InVenture Prize Competition 2013

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.

Participating Teams


1st Place
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"


2nd Place
Erika Tyburski
Biomedical Engineering
Miami, FL
"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."


People's Choice
Scott Groveman
Electrical Engineering
Roswell, GA
Steven Wojcio
Computer Science
Forsyth, 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!"


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."


Joseph Hickey
Mechanical Engineering
Houston, TX
Zack Zalesky
Mechanical Engineering
Atlanta, GA
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."


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."
Faith Salie and Bahareh Azizi
Lisa King, David Phelps, and Behrooz Abdi