2016 InVenture Prize Competition

Meet the 2016 InVenture Prize finalists! Click on a team name below to learn more about the competitors and their inventions.

Relive all the exciting moments by watching the broadcast of the 2016 InVenture Prize finals to the right.

Competition Finalists

1st Place
2nd Place
People's Choice


Zachary Braun
- Computer Engineering
, Newnan, GA
Tyler Sisk
- Electrical Engineering
, Newnan, GA

FireHUD is a real time monitoring system and Head Up Display (HUD) that displays biometric and environmental data to firefighters and outside officials

"Firefighters are everyday heroes that deserve the best protective gear.  Winning the InVenture Prize would give us the capability and credibility to get our product into the hands of firefighters and protect our protectors."

Ali Abid
- Computer Science
, Atlanta, GA
Molly Ricks
- International Affairs
, Macon, GA

FretWizard is an artificial intelligence system that learns how to play guitar songs and teaches users what it's learned.

"We would be able to better market our product so guitar users can find and use our product.  We'd be able to partner with music companies and artists who could help market FretWizard." 

Naomi Ergun
- Business Administration
, Cumming, GA
Samantha Becker
- Civil Engineering
, Atlanta, GA
Sarah Lynn Bowen
- Business Administration
, Sandy Springs, GA
Shannon Evanchec
- Environmental Engineering
, Saxonburg, PA

TruePani is a household sanitation solution, consisting of a passive antimicrobial cup and storage water device, that kills harmful microbes in drinking water at the point-of-use level.

"88% of children who die from diarrheal diseases could have lived if they had improved sanitation within their home.  Winning the InVenture Prize would allow us to expose the problem of cup contamination and directly impact people in underserved communities."

TEQ Charging
Isaac Wittenstein
- Mechanical Engineering
, Marietta, GA
Joshua Lieberman
- Mechanical Engineering
, Boca Raton, FL
James Dorrier Coleman Jr.
- Computer Engineering
, Atlanta, GA
Mitchell Kelman
- Computer Science
, Boca Raton, FL

TEQ Charging has developed a power management system for electric vehicle chargers to reduce the cost of installation, increases the efficiency of charging, and therefore, provides greater accessibility to charging.

"Winning the InVenture Prize would assist us in our goal of making electric vehicles more practical by providing greater accessibility to charging using the TEQ system."

Zhifeng Su
- Mechanical Engineering
, Guangzhou, China
Siu Lun Chan
- Mechanical Engineering
, Hong Kong
Timothy Woo
- Mechanical Engineering
, Kansas City, MO
Ming Him Ko
- Mechanical Engineering
, Hong Kong

RoboGoalie is an automatic soccer retrieval device that collects the ball and launches it back to the user and doubles the efficiency of soccer practice.

"Winning InVenture would make it possible to get our product on the market and in use by a wide variety of individuals and teams who are depending on our product to make a difference in their practice routines, and to see our invention realized on the field."

Matthew Devlin
- Biomedical Engineering
, San Diego, CA
Ana Gomez del Campo
- Biomedical Engineering
, Weston, FL
Garrett Wallace
- Biomedical Engineering
, Sutter, CA
Hailey Brown
- Mechanical Engineering
, Atlanta, GA

Wobble is a dynamic balance testing device to improve concussion recovery assessments for athletes.

"Winning the InVenture Prize will bring us one step closer to our ultimate goal: providing a sensitive, objective evaluation of concussion recovery to keep athletes safe from future injury and the risk of permanent brain damage."


Faith Salie and Bahareh Azizi


Lonnie Johnson, John Marshall, and Wendi Sturgis