All ten finalists delivered outstanding presentations. “I cannot stop using the word ‘brilliant’ to describe your inventions” noted finalist judge Bill Green. Finalist judge Dr. Paul Sanberg observed that many of the inventions addressed alleviating human suffering such as homelessness, low vision mobility, re-purposing waste products and keeping children and pets safe from heat. The judges faced a difficult decision in selecting the top innovators for 2016. They were:
The physical location of the Concert Hall is 3755 USF Holly Drive on the USF Tampa campus. From I-75 or I-275 to either the Fowler or Fletcher. Go to Bruce B. Downs (30th Street) between Fowler and Fletcher; turn east on USF Holly Drive. The Music building (MUS, on the map) is on the southeast corner of USF Holly and USF Laurel.
Dear friends and colleagues – hope you can attend the 8th Annual USF Young Innovator Competition this Thursday night at the USF Music Concert Hall. We have the top 10 student inventors from over 700 entries competing in a live “shark tank” event. We anticipate a lively event with Rocky the Bull, the USF Sundolls and plenty of surprises. The inventions exhibit starts at 5 PM and the main event at 6 PM. Hope to see you there!
The USF Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors selected the top 10 inventions from over 700 entries. They are:
|Social Communication App for Smart Phones||Chit Chatz||Angelina Bernard||6||Elizabeth Magnusson||Academy at the Lakes||Pasco|
|Aluminum For Tickets!||AFT||Lillianna Van Germert||7||Rebekka Stasny||Electa Lee Middle School||Manatee|
|The Ice Cream Dripper Catcher and Holder||The Dripper Depot||Katie Haber||8||Zehra Lakhani||Clearwater Fundamental Middle School||Pinellas|
|Device to moniter the temperature in cars. Includes an app, weight pad, and a communication device||P.H.D. – Prevention of Heatstroke and Death||Sam Lowry||6||Elizabeth Magnusson||Academy at the Lakes||Pasco|
|Training Device For Jump Shooting||The Perfect Shot||Denzyl Downing||8||Elizabeth Magnusson||Academy at the Lakes||Pasco|
|Home hydroponics system using used K-cups||The K-cup Garden||Ethan Yeh||8||K.K. Quah||Tampa Preparatory School||Hillsborough|
|Expandable Shoe||The Expandable Shoe||Bobby Pesch||8||Elizabeth Magnusson||Academy at the Lakes||Pasco|
|Navigation Vibration Shirt for the Vision Impaired||Eye T||Annalisa Urena||5||Melissa Gembarowski||Family of Christ Christian School||Hillsborough|
|Wall Attached Retractable Leash||The Dog Catcher||Peyton Webster||6||LeeAnne Foster||Martinez Middle School||Hillsborough|
|Dissolving saucing spice spoon.||Spauce Boss||Carter Brink||6||Elizabeth Magnusson||Academy at the Lakes||Pasco|
The 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:
- Waishy Harmon Water Spraying Brush
- Hanley Riggs Pressure Clothing
- Zachary Shinneman Highway Sweeper
- Grant Humphries Beach Inflatable Mat
- Alenna Spiro Edu-Feedback
- Avery New Seatbelt Detector
- Sanjana Srinivasan Oil Spreader
- Lily Quay Ice Bandage
- Marc Taylor Retracting Speed Bump
- 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.
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.
The runner up with Marc Taylor for his retractable speed bump for school zones earning him $500 and a GoPro 3 camera from HSN.
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.
Finalist Judge Bill Green and Stephen Riordan from HSN arranged and conducted a workshop on Saturday, February 7, 2015 for the 10 finalists that will compete next Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at USF. Special guests included pitchman Anthony Sullivan.
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.
|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|