Reminder: Registration is open for Innovation in Aging Competition

The fifth annual WiSys Innovation in Aging Student Idea Competition, Feb. 25, 2020 from 4 to 6 p.m. challenges UW-Green Bay students to create innovative solutions to combat hardships and improve quality of life for an aging public. The competition gives students an opportunity to grow idea development, collaboration, and public presentation skills. Innovations are broadly defined—a product, service, social approach, etc. A competition packet and list of mentors is sent to those who register. Questions? Reach out to Brad Ricker or Ryan Kauth for more information. Register now for the Feb. 25 virtual competition! Register as an individual or as part of a team. Individuals interested in forming a team will be connected with other interested individuals that sign up to compete. See additional Information and event registration. Cash prizes.

Quick Facts about the Innovation in Aging Student Idea Competition:

  • Started in 2017, this year will be the 5th year of the competition.
  • The competition this year is on Feb. 25, 2021 and will be held virtually for the first time
  • Typically, about nine student teams (25-40 students) compete each year
  • The competition is a collaboration between UW-Green Bay and WiSys Technology Foundation (

More on yellow perch partnership

The partnership between UW-Green Bay and The Farmory is working to breed yellow perch. The hope is that the project will be able to reduce the cost of fish fry dinners while also increasing the quality. As well, the project allows young people to become involved in locally-sourced food options. Read the full story in Outdoor News.

UW-Green Bay dominates news in the WiSys News Digest (Feb. 9- March 16)

WiSys helps great ideas — born on University of Wisconsin System campuses — to reach the wider world by connecting inventors and businesses with the resources they need. UW-Green Bay stories were aplenty in the WiSys News Digest the past month:

Team “Stability” earns first place at Innovation in Aging student idea competition
Forty students across nine different teams participated in the second annual Innovation in Aging student idea competition this past February. First place was awarded to “Team Stability” for their cup which was designed to allow individuals with tremors to drink comfortably without spilling. “Team EAST” came in second for a device that is placed in the trunk of a car to help handle items such as groceries. Third place was earned by “Embrace Age in Wisconsin Campaign” for their idea about a social campaign to reduce ageism.

$6 million in donations made to UW-Green Bay in support of School of Engineering expansion
Krueger International CEO Dick Resch confirmed that a $5 million donation will be made to the School of Engineering at UW-Green Bay. In turn, the university decided to honor the donation by naming the institution the Richard J. Resch School of Engineering. Further, WEC Energy Group donated an additional $1 million to the new engineering program, which is the largest donation the company has ever made. The donations from both companies will allow for a paramount transformation of the engineering program at UW-Green Bay.

Keynote speaker, 11 years old, brings his brilliance to UW-Green Bay
Alex Hart-Upendo from Racine was asked to be the Keynote speaker at the UW-Green Bay Student Business Idea Competition on February 26th. Alex is only 11 years old and has already opened a successful business, Build-A-Bow LLC. Not only is Alex an entrepreneur, but an author as well. His book “Bullies, Bowties, and Brilliant Alex” addresses the issue of bullying, bolsters entrepreneurship, and illuminates the importance of kindness.

Six UW-Green Bay undergraduate researchers to participate in Research in the Rotunda
The UW-Green Bay undergraduate researchers chosen to present at the Research in the Rotunda were announced recently by The Office of Grants and Research. All researchers will present their findings at the University of Wisconsin System’s 15th Annual Research in the Rotunda on April 11, 2018.

UW-Green Bay pitch competition provides promise for the future of innovation
At UW-Green Bay’s second annual Student Business Idea Contest, students from every major under the sun presented a 90 second pitch of their innovative ideas for a panel of judges. Prizes included cash, scholarships to a summer entrepreneurship travel course in Portugal, and the chance to keep pitching this spring for more cash and in-kind services.


Dean Gallagher-Lepak in the spotlight with Innovation in Aging column

See Dean Gallagher-Lepak’s article in Tuesday’s Green Bay Press Gazette that connects the dots about innovation in our area and UW-Green Bay’s contribution to a pipeline of innovators and entrepreneurs. Friday’s (Feb. 23, 2018, 1 to 4 p.m.) Innovation in Aging Student Idea Competition is highlighted as giving students experience with innovative thinking and idea development skills. The competition is sponsored by UW-Green Bay’s College of Health, Education and Social Welfare, WiSys Technology Foundation and the UWGB Gerontology Center.

Innovation in Aging Conference has a kick-off session on Monday, Feb. 5

Learn about the Innovation in Aging Student Idea Competition at a kick-off session on Monday Feb. 5 at 3:30 p.m. or 6 p.m. in the University Union, Room 103. Free pizza! Go to the  Facebook group for info on this event and to fill out the registration form to join the competition. Teams will compete in the Innovation in Aging Student Idea Competition on Friday Feb. 23 (Christie Theatre). Encourage your students. There are many reasons to participate:

  • Chance to win a $500 top prize, 2nd prize of $250 (or other prizes!)
  • Chance to think creatively and solve a real-world problem
  • This event is a resume builder!
  • Competition is a qualifying event for the Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament (has a $2500 1st place prize and other prizes!)
  • Winning teams will be eligible for support to attend the European Innovation Academy (international program in summer 2018)
  • Student org incentive: The fve best student org solutions win $100 for their student org

Last year was the first year of the event and nine teams competed and presented innovative solutions to a variety of aging issues. Teams came from a range of disciplines across campus including Human Biology, Psychology, Accounting, Computer Science, Health Communications, Nutrition/Dietetics, Environmental Design and others. Some teams represented student orgs on campus. Questions can be directed to Mads Gjefsen (WiSys rep) at

Encourage students to attend ‘Undergraduate Research 101’

Undergraduate Research 101 will be held Wednesday, Jan. 31 from 2 to 3 p.m. in  the 1965 Room, University Union. Curious about research? WiSys and UW-Green Bay Grants & Research invite you to join them for pizza and to hear about ways to get involved in undergraduate research and creative activity on campus. Faculty mentors and undergraduate researchers from different disciplines will share their experiences. You will also learn about upcoming events including Innovation in Aging, Research in the Rotunda and the UW System Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity. Pizza provided by WiSys. Co-sponsored by WiSys, UW-Green Bay’s URSCA Working Group and the Office of Grants & Research. For more information and to RSVP, email:

Startup Week Green Bay kicks off Nov. 6

Startup Week Green Bay kicks off at UW-Green Bay on Monday, Nov. 6 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Wood Hall 117. “Learn from an Entrepreneur: from Aerospace to Innovations for Aging & Health” is the event theme. Two-time Wisconsin Business Plan Contest finalist, entrepreneur and founder of VibeTech, Jeff Leismer Ph.D, will discuss his NASA spin-off company and its products that improve physical functioning in older adults. Attendees will also learn about the Innovation in Aging student idea competition where UWGB students will design ideas to improve the quality of life for an aging population and compete for up to $500. The event is sponsored by the College of Health, Education and Social Welfare; WiSys; UWGB C.E.O. (Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization); and UWGB Gerontology Center. The event is free, pizza will be served and the greater UWGB community is invited.

Innovation in Aging kicks off innovation sprint events

The campus community is invited to kick off the Innovation in Aging innovation sprint events by attending a presentation by engineer, entrepreneur and UW-Sheboygan adjunct faculty member, Jeff Leismer (PhD) of VibeTech on Monday, Nov. 6 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Wood Hall 117. Leismer will be speaking about his experience developing healthcare products with inspiration from what he learned about weightlessness at NASA. No RSVP needed. Free pizza will be available. Sponsored by the College of Health, Education, and Social Welfare; WiSys; UWGB C.E.O. (Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization); and UWGB Gerontology Center. For more information on Innovation in Aging, please go to its Facebook group.

Four will square-off for WiSys Quick Pitch, Thursday, April 6

Four UW-Green Bay students will compete for the first-ever WiSys Quick Pitch competition, beginning at 9:45 a.m. Thursday, April 6, 2017 in the 1965 Room, University Union. The competitors:
-Marla Cherney, Public and Environmental Affairs, “A Policy Analysis of the Gray Wolf Species in Wisconsin”
-Maria Otto, Biology, “Anuran habitat use in the Lower Green Bay and Fox River Area of Concern (Wisconsin)”
-Megan Powers, Psychology, “Student-Athlete Mental Health”
-Jeremiah Shrovnal, Natural & Applied Sciences, “Phosphorus Uptake Potential of Native and Invasive Plants for Consideration in Rain Gardens of the Great Lakes”

Winners of the Quick Pitch competition will receive a cash prize ($250 for first place and $125 for second place), with the first-place winner qualifying to present his or her pitch and compete in the state final at the 10th annual Wisconsin Science & Technology Symposium, July 24-25, 2017 at UW-Platteville. The panel of judges: Mathew Dornbush, Associate Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs; Anthony Werner, Vice Chancellor University Advancement and Scott Furlong, Dean of College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences.

Snapshots: WiSys visit to UW-Green Bay

The WiSys Technology Foundation celebrated its anniversary this week with a visit by foundation leadership to UW-Green Bay. An open house was co-hosted by officials including Arujun Sanga, WiSys executive director; Gary L. Miller, UW-Green Bay chancellor; and Interim UW System Vice President David Ward, CEO of NorthStar Consulting, Inc., who happens to be chairman of the board of trustees of the WiSys Technology Foundation. The mission of WiSys is to identify innovative technologies developed throughout the UW System and bring them to the marketplace. For photos.