Open Minds 2012 Video Competition

Open Minds 2012

Congratulations to our winners! The 2012 video competition winners were announced on Thursday, 3/22 during the Open Minds public exhibition at The Hub, San Francisco. Nearly 2,000 people cast votes online and the Open Minds judging panel weighed in on the top picks. The 2012 winners are:

Greatest Social Impact Innovation: Earth2Block
Best Pitch Delivery: Strong Arm Ergonomic Lifting Safety System

Both teams won $1,000 to help further their ventures.

ALL team videos can be viewed below by clicking the thumbnails.

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Open Minds 2012 Events

Open Minds is NCIIA's annual showcase of best student teams. These teams participated in two exhibitions in San Francisco:
  • Thursday, March 22 at Hub San Francisco
    This exhibition was free and open to the public.

  • Friday, March 23 at The Exploratorium
    This event was a private reception for Open attendees and special guests.

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Earth2Block
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Earth2Block
Developing earthquake-resistant,inexpensive interlocking compressed earth block (ICEB) construction
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Strong Arm Ergonomic Lifting Safety System
Rochester Institute of Technology
Strong Arm Ergonomic Lifting Safety System
A form-fitting garment that incorporates a unique system of load-bearing straps that allows workers to lift heavy objects more easily and with significantly less risk of injury
IntelliWheels, INC.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
IntelliWheels, INC.
After-market additions to off-the-shelf wheelchairs that decreases the effort it takes to propel them
Inserogen
University of California, Davis
Inserogen
Developing SwiftVax, a plant-based production platform that produces animal and human vaccines efficiently and affordably
NextDrop
University of California, Berkeley
NextDrop
Leveraging the recent proliferation of mobile phones in India to provide households with accurate and timely information about when piped water will become available in their area
GiraDora and Balde a Balde
Art Center College of Design
GiraDora and Balde a Balde
A portable faucet that provides running water from any container, and a human-powered washer and spin dryer to increase the efficiency and improve the experience of hand-washing clothes
MetCel
Oklahoma State University
MetCel
Developing a Hybrid Composite Armor stand-alone insert that is capable of significantly reducing Behind Armor Blunt Trauma (BABT)
Project Agrow
IIT Bombay
Project Agrow
Developing a low cost, manually operated machine that enables de-cortication and de-husking of raw peanuts to deliver clean peanut kernels
GRIT Leveraged Freedom Chair
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
GRIT Leveraged Freedom Chair
A lever-powered mobility aid designed for the use in developing countries
Miret Surgical
Stanford University
Miret Surgical
A modular, minimally invasive surgical system
Medtric Biotech, LLC
Purdue University
Medtric Biotech, LLC
Developing an innovative, environmentally friendly anti-infection technology
Brilliance
Stanford University
Brilliance
A low cost, low maintenance opto-medical device that uses high intensity LEDs for the treatment of jaundice
The Integrated Punch Biopsy
Johns Hopkins University
The Integrated Punch Biopsy
An all-in-one skin biopsy device that efficiently and safely transects and retrieves the skin sample