InVenture Prize Competition 2014

Listed below are the 2014 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 2014 InVenture Prize finals to the right.

Participating Teams


1st Place
People's Choice
Brandie Banner
Civil Engineering
Alpharetta, GA
Jasmine Burton
Industrial Design
Dunwoody, GA
Erin Cobb
Industrial Design
Atlanta, GA
The Safi Choo is an inexpensive, mobile toilet that lowers fecal-oral contamination and reduces stress on the body while maintaining the cultural practices of squatting and anal cleansing, in order to bring relief to refugees in the developing world.
"The CDC's water and sanitation researchers are interested in implementing our design in refugee camps in Africa contingent upon us receiving funding for materials for protoypes and further research. Therefore, winning InVenture would not only mean bringing our product to the global market, but it would also ignite potential careers for our team since we are all passionate about ultimately becoming humanitarian designers and engineers."


2nd Place
Rachel Ford
Biomedical Engineering
Powder Springs, GA
Will McAllister
Biomedical Engineering
Charlotte, NC
Esteban Ongini
Biomedical Engineering
Miami, FL
The Sucette Smart Soother is a modernized pacifier tailored to fit the growing dentition of infants, decreasing the adverse dental, skeletal, and speech deformations associated with extended use of current designs. Being "smart", the pacifier changes color when infant fever is detected as a simple diagnostic tool for parents.
"InVenture Prize will afford us the capability to reach a wider audience of parents to promote Sucette's name and product; winning would provide the resources necessary to pursue a manufacturing scale-up and funds to begin experimental trials. Above all, winning InVenture Prize would validate the team's devotion to our product, and demonstrate the passion we have towards pediatric device design!"

Better Walk

Frankie Swindell
Biomedical Engineering
Grayslake, IL
Partha Unnava
Biomedical Engineering
Dublin, OH
Andrew Varghese
Biomedical Engineering
Suwanee, GA
The Better Walk Crutch is a premium assistive device that provides users with more comfort when rehabbing a lower leg injury.
"Winning the InVenture Prize would be a huge step in putting our products into the hands of people whose lives could benefit from it. We're ready to make an impact on the world and show how innovation can come from anywhere, even students."

Guitar Guys

Richie Choy
Computer Engineering
Alpharetta, GA
Jacob Howard
Electrical Engineering
Alpharetta, GA
Ian MacKensie
Electrical Engineering
Dahlonega, GA
Garrett Wade
Electrical Engineering
Warner Robbins, GA
Enlighten Music Trainer is an effective learning tool that utilizes interactive LED technology to change the way people learn to play the guitar.
"Winning the InVenture Prize gives our idea the resources and traction necessary to become a reality within a competitive market."

Lights Out

Geries AbuAkel
Electrical Engineering
Duluth, GA
Michael Duke
Biomedical Engineering
Atlanta, GA
Saranya Karthikeyan
Biomedical Engineering
Cary, NC
Dershika Patel
Biomedical Engineering
Covington, GA
Sleepwell Sleepwear by Lights Out is a night shirt which reduces snoring and symptoms of sleep apnea to improve overall sleep quality using automated positional therapy.
"Winning the InVenture Prize would mean giving us the opportunity to bring millions of people one step closer to finally obtaining a good night's sleep."


Zachary Churney
Mechanical Engineering
Marietta, GA
James Hess
Mechanical Engineering
Acworth, GA
Charlsie Lemons
Mechanical Engineering
Alpharetta, GA
AJ Yllander
Electrical Engineering
Warner Robbins, GA
Upsadazy is a stair-capable baby stroller with safety features that protect the stroller from tipping while on the stairs.
"For the product, it would mean that we would have the resources to fully finish the prototype and the IP to start marketing the idea to stroller companies. For the team, winning the InVenture prize would represent the culmination of years of hard work and sacrifice at Georgia Tech, combined with the support of our family and friends, in the pursuit of becoming successful engineers and inventors."
Faith Salie and Bahareh Azizi
Behrooz Abdi, Deborah Kilpatrick and Guy Primus