Experiential learning solidifies often abstract scholastic concepts into well-understood, concrete examples and outcomes.

Silicon Flatirons supports and promotes various competitions that strengthen graduate school (including law, engineering, and business) experience.


Pandemic Innovation Competition

Students are invited to identify novel solutions to reinvent businesses within industries upended by the COVID-19 pandemic and compete for prize money.

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Writing Competition

Each year, Silicon Flatirons accepts submissions of student papers written on a topic involving technology law and policy, antitrust, law and economics, intellectual property, entrepreneurship, privacy, telecommunications, or related areas. The competition promotes and encourages student development through the research, planning, organization, writing, and editing of scholarly papers in this field. Submission papers are judged by a panel of attorneys at WilmerHale, the competition’s sponsor. The winner receives $1000.

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Transactional and Moot Court Competitions

Moot Court competitions introduce law students to important issues, develop your brief writing and oral advocacy skills in a mock courtroom experience, and provide the opportunity to argue before private and government practitioners with the benefit of receiving feedback. Silicon Flatirons encourages law students to participate in Transactional and Moot Court competitions in the fields of intellectual property law, telecommunications, and privacy. To find out if there are any competitions that Colorado Law will be involved in, visit the Barrister’s Council website or send an email.


CU New Venture Challenge

The New Venture Challenge is CU Boulder’s entrepreneurial flight-simulator for students, staff, and faculty to try out entrepreneurship. As the university’s premier, cross-campus entrepreneurial competition, NVC connects the CU Boulder campus with the Boulder community to develop and fund innovative ideas. Participants attend year-round events, network and collaborate with mentors to refine their ideas, and form startup teams to pitch for funding (up to $100,000!) at the NVC Championships. Past NVC participants have used the program to springboard into leading accelerator programs such as Techstars, develop ideas through the NSF I-Corps program and Catalyze CU, compete on the TV show Shark Tank, and raise investment rounds.

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Interdisciplinary Ethics Tech Competition

The Interdisciplinary Ethics Tech Competition provides graduate students with the opportunity to work as part of a team on a case problem concerning ethical, legal, business, technology, and privacy issues similar to what you are likely to encounter after graduation.

Silicon Flatirons and other campus departments partner with the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at Colorado Law to host the interdisciplinary competition. Teams comprising students from various areas of studies will have two weeks to work on a case problem and prepare oral and written presentations to a team of experienced judges, showing off your understanding of ethical principles, technical subject knowledge, and professionalism.

The competition is held in February each year.

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