Monday, May 12, 2008

I2P Product Competition – Developing Technologies for the Market

I had the opportunity to judge the UT Idea2Product Competition in which engineering students take a technology and productize it for commercial purposes. The goal is not to create a business with a management team per se but rather to turn technology into products that solve a problem in the market. Steve Nichols of the University of Texas has been running the competition for 8 years now. As he indicated the top three goals of the competition is education, education, and education. Steve travels extensively to bring more universities into the program with a particular emphasis on international universities. The global version of the competition includes submissions from over 40 universities.

This year the competitors include:

ProTrix – uses protein templated nanocrystals in the floating gate layer of a semiconductor device to double the capacity of flash memory chips.

Avatarus – uses a technique to encode a large number of 3D data points to represent a 3D object. They plan to use it for scanning the human face into a digital avatar for video games.

Turn2Live – uses semantic web techniques to characterize live music events and deliver the information through the web and mobile applications to users.

Bevo-MEA – uses lower cost materials to replace the platinum used in the membrane electrode assembly of fuel cells to reduce the cost of a fuel cell system.

Bevo-MEA edged out ProTrix to win the competition. This is a great event for generating exposure to the many technologies within the University.

Best regards,
Hall T.

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