On March 10-11, 27 student teams competed in the inaugural Transcend Madison competition, a campus-wide contest for students to demonstrate their novel ideas and creations and compete for prize money.
The competition kicked off the College of Engineering’s Innovation Days, a celebration of creativity, design, entrepreneurship and developing new ways of solving problems.
Transcend Madison 2016 winners:
- First place: Emonix, developed by mechanical engineering senior Zach LaVallee and computer engineering PhD student Neil Klingensmith, is a real-time monitoring platform aimed at making water softeners more efficient. Emonix received a $7,500 cash prize, plus a bonus $5,000 from being automatically accepted into the Madworks accelerator program.
- Second place: Metrecycle, an electronic waste collection and disassembly service for developing areas, won $5,000. Metrecycle’s goal is to provide a sustainable business model for e-waste recycling in crowded, urban environments. Team members include: Alex Valaitis (computer science/economics senior), Josh Cherek (computer science/physics/math senior), and Jennifer Sharpe (political science/environmental studies/African studies certificate senior).
- Third place: Trumpet Toasties won $2,500. This startup has invented a product that warms brass marching band instruments prior to performances in inclement weather conditions. Team members include: industrial engineering sophomore Lizzy Svigelj; mechanical engineering freshman Jason Hakamaki; biomedical engineering freshman Justin DeShaw; and chemical engineering sophomores Austin Kyle and Brandon Scheppa.
The students’ entries were judged on the novelty of their idea, their prototype, their business model, their execution and their pitch. Judges for the competition included: Jan Moen of Madcelerator LLC; James Crawford of 4490 Ventures; John Biondi of D2P; Robert Swader of the Morgridge Institute for Research; Scott Resnick of StartingBlock Madison; and Maggie Brickerman of Gener8tor/gBeta.
Transcend Engineering, a UW-Madison student organization dedicated to driving student innovation, hosted the competition.
Author: Engineering External Relations