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Pitt IT Presents: Pitt Tank

This spring, 3 hopeful students who believe they have the next big tech idea will enter the shark tank hoping to give Pitt IT the next big idea to make their tech dreams come true. The Pitt Tank Sharks are ready to consider their pitch, but only for the right people with the right idea. Panthers who convince a shark their proposal is one of the best will walk away with a prize of up to $500. 

Embark on a journey of innovation with Pitt Tank, a thrilling video competition brought to you by Pitt IT in collaboration with the Big Idea Center. This is your chance to help shape the future of tech at Pitt by thinking creatively and innovatively about the tech experience at Pitt! To participate, teams of 1–3 students should submit a video by Feb. 11 answering the burning question:

What is the "holy grail" tech product, app, or service that would help
you rock college and make your Pitt experience even better?

Video submissions must be 2 minutes or less. Pitches will be judged based on the creativity of the video and the quality of the pitch. All entries earn 20 OCC credits in the Communications goal area. Only the first 50 submissions will be accepted. Rally up with up to two pals and submit as a team, or stand solo and let your brilliance shine. 

Videos must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024. 

Submit Your IT Pitch

Convince the Sharks and Win

All entries will be awarded 20 OCC credits in the Communications goal area. Pitt IT professionals and the Tech Ambassadors will judge the first 50 videos submitted. The top three (3) pitches will be selected and awarded the following prizes:

  • First Prize: $500 Amazon Gift Card
  • Second Prize: $250 Amazon Gift Card
  • Thirs Prize: $150 Amazon Gift Card

Winners will be notified in March 2024. If you want to bring your submission to life*, enter the Big Idea Competition or leverage resources in the Big Idea Center.


  • You must be a registered student of the University of Pittsburgh at any campus.
  • Groups may include no more than 3 participants; each person must be a registered student at any Pitt campus.
  • Video submissions should be no longer than 2 minutes.
  • Only one submission per group or individual.
  • Submissions must adhere to acceptable computing standards and the Student Code of Conduct. No form of plagiarism is allowed.
  • Submission of your video automatically gives Pitt IT permission to share the videos on its social media channels, website, and in its newsletters. 

* Note, this competition is intended to generate ideas and feedback about the IT needs and desires of Pitt students. Proposals will be shared with the Pitt IT senior leadership team. However, there is no guarantee that winning ideas will be implemented.