View of auditorium at InVenture Prize.

Find out more about the 2022 InVenture Prize competition! Click on each team name to learn more about the competitors and their inventions.

Competing Teams

The Foambuster

Team Foambuster
2nd Place
Edward Diller
Mechanical Engineering
Los Angeles, CA
Davis Waln
Mechanical Engineering
Atlanta, GA
Christophe Senghor
Mechanical Engineering
Peachtree City, GA
Katelyn Sand
Mechanical Engineering
Westlake Village, CA
Jaime Paris Meseguer
Mechanical Engineering
Spain

The Foambuster is a unique handheld tool that allows construction contractors to drastically cut down on the mess, hassle, and money spent that comes with installing exterior insulation.

Winning the inventure prize would allow us to manufacture our tool on a larger scale, to ship tools to more contractors across the country, and to improve our tool with more research and development.

Magic Crop

Team Magic Crop
Megan Dass
Computer Science
Woodbridge, VA

An application that uses the power of Artificial Intelligence and the rule of thirds to format any number of inputted pictures into the perfect headshot within seconds and without ever sending any images to the cloud or to a third-party server.

Winning the InVenture Prize would mean being able to grow Magic Crop into a product that is ready to be licensed and sold to corporations, as well as individuals, to save us hours to days worth of time formatting pictures into uniform headshot.

Reflex

Team Reflex
People's Choice
Nevin Gilbert
Computer Science
Boulder, CO
Usman Jamal
Computer Science
Tucker, GA

Emergency Medical Drone Response System to deliver life-saving medical equipment.

Winning the Inventure Prize would help us complete prototyping of our solution, begin testing with our users, and scale our operations, ultimately taking us one step closer to saving thousands of lives and marking the beginning of a much needed transformation in the Emergency Response space.

Sola

Team Sola
1st Place
Brayden Drury
Mechanical Engineering
Park City, Utah
Wesley Pergament
Mechanical Engineering
Old Westbury, NY

Sola provides a data-driven supplemental insurance plan which covers immediate out-of-pocket expenses for US homeowners following losses from tornadoes.

Winning the InVenture Prize would mean showing the world that large antiquated industries can be disrupted while raising awareness for building startups that increase societal resilience. This competition will help fund our product development roadmap as we aim to launch with home insurance carriers in the next few months. 

StrideLink

Team StrideLink
Marzeah (Zea) Khorramabadi
Computer Engineering
Birmingham, AL
Cassandra (Cassie) McIltrot
Biomedical Engineering
Sykesville, MD
Neel Narvekar
Computer Engineering
Arcadia, CA
Tony Wineman
Electrical Engineering
Woodstock, GA

Accessible gait analysis wearable for remote monitoring of walking asymmetry.

We envision the StrideLink device becoming a key tool used both inside and outside every physical therapist’s office, as a technology capable of unlocking never before seen insights on gait while being at the forefront of remote healthcare. Winning Inventure Prize would allow us to bring our device through final stages of technical development and validation testing bringing us closer to achieving this vision.

Tabnam

Team Tabnam
SooHoon Choi
Computer Science
South Korea
Daksh Gupta
Computer Science
Noida, India
Robert (Davis) Liddell
Computer Science
Lutherville, MD
Ethan Perry
Computer Science
Wellesley, MA

AI-powered shopping assistant that leverages the knowledge of user experience data.

All four of us came to Georgia Tech because we like building things with technology. We love the process of identifying a problem, designing a solution, making it really, realy good, and sharing it with everyone. Winning the Inventure Prize would mean we get keep doing this thing that we love so much.

Judges

David Bridges
Vice president of the Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2)

David Bridges is vice president of the Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. EI2 is the largest, oldest, and most successful university-based economic development organization in the country.

Duriya Farooqui headshot
Board Director of Intercontinental Hotels Group (NYSE: IHG) and Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE: ICE)

Duriya Farooqui is a board member and former C-suite leader with a proven track record of business transformation and innovation, and extensive experience guiding Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 global public companies. Farooqui has served in a variety of leadership roles, including COO for the City of Atlanta and President of Supply Chain Innovation at Georgia Pacific. Farooqui currently serves as a Board Director of Intercontinental Hotels Group (NYSE: IHG) and Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE: ICE).

Kolby Hanley
Founder and CEO of UltraView Archery

In 2017, as an undergraduate student at Georgia Tech, Kolby founded ULTRAVIEW Archery. In just five years, ULTRAVIEW has become a brand known worldwide for providing best in class products trusted by world champion archers. Since inception, ULTRAVIEW has experienced over 300% year-over-year revenue growth, has been featured in Newsweek, and most recently was recognized as one of Regional Inc. 5000’s fastest growing private companies. 

 

Hosts

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Co-host

Lifestyle Host, Writer, and Executive Producer Ashley Mengwasser is a seven-time Emmy Award winning media talent. She began her 12-year career in television hosting GPB’s original series Georgia Traveler. Segment highlights include skydiving with grandma, boxing with an Olympian, ballroom dancing, and a ghoulish zombie transformation.

 

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Host

Faith Salie is a five-time Emmy-winning contributor to CBS Sunday Morning and a regular on NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!    She starred Off-Broadway in 2021 in her solo show, Approval Junkie, based on her memoir of the same name, after a world premiere at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre.