ICS Capstone Program Overview

Brief process of steps for a potential capstone project sponsor:
Step 1: Complete the one-page scoping/planning form
Step 2: Read and review the Sponsor Guide for best practices before Step 3
Step 3: 30-minute qualification meeting
Step 4: Submit a 2-3 minute "pitch video" of the project, which will be shared with students for the selection process). Videos should be submitted as an MP4 file, should not exceed 3-minutes, and recorded in landscape (wide) orientation.


Capstone Program Introduction
The Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) is inviting industry partners across the board, from start-ups and non-profits to mid-size and established corporations, to work with teams of ICS undergraduate or graduate students on capstone projects.

Capstone projects take place over 10 weeks or 20 weeks (one or two quarters) during the academic year and enable ICS students to engage with regional, national, and global organizations around projects motivated by real-world problems. Project topics tie into cutting-edge areas of computing and information technology, including artificial intelligence and data analytics, cybersecurity, web applications, online services, cloud computing, and mobile applications, to name a few.

Capstone project sponsors often rely on capstone projects to explore new ideas or proof-of-concept prototypes, and the hands-on learning for students may translate into practical solutions down the road. For the vast majority of students and sponsors, however, the benefits extend beyond impressive portfolios and innovative prototypes, providing an informed path to professional development for students and talent recruiting for industry partners.

Sponsorship Options and Project Timelines
Capstone sponsors are encouraged to support the ICS Capstone Program through gifts, with the understanding that non-profits may have limited resources to do so. For information on the schedule and timeline of capstone project courses, please view the capstone program details with timelines. Typically, sponsors engage in project scoping conversations with our corporate relations team and faculty mentors several months in advance of the target start date. In the beginning of the course, sponsors pitch their proposed projects to the students, and faculty mentors facilitate the process of matching projects with student teams.

Becoming a Sponsor
If you are interested in becoming a capstone project sponsor, please submit a student design project planning form. To ensure that your project proposal is considered for review before project spots fill up, please submit your completed scoping form as soon as possible.

Videos of past capstone projects and pitches of capstone project sponsors, please see below:

Take the Next Steps in Sponsoring a Project Class Now:

  1. Complete the one-page scoping/planning form.
  2. Read and review the Sponsor Guide for best practices before Step 3
  3. 30-minute qualification meeting
  4.  Submit a 2-3 minute "pitch video" of the project, which will be shared with students for the selection process). Videos should be submitted as an MP4 file, should not exceed 3-minutes, and recorded in landscape (wide) orientation.


Upcoming Deadlines

  • Scoping/Planning Form due date: Nov. 29, 2022
  • Pitch Video due date: Dec. 9, 2022
  • Start of Winter 2023 Quarter and Classes: Jan. 9, 2023


For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Jason King, Director of Corporate Relations, at Jason.King@uci.edu.