Every year the NTID Center on Employment gives awards to employers who have a sustained record of hiring RIT/NTID students for co-ops and permanent jobs. This year’s winners were Solar Turbines and OhioHealth.
On Wednesday, May 4, judges from ZVRS, sponsor of The Next Big Idea Competition, reviewed projects of the six finalists, asked questions and selected the folloing winners:
$5,000 First Place: Team Ugyo; Ethan Young and Nicole Dugan
$3,000 Second Place Team Dalmation; Adam Brodak, Keith Delk and Jefrey Spinale
$2,000 Third Place Team ANOVA; Musab Al-Smadi, Michelle Chi, Steven McClusky, Radhika Mehra
Six teams of deaf and hard-of-hearing students from Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf will go head-to-head May 4 during The Next Big Idea competition.
The contest—6:30 to 10 p.m. in NTID’s Panara Theatre, Lyndon Baines Johnson Hall—is an annual event where teams of students combine skills related to their individual majors to create products, technology or businesses that will be useful to the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. Teams work with mentors on their projects and compete before judges for cash prizes. The event is sponsored by ZVRS, a video relay company.
This year marks the fifth anniversary of The Next Big Idea.
Student teams are:
- Anova— a voice-to-text translation system for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals that uses a mini processor and microphone.
- Asymtotic—incorporates microphones, tactile feedback, pulsation and sound filters that vibrate to engage the wearer in important situations.
- Dalmation—a software service that focuses on providing jobs, volunteering opportunities, networking and resources for the American Sign Language community.
- Douror—a service app for deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons that helps with placing food orders.
- Echo—a speech-therapy mobile app that allows users to practice speech and give instantaneous feedback to speech therapists.
- Ugyo—an access-technology prototype for deaf-blind people with Usher Syndrome to improve communication with peers during meetings or other interactive settings.
“Every year the excitement around this competition builds,” said Gerry Buckley, NTID president and RIT vice president and dean. “Amazing projects are presented and some of them move quickly into the marketplace. We thank ZVRS for their support, and are grateful for the belief they have in our students.”
The event—free and open to the public—will be fully accessible for both deaf and hearing audiences. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
RIT/NTID faculty and student researchers are developing methods to analyze the effects of flavorings used in electronic cigarettes. In partnership with RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering and the University of Rochester Medical Center, RIT/NTID, the world’s first and largest technological college for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, is part of the team that has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to conduct the study. More.
The Clinical Health Sciences Center is the new home to RIT’s College of Health Science and Technology’s clinical programs, including Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ultrasound), Physician Assistant and programs in behavioral health. It also houses the Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition, and Rochester Regional Health Family Medicine, a primary care practice for RIT faculty, staff and dependents as well as the community. Watch video.
The RIT/NTID Job Fair is Wednesday, October 21 from 12:30 – 4:00 p.m. in the LBJ Hall first floor street and the Dyer Artrs Center! More than 40 employer representatives will attend. For alumni, registration information appears here.
The 15th annual NTID Job Fair for deaf and hard-of-hearing students and graduates will be in Lyndon Baines Johnson Hall on Wednesday, October 21, 2015. Attendees can meet employers from around the country interested in hiring for co-ops and permanent jobs. More
Natalie Snyder's co-op helped give her focus and a passion for becoming a physical therapist. To become a Doctor of Physical Therapy is her next milestone. More
Encourage your student to share achievements through Merit. Merit lets students share their successes — such as making the Dean’s List, joining a club or fraternity, studying abroad, getting a job and even graduating — with their friends and family through their social media networks. Each RIT student has a Merit profile page. More