2014 Winners

GRADUATE WINNERS

1st Place – $25,000: Irrigo – University of Nevada, Reno
Irrigo’s irrigation automation system can increases  water efficiency by up to 20%, which can help mitigate the effects of low water allocation during drought years, but it does it using solar power. This reduces much of the vehicle travel required to manually adjust gates, reducing fuel burned and carbon emissions.

Team Captain – Brian Blair
Faculty Advisor –  Mark Pingle

2nd Place – $15,000: Dragonfly Energy, LLC – University of Nevada, Reno
Our mission is to enable widespread deployment of Li-ion energy storage to make renewable energy available for everyone. Affordable and effective energy storage is the bottleneck to the renewable energy landscape of the future, where intermittent sources will replace the burning of fossil fuels as our primary source of energy.

Team Captain – Denis Phares
Team Members – Sean Nichols, Justin Ferranto
Faculty Advisor – Matt Westfield

3rd Place – $10,000: GovernSocial.com – University of Nevada, Las Vegas
GovernSocial.com is a personalized social network that connects Americans with their federal, state, and local governments. From your city council to your senators in Washington, our mission is to connect you with the people and issues that impact your life. We believe that everyone deserves to be heard… especially you.

Team Captain – Jason Alt
Team Members – Charles Carte, Anthony Fiti, Alejandra Quinones, Chris Smiley
Faculty Advisor – Gregory Moody

UNDERGRADUATE WINNERS

1st Place – $25,000: Solar Powered Innovatios – Sierra Nevada College
The timing for the rollout of the Solar Cooler is now. Solar efficiency is increasing and photovoltaic cell prices are lower than ever before with a 60% price decrease since 2011. The Solar Cooler will reduce dependency on energy by cutting down the need to make ice.

Team Captain – Jacob Bricklin
Team Members – Scott Kiernan, Mitch Wiseman, Alden Spence, Tyler Prange
Faculty Advisor – Rick Normington

2nd Place – $15,000: MUSE – University of Nevada, Reno
Music conductors do not rehearse effectively without an orchestra. Although conductors can rehearse by imagining an orchestra playing to their conducting, this method does not work well for beginners. MUSE’s goal is to create a software application that will allow users to rehearse and learn conducting on their own.

Team Captain – Chase Carthen
Team Members – Cris Ruggieri, Justice Colby
Faculty Advisor – Frederick Harris, Jr.

3rd Place – $10,000: DYNAMEND Corporation – University of Nevada, Las Vegas
DYNAMEND Corporation is a technology company, which sells a new and innovative motion sensing product line for use in the field of physical rehabilitation. The purpose of the business is to provide post-clinical rehabilitation patients with an interactive solution to the absence of a physical therapist in distance rehabilitation treatments.

Team Captain – Daniel Dinev
Team Members – Gregory Wingert, Vladislav Zhitny
Faculty Advisor – Janet Runge

LT. GOVERNOR WINNER

$10,000: Irrigo – University of Nevada, Reno
Irrigo’s irrigation automation system can increases water efficiency by up to 20%, which can help mitigate the effects of low water allocation during drought years, but it does it using solar power. This reduces much of the vehicle travel required to manually adjust gates, reducing fuel burned and carbon emissions.

Team Captain – Brian Blair
Faculty Advisor – Mark Pingle

Faculty Advisors of the Year

Matt Westfield – Unversity of Nevada, Reno

Special Recognition Award

Dave Archer – Nevada’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology