The University of South Florida will host the finals of the Young Innovator Competition Monday, Feb. 11, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Patel Center for Global Solutions on USF’s Tampa campus. An expo featuring the inventions begins at 5 p.m., with judging and awards following between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
As is tradition, the competition is being held on Thomas Alva Edison’s birthday and in celebration of the spirit of invention and ingenuity. Nearly 600 entries were received from students in the Tampa Bay Region for the competition.
Every entry receives a day pass to Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) and the 10 finalists receive annual family passes. Outback Steakhouse will award the Top Trademark Award for the most creative invention branding.
On Monday, the top 10 competitors present their invention for an opportunity to win prizes. The National Academy of Inventors, USF Chapter selected the following students as finalists, judging of the inventions will be based on creativity and originality; quality and persuasiveness of entrant’s presentation; benefit to people and the invention’s marketability. In order of Monday night’s presentation, the finalists are:
- Cooper Tharrington Sound Asleep Clock
- George Seits Built-In French-Fry Condiment Holder
- Grace Larson Portable Hitching Post for Dogs
- Jonathan Ullom Lawn Mower Side Discharge Chute Clearer
- Katie Warren Boo Boo Baboon
- Keeley Karnes Hear-rings
- Mica Jadick Cereal Container that Removes Crumbs
- Nicholas Boyd Safe Teen Driver System
- Prerna Ravinder The Back Benefactor
- Stamatina Liristis Scratch O Matic
The USF Young Innovator Competition promotes innovation and creativity in young people by motivating them to solve problems and improve upon the things around them.