'Ecopatch' Wins JagStart Competition

Posted: Updated:
(photo courtesy IUPUI) (photo courtesy IUPUI)
INDIANAPOLIS -

An idea for a "sensory garden" took the top spot in the annual JagStart Competition at IUPUI. A panel of judges awarded Autumn Fox, a student at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus, the $2,500 first place prize for her "Ecopatch" project.

Competitors made three-minute elevator pitches to judges for their ideas addressing social and economic issues. A total of $5,500 was awarded to the top three pitches chosen by the judges as well as one pitch chosen through an audience ballot.

The "Ecopatch" project is described as "a sensory garden is designed with the purpose of engaging the senses of sight, smell, touch, sound and taste, which is beneficial for people with disabilities and helps to focus the attention of young students." The IUPUC Biology senior says the idea could help bridge the disconnect between students and nature as well as provide a useful learning space.

The other winners include:

Second Place - $1,500: IUPUI senior Julian Keefe for his Stadium Hero service, which aims to help enhance the fan experience at sporting events. Stadium Hero won the 24-hour Sports Innovation Challenge at IUPUI in November.

Third Place - $500: Kelley School of Business MBA student Brian Holden for his Sound Habitat app, which allows musicians and venues to find each other and book performances.

Audience Choice - $1,000: Kelley School of Business MBA student Iris Wang for her Feed Now program, which allows restaurants, catering companies and other businesses to provide surplus food supplies to the local homeless community, low-income households and others under food insecurity.

  • Perspectives

    • Why Blogging Without Rules Produces the Best Content

      I spend a lot of time talking with people about what makes writing good. Depending on who you ask, good writing might be exciting and illustrative. It might be simple and efficient. If you ask someone who works in marketing, good writing translates to whatever helps a marketing strategy generate more leads, or more sales, or more of whatever a business is looking to gain. Though I fully respect and agree with this results-oriented perspective on content, in practice it can be...

    More

Subscribe

Name:
Company Name:
Email:
Confirm Email:
HTML
INside Edge
Morning Briefing
BigWigs & New Gigs
Life Sciences Indiana
Indiana Connections
INPower
Subscribe
Unsubscribe

Events



  • Most Popular Stories

    • (photo courtesy of The Times of Northwest Indiana)

      Valpo Mansion May Fall to Wrecking Ball

      A one-time mansion that once hosted dignitaries and politicians while they visited Valparaiso appears to be facing demolition, following years of decline and disrepair.  The stately mansion, known locally as the Brown home, maybe knocked down and replaced with condominiums, according to our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana. 

    • The Honda Greensburg plant opened in 2008.

      Honda to Invest $4M, Add Jobs at Greensburg Plant

      The American Honda Motor Co. continues to invest in its Greensburg, Indiana plant as it has announced the factory will be producing the company’s first electrified sport utility vehicle in the U.S. The company says it will invest more than $4 million and add 34 new jobs in the plant to support production of the CR-V Hybrid.  

    • Photo courtesy of Purdue University

      Purdue Offers 'Stranger Things' Replica Tee

      Purdue University has partnered with trademark licensing agent CLC to produce a special-edition replica Purdue shirt that appeared on an episode of Netflix’s “Stranger Things 3.”  The university also teamed up with Venley to accurately replicate the shirt, which will be available at retailers on the West Lafayette campus and online later this month.

    • Timothy Rushenberg

      Electric Co-Op Names VP

      The Indiana Electric Cooperatives has named Timothy Rushenberg vice president of government relations. He most recently served as vice president of the Indiana Energy Association. Rushenberg has also served with the Indiana Manufacturers Association and the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance.  

    • Alexa Deaton and Colby Shank

      Higher Ed Commission Promotes Two

      The Indiana Commission for Higher Education has promoted Alexa Deaton to associate commissioner and Chief Financial Officer. She previously served as director of accounting. Also, Colby Shank has been promoted to associate commissioner for student financial aid, a new position for the organization. He most recently served as assistant commissioner for financial and student support services.