Luggage GPS tops Shark Tank competition
The latest RIT Shark Tank competition was held March 6 in the Albert J. Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship with six finalists who were selected from a field of 50.
First place: Angela Corrado, Steven Asselanis, Jared Rube and Alex Dupont for Turas, a business concept that would help reunite owners with their missing luggage via a GPS unit built into the suitcase. (pictured)
Second place: Appture, an application that allows the display of a mobile device onto other nearby devices even from different manufacturers. Students are Auston LeRoy and Evan Starkman.
Third place: Mahesh Galgalikar, an electrical engineering student from India, wants to create a basic device to identify heart defects by comparing the patterns of heartbeats. He said this would be useful in remote areas of the world where there is no access to hospitals or MRI machines.
Fourth place: Samuel Nelson, a software engineering student, for his concept on anti-piracy software that would detect copyrighted content on other websites.
Fifth place: Academic Based Career Development, a service that connects consumers to employers and academic institutions by comparing skills to the skills needed for specific jobs. Students are Dmitry Liapitch and Sourabh Jain.
Sixth place: Canalyzer, a recycling bin that will add up the value of the cans or other recyclables that are put inside it. Students are Tegan Spinner and Ben Dobiz.
“The judges were impressed with all six presentations,” said Richard DeMartino, director of the Simone Center.
RIT’s Shark Tank competition was hosted by the E. Philip Saunders College of Business.
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