2013 InVenture Prize Competition

Listed below are the 2013 InVenture Prize finalists. Click on a team name to learn more about the competitors and their inventions.

Relive all the exciting moments by watching the broadcast of the 2013 InVenture Prize finals to the right.

Competition Finalists


1st Place
2nd Place
People's Choice


Steven Wojcio
- Computer Science
, Forsyth, GA
Scott Groveman
- Electrical Engineering
, Roswell, GA

BioPIN is a new way of collecting and verifying PINs that looks at a lot more than just numbers.

"We have learned so much from InVenture already. Winning would give us the ability to really take our idea to the next level!"

Christopher Taylor
- Mechanical Engineering
, Stone Mountain, GA

A line of fully automated robotic dog toys that make owning a dog easier and are more exciting and interactive for dogs. 

"The InVenture prize is the opportunity for me to take my idea and turn it into a real product that helps make happier dogs and happier owners" -- Christopher Taylor

Erika Tyburski
- Biomedical Engineering
, Miami, FL

AnemoCheck is a point-of-care, patient-operated, standalone, inexpensive, and disposable diagnostic test for anemia due to any underlying pathology.

"Winning the Inventure title means transforming our device into a product. Many great ideas from a university research lab never mature to market. Winning the Inventure prize would mean that our invention, created at Tech, could have a chance of being refined to a commercialized product because of the resources and expertise from Georgia Tech." -- Erika Tyburski


Basheer Tome
- Industrial Design
, Conyers, GA

Hue is a toaster that perfectly toasts your bread by color. 

"The clock's ticking and the kitchen market is fierce. Winning the Inventure Prize would give me the resources and a fighting chance to bring my toaster to market." -- Basheer Tome

Sam Elia
- Electrical Engineering
, Augusta, GA
Grant Heffley
- Business Administration
, Lawrenceville, GA

Spark is the credit card-sized cell phone wall charger that fits in your wallet for convenient charging on the go.

"Winning the Inventure Prize would be instrumental in achieving our goal to eliminate the battery life problems experienced by millions of smartphone users every day." -- Sam Elia

Zack Zalesky
- Mechanical Engineering
, Atlanta, GA
Joseph Hickey
- Mechanical Engineering
, Houston, TX

A baby soothing platform that reproduces that motions and vibrations of a car ride in the comfort and safety of your own home.

"Winning InVenture would help us bring our infant soother to market, which would help parents put their children to sleep safely and efficiently in the comfort of their own home." -- Zack Zalesky


Faith Salie

Commentator, Journalist, Actress, and Rhodes Scholar

Bahareh Azizi

Director of Business Development and Communications, Dasman Diabetes Institute


Lisa King

Vice President, Research & Development Strategy, Newell Rubbermaid

David Phelps

President and CEO, CreoSalus

Behrooz Abdi

President and CEO, InvenSEnse