Last week the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) announced the 16 Excellent and Entrepreneurship Teams (E-Teams) that will be displaying their state-of-the-art innovations at the NCIIA's annual March Madness for the Mind showcase. The free event will be held March 27 at the Exploratorium in San Francisco as part of the NCIIA's Annual Conference.
E-Teams are collaborating groups of college students, faculty and industry mentors from member universities that are formed to bring innovative technology products and services from idea to prototype, and eventually to market.
In addition to the March 27 public event, Inventors Digest, the nation’s longest-running publication for the inventing culture, has partnered this year with NCIIA to host a video competition between participating E-Teams. Beginning February 26, the public will be able to vote on their favorite video in advance of March Madness for the Mind on the Inventors Digest website, and winners will be announced at the event.
Among the student teams presenting this year are:
- Michigan Technological University’s E-Team, which is developing a new, extra protective football helmet—called an Enhancing Bio-Morphological (EBM) helmet—that will provide extra support against concussions and other brain injuries commonly sustained by football players.
- AYZH, Inc., a team from Colorado State University under the direction of respected “BoPreneur”
Paul Hudnut. AYZH is bringing low-cost, high-quality products to the developing world to help
improve rural women’s standards of living. AYZH has already developed a birth kit meant to help
reduce maternal and infant mortality and is now working on an affordable water filtration system,
with support from the NCIIA.
- The OneBreath team from Stanford University that is developing a low-cost ventilator for use in developing nations and large-scale disasters. This affordable device, designed for use in the event of a shortage of traditional ventilators, can be used in instances of acute respiratory distress patients in emergency environments.
- Bombyx Technologies, a collaboration with Cornell University, which is working on a contact lens-like eye bandage that would relieve pain and enhance healing in patients with eye wounds. The bandage—the first regenerative eye bandage to receive a patent—would heal tissue before dissolving in only a few days.
The March Madness event is free and open to the public on March 27 at the Exploratorium, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information about March Madness and to read about each of the 16 E-Teams, visit http://nciia.org/network/conference/2010/mmm.
About the NCIIA
The NCIIA achieves positive and sustainable social and environmental impact through technological innovation by providing end-to-end service grants, mentoring and other experiential resources to higher education institutions. With support from The Lemelson Foundation, the National Science Foundation and a membership of nearly 200 colleges and universities from all over the United States, the NCIIA engages more than 5,000 student entrepreneurs each year, leveraging their respective campuses as working laboratories and incubators for businesses and ultimately helping them to bring their concepts to commercialization. For more information, please visit http://www.nciia.org.