Ignite Sparky Design Challenge!
Ignite Sparky Design Challenge!


Ignite Sparky Design Challenge!

Do you want the opportunity to start a new tradition here at ASU with Sparky and ASU Football!? There is no greater mascot in all of sports, than ASU's very own, Sparky the Sun Devil! This is your chance to make him even greater!

This challenge will allow ALL Sun Devils the opportunity to come up with unique and creative ideas to use technology to enhance Sparky, and to help "Level Up" his presence at ASU sporting events and public appearances. Whether your idea is to create a Sparky Mobile, a pitchfork that shoots flames, or gadgets that attach to his suit... WE WANT YOU! The importance of this challenge is to solicit creative ideas, no engineering or building experience is necessary! 
  • Teams of 2-5 Sun Devils register to work as a team during innovation week to come up with an idea to "Level Up" Sparky's presence at football games.
  • ONLY ONE REGISTRATION IS NEEDED PER TEAM. Please have your team captain register your entire team.
  • The challenge will begin on December 7th with a virtual kickoff meeting (1:30pm MST), and all groups will present their ideas on December 11th (1:30pm MST).
  • This challenge can be done anywhere across Sun Devil Nation as it is all virtual, and mostly on your own time!
  • Virtual links will be distributed to all teams to attend the kickoff and presentations, prior to December 7th. 
  • Winners will be announced on Friday, December 11th after the presentations, and will move on to our final rounds to compete for the chance to turn their idea into reality at ASU Football Games! 
  • STUDENTS- The winning group from the student category will receive a $1,500 scholarship to be split among your group.
  • ASU FACULTY AND STAFF- The winning faculty/staff team will receive a $1,500 prize
  • ASU ALUMNI ASSOCIATION CHAPTERS- The winning ASU Alumni Association Chapter will receive $1,000 to go towards your scholarship fund, as well as $500 towards your general chapter funds. 
  • Friday, December 4th- Team Registration Closes
  • Monday, December 7th- Virtual Kickoff Meeting (1:30pm MST)
  • Wednesday, December 9th- Quick team check-in to answer any questions and provide guidance
  • Friday, December 11th- Team Presentations, Judging and Awards (1:30pm MST) 
ASU has now been ranked the #1 University in innovation for the sixth year in a row, and it is time we bring that innovation to Sparky. 

Don't miss out on your chance to "Level Up Sparky" and be a part of Sun Devil History, as Sparky takes the field with an added innovative look.
***Please Note: Sparky's general appearance is not changing. This design challenge is for any "extra" enhancements that Sparky could use during sporting events and public appearances.***