Institute Announces 6 InVenture Prize Finalists

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The finalists for Georgia Tech’s fifth annual InVenture Prize competition, which will be broadcast on Georgia Public Broadcasting on March 13 at 7 p.m., have been announced.

The InVenture Prize is a competition designed to encourage and support Tech students’ interest in invention, innovation and entrepreneurship.

“We are excited to be celebrating our fifth year with such talented contestants,” said Ray Vito, co-founder of the InVenture Prize. “Each year, I am impressed by the ingenuity and passion of the students who participate in the InVenture Prize competition. These six finalists, selected from a group of 500 expressing interest in competing, are simply exceptional.”

The 2013 finalists include the following projects:

  • BioPIN (Steven Wojcio, Computer Science major from Forsyth, Ga.; Scott Groveman, Electrical Engineering major from Roswell, Ga.): BioPin is a new way of collecting and verifying PINs that looks at a lot more than just numbers.
  • Chewbots (Christopher Taylor, Mechanical Engineering major from Stone Mountain, Ga.): Chewbots are a line of fully automated robotic dog toys that make owning a dog easier and are more exciting and interactive for dogs.
  • The AnemoCheck (Erika Tyburski, Biomedical Engineering major from Miami, Fla.): The AnemoCheck is a point-of-care, patient-operated, standalone, disposable diagnostic test for anemia (caused by any underlying pathology.
  • Hue (Basheer Tome, Industrial Design major from Conyers, Ga.): Hue is a toaster that perfectly toasts your bread by color.
  • Spark (Sam Ella, Electrical Engineering major from Augusta, Ga.; Grant Heffley, Business Administration major from Lawrenceville, Ga.): Spark is a credit card-sized cell phone wall charger that fits in your wallet for convenient charging on the go.
  • iSleep (Zack Zalesky, Mechanical Engineering major from Atlanta, Ga.; Joseph Hickey, Mechanical Engineering major from Houston, Texas): iSleep is a baby soothing platform that reproduces the motions and vibrations of a car ride in the comfort of your home.

Free tickets to the broadcast are available here. The competition will also be streamed online at



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  • Created By: Amelia Pavlik
  • Created: 03/04/2013
  • Modified By: Fletcher Moore
  • Modified: 10/07/2016

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