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NCIIA announces teams for Open Minds
January 27, 2011

January 26, 2011 – The National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) has announced the 15 collegiate E-Teams that will showcase their ventures at Open Minds 2011, part of 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.

Open Minds will showcase E-Teams and ventures working in the following markets:

Clean, Sustainable Energy

  • University of Colorado at Boulder: Jatropha fuel briquette design as value-added product for smallholder farmers in Guatemala (creating commercially viable fuel briquettes from existing seedstock waste)
  • Guest team from India: Continuously variable transmission system (improving fuel efficiency of agricultural engines by incorporating a pulley-type transmission system into the engine)
  • Arizona State University: ASU Gel-Fuel (a clean-buring gel fuel to replace traditional open fires/stoves in developing countries)
  • Arizona State University: The Twig Light - a clear light solution for rural Africa (a product developed by DayLight Solutions Inc to produce clean electric light from existing waste energy)
  • Princeton University: Roseicollis Technologies (a social venture developing the SunSaluter, a sun 'tracking' system that improves solar panel energy harvesting by 40%)

Medical Devices

  • Purdue University: Lyogo (mixing and delivery technology for lyophilized drugs)
  • University of Cincinnati: Natural Orifice Volume Enlargement (NOVEL) device (medical device to improve transvaginal procedures)
  • Duke University: Medici Medical Technologies (device to address urinary incontinence in women)
  • Rice University: infantAIR (nascent start-up developing low-cost device to treat respiratory failure in children)
  • Boston University: mobiLIFE GlucoReader (inexpensive, painless glucose monitoring system with cell/web interface)

Global Health

  • Georgia Institute of Technology: Sustainable solar sanitation system (team working to commercialize a product that will eliminate unsanitary conditions in developing nations)
  • University of Denver: Kibera Working Group's WATSAN solution (a research group working to improve water quality and sanitation in slum environments)
  • Tufts University: Relay Technology Management, Inc. (a system to integrate global health data and technology entrepreneurial solutions)

Technologies For Emerging Markets

  • MIT: Rickshaw Bank (a venture to improve rickshaw transport in India)
  • Art Center College of Design: Ducha Halo (affordable pressurized shower that helps improve hygiene in slum environments)

About Open Minds

Open Minds (formerly known as March Madness for the Mind) is the acclaimed annual exhibition of cutting-edge innovation from NCIIA's best student teams. The exhibition takes place each year during NCIIA's annual conference, and is an opportunity for student teams to demonstrate their products and companies, and receive local and national media coverage. 10-15 teams are selected to participate in this high profile event, which involves an evening exhibition for NCIIA conference attendees as well as an exhibition open to the general public and an exciting video competition.

Open Minds 2011 will be held in Washington, D.C. at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, 10am-2pm, March 26, 2011

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