Click on the picture above or the link below to find out more about the 2017 InVenture Prize competition! Relive all the exciting moments by watching the recorded broadcast. Click on each team name to learn more about the competitors and their inventions.

Competing Teams

Capable Cane

Capable Cane
Jeffrey McMichael
Mechanical Engineering
Atlanta, GA
The Capable Cane is a walking cane that unfolds into a portable, stable chair.

"Winning the InVenture Prize would provide capital to conduct further testing and expand the prototype to future editions. Additionally, the patent would take the Capable Cane to the next step before production - thereby allowing millions to benefit from its use. "


1st Place
People's Choice
Jack Corelli
Biomedical Engineering
Philiadelphia, PA
Hunter Hatcher
Biomedical Engineering
Marietta, GA
Dev Mandavia
Biomedical Engineering
Duluth, GA
Devin Li
Biomedical Engineering
Corning, NY
CauteryGuard is a safer electrocautery device - we eliminate any chance of injury caused by electrocautery devices.

"Electrocautery devices are one of the most used AND most misused medical devices. Winning the InVenture Prize would give us the exposure and resources needed to enter the medical device industry. The monetary prize would allow us to mass produce the CauteryGuard which will eliminate injuries from electrocautery devices and save lives. "


David Ehrlich
Computer Engineering
Portland, OR
Ryan Williams
Computer Engineering
Las Vegas, NV
Samuel Clarke
Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science
Indianapolis, IN
A CPR mask which allows an untrained bystander to perform CPR by collecting vitals and dynamically walking the user through each step of the process.

"Winning the Inventure Prize would give our product the exposure it needs to spread across the country and save as many lives as possible. The monetary prize would help us consolidate enough resources to design our product for production at a large enough scale to have a significant impact on the likelihood of survival from cardiac arrest."


Veronica Young
McDonough, GA
Nora Johnson
Tampa, FL
Gaitway is transportable parallel bars for at-home pediatric physical therapy.

"For us, winning the Inventure prize would mean a successful ending to our time as students at Georgia Tech, and an incredible advent into the world of professional makers."


2nd Place
Murtaza Bambot
Duluth, GA
Nathan Dass
Woodbridge, VA
InternBlitz is the common application for internships.

"Nobody likes looking for a job. It's tiring, tedious, and disheartening. Winning InVenture Prize would allow us to bring InternBlitz to millions of students across the nation and help countless people find a meaningful career."


Wenqi Xian
Computer Science
Beijing, China
Sarthak Srinivas
Computer Science
Bangalore, India
Cheng Hann Gan
Computer Science
Wheaton, Illinois
PickAR is like Google Maps for warehouses – we use Augmented Reality technology to help businesses find and pick your orders in warehouses.

"Winning the InVenture Prize would help us realize our vision of spreading the benefits of Augmented Reality technology to businesses and consumers around the world."


David H. Frakes received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering, two M.S. degrees (electrical engineering and mechanical engineering), and his Ph.D. degree in bioengineering, all from the Georgia Institute of Technology.  In 2008 he joined the faculty at Arizona State University (ASU) where he is the Fulton Entrepreneurial Professor and a jointly appointed associate professor in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering and the School of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering.

Partha Unnava was born and raised in Columbus, OH. After graduating from Dublin Coffman High School, he attended Georgia Tech to study biomedical engineering. During college, he broke his ankle and spent six weeks on crutches, leading him to found BWHealth to create better products in the most overlooked areas of sports medicine, specifically with bracing and medical equipment.


Mengwasser outside.

Atlanta’s Ashley Mengwasser is a six-time Emmy-winning lifestyle host, writer, and producer. Her decade-long career is proof that millennials make great television! Georgia Public Broadcasting audiences know her best as the quirky, daredevil co-host on Georgia Traveler. Ashley hosts a variety of entertainment content, from DIY to doggies! In 2018, she was handpicked to host Lowe’s Home Improvement’s explosive YouTube contest “DIY-No-Mite.” Then, she packed a duffel bag full of treats to film the top-syndicated pet travel special Pets Welcome Here (NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, The CW).


Faith Salie is an Emmy-winning contributor to CBS Sunday Morning and a regular on NPR’s Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me!  She’s also host of the new podcast “Real Good.” She’ll debut Off-Broadway later this year in her solo show, Approval Junkie, based on her memoir of the same name.