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Announcing Prototyping Fund Spring ‘17 Awardees

We are pleased to announce the grantees of the Spring 2017 Prototyping Fund selected from over 50 applications from 10 different NYU schools and colleges. Of the submissions, 11 different NYU schools were represented and 8 teams were collaborations between students from two or more NYU schools. Furthermore, we were delighted to see collaborations between faculty, undergraduate and graduate students.

The objectives of Prototyping Fund, managed by the Entrepreneurial Institute and Tandon Greenhouse, are to: provide student teams with the support and resources necessary to build prototypes, help articulate and/or move to the next stage of product development and encourage multidisciplinary collaboration between students at NYU. Phase I of the NYU Prototyping Fund awards teams up to $500 to be used to build and test hardware and software prototypes. This semester, 15 teams were selected representing 8 NYU schools and totaling over $5,000 dollars!

We are also excited to share the recipients of Phase II. This extension phase was introduced to provide Fall ‘16 fund recipients with additional funding (up to $2,000) to support further fabrication and testing of their prototypes.  Eight teams were selected based on the technical feasibility, detailed plan of next steps, expert involvement and long-term feasibility of the concept. Recipients of the Phase II grants will continue to develop their product while receiving additional training and support in customer discovery and market validation via participation in the Entrepreneurial Institute's programming and mentorship from the Institute’s startup coaches.

Learn more about the awardees below and join us us for the final showcase on April 25th at 12:30pm at the Tandon MakerSpace to see the fantastic prototypes built by Phase 1 and Phase 2 teams.

Spring ‘17 Phase I Awardees:

Collaborative Shopping: A platform that enables members of low income communities to purchase supplies in bulk at wholesale prices.

Andrea Davila, Wagner '18; Maria Monica Salazar, Wagner '17; Daniela Sarzosa, Wagner '17;

Confluent: A digital platform that gamifies foreign vocabulary learning by injecting into everyday reading.

Jonathin Chin, Steinhardt ‘19; Christopher Cinq-Mars Jarvis

DigiTape: A smart and small measuring device that guides along the side of a table, wall or arch to give precise measurement.

Alexander Donnenfeld, Engineering '19; Quinn Robertson, Engineering '18

Fire Rescue Companion: A system that gives first responders information about building occupancy and layout in order to help rescue victims during an emergency.

Chetan Hasabnis, Tisch '18; Koji Kanao, Tisch '18; Nitish Wakalkar, Tisch '18, Or Fleisher; Dhruv Mehrotra

Heat Deflector for Automotive: A mat that deflects heat from the sun to keep the car cars at a normal temperature.

Fei Chen, Engineering '19; Yi Yang, Engineering '19; Xianbo Xu, Engineering '17

NiKo Bot V2: A smartphone-controlled robot.

Koji Kanao, Tisch '18

Project Reefstone: An interactive wearable garment that speaks to the effects of global warming on coral reefs.

Hellyn Teng, Tisch '15; Jingwen Zhu, Tisch; Yuchen Zhang

Puzzlegram: A kit for elderly homes that enables groups to experience music together with no prior musical training.

Sunny Choi, Steinhardt '17; Kate Stone, Steinhardt

QuickTouch: A sustainable hardware product that is used to reduce paper waste in restrooms.

Tayleur Hylton, Gallatin '18

S.S. Columbia Project: An educational game that teaches upper elementary students STEM skills and Social Studies content with an emphasis on collaboration skills.

Elana Blinder, CAS '17; Tianyi Chen, Engineering '16; Tracy Zhao, Engineering; Tanvi Sinha, Engineering ‘17; Peter Arbaugh; Rhonda Lee Davis

Shoe Mudguard: A plastic pin with a small plate to be attached to boot and serve as a mudguard.

Halim Kerim Bas, Engineering '19; Rakesh Behera, Engineering

Strolle: A device that uses stroller movement to power a battery pack and USB port so users can charge while in motion.

Srishti Sanya, CAS '19

Upholding, Breaking Tradition: Traditional east asian tea set created with advanced manufacturing techniques.

Chester Dols, Tisch '18; Kenzo Nakamura, Tisch '18;

Vending Machine Kit: A compact vending machine kit that can be easily assembled and customized for small businesses and organizations.

Rita Cheng, Tisch '18; Lindsey Daniels, Tisch '18; Akmyrat Tuyliyev, Tisch'18

Walk‘em: A temporary assistive device for the elderly.

Rodney Lobo, Engineering '17; Eunha Park, Engineering '19; Cesar Sindoni, Engineering '19; Dawn Marta Feldthouse, Rory Meyers College of Nursing; Sepehr Forouzan Yazdani, Engineering

Spring ‘17 Phase II Awardees:

Filament Maker: A process that turns shredded recycled plastic bottles into thin filament to use on any 3D printer. Dakota Marin, Tandon ‘19; Roshaun Morris, Tandon ‘19.

Food Computer: A controlled-environment agriculture technology platform that uses robotic systems to control and monitor climate, energy, and plant growth inside of a specialized growing chamber. Omar Gowayed, Tandon ‘21; Jonas Gunther, Tandon ‘18; and Selim Senocak, Tandon ‘18.

Humble: Wearable charging device that helps American customers connect with Syrian refugees by donating profits to an organization building solar power stations in Syria. Mary Gao, Stern ‘20; Kohtaro Kosugiyama, CAS ‘20; William Lee, Tandon ‘19; and Christina Perry, Gallatin ‘20.

INVIP: An electronic travel aid for visually impaired individuals to understand their surroundings easily and safely move around indoor locations.

Nicolas Metallo, Tandon ‘17; Nuvina Padukka, Tandon ‘17; and Brenda Truong; Tandon ‘17.

Peris: A pill bottle that combats prescription drug abuse by regulating pill intake.

Han Deng, Tandon ‘19; Anderson Cone, Tandon ‘19; and Artin Perse, Tandon ‘19.

Resprana: A wearable filter for the nose and mouth that utilizes the efficiency of existing filters, but is smaller and more comfortable.

Micah Steiger, Stern '18, Jai Rathore, Tandon ‘17; Sophie Frank, Stern ‘17; Sukanya Goswami, Tandon ‘16; and Andrea McDonald, Stern 17.

TECHnically Speaking: Communication and room control device for ventilator dependent patients in pediatric and adult intensive care unit with limited mobility.

Mark Arroz, Steinhardt ‘17; Jason Beck, Tisch ‘17 (ITP); Ifetayo Estrada, Steinhardt ‘17; and YiWei Hsu, Tandon ‘18.

The NYU FREEdge: A smart community sharing refrigerator that reduces food waste and provides NYU students with access to free food.

Simon Chen, Tandon ‘18; Emma Hoffman, Gallatin ‘18; Rodney Lobo, Tandon ‘17;  Vandit Maheshwari, Tandon; Michael Niamehr, Tandon ‘19; Tuba Naziruddin, Tandon ‘18.

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