We received 200+ entries this year, and our judges selected the top 36 to advance as ACCELERATE Semifinalists. All of these teams receive mentors, industry advisor expertise, office space, and $1000 in non-dilutive seed capital to help them develop their idea into a demo. After 2 months, the teams will present their demos to a new panel of judges, and the top 8 will be selected as Finalists. The Finalist teams will present their demos live at the ACCELERATE Show at Demo Day on February 19, 2013, in Morss Hall in Walker Memorial, where they will compete for the $10,000 Daniel M. Lewin Grand Prize.

 

Mobile

 

The Idea

Censio uses smart sensors to solve practical problems and is currently developing a number of innovative applications using perceptive technologies. The company’s first product is a smartphone application that helps people drive safely and save money on car insurance by tracking driving habits.

 

The Team

Joe Adelmann, CEO, was in the Air Force for almost 7 years as a developmental engineer, program manager, MIT officer candidate instructor, and executive officer in Afghanistan. He has a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Tech, an MBA from UMASS Amherst, and is completing an MPA/International Development at Harvard.

 

Brad Cordova, CTO, has worked on fundamental High-Energy research at CERN, Photonics at Sandia National Laboratories. He obtained a B.Sc in Physics and Honors Mathematics from Notre Dame. Brad is currently a PhD student at MIT studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, where he has won 3 notable programming competitions.

The Idea

We are going to give the consumer the ability to notify and share live streaming video within their social network. There are currently no options which allow the consumers to notify their friends through push notifications and allow them to watch what their phone is recording live. While there are plenty of platforms that allow you to livestream video, there are none that have incorporated this type of social networking aspect. This feature could be used in phone to phone, phone to computer, and phone to smart TV filming.

 

The Team

Michael Hancock (Sloan 2013)- Prior to attending Sloan, Michael was a professional football player and also worked for a social media analytics start-up. Michael spent his summer working at Bain & Company in the telecom industry and implemented changes to the clients mobile application, which are expected to save millions in call center costs.

 

Steve Hancock (Sloan 2010)- In addition to his MBA from MIT Sloan, Steve holds a BS in computer engineering from the University of Miami. Steve is currently an equity research associate in Metals & Mining at Jefferies & Company

The Idea

Today, video walls and television increasingly fill our visual environment with one-way information channels. Our team envisions ubiquitous displays that provide valuable digital data directly from the screens to our personal devices without compromising visual quality and design. This team is set to realize the vision that will revolutionize advertising media, second screen applications and public signage. We are a triad composed of talent in computer vision, mobile web and wireless technology, consumer product focus, and strategic leadership forged by the MIT Media Lab and CSAIL. A common vision and strong common technical ground binds us together as a team.

 

The Team

The Pixels.IO team consists primarily of three graduate students from MIT. Dr. Grace Woo’s fundamental research for VRCodes is core IP in this venture. Eyal Toledano is the former CTO of Samsung Mobile R&D in Israel. He is a talented engineer and brings years of strategic planning expertise for consumer electronics and experience design. Dr. Szymon Jakubczak is an expert in wireless video compression, mobile and web technologies. He is an accomplished developer with millions of users using his applications and SDKs. Together, the team expertise extends beyond the three of them into areas of music, cinema and systems engineering.

 

The Idea

SoMoCloud Mobile Biometric is the pioneer in intelligent authentication solutions available on Android and iOS devices.

SoMoCloud enables mobile application providers to enhance security of mobile applications by ensuring that their users “Are Who They Say They Are” when they launch a mobile payment application. SoMoCloud’s biometric technology enables providers to enhance or replace the use of 4-digit PINs or simple passwords on mobile devices. SoMoCloud captures unique behavior of the user as they interact with a simple interface in place of a traditional password or PIN. SoMoCloud can positively identify a user accessing an application on their device.

 

The Team

Ralph Rodriguez – MIT Fellow – CEO

Ralph has a proven track record of success as both a CTO and CIO of several publicly held software and semi-conductor companies such as Brooks Automation (NASDAQ:BRKS), Excelon Corporation (NASDAQ:EXLN) and C-bridge Internet Solutions (NASDAQ:CBIS) as well as founding and leading technology ventures over the last 20 years. A graduate of IESE Business School, Ralph’s research is focused on artificial intelligence and security. He has several US patents.

 

Abby Porter – Brandeis – Director of Software Development

 

Jason Gleason – RIT – Engineering Manager

 

Mathematic modeling and scientific team

 

Julian Spring, PhD candidate 13′ – Boston University

 

Dima Volovik, PhD – Boston University

 

The Idea

Sportmemory creates value for sports fans and consumers , as well as professional sports teams and franchises. By providing the consumer with a mobile solution to track their individual game attendance, and providing detailed statistics and trends on the events they’ve attend, Sportsmemory tracks consumer attendance at live sporting events. Withthe proliferation of the secondary ticket market in the United States, this data has become increasingly difficult to acquire. Sportsmemory is looking to fill the gap in existing sports CRM solutions.

 

The Team

Arvind Nagarajan has worked in management consulting and international development for the last few years.

 

Brian D’Agostino is a software developer with 8 years experience developing applications for a range of companies; from boutique to Fortune 500.

 

Bryan Kapicka spent the last three years working as technology consultant developing and implementing enterprise software solutions.

 

Mike Utell has worked in Management Consulting for over 10 years, and currently manages the technology practice at a Life Sciences consulting firm.

 

The Idea

We’re making educational physics software games to be used by physics students everywhere. Our second game, Polarity Shift, takes the most classic video game in existence, and teaches vital concepts in electricity and magnetism.

 

The Team

Matthew Blackman is one of the highest ranked physics teachers in New Jersey. He has a B.A. in physics, and a Masters in Physics Education from Rutgers University. He has spent two years actively developing physics educational software.

 

Jordan Ledvina is a candidate for a Masters of Finance from MIT Sloan. He has a B.A. in both math and physics from Rutgers University. He served in the IDF, developing a database for the Rabbinate, and has worked in several startup companies.

 

Elisa Lau is a professional illustrator who has worked for Zynga and omgpop.com as a computer graphic artist.

 

Energy

The Idea

Bit Harmonics is developing a software service to remotely monitor the energy efficiency of communities, homes, and individual appliances. While current household energy meters measure total energy use, machine learning techniques provide a detailed profile of how energy actively used in the home–down to the inefficient refrigerator or leaky A/C unit. With $170 billion spent on energy by U.S. households each year, “load disaggregation” can lead to more effective energy efficiency programs and lasting savings for homeowners.

 

The Team

Jake Whitcomb – MIT Systems Design and Management Fellow, Engineering System Division; MIT Electricity Student Research Group; former Co-Founder and Product Director, Brighter Planet.

 

Charles Baron – MBA student at Harvard; Co-President HBS Energy & Environment Club; former Program Lead, Energy Innovation and Geothermal at Google.org

The Idea

BioLight is a chemical-biological engineering venture, whose central product is an affordable, self-charging, and environmentally friendly lantern – a $36 billion market. These lanterns are cheaper than solar lanterns, making them more accessible to rural populations, and are made from more environmentally friendly materials. BioLight is a part of the founders’ original venture, BioBatts, which aims to develop the energy storage solutions of the future.

 

The Team

Akshar Wunnava is a third year undergraduate at MIT in Chemical Engineering and Economics, with minors in Energy Studies and Public Policy. He has research experience in chemical engineering, and business experience, having interned at Goldman Sachs in their Natural Resources Division.

 

Arvind Thiagarajan is a fourth year undergraduate at MIT in Biological Engineering and Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, with minors in Math and Physics. Arvind has worked with a number of leading researchers in Synthetic and Systems Biology, at Harvard, MIT, and Caltech.

 

The team has been working under the supervision of Professor Timothy Lu in MIT RLE.

 

The Idea

On average, nearly half of your energy bill comes from heating and cooling your house – energy that, more often than not, could be used more efficiently. EcoVent is an integrated 3-part system that will drastically reduce your HVAC costs by allowing you to control the temperature of individual rooms, via mobile or online. The unprecedented system will be entirely wireless and easy to install, instantly reducing energy lost and increasing dollars saved. Through EcoVent, U.S. consumers stand to save $23.8 billion annually.

 

The Team

Dipul Patel – MSEE University of Pennsylvania / MIT Sloan MBA 2014

 

Johnathan Nelson –BSME University of California Berkeley / MIT Sloan MBA 2014

 

Hisham Bedri – BSEE Tufts University / MIT S. M. Technology and Policy 2014

 

We are a diverse team with a track record of success in both electrical and mechanical engineering. We have significant experience in the development, test and production of highly reliable, complex systems from both technical and programmatic perspectives. We have the drive as well as the technical design and development expertise to make this product a reality.

 

The Idea

Loci Controls is developing an automated system to optimize the collection of landfill gas (LFG) at sites with LFG to energy projects. Our hypothesis is that the generation and extraction of LFG is dependent on numerous external factors (atmospheric pressure, temperature, etc.). There is value in developing an automatic control system to dynamically re-balance the well field in response to changes in these parameters. The system will consists of two parts: i) Sensor packages at each wellhead to measure temperature, pressure, flow rate, and gas concentrations. ii) Electronically controlled valves installed on each wellhead to automatically adjusted and maintain the optimum vacuum pressure to maximize LFG extraction.

 

The Team

The Loci team consists of three members. Andy Campanella is an MIT graduate (BSEE) and current student in the System Design and Management (SDM) program at MIT. Andy is an inventor on over 50 patents and applications in power electronics and controls. Melinda Hale is in the last year of her PhD program in Mechanical Engineering at MIT, where she specializes in control systems and manufacturing, with a minor in Entrepreneurship. Lesley Yu is a student in the SDM program at MIT, and has 7 years of technical sales experience. Lesley is also a visiting lecturer in Robotics at Olin College.

 

The Idea

Our team has developed a unique aluminum based, underwater power source that has up to 130 times the energy density of Li-ion batteries, the current state of the art technology. Less is known about the ocean floor than about the surface of Mars, despite the seas containing 60% of the earth’s natural resources, being vital to national security and increasingly coming under scrutiny for their role in global climate change. Our team’s long-duration underwater power source will redefine the scope of what sensors and vehicles can achieve underwater, enabling us to more completely explore and utilize the oceans.

 

The Team

Our team is made up of Winston Larson, Ruaridh Macdonald, Ian Mckay and Tom Milnes, all current MIT graduate students in courses 2 and 22. All four of our team members played active roles in developing the aluminum-water reactor and two of the team are engaged in business development. With the combination of skills and past experiences, including previous companies, we feel we are well suited to pursue this venture.

 

The Idea

Sodium Energy developed a new Aqueous Sodium-ion (Na+) battery system that provides safe and sustainable energy to stabilize the electricity grid–ensuring your lights turn on every time you flip the switch. Sodium Energy provides a superior solution for the following reasons: (1) Low Cost: Sodium Energy estimates it can produce a battery that is 50% lower cost compared to current solutions; (2) Clean and Safe: Sodium Energy uses abundant natural resources with environmentally friendly materials in its composition and an aqueous (water-based) electrolyte solution that is safe and non-flammable; and (3) Fast Response: Sodium Energy can supply peak power in less than 1 second, providing 100% of demand instantly, compared to several minutes using current solutions. This advantage is due to Sodium Energy’s high power and energy density.

 

The Team

Sodium Energy’s team is well-balanced and ready to execute on our immediate business and technology goals. Our team includes the technology leadership of MIT Professor Yet-Ming Chiang, co-founder of A123 (NASDAQ: AONE). In addition, we are led by the following mix of students with industry-leading expertise in battery technologies and energy markets: Kevin Berkemeyer: MBA Candidate, MIT Sloan, 5 years of experience working in both electricity and solar energy, including 3 years as China Country Manager at First Solar (NASDAQ: FSLR); Dr. Zheng Li: Post-doctoral Associate, MIT Materials Science, 6 years of experience in battery system development, industry-leading expert in lithium-ion, sodium-ion and flow battery technologies; Kai Xiang:PhD Student, MIT Material Science, 5 years of research experience in nano-technology, thermoelectric materials and battery materials. Involved in improving A123 battery technology.


 

Emerging Markets

The Idea

We are three MIT students passionate about bringing change and improving lives via technology and entrepreneurship. With AutoPump we are targeting problem of millions of people who live in a fragile urban infrastructure of developing countries. Intermittent electricity, and unreliable water supply in these countries are cutting into people’s productivity, creating wastage and forcing people to plan lives around something as basic as water. Our pilot country is Nepal, but we expect to expand into other countries that have similar problems.

 

The Team

Sumana Shrestha, MBA 2013 is from Nepal and has diverse experience in finance, management consulting, and project management. Having lived in a developing country, she believes technology can bridge the gap with the developed countries.

 

Amit Gandhi has been an organizer and participant in IDDS since 2007, where he has worked on many innovative and diverse start-up ideas ranging from health care diagnostics, energy, and plastic waste management.

 

Owen Ogawa, MBA 2013 has engineering and business background making him an ideal person to bridge the gap between the two worlds.

The Idea

We have developed a novel, high molecular weight polymer that can absorb and retain between 300-600 times its weight in water. This product, when applied to soil, helps it maintain optimal moisture for seed germination and plant growth, thereby providing protection against drought. Additionally, when fully hydrated, the polymer promotes soil expansion, thereby increasing soil porosity for better root aeration. Our initial small-scale trials have shown 20-30% increase in yield after using the product, and we are currently planning a medium scale field trial in arid and low rainfall areas in Africa.

 

The Team

Jeff is a MBA student at MIT Sloan and brings business acumen along with on-the-ground experience working in agriculture in East Africa and other developing countries

 

Mikhil Ranka is a current PhD student in Chemical Engineering at MIT with a concentration in polymer science, and has experience in polymer synthesis.

 

The Idea

DSL Waste to Energy Solutions tackles China’s most prominent food safety problem – 1 out of 10 restaurants use gutter oil for cooking, which is oil collected from restaurant leftovers and sewers. Containing cancer-causing contaminants, gutter oil has recently stirred public outcry. Despite numerous government crackdowns, China lacks technologies that eradicate gutter oil from its origin.

DSL is engineering an on-site food waste-to-energy innovation that repurposes waste cooking oil as an energy resource for providing restaurant heating needs, therefore preventing recirculation of the oil. Our solution is distinct in its economic incentives to customers and the automation of waste treatment processes.

 

The Team

Engineering team from MIT:

Arthur Kariya (Post-Doc): has extensive experience in designing and custom-fabricating thermal-fluidic energy systems

 

Kai Liao (Aerospace Engineering PhD Candidate): research focuses on automotive engine lubrication

 

Wen Sang (Mechanical Engineering PhD Candidate): research focuses on advanced combustion characteristics

 

Kevin Kung (Biological Engineering PhD Candidate): specializes in management of urban organic waste

 

Jingshu Zhang (Materials Engineering PhD Candidate): specializes in photovoltaic and oil-water separation

 

Business development team (Sloan MBAs):

Yaoyao Clare Duan: 5 years of work experience in investment banking and emerging market investments

 

George Miller: experience in energy consulting in China. George advises the team on marketing

The Idea

Our goal is to produce a simple, modular, low cost, easily reparable, FDA-approved continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device to provide respiratory support to critically ill children of all ages in the developing world. We are utilizing novel applications of existing technologies to generate sufficient airway pressures, while reducing the dependency on grid electricity. Our business model involves partnership with the producers of bag-mask equipment (a universal, key component of CPAP) to assist with distribution, while partnering with our end-users – hospitals, the Ugandan ministry of health, and NGOs—to further develop, distribute, and sell the mCPAP.

The Team

Leader Ryan Carroll MD/MPH is a pediatric intensivist at MGH and a co-PI for a clinical trial in Uganda. Dan Bumblauskas PhD is an expert in management and industrial engineering and will lead or business model design. Ailis Tweed-Kent MD/BSE, Tejas Inamdar BSE, Aartik Samra MD Candidate/BSE, and Ashley Kochanek MD/BS have extensive engineering training (mechanical, chemical, biomolecular) with specific strengths in medical device and diagnostic testing in the developing world. Data Santorino MD is the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech) liaison in Uganda and will help oversee clinical trials and subsequent training.


The Idea

Healthcare Innovations for All is dedicated to developing and disseminating high-quality, low-cost healthcare technologies in developing countries. Our flagship product, the PortaTherm enables life-saving typhoid diagnosis in resources-limited settings, which is currently impossible. Typhoid afflicts 27M people and claims over 200,000 lives annually. Our revolutionary diagnostic system is affordable, clinically validated, electricity-free, portable, and simple-to-use. We plan to disseminate PortaTherm in our pilot country Nepal and scale to other high-burden countries. By facilitating timely typhoid diagnosis and treatment, PortaTherm will improve health outcomes, combat indiscriminate use of antibiotics, build capacity of community health workers, and promote early health-seeking behavior, all at an affordable cost.

 

The Team

Jason Andrews MD, SM, DTM&H, is a clinician in the Division of Infectious Diseases at MGH and HMS. He co-founded Nyaya Health and contributes 10+ years of clinical and research experience in developing countries.

 

Dr. Amit Arjyal MD, MSc is a clinician at the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Patan Hospital, Nepal.

 

Sumana Shrestha is pursuing an MBA at MIT Sloan School of Management. Sumana grew up in Nepal and has extensive experience in finance, project management, and management consulting.

 

Shawn Wen is a fourth-year undergraduate at MIT. Shawn conducted market research and field surveys in Nepal as an IDI Technology Dissemination Fellow.


The Idea

Unmanaged waste and severe fuel shortage are two significant issues facing many megacities. Takachar brings solid waste management to these cities using two approaches. First, working with local waste pickers, we are devising a unique waste collection model mobilizing the entire slum to turn in their waste, and not just the few who can afford the service. Second, we are exploring the under-appreciated organic waste, turning it into a safe and affordable cooking fuel for local households. This will avoid charcoal production from wood and save trees, while serving wide-ranging social issues such as increasing local income, reducing greenhouse emissions.

 

The Team

We are a diverse team of MIT and Harvard students as well as Kenyan community mobilizers. We come from backgrounds in engineering, management, public policy, and environmental studies, but we are united in our passion for waste and its processing. Our cumulative past experiences include consulting for Deloitte, doing financial trading, as well as working with the U.S. foreign service. We have worked with MIT’s D-Lab and Engineers Without Borders, serving in developing countries such as Peru, Ghana, Nicaragua, Vietnam, and Kenya, with a specific expertise in using low-cost engineering to engage and mobilize local communities.


 

Products & Services

The Idea

Imagine wearing a portable device in the form of glasses to take a picture of your retina in the back of your eye. RetiCue does exactly that and with its simplicity and portability enables broad access to retinal imaging – critical to prevent blindness due to Diabetic Retinopathy for millions around the world.

 

The Team

RetiCue’s core team is Everett Lawson, graduate student at MIT Media Lab; Rajesh Nair, graduate student at the MIT System Design and Management program and serial entrepreneur; Amy Canham, graduate student at MIT Media Lab; and Karin Roesch, visiting scientist at MIT Media Lab.

The Idea

CoachMe has one goal – help sports players improve their game. There are two core components to CoachMe’s product: an unparalleled players and coaches community and advanced video analysis tools. Together, CoachMe allows players or teams to receive highly personalized coaching from quality coaches anytime and anywhere. CoachMe is currently focused on tennis, but the product is being built so that it can easily expand to golf and other sports in the future.

 

The Team

Saurabh Sanghvi is a first year MBA student at Sloan. Prior to Sloan, Saurabh was a Program Manager at Microsoft. Saurabh holds a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon.

 

Aneesh Devi is an associate consultant for PwC Advisory. Aneesh holds a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carngie Mellon.

 

CoachMe is advised by Dan Dumpel, a popular tennis coach in the New York, and RF Culbertson, a professor and entrepreneur at Carnegie Mellon University.


The Idea

PipeGuard will perform quick and comprehensive leak detection services on water, oil and gas pipelines for oil and gas companies and water distribution authorities. Our goal is to enable our customers to detect and fix leaks of these scarce resources in time. In order to reach this goal, we have developed a core technology, an in-pipe leak detection robot. It is protected by three pending patents and suitable for both liquid and gas pipelines in complex configurations and harsh environments. Pipeguard will help customers safeguard scarce resources, reduce their transportation cost and prevent possible public health crisis.

 

The Team

We are a team of enthusiastic MIT researchers coming out of the MIT Mechatronics Research Lab.

 

You Wu is an MIT Master student in Mechanical Engineering with a strong background in the design of autonomous devices and experience in startups and product development.

 

Dimitris Chatzigeorgiou is an MIT PhD student in Mechanical Engineering. He is an expert in Robotics, Mechanical Design and Sensing Systems with four years of experience in leak detection system design.

 

Dalei Wu is a postdoc in MIT Mechanical Engineering department. He holds a PhD degree in Computer Engineering with specialty in wireless networking.

Visit our website at www.sistinesolar.com for more information. Our mission is to to showcase the natural beauty of solar energy through stunning designs, captivating the world’s imagination and ushering in the era of clean energy.

 

The Idea

New parents whose children are diagnosed with autism face a whole host of challenges. Children on the autism spectrum vary widely in their development, challenges, social abilities and anxieties, and no two cases are the same. StoryScape is an electronic book specifically made for children with autism. When a child engages and creates stories in StoryScape, he/she will: Build language and communication skills, Modify stories with their unique interests, Interact with peers and parents through story-sharing, Express themselves creatively. Content curated for StoryScape implements proven pedagogy for language learning, and behavior shaping.

 

The Team

Micah Eckhadt: background in machine learning, and social computing. Micah’s Ph.D. work at MIT has focused on learning technologies for children diagnosed with autism.

 

Anya Priester: 5+ years of experience in project management, education, and sales. Anya brings experience working for an education non-profit and children with disabilities.

 

Masa Ando: 16+ years of business experience in strategic portfolio management, negotiation, valuation and management. A parent himself, he brings unique perspective to the team.

 

Priya Giri: 16 years of business experience in sales, HR and management. She has designed and deployed leadership processes and built expertise in designing simulations tools.

The Idea

Our team is designing a new medical diagnostic device. This device will diagnose disorders of the vestibular system, which cause most balance and dizziness problems. Every year, Americans make over 3 million doctor visits due to these problems. Currently, patients are either sent home, or sent to a specialized vestibular diagnostic facility, where a battery of diagnostic tests are performed. Our team is combining the functionality of the three most commonly used pieces of vestibular diagnostic equipment into a single inexpensive device. Our first-line diagnostic tool will allow primary care physicians to diagnose most vestibular disorders from their own office.

The Team

We are a group of MIT engineers, programmers and entrepreneurs. Collectively, we have experience in fields ranging from signal processing and electrophysiology to product design and consulting. Our design team has experience in electrical and mechanical engineering, which they utilized to develop the initial prototype. Our three-man business and software design team will work with doctors to shape the interface and take this product forward during January.


 

Web/IT

 

The Idea

Tree.st is a patent-pending, social discovery tool for organizations — an internal feature-rich searchable directory – that allows anyone in an organization to easily find others by combining a customizable array of attributes into a search criteria. Designed for private networks, Tree.st can adapt to any organizational structure, integrate with existing collaboration platforms (e.g., Yammer, Basecamp, SharePoint), and scale easily.

Tree.st also created the world’s first “Smart Group” grouping algorithm, where members are automatically added to groups based on their qualities. This ensures that large organizations with a transitory population can quickly and easily organize their human capital.

 

The Team

Omid Sadeghpour, MIT Sloan MBA ’13

 

Lucy Zhao, MIT Sloan MSMS ’13

 

Walter Menendez, MIT Course 6 ’15


 

The Idea

Why is it that at MIT and other top schools there are compelling tutors and brilliant coders yet we still spend our time working petty jobs to get by as students?

 

BookaGenius.com aims to connect people around the country with these elite students, allowing them to sell their unique skill sets to the people that need them most.

 

Need help for an upcoming math test? Grab a MIT tutor majoring in course 18. Need someone to help you design a website? Grab a course 6 student and you are on your way.

 

Because at some point, everyone needs a genius.

The Team

Harry Rein is a sophomore majoring in Computer Science and Management. He plays on the Football team and also throws Javelin for the outdoor Track and Field Team. Emad William is a sophomore majoring in Computer Science. He grew up in Egypt and has had a great deal of programming experience over the past six years.


The Idea

Sensor networks are finding an increasing number of applications today, but installing them remains a complex task. Geonecta’s mission is to make sensor networks accessible to individuals and companies that have no technical expertise or are not willing to make large capital investments in IT. Geonecta is developing a plug-and-play system for easily deploying and monitoring large numbers of sensors. By offering a complete solution that includes both the devices and a cloud-based platform, Geonecta lowers the entry barrier and truly enables the connection of sensors to the Internet.

The Team

Sergio Castellanos. Currently completing his Ph.D. in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. Expertise in solar cells and energy efficiency.

 

Hiroshi Mendoza: Holds a B.S and M.Eng in EECS from MIT. He has worked in a variety of industries ranging from automotive to telecom.

 

Fernando Tubilla: Holds a Ph.D. in Systems Science from MIT. Research Scientist with expertise in the development of real-time resource allocation algorithms and analytics.

 

Federico Villalpando: Holds a Ph.D in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT. Research Scientist with expertise in nanotechnology and a passion for sensors.


The Idea

myRoadways is a complete suite of internship and job recruiting tools aimed at connecting students, companies, and offices of career services. We apply the latest statistical and technological advances to create an intelligent platform that helps students and companies create meaningful and deep connections, while decreasing the time and complexity needed to achieve great results. myRoadways launched on the Harvard and MIT campuses in Fall 2011.

The Team

Marcus Comiter is a Computer Science and Statistics joint concentrator at Harvard. He is well-versed in web development, machine learning, natural language processing, and computer vision, and has experience in C, Python, Django, and R. Marcus is in charge of technical aspects and business management.

 

Homan Mohammadi is a Neurobiology concentrator at Harvard. He has experience in website design, and is also in charge of management.

 

Jared Lopez is a Philosophy concentrator at Harvard. Jared is head of business development and strategy.

 

Tatiana Berger is a Chemistry major at MIT. She is in charge of marketing efforts and student outreach.


The Idea

SmartFarm is a subscription-based web and mobile solution (SaaS), providing powerful farm analytics in an intuitive way. This helps millions of farmers in Europe and the Americas navigate an increasingly challenging market environment. Imagine a pragmatic SAP for agriculture.

 

Modern farming is heavily regulated, requires expensive machinery and operates in more and more volatile markets. Small planning mistakes easily cost thousands of dollars. Yet, the team’s 6-month customer insight study shows that farmers do not have the tools and knowledge to deal with these changes.

 

The European market potential alone is $6.5 billion, with much greater global scalability.

The Team

Andreas Schlarb grew up on a farm in Germany and still runs the family business with his brother and father. He is a passionate, well-connected industry expert with a strong business background (McKinsey, MBA). He also worked at BASF Agricultural Products for 3 years.

 

Yakov Vorobyev is an accomplished serial-entrepreneur and Fellow at MIT. He has a strong technical background and serves as CTO. His previous Apps have been featured by Apple globally and the fan base for his products on Facebook approaches 100,000. His APIs have been used over 500 million times.

 

Both partner with influential farming associations.

 

The Idea

Zinc provides a simple API that lets you purchase and ship products with just a couple lines of code.

The Team

Doug Feigelson (MIT 6.3)
Eric Swanson (University of Cincinnati EE)
Chase Lambert (MIT 6.3)

 

Doug Feigelson and Eric Swanson bring the technology and expertise from a 4-year old consumer e-commerce business, supplemented with the firepower of experienced hacker Chase Lambert.

 

Life Sciences

The Idea

Benevolent Technologies for Health develops low cost high impact healthcare solutions for underserved populations. Our initial product makes it possible for prosthetic care providers to create custom fit prosthetic sockets without the multi-day custom fabrication process. Our patent pending socket technology will be first in providing mass customization which will offer significant savings to prosthetic care providers while providing patients with superior comfort.

The Team

Ramin Abrishamian, Asa Hammond, Jason Hill and Elizabeth Tsai met at a H@cking Medicine Conference in 2012. Elizabeth is currently a MS student at the Media lab; Jason is an experienced human factors researcher and industrial designer; Asa is currently completing an undergraduate degree in Physiological Science at UCLA and has a background in visual effects and media design; and Ramin is an entrepreneur.

The Idea

EveraSense is developing a transformative, high-value nanosensor platform for use in point-of-care biomarker diagnostics. Our first product, the CardioSensor, will be a simple-to-use test for Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI, or heart attack), able to meet the needs of the currently unaddressed markets of primary/urgent and ambulance settings. EveraSense’s platform is universal and future products will expand to multiplexed biomarker detection.

The Team

Andrew Hilmer (Leadership and Business Development) is an MIT graduate student with experience in synthetic chemistry and nano-scale chemistry.

 

Dr. Jingqing Zhang (Science and Engineering) has over 5 years experience in synthetic chemistry, bioengineering, and nano-sensor design and fabrication.

 

Steven Shimizu (Science and Engineering) is an MIT graduate student with experience in materials chemistry and a winner of the MADMEC materials engineering competition.

 

Coleman Shelton (Business Development) has 4 years experience with business development and market analysis.

 

Prof. Michael Strano (Scientific Advisor) is a recognized leader in nano-scale chemistry and engineering with over 200 peer-reviewed publications in the field.

The Idea

glutenTech is developing a portable, point of use sensor for individuals who are gluten intolerant, meaning they cannot eat gluten containing foods such as wheat, barley and rye. Eating as little as 0.4 mg (1/200th a teaspoon) of gluten can incite symptoms ranging from breakdown of the small intestine and extreme gastric distress to the onset of full body rashes. The sensor being developed by glutenTech will allow the gluten free population to regain confidence in what they ingest and live healthier, more social active lives.

The Team

Our team currently covers both business and technology and holds a strong understanding of gluten-free consumer needs. Shireen Taleghani is an MBA candidate at MIT Sloan. Before Sloan, she spent five years doing sales and marketing strategy at YouTube and Google. She was diagnosed with a gluten allergy eight years ago and has been working on improving the lives of gluten-free consumers ever since. Jonathan Kiel holds a PhD in chemical engineering with 12+ years working in device based research, early stage start-ups and commercial scale manufacturing.

The Idea

QuantumSpec – Portable Cost-effective Spectrometer for Drug Authentication. Counterfeit pharmaceuticals are a major public health and economic concern for governments and the medical industry, particularly in developing countries. There is an enormous need for counterfeit detection from point-of-entry to point-of-sale.

 

Our device, enabled by a new proprietary spectrometer technology, functions as a highly accurate, portable and cost-effective spectrometer capable of differentiating real drugs from fake.

 

With manufacturing costs orders of magnitude lower than current spectrometers, small size and high portability, and durability due to simple optics, we believe that our device solves many major challenges in the field of counterfeit drug detection.

The Team

Our team has a diverse set of skills and backgrounds. Jie Bao, a postdoctoral research fellow at MIT Chemistry, is one of the inventors of the novel spectrometer technology (with Prof Moungi Bawendi), and serves as our technical expert. Ariel Smoliar, a Sloanie, is an industry expert in spectrometry and biophotonics. Sloanie Henry Rounds is a start-up strategist and a neuroscientist. Kevin Jiang is a science journalist for Draper laboratory and Nature Medicine. Albert Cheng is a PhD student in Computational & Systems Biology researching embryonic stem cells and cancer diagnostics.


The Idea

Our company seeks to develop biomedical devices that allow clinical interventionalists to maximize their technical efficiency. As we seek this goal we strive to balance the capabilities of advanced material technologies with the practical needs and economic limits of real-world clinical practice. This philosophy is reflected in our first product, a new generation of steerable catheters that significantly decrease the time and number of components needed to access –and deploy interventions in– central abdominal and pelvic arteries, all while remaining fully compatible with commonly-used endovascular support hardware.

The Team

We are a team with clinical, business, and technical expertise. Leo Tsai is a Chief Resident in Radiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, with an MD from HMS and PhD in Biophysics from Harvard. He has substantial experience with catheter-based angiography procedures and devices. Vyas Ramanan is a PhD student in Medical Engineering/Medical Physics (MEMP) and a Hertz Fellow. He has experience in venture capital and previously developed a medical device company business plan. Allen Chen is an MD/PhD student at HMS and Harvard Biophysics/MIT MEMP and a Hertz Fellow. He previously led a Finalist team in the Cambridge University Entrepreneurs BPC.

The Idea

ShunTek is a pioneering team dedicated to improving patient outcome in trauma surgeries. We focus on providing a mechanism to manage inferior vena cava trauma in the emergency room prior to and during surgery. We would like to provide an internal way to occlude the injured region to minimize blood loss, while allowing for blood to return back to the heart. Our mission is to significantly improve patient survival rate by providing innovative technologies that are simple and efficient yet highly effective.

The Team

Our team consists of undergraduate biomedical engineering students at Johns Hopkins University: Wes Bernier, a junior specializing in Instrumentation, Calvin Chang, a senior specializing in Cell and Tissue Engineering, Emily Hsiao, a senior specializing in Cell and Tissue Engineering, Sohini Sengupta, a senior specializing in Computational Biology, Jiarui Wang, a sophomore specializing in Computational Biology, and Amadeus Zhu, a senior specializing in Cell and Tissue Engineering. We also have the leadership of Bryan Chang, an MIT undergraduate majoring in Mathematics and Economics. We have newly recruited freshmen biomedical students Bijan Abar, Arianne Papa, and Jennifer Yang.

 

Among our clinical consultants is James H. Black, M.D., FACS, who is a vascular surgeon at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. We also have the support of David T. Efron, M.D., FACS, the Director of Trauma and Chief of the Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care in the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

 

AARP Foundation Prize

The Idea

Bit Harmonics is developing a software service to remotely monitor the energy efficiency of communities, homes, and individual appliances. While current household energy meters measure total energy use, machine learning techniques provide a detailed profile of how energy actively used in the home–down to the inefficient refrigerator or leaky A/C unit. With $170 billion spent on energy by U.S. households each year, “load disaggregation” can lead to more effective energy efficiency programs and lasting savings for homeowners.

The Team

Jake Whitcomb – MIT Systems Design and Management Fellow, Engineering System Division; MIT Electricity Student Research Group; former Co-Founder and Product Director, Brighter Planet.

 

Charles Baron – MBA student at Harvard; Co-President HBS Energy & Environment Club; former Program Lead, Energy Innovation and Geothermal at Google.org

Visit our website at www.firsthandfood.org. Our mission is to provide fresh, good quality food at affordable prices.

The Idea

Elderly people are plagued with many chronic diseases simultaneously. As their healthcare costs soar, many of them cannot afford treatments and this gives them the worst fate in their best years. Early detection is the most efficient way to tackle most of their chronic diseases. Further, there have been significant advances in the discovery of early detection bio-markers. Unfortunately, current procedures for early detection have not been widely adopted and the epidemic continues to grow. We hope to change that by making it seamless for elderly people to monitor their health.

The Team

The core team includes Vivek Sivathanu, Jordan Whisler and David Kuppermann. Vivek is an MIT mechanical engineering doctoral candidate interested in medical diagnostics and brings in experience in healthcare business strategy as an entrepreneurial fellow from Flagship Ventures. Jordan is a doctoral candidate at MIT involved in biological engineering research with expertise in MEMS design, microfluidics and design of biological and mechanical devices. David is an M.D. candidate at Harvard Medical School and is interested in health care delivery systems and medical innovation.