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2016 Winners

Graduate Track

First Place: Blast Radius is building easy-to-use, inexpensive tools to deliver big data insights by using maps generated on the fly to create visualizations that are accessible, personal and explorable. Team includes Alison Alvarez (CS 2007; TPR 2017), JiaJia Zhang (TPR 2018), Derek Gregg (TPR 2018), Tomer Borenstein (CIT 2015; E 2018) and Ming Xing (CFA 2018).

First PlaceForest Devices is providing a non-invasive, diagnostic technology that can identify stroke in ambulances, nursing homes and other pre-hospital environments. Team includes Matt Kesinger (HNZ 2017), Dan Willis and Steve Morrow.

Third PlaceMicetro (pronounced “mice-tro”) connects live streamers to brands to facilitate high-engagement influencer marketing campaigns.. Team includes Thomas Shelley (HC '17), John McCutcheon and Nathan Hefner.

Undergraduate Track

First PlaceFlagtag is changing location-based advertising through an interactive map that motivates users to “capture” virtual flags in targeted places. Team includes Blake Chasen (TPR 2016), Jesse Mendelson (TPR 2016), Matt Hillman (DC 2017), Omar El-Sadany (CS 2016) and Ian Go (DC 2016).

Second Place: e. e. books, a company changing the publishing landscape of enhanced e-books, is developing software that enables writers to easily create media-rich e-books for electronic reading devices. Team includes Eleanor Haglund (DC 2016) and Melody Ting (CMU 2018).

2015 Winners

Graduate Track

First PlaceRorus, Inc. is developing a new class of water purifiers based on nanoparticle technology. The company’s first working prototype targets the $70 billion market of emergency response after natural disaster. Team includes Corinne Clinch (E 2014) and Uriel Eisen (CFA 2015) and Ardon Shorr.

Second PlaceDataSquid uses data visualization science to unlock the power of big data on mobile and desktop computers. With the help of cutting-edge multitouch visualization technology, DataSquid delivers faster decisions and deeper insights anywhere and anytime. Team includes Jeff Rzeszotarski (CS 2013; CS 2016) and Niki Kittur.

Third PlaceNebulus Audio is the only real-time project management and arrangement platform for making music. Find collaborators to help finish your projects or add your talent to other's songs, all while making the collaboration process as fast and simple as possible. Team includes Hayden Cardiff (TPR 2015), Kyle Henson (TPR 2014), Robert Kotcher (CFA 2012; BCSA 2012), Andrew Russell (CFA 2014) and Nick Coronado.

Undergraduate Track

First PlaceSoterias Medical is developing a new electronic injection system for introducing stem cells into the skin of patients enrolled in therapeutic studies and clinical trials. The new system decreases the chances that the stem cells will be dead or contaminated, and increases the success of stem cell therapy for wounds, rashes and burns. Team includes Alex Steere (CS 2018), Annabeth Rodriguez, Arianne Papa, Angelica Herrera and Jack Jung.

Second PlaceVIT is a consumer electronics company focusing on bringing the medical and biotechnology advancements to the masses. VIT aims to change an industry lacking consumer-driven designs and functionalities by providing simple, elegant solutions. The company’s first product is a smart knee brace. Team includes Andy Chan (E 2016), Alex O'Neill (CS 2017) and Connor Young.

2014 Winners

Graduate Track

First Place: Impaqd is a real-time, GPS-enabled app that connects shipping customers directly to freight carriers, allowing them to identify and fill empty cargo space. Team includes Jason Cahill (TPR 2014) and Neel Kishan (TPR 2014).

Second PlaceSolvvy, Inc. is an intelligent problem-solving assistant that significantly enhances a user’s ability to find Web content by using state-of-the-art text analysis technology. Team includes Justin Betteridge (CS 2006) and Medhi Samadi (CS 2014).

Third PlaceAppbase provides a unified database interface to handle all of the data syncing and querying needs for app developers. Team includes Anuj Kumar (CS 2012, 2014), Siddharth Kothari and Shannan Sullivan.

Undergraduate Track

First Place: Tailored Fit is an online shopping service that learns an individual’s preferences over time and makes personalized shopping suggestions while providing products and services from multiple retailers on one website. Team includes Kate Vogt (CS 2014), Nathaniel Eliason (DC 2015), Heidi Yang (TPR 2014), Zach Bush (TPR 2016), Matt Baker, Soloman Benjamin, Zach Piekut and Leanna Verderese.

Second Place: Captions is a new application that projects translations for any foreign language being spoken onto a special pair of eyeglasses. Team includes Elizabeth Ottens (E 2015), Joel Lu (MCS 2014) and Brian Yasukochi.

2013 Winners

First PlaceSolePower is an energy harvesting startup dedicated to developing mobile and renewable power sources that capture wasted energy from human motion and convert it into usable electrical energy. SolePower’s first product is a power-generating shoe insert that charges small, portable electronics such as a cell phone. Team includes Matthew Stanton (E 2012) and Hahna Alexander (E 2012).

Second PlaceLumator is an intelligent, automated services company aimed at helping residential electricity consumers save money, time and resources by optimizing how to buy and use electricity. Lumator’s service uses machine-learning technology to offer personalized solutions to consumer energy choices. Team includes Prashant Reddy (SCS, Ph.D. 2013).

Third PlacePlaypower Labs is a new company combining game design and learning science. Its first commercial product, Fraction Planet, is a game-based supplemental curriculum for fractions instruction that provides comprehensive coverage of the new nationwide Common Core State Standards. Team includes Derek Lomas (SCS, Ph.D. 2015).