The first annual Norman Esch Entrepreneurship Awards for Capstone Design is set to give out $60,000 in prizes on Friday. The event will award six winning teams from the 2014 Capstone Design Symposia, with prizes of $10,000 each.
Judges selected finalists for the awards from a field of applicants among 210 Capstone Design projects. Capstone Design gives Waterloo Engineering students an opportunity to conceptualize and design a project related to their chosen discipline. It’s also a requirement for the completion of their degrees.
Finalists will have 90 seconds to pitch their projects to a panel of judges and award trustees.
The 15 Esch Awards finalists are:
P2Z2 Systems – an automated robotic system that handles the logistics of storing, retrieving and organizing warehouse packages.
Flood Defender – an automated system to reduce the rate and intensity of water damage in apartment buildings.
Case-Sensitive – smart luggage that integrates built-in technology to protect and secure luggage from loss, damage, theft, and poor handling.
Sierra: The Next Generation Biosensor – a nano-probe to study biological and chemical molecules for use in environmental contaminant monitoring, explosives detection, or doping tests.
MAJiK Systems – a white label Customer Relationship Management [CRM] system that builds in real-time machine monitoring software for factories and machine manufacturers.
Meshlytics – creator of Intuch, a management platform for academic institutions.
On-the-Go – an easy-to-use mobile app that records and splits expenses between users while travelling.
PASCAL – a smart polymer film that changes colour upon application of external pressure or in water.
Pera – a smart wallet that consolidates all traditional financial cards into one system, with biometric security measures and tracking technology.
Loki DJ Controller – a digital DJ platform that uses gestures and hand inputs to control traditional mixer functions including stage lights.
Project Rhino – a music search engine that connects artists, concerts, lyrics and more, allowing users to ask complex questions about music in a way that is not currently possible
Mixbox – an iPad app that allows users to create new music from existing music with minimal skill or effort
Smart Match – a web app that applies behavioural science to create high-performing teams based on individual personalities.
Grey Scale Coatings – an innovative reflective roof coating that will cool in warm months and heat in cool months.
Wearability – an electromyography (EMG) shirt that measures electrical activity in muscles during gym workouts.
The awards are bring made possible by a donation from The Esch Foundation, which supports creative and entrepreneurial students in the pursuit of research and development and its commercialization for the benefit of Canada.