$25,000 in Prizes Available in the 2019 Engineering Innovation Award Competition

The Cornell Engineering Innovation Award Competition is an exciting opportunity for entrepreneurial students from across the breadth of engineering majors. The Innovation Competition offers student teams that have been working on developing physical prototypes and more fully demonstrated innovations the chance to compete for prizes to support their next stages in the development of their “real world” ideation and concept demonstration experiences. This competition will support will enable students who win the awards to continue with their goal of bringing new products to market.

The Cornell Engineering Innovation Award Competition is a college-wide competition open to all engineering students. Students who have developed business concepts and prototypes in their own “garages” and outside the formal engineering curriculum are encouraged to apply.

The innovation teams may include a broad range of students from across the entire university (for example students with expertise in user interface design) and from all levels (undergraduate to Ph.D.). However, as an undergraduate focused competition, undergraduate students from the engineering college must constitute a majority of each participating team.

One information session will be held January 24, 2019. Another will be held February 21, 2019. Applications due March 14, 2019. Click Innovation Awards for details.

Animal Health Hackathon – Jan 25-27

Animal Health Hackathon
January 25, 26, 27, 2019
eHub Collegetown
Limited spots available- Signup Now!

For the third year in a row, in partnership with the College of Veterinary Medicine, we bring you the beloved animal health hackathon. With $8,000 in cash prizes for winning teams, students attending from UPenn, NC State, and Virginia Tech, this is one event you won’t want to miss.

Our Sponsors and Partners are sending 40+ mentors and include: Pet Partners, Idexx, Encore Vet Group, Boehringer Ingelheim, Merck, IBM, Zoetis, Nestle Purina, Radio Systems Corp, Ethos Vet Health, Gro Intelligence, Center for Disease Control (CDC), Mission Rabies, and Bark Box

Experience the hackathon in less than 2 minutes: Video

Digital Transformation Hackathon – Nov. 30

Location: Clark Atrium, Physical Sciences Building
Time: Nov. 30, 2018, 4:30 PM.  –  Dec. 2, 2018, 3:30 PM
You are invited for the Inaugural Digital Transformation Hackathon! Get ready to innovate across business, education and lives. ALL students from any major, degree, and background are invited to participate event is limited to 125 participants!
Open To: ALL Cornell students
Sign Up Here

Creative Sprint -Nov. 18

Location: eHub Collegetown, Ithaca, NY
Date: November 18, 2018, 11:00  AM – 7:00 PM
Join over 100 students from all across Cornell in using the design thinking process to develop a product from start to finish at the 3rd Annual Creative Sprint. Creative Sprint is a public, 8-hour, team based competition to develop products with market viability and solutions for social impact. The event culminates in each team’s final presentation to a panel of industry professionals, local entrepreneurs and Cornell’s experienced professors to determine the winner. Register for the event individually or as a group of up to 5 people. Food will be provided throughout the event, as will all necessary materials. Just bring your experiences and skills!.
Open To: ALL

LaunchPad Training Camp Reception – Nov. 7

Blackstone Charitable Foundation and Techstars invite you to a reception to celebrate our 2nd Annual LaunchPad Training Camp, an innovative two-day program aimed to supercharge collegiate entrepreneurs from across the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars global network.

The reception will take place from 6:30 – 8:30 PM on Wednesday November 7th in New York City, and will give attendees a chance to meet students from across the LaunchPad network .

Register here.

Estee Lauder Hackathon – Nov 9-10, Long Island City, NYC

Find out more at https://elchackathon.com/pages/about.html

Interested? Register here: https://elchackathon.com/pages/register.html 

There will be cash prizes for the overall “college team” winner as well as in three other categories (things like “most innovative”, etc).

Orphanage aquaponics, CAD keyboard, autonomous bike among 2018 Engineering Innovation Award winners

An advanced portable keyboard for CAD users and an aquaponic greenhouse designed to help orphanages in Latin America are among the winners of the Cornell Engineering Innovation Award Competition, announced Sept. 4. The award ceremony was held in Duffield Hall during a project showcase and celebration of David Duffield ’62, MBA ’64, as recipient of Cornell Engineering’s first Distinguished Alumni Award.

Winners of the 2018 Innovation Awards competition pose with their checks on the steps of the Duffield Atrium.The competition was open to teams of students from across the university; each team had to consist of a majority of undergraduate engineers. Ten Cornell faculty and staff members served as judges for the competition.

“The purpose of the competition is to encourage and recognize independent work done by our engineering undergraduate students on innovative engineering design product concepts,” said Mike Thompson, director of undergraduate engineering programs and competition judge. “This competition really reflects the strength and vitality of the Cornell entrepreneurial spirit.”

More than 30 teams entered the competition, and prizes were awarded in three categories, each coming with a $5,000 to $10,000 award thanks to alumni donors.

The Ron G. Kermisch ’88 Award for implementation of a fully demonstrated physical prototype went to YNot Bikes. YNot Bikes is developing an autonomous electric bicycle that can be summoned to drive itself to the user’s location via smartphone app. The Kermish award comes with a $10,000 cash prize and is funded by a gift from Ron G. Kermisch ’88.

The Ronald ’57 and Frederick ’86 Fichtl Award for most innovative and developed concept was given to two teams. The first was Prometheus, which developed an advanced portable keyboard for use with Computer-Aided Design (CAD) programs. There are many specialized inputs required for CAD work on laptops and tablets and many users would find it especially helpful to have a keyboard designed specifically for this type of work.

The second Ronald ’57 and Frederick ’86 Fichtl Award was given to Titan Analytics. They are creating an advanced image recognition and tracking algorithm that allows coaches to more easily analyze films of the action from football games. Prometheus and Titan Analytics have each received a cash prize of $5,000. The Fichtl award is funded by a generous gift form Burt Kaliski and Michele Kaliski ’85.

The Yunni and Maxine Pao Award for social innovation solving a pressing global challenge was given to SOS Aquaponics. This award comes with a $10,000 prize, which is funded by a gift from Carolyn Wang ’00 and Jeff Pao ’00. SOS Aquaponics is an effort through Cornell’s Office of Engagement Initiatives. The team’s aim is to build aquaponics facilities at orphanages in Latin America. Each aquaponics greenhouse would include equipment to raise rainbow trout and to grow lettuce. Both products could then be eaten or sold for a profit.

Team member Max Chao ’18 says, “The next few steps for SOS Aquaponics will happen in the classroom and in Chile. Students within the BEE 4890 class will work on improving business plans while we work with SOS Villages and Fundacion Chile to secure more funding for the construction of the first greenhouse, hopefully in Puerto Varas.” The $10,000 prize will also be used for greenhouse construction.

The third annual Engineering Innovation Competition will be held in April 2019. “There are so many opportunities for undergraduates at Cornell to explore innovation,” says Thompson. “There are classes and clubs and rapid prototyping facilities. We’ve got REV and the McGovern Center and the new physical sciences incubator in Duffield Hall. There are really too many to list.”

Cornell Datathon: Nov. 10

Students are invited to take part in a Nov. 10 Datathon, hosted by Citadel LLC & Citadel Securities in partnership with Correlation One and the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering at Cornell. The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Statler Hotel and will include the chance to win $25,000 in cash prizes, showcase your skills tackling a real-world problem and possible interviews with Citadel & Citadel Securities. Sign up to complete the questionnaire, assessment and registration.

Cornell Entrepreneurship Summit ’18 NYC: Nov. 9

Original story from the Cornell Chronicle published Oct. 15.

Founders of businesses including the Pink Ceiling, Bluemercury and First Round Capital will speak at the seventh Cornell Entrepreneurship Summit NYC Nov. 9, hosted by Entrepreneurship at Cornell.

The Summit, with the theme of “Eclectic Convergence,” will feature eight business leaders giving TED-style talks about their entrepreneurial journeys. They will share insights about their successes and challenges, and encourage participants to connect with each other for collaborative opportunities.

Audience members will hear pitches from four startup companies spun out of the Cornell Technology Licensing office, with a winner announced at the end of the day.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Times Center in Manhattan, followed by a cocktail reception. More than 500 participants are expected.

“Summit is a wonderful event, and we are always thrilled with its energy and engagement,” said Zach Shulman ’87 J.D. ’90, director of Entrepreneurship at Cornell.

The event will feature a chat between Robert Nardelli, former chairman and CEO of Home Depot and Chrysler and former CEO of GE Power Systems, and Leigh Gallagher ’97, a senior editor at large at Fortune. Featured speakers include Cindy Eckert, founder of The Pink Ceiling; Hayley Barna, partner at First Round Capital; and Barry Beck ’90, co-founder and chief operating officer of Bluemercury.

“Every corner of every industry is in disruption mode. You don’t have to be a Jeff Bezos or Steve Jobs to create revolutionary change,” Beck said. “I am excited to share my eight start-up tips for entrepreneurs about how to start a company, build a brand and revolutionize an industry.”

Other speakers include:

  • Matt McGraw ’95, CEO, The Bureau and Dispatch Labs;
  • Nova Cadamatre ’06, owner, Trestle Thirty One winery;
  • Marlon Nichols, MBA ’11, founding managing partner, Cross Culture Ventures;
  • Cory Johnson, chief market strategist, Ripple, and
  • Scott Belsky ’02, entrepreneur, author, investor and chief product officer of Adobe, who will act as emcee and moderator.

Learn more or register.

rev Hardware Accelerator Info Session: Oct. 22

Turn your product into a business idea this summer.

Upcoming Info Session: Oct. 22, 2018, 6 p.m., Cornell University: eHub Kennedy Hall

  • Receive mentoring, connections, and workshops to prepare to launch a business
  • Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis and participants receive a materials stipend

Apply: http://revithaca.com/hardware