October 2010

E-Team Supply Change aims to 'Stop the rot'

Produce waste is a huge challenge for developing countries. In some cases, 50% of fruits rot due to poor logistics and market infrastructure. Here's what the Mobile Information Aggregator E-Team is doing about the problem.



Taking Ideas Further: NCIIA grantees on TED

Daniel Kraft: the Marrow Miner

Eben Bayer: the Ecocradle


E-team OsmoPure wins $100K at MassChallenge!

MassChallenge has awarded OsmoPure, an NCIIA E-Team, one of its four $100,000 prizes. The announcement was made Thursday evening.

OsmoPure, from Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute, is developing a low-cost water purification device for developing countries based on simple membrane filtration technology. The team showcased the invention at NCIIA's student innovation showcase in San Francisco earlier this year.


Fall newsletter available online

The fall 2010 edition NCIIA News is now available. This issue takes a look at our Global Innovation Initiative, launched at Clinton Global Initiative meeting in September, as well as E-Teams Greenlight Planet and OneBreath.


Sproxil and OsmoPure MassChallenge 2010 Finalists

The MassChallenge 2010 competition, which seeks to identify and accelerate high potential new busnesses from around the US, has announced its finalists - including2007 NCIIA E-Team Sproxil (pictured) and 2010 E-Team OsmoPure. The 110 finalists are vying for 20 winning spots, and a share of $1 million. The winners will be announced October 21. Read more about MassChallenge.



More GOOD stuff: the Global Innovation Initiative

In his latest op/ed piece, executive director Phil Weilerstein describes the Global Innovation Initiative, NCIIA's program to address global poverty in economically and environmentally sustainable ways. Read the article at GOOD.



Gerald Solomon

Gerald R. Solomon serves as the Executive Director for the Samueli Foundation, overseeing Samueli Philanthropy. Prior to this position, Mr. Solomon served as President & CEO of Public Health Foundation Enterprises (PHFE) for seven years, where he transformed the organization from an LA-centric provider of funding and services into national prominence. He served as President and CEO of several highly successful and nationally recognized non-profit as well as for-profit organizations, including a distinguished eighteen-year career as a civil trial attorney and Judge Pro Tem.

Dwight Streit

Dwight C. Streit is director of the UCLA Engineering Institute for Technology Advancement and distinguished professor of Materials Science & Engineering and Electrical Engineering in the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. He was previously a vice president at Northrop Grumman and TRW Space & Electronics, and was president of Velocium, a TRW Company. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and was the UCLA Engineering Alumnus of the Year in 2003. He received his PhD in electrical engineering from UCLA in 1986.

Networker extraordinaire

Meet Trevor Owens from New York University, one of NCIIA's 14 new student ambassadors and, according to New York's observer.com, a mighty powerful networker!

More about our student ambassadors at Inventor Spot.





Help rename March Madness for the Mind

Help Rename our Showcase of Student Innovation!

For over ten years, NCIIA has held an exhibition at our annual conference to showcase innovations from the best and brightest E-Teams. Frequently, these teams are showcasing their prototypes for the first time. We've called this acclaimed exhibition March Madness for the Mind, but the time has come for a new name.

Be a part of our renaming process by completing this brief survey and sharing your ideas and feedback. The survey will be active until Thursday, October 14th. Your thoughts are greatly appreciated!