2017 Y-Prize Winner VisiPlate Offers Innovative Glaucoma Solution

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Team VisiPlate: Brandon Kao EAS’18, Rui Jing Jiang W’18, and Adarsh Battu W’18

In front of a standing-room-only crowd in the Singh Center’s Glandt Forum this week, four teams made their pitches for how to turn technology developed by Penn Engineers into the next big thing.

Each year, Engineering, Wharton’s Mack Institute for Innovation Management, Wharton Entrepreneurship and the Penn Center for Innovation come together for an invention competition known as the Y-Prize. Unlike the XPRIZE, where competitors come up with novel technologies to solve a particular problem, the Y-Prize starts with the technologies and challenges entrants to find commercial applications that they are particularly suited for.

At stake: $10,000 to help get the winning idea out of the lab and into the market.

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Introducing the 2015-2016 Y-Prize Finalists

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By Michelle Eckert, Marketing and Communications Coordinator for the Mack Institute

Since 2012, the Y-Prize Competition has become a familiar fixture for Penn students interested in the intersection of engineering and business. This most recent iteration of the contest tweaked the script, however, with a new focus on technologies invented in a medical context. Students were invited to propose innovative new uses for these technologies both in and out of the medical field. Read more Introducing the 2015-2016 Y-Prize Finalists

Introducing the 2014-2015 Y-Prize Finalists

By Michelle Eckert, Marketing and Communications Coordinator for the Mack Institute

This post originally appeared on the Mack Institute News site.

In Round 1 of the 2014-2015 Y-Prize Competition, a record number of 19 cross-disciplinary teams proposed creative applications for Penn nanotechnologies. Submissions included a video pitch and slide deck that the judges evaluated on market opportunity, value proposition, team strength, and execution plan. The finalists proposed uses for graphene, fast-charging batteries, and tunable adhesion that ranged from environmentally sustainable business solutions to counterfeit protection. One team even incorporated two of the three featured technologies into their proposal.

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What Cooperative Robots Can Do For Us: Dick Zhang at TEDxPenn

By Nadine Kavanaugh, Associate Director, Wharton Entrepreneurship

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Last fall, TEDxPenn: Creating the Sound took attendees, me among them, into a fascinating world of sound and technology. Among the speakers was Penn alumnus Dick Zhang, co-founder of Identified Technologies—a member of the Venture Initiation Program, finalist and winner of the Committee Award for Best Use of Technology in the 2014 Wharton Business Plan Competition, and winner of the 2012 Y-Prize. I blogged about my experience at TEDxPenn here; now you can see Dick’s talk yourself: Read more What Cooperative Robots Can Do For Us: Dick Zhang at TEDxPenn

Identified Technologies, Wharton Business Plan Competition Finalist

By Andy Wu PhD’16 (Team Leader) and Dick Zhang ENG’15 (on leave; Team Member) for Identified Technologies

Identified Technologies delivers a system of flying robots to collect data, for today’s data-driven industrial businesses, in settings where it is too dangerous or physically impossible to currently place sensors.

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