GREENFIELD – A pair of recent Greenfield-Central High School graduates returned to Washington, D.C., all-expenses-paid, to meet with investors and technology experts to unveil OsciCharge, a Bluetooth-enabled charging technology.
The team of Ian Jack and Josiah Finlay are among 10 finalists in this year’s Innovate InIN competition, which encourages young entrepreneurs and investors to submit their best designs in the hope of turning their dreams into reality.
The goal of the Innovate inIN competition is not only to inspire young entrepreneurs, but also to connect them with “world-class innovators” who can transform their business from a dream to a reality.
Although Jack and Finley did not win this year’s $25,000 cash prize, they gained invaluable experience in creating and promoting their wireless invention.
After meeting with local investors at Butler University on June 15, the top 10 teams were awarded a three-day trip to the nation’s capital June 20-22 to pitch their ideas.
“We’ve been meeting with a lot of investment firms, ad agencies and other people who are actually connected in D.C. and working on different projects,” said Jack, 18, who plans to study engineering at Purdue University in the fall. .
He and Finley, 19, who plans to study aquatic science at Trine University, hope to one day bring their OsciCharge protocol to consumers to use the connections they’ve made and the things they’ve learned.
“There are some[Bluetooth wireless chargers]being developed, but none on the market yet,” Jack said. “We’re working on a patent right now, and we’ve had some great ideas from people we’ve met this week.”
On June 15, 2010, senior teams gathered at Buller University to join representatives from the STARTedUP Foundation, an Indianapolis-based organization dedicated to empowering the next generation of “Opportunity is Everywhere” thought leaders, creating innovation and hope for our communities. Country and World”.
Jack and Finley introduced their Bluetooth charging technology, which eliminates the need to plug in electronic devices to charge. They made a video explaining the benefits of their design that was featured on the STARTedUp website.
The youth came up with their design through the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) high school class.
The Project Leadership Pathway impacts learning by enabling students from pre-K through high school to develop in-demand, transferable knowledge and skills in computer science, engineering and biomedical science.
PLTW students are invited to enter the Innovate WithIN Pitch Competition each year, with the chance to win cash prizes and full scholarships, plus the opportunity to meet with potential investors to buy their projects.
This year’s top 10 state pitches include a communication device for non-verbal students, a waterproof cover, a device that detects infection in catheter lines, and a software program that streamlines the search for an attorney, just to name a few.
Jack said he encourages all students to put on their thinking caps and come up with some creative ideas, then take a shot at making it into the top 10 of the annual competition.
“(Josiah) and I felt lucky and honored to be there with the other competitors,” Jack said. “There are so many amazing ideas and great voices that sometimes we feel like we don’t have room. I encourage anyone with an idea to apply.”
For more information:
Innovate WithIN — InnovateWithIN.org
Project Lead Path – PLTW.org
STARTedUP Foundation – StartedUpFoundation.org