, 2020
Notification for Finalists Sep 10, 2020
Finalists Presentation Date (Round #3)

Location: Maxxis Technology Center

Winner Announcement Oct 10, 2020
Award Ceremony

Location: Hilton Atlanta Northeast, Georgia

Oct 31, 2020


Round #1: To be included in the Proposal

  1. Value Proposition - Background information specifying the principal or ideation of the innovation.
  2. State of Market – Summary of Current Solution.
  3. Concept and Realization - A description of the idea and the proposed solution.
  4. Claims – A brief discussion of how the proposed solution addresses the problem and how it may be implemented.

Once the proposal is accepted, the applicants will be notified to advance to Round #2. Monte Jade SE will assign a mentor to work with each team to help preparing for the Invention Submission.

Round #2: to be included in the Invention Submission

  1. A video (three to five minutes) that outlines the proposed solution.
  2. A paper (up to five pages, double-spaced with descriptions, components, schematics, or figures with citations.)
  3. Optional: Prototype/demo/physical model/software solution is not required but can be included in the submission to enhance the proposed solution and to help explain how it works.

The MJIC judging committee will review the submitted materials and recommend a list of finalists for each category to proceed to Round #3.

Round #3: Finalist Presentation

The finalists are required to make a 20-minute presentation in front of the MJIC judging committee at the finalist presentation event. The finalists can choose to present either in person or online by notifying the MJIC judging committee of their preference, at the time when the presentation is scheduled.

The presentation cannot be simply a verbal version of the material submitted in Round #2. The presentation must further elaborate and explain the ideas and solutions, as well as the value and potential impact to the society, as outlined in the judging criteria.

Presenters are responsible for their own transportation and any associated travel cost.


Concept Products

1st Place $3,000

2nd Place $2,000

3rd Place $1,000

AI x Robotics

1st Place $3,000

2nd Place $2,000

3rd Place $1,000

Future Tires

1st Place $3,000

2nd Place $2,000

3rd Place $1,000

Winners will be offered the opportunities to receive mentorship, career consultation or other services as they become available, in addition to the cash prizes.

The first-prize winner will also have the option of filing a provisional patent application for the concept product without any cost. The provisional patent application will be filed by Wang Law Firm with the disclosure material provided by the winner, and the filing fee will be paid by Monte Jade SE. The provisional patent application is effective only for one year, allowing the winner time to seek additional support and funding if appropriate.

Popularity Contest

A new contest is added in 2020 to reward the most “popular” participant.

How does it work?

  1. As a requirement for the proposal submission, each participant (team or individuals) will share the submission in a public Facebook post.
  2. Make sure to tag the Monte Jade SE FB page (https://
  3. Make sure to set the post privacy to “Public”.
  4. The post that receives the most "Likes" wins the contest.
  5. Contest Deadline: 9/10, aligned with "Finalist Announcement".
  6. Only the participant whose proposal is accepted will be eligible for entering the contest.

Judging Criteria


Jeffrey L Yiin,