The public is invited to see which new outdoor product ideas from a Utah State University competition will walk away with prize money and a leg up into the marketplace.
A panel of judges will pick three winning product ideas out of six contestants at an event 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Logan Depot, 75 W. 600 South, Logan.
Chase Anderson, a development officer for Utah State University, said he got the idea for the competition after seeing USU students win similar outdoor product pitch events around the state.
“Instead of sending our students out of the valley to participate in these types of opportunities, why don’t we host them?” Anderson said. “We’d figure we’d use our program as the core.”
Anderson was referring to the Outdoor Product Design and Development. Launched in 2015, the program allows students to earn a Bachelor of Science learning how to make products geared toward the outdoors. The B.S. degree program is the first of its kind in the nation.
Anderson said he wanted to allow members of the community — not just USU students — to submit their outdoor products ideas. One submission is from Salt Lake City.
“There’s great ideas on campus, there’s great ideas off campus, and we wanted a way to bring the community and university together to support new product ideas,” he said.