Lulu eGames Winners Announced!

April 30, 2013

NC State’s Entrepreneurship Initiative is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Lulu eGames! Undergraduate and graduate students competed in a variety of categories to win prizes totaling up to $40,000. In addition to a full day of competition, Lulu eGames finalists and semifinalists had the opportunity to display their ideas and products for the business community during the Entrepreneurs Showcase. Thushan Amarasiriwardena, Co-founder of Launchpad Toys and graduate of NC State’s computer science program, gave the keynote address. The Lulu eGames is hosted by the Entrepreneurship Initiative in partnership with Lulu.

New Venture Challenge:

First Place ($6,500): GroPro Lawn’s do-it-yourself fertilizer kits are delivered to the customer’s home and backed by a professional customer support center.  GroPro Lawn is led by Daniel Walser of the Poole College of Management and Ryan Walsh of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Second Place ($5,000): AccuFlow is based on disruptive technology that allows surgeons to quickly, accurately, and reliably image, measure, and analyze blood flow in the heart.  AccuFlow is led by Poole College of Management Jenkins MBA students Bilal Aziz, Bret Buckman, William Glauser, Thomas Gwinn, Terence Maarschalkerweerd, and Hardik Patel.

Third Place ($3,500): Wolf Reflex is dedicated to improving safety and reducing the loss of life through the development and implementation of a Blind Spot Detection System (BSDS) for motorcycles.  Wolf Reflex is led by College of Engineering students John Baker, Kyle Lunsford, and Evan Connell.

Judges’ Choice Awards ($3,000): GroPro Lawn, Jar-with-a-Twist, and TeleMedER

Design & Prototype Challenge:

First Place ($4,750): Facial Inference Technology is a new computationally based methodology that leverages biological mechanisms to draw objective inferences about an animal’s innate personality.   Facial Inference Technology is led by Catherine McVey of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences.

Second Place ($3,250): Jar-with-a-Twist allows consumers to maneuver their condiment upward such that each use would be like the first scoop, spread, or dip out of the jar Jar-with-a-Twist is led by College of Engineering students Michael Bissette, Sean Echevarria, Stephen Smith, and Spencer Vaughn.

Third Place ($1,500): Metrix ‘s patent-pending software platform serves as a communicative tool for musicians to share feedback and collaborate on musical ideas.  Metrix is led by Jim Hardison of the College of
Engineering and College of Humanitites and Social Sciences students Stephen Williams and Anna Wolfe.

Judges’ Choice Awards ($1,500): Jar-with-a-Twist, Book of Bobs, Select-a-Flex Technologies, Wolf Reflex, and Wolfstacks.com

Arts Feasibility Study Challenge:

First Place ($4,750): Metrix ‘s patent-pending software platform serves as a communicative tool for musicians to share feedback and collaborate on musical ideas.  Metrix is led by Jim Hardison of the College of Engineering and College of Humanities and Social Sciences students Stephen Williams and Anna Wolfe.

Second Place ($3,250): 18 Wheels of Production provides a mobile studio that serves artists who have disabilities that prohibit them from visiting a production studio.  18 Wheels of Production is led by Eric Engstrom of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Third Place ($1,500): Musiical brings an entirely new event awareness experience for Raleigh concert connoisseurs—from Progress Energy Center events to Lincoln Theatre’s rock concerts.  Musiical is led by Jason Sharp of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Judges’ Choice Awards ($1,500): Book of Bobs, Kairos Studios

Read more about 2013 Lulu eGames finalists and semifinalists, and watch the awards ceremony.

See coverage from the Lulu eGames at WRAL’s Techwire.