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USF Young Innovator Finals

Alexis Martin wins 2015 USF Young Innovator CompetitionThe 7th Annual USF Young Innovator Competition held its finalist competition last night at the University of South Florida.  The ten finalists competed in a live event before five expert judges: Israel Morejon, Valerie McDevitt, Bill Green, Jenn Holloway and Sebastian Dewhurst.  The ten finalists were:

  1. Waishy Harmon Water Spraying Brush
  2. Hanley Riggs Pressure Clothing
  3. Zachary Shinneman Highway Sweeper
  4. Grant Humphries Beach Inflatable Mat
  5. Alenna Spiro Edu-Feedback
  6. Avery New Seatbelt Detector
  7. Sanjana Srinivasan Oil Spreader
  8. Lily Quay Ice Bandage
  9. Marc Taylor Retracting Speed Bump
  10. Alexis Martin No Bully Bracelet

The 6th Annual Outback Steakhouse Top Trademark Award went to Waishy Harmon for her RUSH BRUSH™ trademark for a water spraying brush.

HSN's Bill Green discusses Waishy Harmon's invention with her.

Grand Prize

The $1,000 Grand Prize went to Alexis Martin for her “No Bully Bracelet.”  In addition, she won a new HP notebook computer and HP tablet courtesy of HSN.

Alexis Martin PresentsAlexis Martin and Jenn Holloway

2nd Place

The runner up with Marc Taylor for his retractable speed bump for school zones earning him $500 and a GoPro 3 camera from HSN.

Marc Taylor Marc Taylor wins a GoPro camera from HSNMarc Taylor's cheering section.

Third Place

The third place award of $250 went to Hanley Riggs for her pressure clothing invention for autistic children. HSN awarded her a third generation iPad tablet.

Hanley Riggs wins an iPad from HSNHanley Riggs presents.

National Academy of Inventors Selects Top 10

The USF Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors selected the top 10 finalists today to compete before a live judging panel on Thomas Edison’s birthday (February 11, 2015).   The finalists are invited to a private training session this Saturday provided by HSN Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Invention Trademark Student Grade Teacher School County
Pressure Clothing The Missing Piece Hanley Riggs 8 Elizabeth Magnusson Academy at the Lakes Hillsborough
Edu-Feedback The Boring Button Alenna Spiro 8 Tracie Overdorff Terrace Community Middle Hillsborough
Beach blanket with detachable inflatable mat Beach Blanket Buddy Grant Humphries 6 Gynnekia Booth Martinez Middle School Hillsborough
No Bully Bracelet Anti Bully Band Alexis Martin 3 Patricia Lake Spessard L. Holland Elementary Polk
Device that a plice man can detect if a person is wearing a seatbelt Light on Lights Off Avery New 5 Melissa Gembarowski Family of Christ Christian School Hillsborough
Oil dispenser and spreader E-Z Spreader Sanjana Srinivasan 6 Jennifer Griffin Martinez Middle School Hillsborough
Highway Sweeper High Sweep Zachary Shinneman 5 Sandra VanOosten Walden Lake Elementary School Hillsborough
Storage Hair Brush with Water Spraying Bristles Rush Brush Waishy Harmon 6 Melissa Gembarowski Family of Christ Christian School Hillsborough
Ice bandage Ice bandade Lily Quay 3 Esposito Lester Canterbury School of Florida Pinellas
the speed bump at school zones that goes up automatically at school time the up bump Marc Taylor 5 Sylvie Fanous-Samaan Learning Gate Community School Hillsborough

Top 50 Semi-Finalists Selected

Preliminary judging was completed at 3:15 PM, Tuesday, February 3, 2015.  The following fifty (50) inventions will advance onto judging tomorrow at the University of South Florida.  20140211_Young_Innovator_Competition_0094The USF Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors will select the top 10 finalists.   Those top 10 finalists will be invited to a presentation workshop at HSN Studios this Saturday, February 7 from 9 AM to 12 PM in St. Petersburg, Florida.   The ten finalists will then compete in a live event at USF’s Tampa campus before a panel of judges.

Invention Inventor Grade Teacher School County
Pressure Clothing Hanley Riggs 8 Elizabeth Magnusson Academy at the Lakes Hillsborough
Collapsible Side Door Car Shelf Parker Buckingham 8 Elizabeth Magnusson Academy at the Lakes Hillsborough
Adhesive Wrapping Paper Lexi Kilfoyl 8 Elizabeth Magnusson Academy at the Lakes Hillsborough
Portable weight sensing alarm Bryant Beinhauer 8 Elizabeth Magnusson Academy at the Lakes Hillsborough
Cord Protecter case Alexa Allan 5 Donna Girard Anona Elementary Pinellas
Adjustable Table Holder Kyleigh O’Brien 5 Donna Girard Anona Elementary Pinellas
Algae Away 101 Alanis Job 3 Esposito Lester Canterbury School of Florida Pinellas
Soap Hat Bella Lo 3 Esposito Lester Canterbury School of Florida Pinellas
Trashcan Scrunchy Maggie McFarland 3 Esposito Lester Canterbury School of Florida Pinellas
Ice bandade Lily Quay 3 Esposito Lester Canterbury School of Florida Pinellas
Easy Litter Will Warburton 3 Esposito Lester Canterbury School of Florida Pinellas
Doorbell Message system with app for messages and intercom use Jaclyn Tully 7 Melissa Gembarowski Family of Christ Christian School Hillsborough
A Shoed Cleat Nicholas Snow 8 Melissa Gembarowski Family of Christ Christian School Hillsborough
Device that a plice man can detect if a person is wearing a seatbelt Avery New 5 Melissa Gembarowski Family of Christ Christian School Hillsborough
Storage Hair Brush with Water Spraying Bristles Waishy Harmon 6 Melissa Gembarowski Family of Christ Christian School Hillsborough
Inclined baby soft pillow to decrease baby split up and regurgitation Sharanya Gande 2 Joann Slay Imagine School of Land O Lakes Pasco
the speed bump at school zones that goes up automatically at school time Marc Taylor 5 Sylvie Fanous-Samaan Learning Gate Community School Hillsborough
Stuffed Animal Alarm Clock Maya Storch 0 Angela Hartle MacFarlane Park Elementary Hillsborough
3D Glasses with Adjustable Frames and Padded Arms that Massage Your Head Alyssa Williams 4 Hartle Kanzer MacFarlane Park Elementary Hillsborough
Toilet Cleaner Lane Chin 4 Hartle Kanzer MacFarlane Park Elementary Hillsborough
Paraplegic/Blind Service Dog Assisted Wheelchair Alexis Hart 6 Jennifer Griffin Martinez Middle School Hillsborough
International Space Station Locator Monty Bishop 6 Jennifer Griffin Martinez Middle School Hillsborough
Bookshelf Helper Maureen Posie Farrelly 6 LeeAnne Foster Martinez Middle School Hillsborough
Oil dispenser and spreader Sanjana Srinivasan 6 Jennifer Griffin Martinez Middle School Hillsborough
Sync buds Billie Bentil 6 LeeAnne Foster Martinez Middle School Hillsborough
Band-aids on a roll Jordan Watson 6 Jennifer Griffin Martinez Middle School Hillsborough
The air-water conversion device Neal shankar 6 Jennifer Griffin Martinez Middle School Hillsborough
Beach blanket with detachable inflatable mat Grant Humphries 6 Gynnekia Booth Martinez Middle School Hillsborough
Foldable Shoes Kaleighia Engman 6 Jennifer Griffin Martinez Middle School Hillsborough
Robotic Lawnmower tyrian hackshaw 6 LeeAnne Foster Martinez Middle School Hillsborough
FUN FLOPZ isabella brelje 6 Jennifer Griffin Martinez Middle School Hillsborough
hour-glass stop light Annabelle Salveson 5 Kyley Martin Nelson Elementary Hillsborough
Color Tissue Alert System Dominic Huey 2 Elaine Dunson Oldsmar Elementary Pinellas
The Door Step Hannah Willett 4 Elaine Dunson Oldsmar Elementary Pinellas
Table turner 3,000 Connor Walsh 4 Amber Schumaker South Mckeel Polk
Memomicrowave Aaliyahna Ivey 3 Patricia Lake Spessard L. Holland Elementary Polk
No Bully Bracelet Alexis Martin 3 Patricia Lake Spessard L. Holland Elementary Polk
Detangler Spraying Hair Brush Sonia Beljic 4 Beth Kern St. Pauls School Pinellas
Good Smelling Trash Anjali Degala 4 Beth Kern St. Pauls School Pinellas
Method for managing food in your fridge and freezer Ethan Yeh 7 K.K. Quah Tampa Preparatory School Hillsborough
A pair of small filters to prevent secondhand smoke, inserted in the nose Manu Gummaraju 8 Tracie Overdorff Terrace Community Middle Hillsborough
Edu-Feedback Alenna Spiro 8 Tracie Overdorff Terrace Community Middle Hillsborough
Beef Bubbles for Dogs Christian Bentrovato 7 Darren Aguero Tomlin Middle School Hillsborough
lighter and wick cutter Case Watson 5 Sandra VanOosten Walden Lake Elementary School Hillsborough
Safe-T-Wallet Carson Sweat 4 Sandra VanOosten Walden Lake Elementary School Hillsborough
Automatic Washer Andrew Smith 5 Sandra VanOosten Walden Lake Elementary School Hillsborough
No bugs about it Crystal Estrada 4 Sandra VanOosten Walden Lake Elementary School Hillsborough
Powered Pet Feces Remover Aidan Marino Vaughan 5 Sandra VanOosten Walden Lake Elementary School Hillsborough
Highway Sweeper Zachary Shinneman 5 Sandra VanOosten Walden Lake Elementary School Hillsborough
Water Wake Up Call Andrew MacDonald 5 Sandra VanOosten Walden Lake Elementary School Hillsborough

2014 Finalist Workshop

Nine finalists attended the 5th annual presentation workshop at the University of South Florida.  The presentation coaches included:

  • Dr. Sebastian Dewhurst, six-time finalist judge.
  • Dr. Kathryn De Laurentis, National Academy of Inventors®.
  • Mary Martin, HSN On-Air Talent coach.
  • Nilay Choksi, U.S. Registered Patent Practitioner

Attendees received coaching on how to convey the value of their inventions, projecting their voice and feeling confident about public speaking.  Ten finalists will compete in a live event at the USF Patel Center on February 11, 2014 at 6 PM.

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Top 10 Finalist Selected

The USF Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors selected the top 10 inventors to compete at a live event on February 11, 2014.  The grand prize winner will receive $1,000 cash plus another $1,000 for their school.  Second prize receives $500 plus $500 for their school.  Third prize wins $250 and another $250 for their school.  All ten finalists receive special medals and annual family passes to Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI).

All Finalists are Highly Encouraged to Attend the Presentation Workshop at USF this Saturday, February 1, 2014 from 9:30 AM to Noon.  Contact Kari McDermott at info@innovationexpress.org for more information.

Title Grade StudentLast StudentFirst Teacher
Portapaint 3 Goldenberg Zachary Wintrip / Tomko
Castholder 3 Tibbs Catherine Wintrip / Tomko
Night Glow Socks 3 Boss Heather Wintrip / Tomko
Alcohol Detection Cups 8 Patrica Lindsey Soltau
Pedal Less Music Turner 8 Trusso Aris Soltau
Light Up Nighttime Mat for Bedroom 5 Fowler Hannah Magnusson
Shopping Cart with Tech Functions 8 Feingold Melissa Magnusson
Walking Cane with Grabber 4 Vaughan Aidan VanOosten
Mailbox Notification System 4 Bali Rajan Yates
Shoutstopper 7 Bennett Jessica Carwise Middle

Photos of the National Academy Judging today:

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Congratulations Top 50

All 500+ inventors will receive a day pass to Tampa’s award-winning Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI).  The top 50 semi-finalists will receive one-of-a-kind medals of innovation from the USF Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors (USF NAI).  The top 10 finalists will receive special finalist medals and annual family passes to MOSI along with a chance to win thousands of dollars in cash and prizes on February 11.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s announcement of the top 10 finalists selected by USF NAI.

National Academy of Inventors - Young Innovator Honorable Mention