Innovation in Aging Student Idea Competition, March 4

On March 4, 2020, from 4 to 6 p.m., the Brown County STEM Innovation Center will be hosting an Innovation in Aging Student Idea Competition in rooms 137-139. This event is free and open to the public. Students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to attend. Innovation in Aging challenges UW-Green Bay students to create innovative solutions to combat hardships and improve quality of life for an aging public. The team with the best solution will receive a cash prize. The competition gives students an opportunity to grow idea development, collaboration and presentation skills. Eight different teams of three to five students will present their ideas in brief presentations to a panel of three judges from the community. Prizes (first through third) and a People’s Choice award, will be presented at the closing of the event. This event is hosted by WiSys, CHESW, CSET and the Cofrin School of Business.

Cash, prizes can be earned at Quick Pitch event, April 1

Faculty and staff, please encourage participation in Quick Pitch on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the STEM Innovation Center, Rooms 136-139. WiSys Quick Pitch is a “pitch” competition that inspires UW-Green Bay undergraduate and graduate students to consider the impact of their research. Students are welcome to present research from any discipline, including science, technology, social sciences, humanities, arts, education, business and other studies. Students may present research at any stage of development, meaning the project does not need to be finished in order for students to participate. Participants have three minutes to impress a panel of judges with their research and their ability to articulate its larger importance to society. The best of the best win cash prizes and secure a spot in the Quick Pitch State Final. The event is free and open to the public. To learn more information or to register, visit the WiSys website.

Innovation in Aging event is March 4

On March 4, 2020, from 4 to 6 p.m., the STEM Innovation Center will be hosting a student idea competition called Innovation in Aging. This competition challenges UW-Green Bay students to create solutions to combat hardships and improve overall quality of life for an aging public. The team with the best solution will receive a cash prize. Prizes include $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, $250 for third place, $100 for the people’s choice selection, and a $100 prize for the top five student organization teams.

The competing teams will be in groups of three to five participants. Teams will be practicing with mentors from Feb. 17 to 21 in preparation for the competition on March 4.

UW-Green Bay is partnering with WiSys to organize this event. WiSys is a nonprofit organization that works with faculty, staff, students and alumni of the UW System to faciliate cutting-edge research programs, develop and commercialize discoveries and foster a spirit of innovative and entrepreneurial thinking across the state. For further questions or more information, please contact WiSys Regional Associate Brian Walsh at bwalsh@wisys.org.

Office of Grants and Research hosting WiSys Webinar Series on Feb. 6

The Office of Grants and Research will be hosting the WiSys Webinar Series “Searching for non-federal grant funding” on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020 from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. in World Unity B on the lower level of the University Union. In this session, you will learn about non-federal funders who might support your research, scholarship and creative activities. If you cannot attend the webinar but wish to view it, registration is here. You are encouraged to register for the webinar, even if you plan to only view this event, as it ensures you will receive a link to the presentation shared. You can also pre-register for all upcoming webinars in this series.

Reminder: Innovation in Aging Competition, register by Dec. 13

WiSys’ Innovation and Aging Competition held a Reverse Pitch Forum on Wednesday, Nov. 20 to kickstart the Innovation and Aging student idea competition. The event served as a springboard for interested student groups. The forum included brief “pitches” from organizations, community members and interested students about specific problems and challenges associated with aging. Audience members then mingled with the presenters to discuss these challenges in greater depth, developed teams for the spring competition and incubated ideas for facing these challenges.

UW-Green Bay students have through Saturday, Dec. 13 to register for the Innovation in Aging student idea competition. Teams of three-to-five students will be challenged to create innovative solution to combat hardships and improve quality of life for an aging population. Presentations will occur Wednesday, March 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Brown County STEM Innovation Center. Prizes will be cash. $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, $250 for third place and $100 for the group selected. Student organizations are encouraged to organize teams and would receive an additional $100 prize. If students do not have a team, a team can be found for them!

To learn more about the event and to register, visit wisys.org/againg or contact Brian Walsh, bwalsh@wisys.org.

 

Innovation in Aging Reverse Pitch, Nov. 20

The “Reverse Pitch Forum” event on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m. in the MAC Winter Garden (202) will serve as a springboard to WiSys’ Innovation in Aging student idea competition on March 4, 2020. That competition will include cash prizes for the top solution pitches as well as cash prizes for the top teams representing student organizations.

Anyone interested in the Innovation in Aging Competition is encouraged to attend this forum (all disciplines and majors are welcome). The forum will include brief “pitches” from organizations, community members and interested students about specific problems and challenges associated with aging. There will then be time for audience members to mingle with the presenters to discuss these challenges in greater depth, develop teams for the spring competition and incubate ideas for facing these challenges.

Questions can be directed to Brian Walsh at bwalsh@wisys.org.

 

WiSys offers informational meeting on Ignite Grants (formerly applied research grants), Nov. 6

WiSys is offering an informational meeting at UW-Green Bay on the Ignite Grant Program, which provides funding for applied research projects to UW System researchers. Ignite Grants, formerly known as Applied Research Grants (ARG, AR-WiTAG and PDF), encourage researchers to utilize their expertise and apply their scholarship to support growth in Wisconsin.

Faculty and academic staff employed at least half time at UW institutions are eligible to apply and proposals are invited from all academic disciplines, including the humanities and social sciences. The meeting, which will also be available online via a concurrent live webinar, will take place:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2 to 3 p.m., University Union, Room 125

Grantseekers are encouraged to attend in person and all attendees are asked to register in advance at the following link:
https://wisys.wufoo.com/forms/wisys-ignite-grant-program-info-session-rsvp/

During the informational meeting, WiSys staff will walk through submission guidelines and provide tips on writing a successful proposal.

The Ignite Grant Program is sponsored by UW System and administered by WiSys in collaboration with UW System. UW System makes final funding decisions.

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’s Innovation in Aging Competition is announced with a forum to help prepare competitors

The fourth annual Innovation in Aging (IiA) Student Competition is taking place on March 4, 2020, from 4 to 6 p.m. Please share this information with your students. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to attend or participate. The purpose of this event is to generate ideas and inventions that can help support those in the community facing challenges associated with aging.

A premier event to get students interested and prepared for the competition is taking place on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m. This “Reverse Pitch Forum” will provide a platform to identify challenges and problems facing the aging community that can become the basis for the March competition. This event will also serve as a networking opportunity for interested students to form teams for the March 4, 2020 competition.

The “Reverse Pitch Forum” features opening remarks from Aaron Kennedy—founder of Noodles & Company and UW-Green Bay’s Titletown Tech Entrepreneur-in-Residence.

The March Innovation in Aging competition will include cash prizes for the top solution pitches, as well as cash prizes for the top teams representing student organizations.

These events are being organized by an interdisciplinary team of UW-Green Bay faculty in partnership with WiSys. 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.

If possible, consider incorporating these events into your course syllabi as an assignment or provide extra credit to students and student teams that attend and/or participate.

Questions can be directed to Brian Walsh at bwalsh@wisys.org.

Product ‘Doggie Coozie’ wins UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus Student Business Idea Contest

UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus students Brianna Chase (Marketing, Finance), Sadie Stiefvater (Marketing) and Allie Torgeson (Human Resource Management) won the $500 first prize at the Spring 2019 UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus Student Business Idea Contest on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. Their new product idea, the Doogie Coozie, keeps your pet cool during those warm days of summer. Pajtshiab Yang (Human Resource Management) and Jordyn Schwahn (Education) took second place and a $250 prize for their product idea FlawLess, which solves the problem of keeping makeup off your clothes. This contest was sponsored by UW-Green Bay’s Austin E. Cofrin School of Business and WiSys.

Spring 2019 UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus Student Business Idea Contest winners Brianna Chase, Sadie Stiefvater and Allie Torgeson with their certificate
Brianna Chase (Marketing, Finance), Sadie Stiefvater (Marketing) and Allie Torgeson (Human Resource Management)

 

Faculty note: Assistant Prof. Mandeep Bakshi’s project receives funding

Assistant Prof. Mandeep Bakshi (Natural and Applied Sciences) received funding for his project “Regenerative Biodiesel Microemulsions for Cleaning Automobile Engines” from the WiSys Spark Grant Program. This is a technical project on the applications of biodiesel in the auto industry. Bakshi’s research group will work toward achieving the patenting with successful completion of the project.