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Fifth Student Innovation Competition and Workshop delivered


The Multiform team explains their project to the audience at Fralin auditorium. The Multiform team explains their project to the audience at Fralin auditorium.

March 18, 2015 – On December 5, 2014 Dr. Henry Quesada, associate professor at the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials and Dr. Jaime Camelio, associate professor at the Department of Industrial Systems Engineering both at Virginia Tech organized and delivered the fifth Student Innovation Student Competition and Workshop at Virginia Tech. This event has been held every year since 2010 and it is funded through the Center for Innovation-based Manufacturing (CIbM) at Virginia Tech. This year’s event featured two presentations from entrepre- neurs. Louis Cirillo, President and CEO at Virtual U, a business located at the VT Corporate Research Center, delivered the first entrepreneurial presentation. VirtualU centers its efforts in pioneering technology to create hyper-realistic digital avatar creation for multiple applications. Matt Jackson, Engineering Community Manager at Local Motors, delivered the second presentation. Mr. Jackson introduced Local Motor’s concept of open innovation as well as an ARPA-E student competition that is open for students across the nation. Local Motor’s competition awards $60,000 for first place.

For the student innovation competition, three student teams competed. The first team presented a business idea of an automatic chalkboard eraser. The second team introduced an emergency light (V-Lamp) that works by harnessing energy generated from human’s head. The final project named Multiform, consisted on a customizable system for designing and manufacturing handle grips for sport applications. After deliberation from the judges, the first place was awarded to the Multiform team. Students competed for a business start-up package that included $5,000, space, and business planning support from VTKnowledgeWorks. A total of 35 people attended the event including students, faculty, and administrative personnel at VT.

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Winter 2015


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