March 2010

And the 2010 winner is...

                               

Student teams participating in 2010 March Madness for the Mind exhibition created short videos that tell the story of their innovation. These videos were open for public viewing and voting March 8-19, 2010 and over 3,000 votes were cast.

First place went to OsmoPure from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Watch the Video. The OsmoPure team won $800 to help advance the project.

The other two video competition finalists were:

  • The Enhancing Bio-Morphological Helmet from Michigan Technological University Watch the video
  • The Human-powered Nebulizer from Marquette University Watch the video

 

Watch all 2010 video submissions here. 

 

2010 Olympus Innovation Award winners announced!

The 2010 Olympus Innovation Award winners were announced last Friday at a ceremony at the NCIIA's Annual Conference in San Francisco. The winners are:

Olympus Innovation Award ($10,000): Paul Hudnut (left), instructor, Entrepreneurship Program-Management Department, College of Business, Colorado State University;

The Olympus Lifetime of Educational Innovation Award ($2,500): Jerry Engel (right), faculty director and founder, The Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and adjunct professor, Hass School of Business, University of California at Berkeley

The Olympus Emerging Educational Leader Award ($1,000): Jeffrey Blander (center), course co-director, Division of Health Science and Technology, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology

NCIIA and Olympus Corporation congratulate Paul, Jerry and Jeff, and wish them continued success in their work. More information about the winners here.

  

News: Student teams shine in San Francisco!

                               

National and regional media enjoyed our 2010 March Madness for the Mind showcase of student innovation, held at the Exploratorium on Saturday, as much as we did!

Great SF Appeal slideshow (photos taken at the Exploratorium)

Local NPR story on the Human Powered Nebulizer team (Marquette University)

NextBillion.net report from the Annual Conference 

 

Educating Entrepreneurs. Who? What? Why?

Steve Blank, author of Four Steps to the Epiphany, will share currents and trends in Silicon Valley as they relate to entrepreneurship and design thinking educators.


Top 3 March Madness for the Mind Team Videos Announced!!

                               

Student teams participating in the 2010 March Madness for the Mind exhibition created short videos that tell the story of their innovation. These videos were open for public viewing and voting March 8-19, and over 3,000 votes were cast.

The final 3 team videos, as voted by the public are:

The winning team will be announced and awarded $800 on Saturday, March 27 at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.

Missed out on the voting? Watch all the team videos here!

 

So you want to be an entrepreneur!

Recently, Humera Fasihuddin, one of NCIIA's resident entrepreneurs, spoke with Inventors Digest about what it means to be an entrepreneur. Read her insights on funding, networks, today's hot industries, and the support and advice NCIIA can provide to high potential student ventures.

  

 

 

Best in the world - UC Berkeley's ARUBA E-Team makes NASA's 'top 10' list

UC Berkeley's ARUBA E-Team has been named by NASA as one of the world's top 10  projects that is 'contributing tangible progress to some of the greatest water challenges facing our planet.' The team is highlighted on NASA's Launch-water website. Take a look.

The innovation: ARUBA (Arsenic Removal Using Bottom Ash) removes arsenic from drinking water using bottom ash, the fine gray powder that piles up at the bottom
of furnaces at coal-fired power stations. The ash is coated with ferric hydroxide, which binds to arsenic. The ash can then be removed from the water through filtration.

The ARUBA E-Team attended NCIIA's March Madness for Mind showcase in 2007. Next Saturday, March 27, March Madness for the Mind 2010 will be held at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Your chance to see the world's next great innovations!

 

Supplemental materials

These are materials that presenters have made available in addition to their conference presentations.

Paper for Reforming the USPTO to Give a Fair Shake to Independent Pro Se Inventor-applications, Saturday 2D2

Powerpoint presentation for Guiding Principles for Sustainable Humanitarian Engineering Projects, Thursday 1A1

Paper for Quality and Consistency in Idea Pitch, Research Proposal and Business Plan Competition Judging, Saturday 2E3

D-Lab Wind Belt instructions, Saturday 2B

Dashboard Testing

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Move your Venture Forward with Venture Well East!

Deadline extended to March 19!

Are you an undergrad or grad student researcher, innovator or budding tech entrepreneur? Do you know a student venture team that's ready to take their idea or startup to the next level?

Apply to participate in VentureLab/Lens of the Market!

VentureLab
When: April 9-11 and April 23-25, 2010
Where: Microsoft NERD Center, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA

Lens of Market
When: April 9, April 10, May 7 (choose the best date for you)
Where: Microsoft NERD Center, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA

More details about these workshops. Apply today!