UW-Green Bay’s Kelly House wins campus research communication prize in WiSys Quick Pitch

Press Release from WiSys, April 14, 202

UW-Green Bay’s Kelly House was recognized for excellence in research communication during the WiSys Quick Pitch on April 7.
The student “pitch” competition inspires UW System students to consider the impact of their research and effectively communicate it to the public via three-minute presentations.

Kelly House
Kelly House

House, a psychology and First Nations studies student, took first place and a $300 prize for the presentation “Origins of Imposter Syndrome in Indigenous Communities.”

“I would like to commend Kelly and the other students for their excellent presentations,” said WiSys President Arjun Sanga. “It is great to see the breadth of research activities at UW-Green Bay as communicated by their impressive students.”

House is now eligible to advance to the virtual WiSys Quick Pitch State Final on May 26 to compete against student researchers from across the UW System.

This year’s campus-level WiSys Quick Pitches are taking place virtually due to continued concerns about the pandemic. The UW-Green Bay competitors presented during the same showcase as students at three other UW System schools—UW-Eau Claire, UW-Parkside, UW-River Falls. Winners were selected from each campus.

For more information about the WiSys Quick Pitch Program or to watch the student presentations, visit wisys.org/quickpitch.

WiSys is a nonprofit organization that works with faculty, staff, students and alumni of the UW System to facilitate cutting-edge research programs, develop and commercialize discoveries and foster a spirit of innovative and entrepreneurial thinking across the state.

 

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Craig Sauer

WiSys | Marketing & Communications Associate

608-316-4039

@WiSysCraig

 

Student research extravaganza WiSys Quick Pitch set for April 7

The research communication contest will feature three-minute presentations by UW-Eau Claire, UW-Green Bay, UW-Parkside and UW-River Falls students.

Student researchers from UW-Eau Claire, UW-Green Bay, UW-Parkside and UW-River Falls are set to compete in the WiSys Quick Pitch, a statewide research communication competition, on April 7 at 4 p.m.

The event will be virtual and livestreamed via YouTube. You can find the link and more information about the competition at wisys.org/quickpitch.

“Undergraduate students across the UW System undertake impressive research projects in every discipline. Through the WiSys Quick Pitch Program students develop the critical skill of talking about a complex subject to general audiences,” said WiSys President Arjun Sanga.

During the WiSys Quick Pitch, student participants have three minutes to impress a panel of judges with their research and their ability to articulate its larger importance to society. Leading up to the event, students receive training and support to craft their presentations.

The top presenters from each campus will receive cash prizes and advance to the WiSys Quick Pitch State Final on May 26.

Students from four other UW System schools competed in the WiSys Quick Pitch in March. Students from three more UW System schools will participate in May. For more information about those events and the program, visit wisys.org/quickpitch.

WiSys is a nonprofit organization that works with faculty, staff, students and alumni of the UW System to facilitate cutting-edge research programs, develop and commercialize discoveries, and foster a spirit of innovative and entrepreneurial thinking across the state.

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Craig Sauer

WiSys | Marketing & Communications Associate

608-316-4039

@WiSysCraig

UW System student entrepreneurs: Ignite your startup idea in the Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament

Please spread the word. Student entrepreneurs from across the UW System are invited to pitch their innovative business plans in the virtual Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament, presented by WiSys, May 20.

The Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament, an entrepreneurship competition open to undergraduate and graduate students attending University of Wisconsin System schools across the state (except UW-Madison), teaches cutting-edge lean startup business development tools, provides business mentorship and allows participants to compete at a state level for a chance to win seed funding for their idea.

First prize is $2,500; second prize $1,500; and third prize is $750.

Entrepreneurs, who have not already earned a spot in the tournament through a local qualifier competition, can apply for an at-large bid to present by March 31 at wisys.org/bigidea. You can apply even if you participated and did not win a local qualifier.

“The Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament is an amazing opportunity for student entrepreneurs to fine-tune their business pitches, showcase their startup ideas to a statewide audience and receive feedback from seasoned business leaders,” said WiSys President Arjun Sanga. “This event is really about launching student entrepreneurs as much as it is about launching their businesses.”

The top presenters will also receive:

  • Support from the WiSys Entrepreneurship Program—a concierge service to connect statewide resources and partners for further idea/business development.
  • Access to the Center for Technology Commercialization programming.
  • Backing to participate in other entrepreneurship conferences.

To learn more about the Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament, find a local qualifier competition or to apply for an at-large bid, visit wisys.org/bigidea.

WiSys is a nonprofit organization that works with faculty, staff, students and alumni of the UW System to facilitate cutting-edge research programs, develop and commercialize discoveries, and foster a spirit of innovative and entrepreneurial thinking across the state.

 

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Craig Sauer

WiSys | Marketing & Communications Associate

608-316-4039

@WiSysCraig

 

Call for Participants: WiSys Quick Pitch registration deadline is March 12

Spread the word. Student researchers are invited to participate in the WiSys Quick Pitch—a research-focused, elevator-style pitch competition—for a chance to win $300.

WiSys Quick Pitch inspires students to consider the impact of their research and learn how to present it in terms the general public can understand. Participants have three minutes to impress a panel of judges with their ability to articulate their research’s importance to society.

The registration deadline for “pitchers” is March 12, while the event will take place on April 7 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. You can register at wisys.org/quickpitch.

The competition is open to students at all levels. Both basic and applied research projects are welcome. Also, students can present research at any stage of development (it does not need to be finished).

And it’s not just for STEM students. The event is inclusive of all students doing research. Students from all disciplines, including the social sciences and humanities, are encouraged to participate.

The top finisher from campus secures a spot in the WiSys Quick Pitch State Final against the top finishers from other UW System schools.

This year, all Quick Pitch events will be held virtually and take place in three showcase events featuring students from multiple schools. The April showcase will feature students from UW-Eau Claire, UW-Green Bay, UW-Parkside and UW-River Falls.

For more information about the WiSys Quick Pitch program, visit wisys.org/quickpitch.

WiSys is a nonprofit organization that works with faculty, staff, students and alumni of the UW System to facilitate cutting-edge research programs, develop and commercialize discoveries, and foster a spirit of innovative and entrepreneurial thinking across the state.

Innovation in Aging

Technology literacy solution wins 2021 WiSys Innovation in Aging student idea competition

Grandmother’s influence motivated competition winner

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay student Cheri Branham’s plan to increase technology literacy among aging populations took first place in the WiSys Innovation in Aging student idea competition on Feb. 25.

The annual student idea competition 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.

“Congratulations to Cheri Branham for the excellent presentation during WiSys Innovation in Aging,” said WiSys President Arjun Sanga. “Every year, we are excited to partner with the leaders at UW-Green Bay to showcase the University’s many innovative students. Yet again, the students did a great job applying their education to an important real-world problem affecting our state. Cheri and the other students are shining examples of why the UW System’s regional campuses are collectively among the most innovative in the country.”

First Place:

Cheri Branham
Cheri Branham

Branham, who won a $1,000 prize, documented shortfalls in technology literacy among older adults, their dependency on technology and the potential to improve their quality of life through greater adoption of more technology.

Branham’s solution is to provide one-to-one assistance to older adults by making connections to young people as trainers and facilitators.

The Social Work major from Green Bay, Wis. who will graduate in May 2021, said what motivated her to enter was seeing so many flaws in the system the past year of her grandmother’s life.

“She passed away in November, so I decided to address some of the challenges, Branham said. “I originally wanted to do policy change, but decided to do something I could do immediately. In the future I plan to work with pregnant women who struggle with substance abuse and are in the Department of Corrections. There’s also a lack of programming for this population so I hope to address it in my future!”

Second Place:

A team of students—Jordan Cioni, Andrew Akin, Elly Purdy and Andy Weigel—took second place in the competition with their innovation “Choppa.” Working with recent alum Katelyn Desrochers as their advisor on the project, the team developed “Choppa” as an easy-to-use cutting board device designed for people affected by arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome or other physical limitations.

The solution won the team—which represented the UW-Green Bay Engineering Club—a $750 prize, along with a $100 award for participating as a student organization.

Third Place: 

Team C.A.L.M.—made up of UW-Green Business Administration students Cassie Bougie, Anna Eaton, Lisa Joiner and Megan Bonikowski—took third place and a $500 prize for their solution to address the negative effects of colored beverages on the mouths of older adults. The team developed a dual-ended color resistant product called “ColorStop” to protect lips and teeth from beverages such as red wine and coffee. The solution won the team a $500 prize.

To view the students’ presentations or the entire event, including a keynote by Devon Christianson, the director of Aging and Disability Resource Center of Brown County, visit wisys.org/aging or on the WiSys YouTube Channel.

WiSys Innovation in Aging is a partnership between WiSys, the UW-Green Bay College of Health, Education and Social Welfare and the UW-Green Bay Gerontology Center.

Props to the IiA Competition planning committee members who worked hard on this initiative and the competition’s first-ever virtual IiA event.  Planning members are:
Katie Turkiewicz
Brad Ricker (WiSys)
Mike Zorn
Doreen Higgins
Stephanie Rhee
Dean Von Dras
Sue Craver
Jamie Schramm
Susan Gallagher-Lepak
Ryan Kauth
Denny Christoff (student)
Rita Ebbott (student)
Adhira Sunkara (WiSys)
Organizers would also like to recognize the judges: Brian Walsh, Mary Bouchee, Liza Steffek, Dr. Jim Warpinski and Matt Geimer.

WiSys is a nonprofit organization that works with faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the UW System to facilitate cutting-edge research programs, develop and commercialize discoveries and foster a spirit of innovative and entrepreneurial thinking across the state.

VIDEO LINKS:

FULL https://youtu.be/LaGHniAiM_4

Tech Literacy: https://youtu.be/kErj9Qi8VkU

ColorStop: https://youtu.be/-czzRDCqEBI

Choppa: https://youtu.be/IiX1h8s0pN0

Keynote: https://youtu.be/P3QaVXOOZhw

Press Release by Craig Sauer, WiSys

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Innovation in Aging

Innovation in Aging Student Idea Competition next week

The campus community and members of the public are invited to the UW-Green Bay Innovation in Aging Student Idea Competition! Join the fifth year of competition on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, from 4 to 6 p.m. This year it will be a virtual event for the first time. The competition is a collaboration between UW-Green Bay and WiSys Technology Foundation (www.wisys.org). Anyone interested is encouraged and welcome to use the Livestream link to attend the event.

Students and student teams from across UW-Green Bay have been preparing to compete with their innovative solutions to challenges faced by older adults. A panel of judges from the community will be part of the competition to determine winning solutions. During the short period of judge deliberation after student and team presentations, Devon Christianson, Director of the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Brown County, will provide brief remarks on innovation in aging services during this time of COVID.

If you have any questions, contact Brad Ricker (bricker@wisys.org). See additional information about the event.

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 bricker@wisys.org or Ryan Kauth kauthr@uwgb.edu 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 (www.wisys.org)

Drones for Safer Insurance Field Inspections Wins Fall 2020 UWGB Student Business Idea Virtual Pitch Contest

Seventeen UW-Green Bay student entries competed in the Fall 2020 UWGB Student Business Idea Virtual Pitch Contest. Four cash prizes totaling $1,000 were furnished by Dental City’s Competitive Spark Endowment. The contest also served as a preliminary round for the 2021 Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament (WBIT, or www.wisys.org/events/bigidea).

Students submitted 90-second pitch videos to an online platform where judges, many of whom are alumni and recruiters, evaluated the ideas for new businesses, new products, new nonprofits, and new community projects. The results are First prize of $500 was earned by Kody Klumb (Business Administration) whose idea, Klumbus InsurTech, applies the efficiencies and the safety of drone technology for use by Property and Casualty insurance agents conducting field inspections. Second prize of $300 went to Boa Moua (Business Administration) whose product C.H.A.M.S.T.R. is a shippable, modifiable, stimulating Custom Hamster Activity Maze for hamsters or other small pets. Third prize of $100 went to Apoorva Gurtu (Environmental Science & Policy) who developed the idea The Green Bay Senior Bridge Program. Gurtu’s idea bridges the intergenerational gap, thus decreasing loneliness and social isolation within aging communities, by helping them interaction much more easily with the outside community. Gurtu first introduced this idea in the 2020 Innovation in Aging competition. The Peoples Choice Award of $100 went to Ka Vang (Business Administration) for her idea Ntxhais Hmoob, a modern Hmong-inspired fashion line for everyday wear.

Registration is now open for the Innovation in Aging Student Idea Competition , Feb. 25

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 bricker@wisys.org or Ryan Kauth kauthr@uwgb.edu 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.

Submission deadline for WiSys launches app idea challenge is Nov. 2

WiSys wants to help you launch the next great mobile application through the WiSys APPStart Challenge. The challenge connects great app ideas with the expertise and resources to build a business. Finalists will receive initial app development support from WiSys partners, business mentorship and cash prizes. Faculty, staff, students and alumni from all WiSys universities (UW-Eau Claire, UW-Green Bay, UW-La Crosse, UW Oshkosh, UW-Parkside, UW-Platteville, UW-River Falls, UW-Stevens Point, UW-Stout, UW-Superior and UW-Whitewater) are eligible. No technical or business experience is necessary to participate. Submit your idea in 250 words or less by Nov. 2, 2020 at wisys.org/appstart.

WiSys is a nonprofit organization that works with faculty, staff, students and alumni of the UW System to facilitate cutting-edge research programs, develop and commercialize discoveries and foster a spirit of innovative and entrepreneurial thinking across the state.