'Ecopatch' Wins JagStart Competition

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

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

    • Is Your Enterprise Ready For Digital Transformation?

      We are living in a historic era with accelerating market and technology disruptions that impact our lives and rapidly change how we do business. Cloud computing, advanced analytics, and digital technologies have the potential to transform how every company interacts with its customer. So, how do businesses keep up and (better yet) stay ahead? Enter the digital CIO. A new breed of CIO is emerging to lead companies through technology changes happening at record pace.



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


  • Most Popular Stories

    • Big Military Diesel Engine Contract Goes to Cummins

      Columbus-based Cummins Inc. has secured a more than quarter-billion dollar U.S. Department of Defense contract. The deal involves new and remanufactured engines for the U.S. Army. The DOD says locations of where the work will be performed will be determined with each order. The contract is for procurement of new commercial, remanufactured and remanufactured conversion V903 Cummins series 600 and 675 horsepower diesel engines. Cummins bills itself as...

    • Cummins to Design Combat Engines That Elude the Enemy

      The monstrous, larger-than-life military tanks of tomorrow could be powered by Hoosier ingenuity. A recent $47 million defense contract delivers marching orders for Columbus-based Cummins Inc.: develop the next-generation engine to power U.S. combat vehicles, and it must be stronger, but smaller, and elusive to enemies’ efforts to spot it. 

    • IDOE Names 'Four Star Schools'

      The Indiana Department of Education has released its list of Four Star Schools for the 2016-2017 academic year. The designation, which has been awarded for the past 30 years, aims to recognize great schools throughout the state. 

    • 'Best Places' in Indiana Reaches Record

      The Indiana Chamber of Commerce has released the 2018 list of Best Places to Work in Indiana. A record 125 companies are being honored this year and more than 50 are first-timers or returning after a year or more off the list. Employers in over two dozen communities are represented and the chamber will unveil the rankings of the Best Places honorees during a May 3 awards dinner at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis.

    • F&W Moving Engine Line From Mexico to Noble County

      Kendallville-based Flint & Walling Inc. is planning to on-shore some operations to Indiana. The Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne reports the manufacturer is shifting an engine production line from Mexico to Kendallville's former Superior Essex facility that it acquired a year ago. The publication says F&W is investing more than $5 million into renovations and equipment for small sump pump engines that will be used by its parent company, Louisville-based Zoeller Co.