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Innovation Challenge finalists announced including MDM Team

Source: The Arizona State University Innovation Challenge, a funding opportunity for ASU undergraduate and graduate students looking to make a difference in local and global communities, announced the list of finalists on Saturday, bringing 30 student teams closer to the chance of winning up to $10,000. This year 153 applicants applied for the competition, a 50 percent increase from last year. In spring of 2010, 16 teams were awarded funding ranging from $2,000 to $5,000. Last year, $35,000 was distributed to student teams. Over $45,000 will be awarded this year, with grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. Student teams submitted proposals that outlined their innovative ideas, the impact of those ideas, and plans for idea implementation. Finalists will present to a panel of judges on February 15 as part of the selection process. Finalists include Eric Luster, a graduate student studying Computer Science and Information Assurance and his team Reactive Mobile Cloud. Luster’s idea involved using state-of-the-art censors to monitor and analyze real-time collision data in sports, like helmet collisions in football, in order to prevent injury and gather data about the physical stress athletes endure. Luster, who won Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative funding in 2010, credits the Innovation Challenge for kick-starting his team into doing more than just research. “It forced the group to sit down and take a look at what we needed to do in terms of a budget, which was part of the application,” Luster says. “It made us look at what kinds of solutions are out there, to dig deeper into areas that, as computer science students, we never would have looked at.” Another finalist, Kevin Keller, a junior majoring in Chinese, and a student in Barrett, the Honors College, says that the Innovation Challenge brought the needed push for him and his team, Science Detectives, to take the next step in expanding their work. Keller first heard about the competition when he noticed ASU’s iconic entrepreneurship mascot, a sheep with a jetpack flying over a fence, on a MyASU banner advertisement. Keller’s team focuses on teaching the importance of science and scientific thinking to younger children. As an already existing program, Keller plans to use Innovation Challenge funding he is applying for to expand outreach. “We really think it will snowball,” he says. “Right now we have three classes at two schools and over 70 students.” Keller expects that number to increase significantly. If his team wins, they would have the money to invest in growing their resources, he says. Stacy Holmstedt, a round one judge for the Innovation Challenge and the director of internet marketing at the ASU Foundation for a New American University, says she looked for ideas with solid feasibility. Holmstedt was one of 24 first round judges. “My hope is that everyone who applies learns something from the process,” she says. “Not just how to nurture and finesse and innovative idea, but how to write a compelling proposal and defend it.” Holmstedt, an ASU alum, says she was proud of how much thinking and dreaming current students were doing and that the proposals showed a range of interest in solving problems. “I wish them all luck in making their ideas happen,” she says. Submitted by Kyle Patton, Writer, Office of University Initiatives

2010-2011 Innovation Challenge Finalists, team descriptions and team leaders. (Teams listed in no particular order)

Project Upepo: Project Upepo seeks to focus sustainable technology to produce meaningful change by combining education, employment, and electrification, via wind technology. Team leader: Emily Kempe, College of Public Programs Reactive Mobile Cloud (RMC): RMC will assist football team doctors to immediately identify head injuries among athletes and drive the new technology to be developed for protecting the athletes more efficiently over the span of their career. Team leader: Eric Luster, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Multiplexed Diabetes Management: Multiplexed Diabetes Management (MDM) is a transformative technology with long-term impact in diabetes care. Team leader: Aman Verma, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Trees for Fayette: Trees for Fayette will help resolve erosion control and create economic opportunity in Haiti through a revenue-generating tree planting program. Team leader: Colin Kunzweiler, School of Sustainability Daylight Solutions:Daylight Solutions drives economic development in developing countries and creates innovative approaches to meet the energy demands of today with a mindful awareness of the critically important energy demands of tomorrow. Team leader: David Metoyer, W.P. Carey School of Business Augmented Innovations: Augmented Innovations createss a novel computer interface for doctors to be able to access and interact with patient data technologies in sterile environments. Team leader: Arash Tadayon, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Art on the Move: Art on the Move includes series of audio episodes, compatible with any digital audio device from iPods to Smart Phones, that will immerse the listener in the cultural, historical and commercial attributes of each Phoenix Metro Light Rail station between Central and McDowell and 44th Street and Van Buren. Team leader: Michele Lefevre, College of Public Programs Science Detectives: Science Detectives (SD) is an after-school science program that focuses on inquiry and mastery of foundational scientific concepts. Team leader: Kevin Keller, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences bioSPY: bioSPY is developing a proof-of-concept in a sound business model based on a healthcare need for peptide-enhanced medical devices that confer the specificity required in the administration of personalized medicine. Team leader: Casey Hallberg, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering CBB: innovators CBB innovators are developing a prototype to detect nitrogen oxide, ozone and carbon monoxide which are among the most common pollutants listed by the US environmental protection agency. Team leader: Amlendu Prabhakar, College of Liberal Arts &

Sciences Partnered for Success: Partnered for Success aims to encourage and support personal development, positive thinking, and community engagement in the lives of orphaned and foster care youth in the Phoenix Metropolitan area. Team leader: Nicollette Lewis, W.P. Carey School of Business Doc-in-a-Box: Doc-in-a-Box is the solution to meet the need for mobile medical clinics in disaster areas, while at the same time recycling unused shipping containers. Team leader: John Walters, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering ASU Gel Fuel Stove: ASU Gel Fuel Stove is creating a clean burning and efficient stove that will save time and lives by reducing environmental impact and decreasing the mortality rate due to indoor cooking; and to create a business for the gel fuel stove by making it affordable, manufacturable and desirable. Team leader: Krista Hicks, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Learn the Fiddle LLC is an online ‘studio’ that gives music teachers the ability to give real time music lessons, take payments from students, and set lesson appointments, while giving the student the ability to browse a nationwide catalog of instructors. Team leader: Michael Rolland, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law BanglaEPICS Water Distribution Team: BanglaEPICS Water Distribution Team is dedicated to finding sustainable water filtration and distribution solutions for a girl’s school in Bangladesh; this model will be put into practice, which may then be exported to other school and community sites. Team leader: Eric Lehnhardt, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Seymour Innovative Engineering: Symour Innovative Engineering will create a low cost respiratory monitor designed for infants at elevated risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Team leader: Peter Seymour, College of Technology and Innovation Dengue Intervention: Dengue Intervention will build social capital and educate the community about Dengue while using the analysis of mosquitoes and exposure to help design a reliable forecast model that will in turn help health officials plan for any potential outbreaks. Team leader: Susan Holechek, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Team Carbon Roots International: Carbon Roots International is a newly founded nonprofit organization with the mission is to address the needs of rural subsistence farmers through the production of green charcoal and biochar with pyrolyzers. Team leader: Ryan Delaney, School of Sustainability Project LOCAL: Project LOCAL is developing a facility out of a retired shipping container that provides a safe and clean place to give birth; the team is also collaborating with U.S.-based doctors to develop a training program for practicing African midwives to prevent deaths by hemorrhage, sepsis, obstructed labor and hypertensive diseases. Team leader: Susanna Young, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Team STRIDE: Team STRIDE (Strides for Stephen) is an integrated effort to develop a mobility assistance device for Stephen Ogalo, who was crippled through a bicycle accident near his village in Kenya; his device must be made from sustainable materials and will allow him to maintain it with minimal resources. Team leader: Ben Teplitzky, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering ForceFinder: Force-Tracking is a new and modern way for accurately tracking/monitoring devices and or people including, but not limited to trucks, phones, people, cars, units of soldiers, even the shopping cart in your local grocery store. Team leader: Robert Mckay, W.P. Carey School of Business CoD-CoD Children of Divorce – Coping with Divorce: (CoD-CoD) is an internet based program for children and adolescents designed to prevent the problems often associated with experiencing parental divorce. Team leader: Jesse Boring, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences SP2 Energy: SP2 Energy has developed a unique solar power generator and is collaborating with another Innovation Challenge applicant, Project LOCAL, to provide power for Project LOCAL’s container clinic. Team leader: Aaron Peshlakai, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering EduData: EduData creates digital education records and software for teachers to track their students’ performance and attendance. Team leader: Daniil Gunitskiy, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College Devilish Systems: Devilish Systems will create the world’s first autonomous pressure cleaning robot–one that allows environmentally friendly operation in a more efficient and cost effective manner. Team leader: Zach Hamilton, W.P. Carey School of Business Mobile Mentor Program: The Mobile Mentor Program will focus on building a connection between kindergarten through high school (K – 12) and higher education that will lead to increased persistence and higher high school and postsecondary graduation rates. Team leader: Stephanie Garcia, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College Water Savers: The Clarkdale Sustainability Park is developing a recreation park/tourism site by recharging waste water into the ground and reusing it. Team leader: Juana Grado, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering OneShot: OneShot is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing meningococcal meningitis vaccinations to college students living in dormitories and university housing; in one-for-one fashion, for every vaccine administered stateside, one will be donated to the meningitis belt of Africa. Team leader: Tyler Eltringham, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences SWSDI: The Southwest Speech and Debate Institute provides a residential camp experience where students study speech and debate techniques under the guidance of qualified instructors and learn skills that are imperative in preparation for the following year’s speech and debate season. Team leader: Peter Mardian, W.P. Carey School of Business DxsToday: DxsToday is an interactive, internet-based community portal focused exclusively on personalized medicine targeting patients seeking optimum health. Team leader: Paul Oran, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

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