More than a dozen Indiana University students will Wednesday pitch their ideas as part of the Cheng Wu Innovation Challenge on the Bloomington campus. The participants are competing for a total of $15,000 in scholarships in the event, which aims to "encourage university-level intellectual property generation."

The challenge will feature students learning to "develop technological innovations that are unconstrained by any immediate consideration of the commercial potential." The university says the innovations can include new applications of existing technologies or the creation of new technologies.

"The Cheng Wu Innovation Challenge provides an avenue for students to explore their ideas knowing they have the full support of the IU community," said Raj Acharya, dean of the School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering. "Competition brings out the best in most people, and the notion of rewarding novel designs and ideas without worrying about a commercial impact inspires our students and cultivates our innovative spirit."

The finalist teams and their members include:

  • Brushi: Abigail Armstrong, Karrie Kozokar, Qi Qi and Kyle Quinn
  • Buddy: Tingyu "Kathy" Li and Pavithra Ramamurthy
  • Embrace Band: Alan Wu
  • Integrated Fire Rescue Sensor System: Zachary Meier and Nicklaus Palmer
  • Personal Creativity Booster Using Brain Signals: Abolfazl Alipour and Saber Sheybani Moghadam
  • Pulsar-Based Terrestrial Navigation: Derek Whitley
  • Puzzle Solver: Daniel Mishler
  • Small Donation-Big Impact: Ruoxun Chen, Aditya More, Marshall Robbins and Dou Tian

The challenge will take place from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the recently-opened Luddy Hall on the Bloomington campus. You can learn more about the event by clicking here.