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

Green Bay, Wis.—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, documenting 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.

 

Spread the word, WiSys is looking for student innovators

MADISON—WiSys invites UW System student researchers and innovators to present their research and innovations during a live virtual broadcast on July 22 at 4 p.m. Students from all academic disciplines can share their work, compete for cash prizes and engage in an interactive networking component led by UW campus leadership.

Prizes include:

  • First place: $750
  • Second place: $500
  • Third place: $250

Other prizes may also be awarded.

The deadline for registration is July 13. Space is limited. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by July 15.

Through the virtual event, students can gain visibility for their work, network with like-minded peers from across the state, and round out their resume–adding the event to their list of presentation experiences. The

The virtual “Student Research & Innovation Showcase,” sponsored by Boyle Fredrickson, replaces a similar in-person event that usually takes place at WiSys’ annual summer symposium. That event, the WiSys SPARK Symposium, was cancelled due to the coronavirus.

For more information on the event or to register to present, visit wisys.org/spark.

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.

Regional UW schools second in national innovation impact productivity rankings

The innovation impact of the 11 University of Wisconsin System regional institutions that WiSys serves, was ranked as one of the most productive in the nation by the George W. Bush Institute.

In the institute’s report on the innovation impact of U.S. universities released in June 2020, UW-WiSys was second in the report’s Innovation Impact Productivity Rankings for smaller research universities.

The universities in the WiSys group include 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.

As a shared service, WiSys supports research, innovation and entrepreneurship at these comprehensive and primarily undergraduate universities.

“Wisconsinites should be proud of their regional public universities. Talented innovators and inventors can be found throughout Wisconsin and it is more important now, than ever, to support them,” said WiSys President Arjun Sanga. “Newly-appointed head of the UW System, former Gov. Tommy Thompson, states the case when he says that ‘no other institution in the state can do more to improve lives, communities and Wisconsin’s economy.’”

In addition to the accomplishment of ranking behind only Brigham Young University in the smaller research universities category, WiSys universities received a notable Innovation Impact Productivity Score in relation to its peers. WiSys universities received a score of 20.30, well above the category median of 5.13.

“The ranking and score shines a bright light on the exceptional talent at our UW regional comprehensive campuses. It represents the work of numerous faculty and student researchers, supportive university staff and administrators and university and system leaders throughout the state,” said WiSys President Arjun Sanga. “Through collaboration and cooperation, we’re making our communities, state and nation a more innovative place.”

You can read the report, “The Innovation Impact of U.S. Universities” at bushcenter.org.

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.

UW-Green Bay students earn spots in Wisconsin Business Idea Tournament

UW-Green Bay student startups have earned 3 of the 8 spots in the 2020 Wisconsin Business Idea Tournament (WBIT), held by WiSys. This is the first year UWGB students have earned three entries into the WBIT. This year’s WBIT will be held virtually on YouTube and Facebook at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10. Cash prizes of $2500 and $1500 will go to the first and second place competitors, respectively.

G-Pods

UWGB’s automatic spot in the WBIT was earned by G-Pods for winning the Innovation in Aging hackathon at UWGB. G-Pods was developed by UWGB students in the Engineering Club and will be presented at the WBIT by Katelyn Desrochers (Mechanical Engineering) and Logan Holbrook (Mechanical Engineering). G-Pods are hearing-aids with life-alert like functionality and sensors to monitor the user’s health data.

Two UWGB student teams earned at-large spots into the WBIT this year.

3C

3C is the startup of UWGB entrepreneurship students Joe Doro ’20, Sydney Gille ’20 and Brett Nimz ‘20, who are also all Business Administration majors. 3C better connects volunteers to collaborate and contribute with charities via an online avenue for completing specific social responsibility, community-building and relationship-creating projects. The team recently placed second in the Spring 2020 UWGB Student Virtual Business Idea Contest and started the business in the spring New Venture Acceleration entrepreneurship class.

Local2You

Local2You is the startup of UWGB entrepreneurship students Noah Redfearn, Emily Walczyk ’20, Brody Wiest ‘20, and Maddie Yoss ‘20, who are all Business Administration majors. Local2You is an online service providing quality assessment, marketing tools and online sales to entrepreneurs and inventors looking to reach virtual markets. The team recently placed third in the Spring 2020 UWGB Student Virtual Business Idea Contest and also started the business in the spring New Venture Acceleration entrepreneurship class.

The last time UWGB earned an at-large entry into the WBIT was the year Sam Hunt won the tournament with The Local Food Experiment, earning a spot in the Ideadvance accelerator and an automatic spot in the International Business Model Competition, where he placed as a semifinalist in the Top 15 out of over 1,000 entries.

Four of the eight WBIT entries are from Northeast Wisconsin.