InVenture Prize Competition 2011

Listed below are the 2011 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 2011 InVenture Prize finals to the right.

Participating Teams

Slide Capo

1st Place
Daniel Chaney
Industrial Design
Tucker, GA
A new twist on a guitar capo that can create unique sounds.
"To me the InVenture Prize is a fantastic challenge, a great opportunity and a whole lot of fun. On the whole I think it is a testament to the uncommon ingenuity, passion and creativity of the type of people who make up Georgia Tech."


2nd Place
Alexander Cooper
Biomedical Engineering
Atlanta, GA
Elizabeth Ann Flanagan
Biomedical Engineering
Douglas, GA
Shawna Marie Hagen
Biomedical Engineering
Middletown, NJ
William Jacob Thompson
Biomedical Engineering
Cornelia, GA
Magnetic Assisted Intubation Device (MAID) is a creative approach to facilitate the procedure of placing a breathing tube into the trachea.
"We want to provide a life saving tool to emergency medical professionals as well as ordinary people in remote location. Winning the InVenture Prize can help us make it happen."


People's Choice
Jorge Baro
Biomedical Engineering
Duluth, GA
Rebeca Bowden
Biomedical Engineering
Athens, GA
Christopher Giardina
Biomedical Engineering
Alpharetta, GA
Khaled Kashlan
Biomedical Engineering
Suwanee, GA
Kanitha Kim
Mechanical Engineering
Gaithersburg, MD
Shane Saunders
Mechanical Engineering
Moultrie, GA
An innovative instrument designed to improve cataract surgery.
"InVenture Prize will allow us to share our ideas with surgeons and provide the means needed for further testing of our device. We want to make cataract surgery safer and less expensive."


Roger Pincombe
Computer Science
Peachtree City, GA
An automated, cutting edge e-commerce computer program that creates online advertisements.
"The InVenture Prize is a great opportunity to showcase the entrepreneurial inventions of students. Universities tend to focus on preparing students for jobs and careers, while those students who want to follow the more unconventional path of entrepreneurship are more or less left to fend for themselves. I believe that the InVenture Prize is a huge step in the right direction, encouraging students to think outside of the box and create something new."


Megan Richards
Biomedical Engineering
Suwanee, GA
Jenny Taylor
Biomedical Engineering
Greenville, SC
Michael Zhao
Biomedical Engineering
Alpharetta, GA
A device that cleverly detects hard plastics in the body.
"We found a way to help treat and improve the lives of breast cancer survivors. The InVenture Prize is our chance to create something worth a lifetime to someone else and truly live the Georgia Tech motto of 'progress and service'."


Aaron Fan
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Ocoee, FL
Jamison Go
Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering
Orlando, FL
Xo Wang
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
New York, NY
A motorized, self-balancing skateboard that takes the activity to a new level featuring two wheels instead of four.
"The InVenture Prize is our opportunity to explore entrepreneurship. We can take our idea for the Velociryder, develop it and sell it. The competition is the kick that can move our ideas from a design on the computer to a product."

Waste to Watts

Patrick Caputo
Electrical Engineering/Physics
Gahanna, OH
James Molini
Biomedical Engineering
Newark, DE
Capitalizing on sustainability, this apparatus is created by reusing discarded parts to devise a system that will provide much-needed power in third world countries.
"The InVenture Prize gives us an opportunity to increase awareness of the need for a simple, reliable source of power in the developing world and how our innovation reuses electronic waste to help solve this problem and improve the quality of life for many."
Miles O'Brien and Bahareh Azizi
Sara Blakely, Greg Foster, Deborah Kilpatrick and David Phelps