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The InVenture Prize @ Georgia Tech 2012

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GPB is partnering with Georgia Tech to bring you a reality competition show you're not soon to forget. Georgia Tech whiz kids have teamed up to compete for a cash purse and a US Patent.

Created and organized by faculty of Georgia Tech, the objective of The InVenture Prize is to create incentives, resources, and a structure for undergraduate student innovation and entrepreneurship in a fun, high-profile event.

Tune in to GPB TV on March 13th at 7:00 PM to see the 6 finalists demonstrate and defend their innovations in front of a panel of expert judges.

Invention Inventors
Entrepic Wake - A rigid, portable, and customizable obstacle/rail system for Extreme Water Sports Spencer Price, Graeme Wicks
CourseShark - An online system for creating and sharing a college class schedule Gregory Matthew, James Rundquist
Stylii - An extraordinarily precise and pressure sensitive capacitive stylus Christopher Vollo, Matthew Stoddard
Re-Hand - Software assisted home-use hand assessment and rehabilitation device Elizabeth Lemar, Kunal Dean MacDonald, Daphne Vincent, Alkindi Kibria
CardiacTech - Chest retracter for bypass surgery Kevin Parsons, Matthew Lee, Priya Patil, Benji Hoover, Joshua DeVane
DEfT Pad - A touchscreen device that gives guitarists the functionality of a distortion pedal Sarosh Shahbuddin, David A. Burke, Mike Bat, Bradley Charles Keller, Jarred Glen Ballbracht

The InVenture Prize broadcast will include highlights from the preliminary round, from which seven finalists will emerge. The finalists will vie for the following:

First Place Prize: a cash prize of $15,000, a free US patent filing by Georgia Tech's Office of Technology Licensing (valued at approximately $20,000) and business services to pursue commercialization, such as funding opportunities, office space, market vetting and mentorship by faculty and industry entrepreneurs.

Second Place Prize: a cash prize of $10,000 (sponsored by the ACC Intercollegiate Academic Collaborative), a free US patent filing by Georgia Tech's Office of Technology Licensing (valued at approximately $20,000) and business services to pursue commercialization, such as funding opportunities, office space, market vetting and mentorship by faculty and industry entrepreneurs.

The People's Choice Award: a cash prize of $5,000 (provided by the NCR Corporation). The live audience and broadcast viewers will have the opportunity to help select the winner of this award by voting on the internet or by text message.

The Winner(s) of the InVenture Prize will automatically be accepted to the Summer '12 Class of Flashpoint, a Georgia Tech startup accelerator program.

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Congratulations to the Winners of the InVenture Prize 2012!

1st Place: Re-Hand

2nd Place: Stylii

People's Choice: CardiacTech

Hosts of the InVenture Prize
David Pogue

David Pogue writes the tech column for the New York Times every week, and in Scientific American every month. On TV, you may know him from his funny tech videos on CNBC every Thursday, or his stories for CBS Sunday Morning, or the NOVA miniseries he hosted on PBS, called "Making Stuff." With over 3 million books in print, David is one of the world's bestselling how-to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the "for Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music); in 1999, he launched his own series of complete, funny computer books called the Missing Manual series, which now includes 120 titles. David graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1985, with distinction in Music, and he spent ten years conducting and arranging Broadway musicals in New York. He's won an Emmy, a Loeb award for journalism, and an honorary doctorate in music. He's been profiled on "48 Hours" and "60 Minutes." He lives in Connecticut with his three children. His web site is

Bahareh Azizi

Bahareh Azizi earned a B.S. Degree in Biochemistry/Biotechnology in 1999 from Michigan State University and then moved to Atlanta to pursue a doctorate degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Biochemistry. Since completing her Ph.D. in 2005, Azizi has worked at Georgia Tech and Oxford College of Emory University as an educator, researcher, and administrator. Her most recent focus has been in the field of protein engineering and nuclear receptors. In 2007, Azizi hosted the PBS TV pilot show Science Investigators, which highlighted technological advances today.

The Panel of Judges
Deborah Kilpatrick

Deborah Kilpatrick is senior vice president at California-based CardioDx, a privately held genomic medicine company focused on cardiovascular disease. At Georgia Tech, Kilpatrick serves on several advisory boards and was named to the Council of Outstanding Young Alumni. She holds multiple U.S. patents and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech.

David Phelps

David Phelps has served as president and CEO of Kentucky-based CreoSalus, a peptide science company, since 2002. For more than 25 years, his career has included significant management roles with large life science (medical device, drug and bio-tech) companies. He has developed more than 50 medical devices and has more than 25 patents issued or pending.

Paul Ollinger

Paul Ollinger is an Atlanta area investor and advisor to start-ups in the Social Media space. A veteran of the online world, Paul joined Facebook in 2007 as an early member of the sales team. He quickly assumed management positions and served as West Coast VP of Sales for two years before leaving to pursue private ventures in 2011. Paul earned his BA from Rhodes College and an MBA from Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business.

When he's not opining on the world of social media, he is writing and performing stand-up comedy about media, the working world and life as a devoted husband and father of two beautiful children.

The Professors of the InVenture Prize
Craig Forest

A mechanical engineering professor by day and an entrepreneur by night, Craig Forest is thrilled to have been a part of the creation and organization of The InVenture Prize. As an undergraduate student at Georgia Tech, Craig was frustrated by the lack of on-campus support for student inventors and entrepreneurs. Through the InVenture Prize, Craig is committed to changing the campus culture by fostering the imagination, ingenuity, and opportunities for student inventors at Georgia Tech.

Ray Vito

A professor of mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech, Ray Vito is also an inventor who holds numerous patents, started two companies, and researches medical instruments' design and development. Ray is honored to help student engineers harness their creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. Ray says, "The InVenture Prize is changing the culture of Georgia Tech. The students are engaged, their ideas are encouraged, and their ingenuity is taken to the next level. The interest in creating new things is what draws people to engineering - it is exciting to imagine a solution to a current problem, and it is thrilling to bring that solution into reality."