Congratulations to Patrick Lyon, Benson Fan, Yayun Chen and Ray Chiu for BioInspira placing 1st in the Information Technology for Society category of the Big Ideas @Berkeley competition, to Luciano Colos for Inversión Para Todos placing 2nd in the Financial Capability category, and Thibault Duchemin and Achal Pandey for an Honorable Mention in the Information Technology for Society for Transcense (ex-Sign UP)! We’re so proud of our MEng Class of 2014!
BioInspira seeks to develop a bio-inspired sensing platform with the potential to detect a wide range of diseases from a simple breath test. One exciting application, blood glucose monitoring for type one diabetics, could completely revolutionize the way that diabetics manage their blood sugar levels. BioInspira’s idea won them 1st prize in the Information Technology for Society category of the Big Ideas@Berkeley competition, helping elevate their idea to the next level of development.
Inversion Para Todos is a web based educational platform that provides a set of tools which help individuals to manage debt, savings, public benefits, investments and other money related issues more effectively. The platform targets four million individuals from Argentina between the ages of 20 and 40 that come from a low and middle class background, and have access to the internet. Their focus on this demographic has been deliberately chosen based on the strong belief that young tech savvy people are in the best position to continue steering the direction of the country. They know that by creating an interactive education platform, individuals will be able to develop fundamental concepts that will help them stabilize and grow their savings. As a result, they will be in a better position when taking decisions about money. Their educational resources take a holistic approach, including interactive graphs, tables, video lessons, and even live lessons with an instructor. The easy to use interactive platform will allow the user to discover how inflation affects their personal assets and exposes them to liabilities. The overall goal is to help people improve their personal finance knowledge and protect their savings against inflation. As a result they will improve their economic status in the long term.
Transcense aims to empower the 360M hearing-impaired people to engage meaningfully in their everyday communications. The team is developing the LifeCaption, a captioning service on your mobile device that puts any conversation on the screen, and allow you to know exactly who said what and when. The team, mentored by the famous Steve Blank and incubated in Berkeley’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, will continue to work throughout the summer. http://enter.transcense.com/