When the intercom crackled and a man’s voice made announcements, though, the room went silent. Students stopped to listen carefully for fear of missing important information regarding the judging phase of the competition on Friday. They’d all spent months working on their projects, poring over technical details, calculating costs to ensure the financial feasibility of their pods, and marketing their designs to draw sponsorships. Some teams were exclusively made up of graduate students, others were undergraduate only, and others had both. Most teams, though, were a carefully blended mix of engineering students from different disciplines paired with business or communications students to handle marketing efforts.