Penn Students Vie for Grand Prize in PennVention Competition

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604April 4, 2014

WHO:              Alan Greenberger
                         Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Director of Commerce
                         City of Philadelphia

                        Eight teams of student inventors

WHAT:            PennVention Final Round

WHEN:            Monday, April 7, 6–9 p.m.

WHERE:         Wu and Chen Auditorium in Levine Hall
                       3330 Walnut St.
                       University of Pennsylvania

The Weiss Tech House, a student-run hub of technological innovation at the University of Pennsylvania, holds an annual invention competition known as PennVention. The final round will see the distribution of more than $20,000 in prizes.  

After opening remarks from Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger, eight teams will present their technology and business plans to judges from the local tech and venture capital world.

The finalists’ inventions include a 3D printer that uses biomaterials to build rudimentary organs for experimentation, a video game controller that can be modified on the fly to incorporate assistive devices for use in physical therapy and a wearable device that goes inside a football helmet and gives auditory feedback after a potentially concussive impact.

Winning teams in previous years have developed an infrared charging system for electronic devices, a camera-equipped belt that gives force-feedback to the visually impaired and a new kind of anti-glare coating that can be applied to glasses and windshields.

Attendance is free and open to the public but online registration is required.