Gearing up for next week’s 2013 UW Environmental Innovation Challenge

Once a year, students from UW and other Washington and Oregon colleges come together to offer up their creative solutions to some of our most pressing environmental problems at the UW Environmental Innovation Challenge, hosted by the UW Foster School of Business.

Each team of students have been working this past year to define an environmental problem, design and develop a solution, and produce a working prototype or computer simulation. Teams will present their concepts and demo their product/idea/service to a group of judges that includes technologists, entrepreneurs, and investors. The goal of the Challenge is to spark new product designs that capitalize on emerging markets and have the potential for impact. Even more importantly, the Challenge is fun—teams are motivated, dynamic, and passionate about their ideas.

EIC-2012-WinnersThe Center for Commercialization will be sponsoring the grand prize of $10,000 again this year. Said C4C New Ventures Director, Patrick Shelby, “C4C is thrilled to be a part of the EIC each year. It is a high octane event and the students are always so thrilled to present the business plans they have clearly put great thought and time into developing.”

C4C is excited to be working with a number of teams competing this year, among them:

Ionic Wind, developing technology in Dr. Alex Mamishev’s lab in the Department Electrical Engineering, utilizing electrostatic air filtration technology that meets standards for commercial indoor air quality while greatly reducing system back pressure and related energy consumption in forced-air central heating and ventilation systems.

BluHaptics, using technology developed by Dr. Howard Chizeck’s lab in the Department Electrical Engineering, is developing a control system for underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) that integrates sensor inputs to provide enhanced pilot interfaces and controls that speeds up key operations and reduces the risk of damage to the environment in subsea operations ranging from scientific research to oil and gas exploration.

PolyDrop, using technology developed by Dr. Danilo Pozzo’s lab in the Department of Chemical Engineering, is developing a new nanostructure conductive coating for electrostatic discharge and electrical interference shielding applications that is both much tougher and environmentally friendly than alternative conductive coatings on the market.

Read about last year’s Environmental Innovation Challenge here.



Event Details

WHAT: UW Environmental Innovation Challenge
WHERE: Seattle Center Exhibition Hall – on Mercer Street next to McCall Hall
WHEN: Thursday, April 4, 2013

SCHEDULE
2:00-2:30 Welcome – Dean Jim Jiambalvo, UW Foster School of Business
2:30-3:00 Student team 1-2 minute pitches
3:00-5:00 Student team prototype demonstrations
5:00-7:00 Reception and awards presentations