1st Place: Brigham Young University
AutoBid eliminates hours of redundant data entry at collision repair shops. When an insurance estimate is received from the insurance company that estimate must be re-entered manually into the shop’s computer system. Additionally, some paint and labor times are missing or incorrect causing the shop to perform work without payment. AutoBid captures the estimate, notifies the employee of any possible missing or incorrect paint or labor times, allows paint and labor times to be updated, and imports the estimate automatically into the shop’s computer. A process that took 30-120 minutes for each estimate now takes seconds and increases total profits.
Taylor Moss, Jordan Furniss
2nd Place (tie): University of California, Berkeley
Traverie is derived from travel and reverie or dreaming of travel. We make travel discovery inspirational and fun. Think of us as an interactive travel magazine that brings together content from your friends and relevant advertising into one visually compelling experience. Our founding team has over 20 years of experience at Microsoft, Yahoo! and Tivo and education from MIT, Harvard and Berkeley's Haas School of Business. Sign up for our beta at www.traverie.com.
Tiffany Yang, Jimming Cheng
2nd Place (tie): University of Houston
UNlimiters is an online retailer offering products and services to make everyday life easier for the physically impaired. The mission is to encourage the physically disabled community to live a life without limitations by providing them with an online platform where they can come together as a community, build lasting relationships, and purchase products and services that will help to "UNlimit" their lives.
Louis McEneny, Tattiana Reznick, Justin Farley, Randy Hannemann, Adam Trojanowski
Finalist: University of Oklahoma
NanoMed has developed a market disruptive drug delivery system using magnetic targeting technology to revolutionize the way Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is treated. Our solution directly addresses the source of AF and can reach a much larger number of people. Essential to our approach is a proprietary drug delivery process in which medication is coated onto a magnetic nanoparticle and is precisely delivered to the area of the heart responsible for AF. Pre-clinical testing has demonstrated that the NanoMed is an effective treatment for AF while causing no permanent damage to the heart. This will eliminate the side effects of existing treatments and will establish our system as the preferred option for physicians and insurance reimbursement.
Steven Carter, Marybeth Murphy, Marisa Puente, James Hartline
Finalist: University of Utah
Employees want mobile devices that make their lives more convenient, while businesses always favor security over convenience. At EMRID Technologies, we increase both security and convenience to reach new levels of efficiency. Our product, Badger Mobile Authentication Software, uses information unique to every mobile device to create a virtual ID badge that is practically unhackable. The virtual badge, together with the phone’s location coordinates, passively authenticates the user, saving employees 40 minutes each day. We replace cumbersome logins with simple, secure, one-touch authentication that is easier to use, harder to hack and unlike anything on the market.
Austin Aerts, David Kent, Emily Theisen