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Announcing the Prototyping Fund Fall ‘17 Awardees

The NYU Entrepreneurial Institute and the Tandon Greenhouse are pleased to announce the awardees for the Fall 2017 Prototyping Fund! The NYU Prototyping Fund awards teams of students up to $500 to build prototypes and bring their ideas to life. This cohort marks the 9th iteration of the Fund and we look forward to seeing what the teams accomplish over the duration of the semester.

The application committee was pleased to see such a diverse set of ideas and cross-collaborations among NYU schools this semester.  We received over 50 applications from 9 different NYU schools, with 11 teams representing cross-school collaborations. This semester, we selected 15 teams representing 6 NYU schools, and totaling over $5,000 in grant funding!

Awarded teams will spend the semester exploring, testing, and iterating on their prototypes. The teams all gathered at the Leslie eLab on Tuesday (10/3) to formally kick off the program and review the basics of prototyping. Participants gained valuable insights from meeting each other and remarked upon the variety of topics addressed through prototyping. Projects range from mindfulness apps to smart recycling technology, wearable technology, and AR applications. This cohort is highly engaged with the entrepreneurial community at NYU; some of the teams are also participating in the Ignite Fellowship or competing in competitions such as 300K Entrepreneurs Challenge, Healthcare Makerthon, and NASA’s Big Idea Challenge for university students.

Learn more about the teams below and save the date for the final showcase on Wednesday 12/6 at 12:30 pm to see the fantastic prototypes built by these teams.

Fall ‘17 Prototyping Fund Awardees

Augmented Escape Room Games: Interactive games that use integrated AR applications and physical computing.  Team: Alexandros Lotsos, Tandon ‘18 and Acacia Judge, Tandon ‘18

Aduri: Smart meditation cushion that helps amplify and track meditation practice to make it easier to learn and more enjoyable to practice.  Team: Jesal Trivedi, Tisch ITP 18; Ravi Varma, Jahde Eve Stern ‘11

Drispen: A smartpen that transfers drawings from paper to online. Team: Ruby Pittman, Tandon ‘20; Lindsey Kim, Tandon ‘19; Marlaina Riegelsberger, Tisch ‘19

FLY-m: An intelligent mobile case that prevents the phone from directly hitting the ground. Team: Purva Patel, Tandon ‘19; Supreeth Kumar K, Tandon ‘19; Swapnesh Wani Tandon ‘19

Food Period: Organic food products that allow women to support their menstrual cycles naturally. Team: Britt Martin, CAS ‘18 and Jenn Kim

FruitNow: Mobile app that provides access to the Chinatown fruit supply network to increase accessibility of quality, low-cost fruits to NYU students. Team: Jenny Zheng, Tandon ‘20; Kent Ma, Tandon ‘20

Geckobot: Robot that performs vertical movement on wall surfaces to be used for wall cleaning. Team: Mingzhe Ye, Tandon ‘19; Yunzhu Li, Tandon ‘19; Zhengqing Ye, Tandon ‘19; Mo Wu, Tandon ‘19; Yi Wei, Tandon ‘19; Cindy Li

Ogenki: AR platform that encourages interaction with the environment to gamify nutrition decision making. Team: Yan Yin Lam, Steinhardt ‘19; Jie Jiang, Steinhardt ‘18; Zhenyu Wang, CAS ‘18; Jiayun Yang, Steinhardt ‘19; ZhongHeng Lee, Tandon ‘18

Posture Sensing: Wearable device that tracks and responds to body posture. Team: Emily Huang, Tandon ‘18; Brandon Rogowski, Tandon ‘18; Kaitlyn Yiu, Steinhardt ‘18; Timothy Wong, Tandon ‘18, Aidan Collins, Tandon ‘18

Programmable Breadboard: Educational breadboard that does not require jumper cables. Team: Amitabh Shrivastava, Tisch ITP ‘19

SOLAR: A solar panel with a dust mitigation system to function on Mars. Team: Aida Mehovic, Tandon ‘19; Leonardo Lamboglia, Tandon ‘19; Randy Martinez, Tandon ‘19; Matthew Persad, Tandon ‘19; Yoon Cho

Sayf Way: IoT device to track travel speeds in residential neighborhoods to reduce dangerous driving. Team: Josh Denholtz, Stern ‘20

Sorty McSortface: Smart recycling bin that uses machine learning to determine the materials of the deposited object. Team: Rishub Nahar, Stern ‘21; Earl Co, Tandon ‘16; Kevin Van Nguyen, Wagner ‘17; Mohammed Yassen, Stern ‘19

Vertical Wind Turbine: 3D Printing engineering and product development startup developing, testing, and deploying novel Vertical Wind Turbine (VWT) technology.  Team: Stephen Malkowicz, CAS ‘18; Ryan Simms, Penn ‘16; Mahesh Patel

WAVR: Neuro-controlled VR technology that monitors alpha waves during meditation, which offers an immersive mixed reality experience. Team: Sean Seunghwan Kim, Tisch ITP ’18; Baris Siniksaran Tandon ‘18