USM students compete in invention challenge

Southern Miss Students showed off their inventions this week in hopes of winning thousands of dollars in prize money.

Eight teams competed Tuesday for $10,000 in cash by presenting their new inventions to a panel of judges in the "Invent Your Future" competition hosted by Noetic Technologies and the College of Science and Technology.

Judges said the competition helps students bring their inventions to life.

"Some of our winners from invent your future have now started their own companies," said Les Goff of Noetic Technologies. "A lot of the students today talking about their inventions have already formed their own companies, and that builds on the entrepreneurship and the opportunities that the university creates, and the research foundation creates, for these students."

Judges will select 300 winners. Prize money ranges from $1,500 to $5,000.