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RIT Freshmen Class Welcomed at Tiger Walk and Convocation

21 Aug

Photo by: Jorge Samper

Photo by: Jorge Samper

Take a look at some of the highlights from RIT's annual Tiger Walk and New Student Convocation. Watch video.

RIT Welcomes Record Number of Freshmen

21 Aug

Photo by: A. Sue Weisler

Photo by: A. Sue Weisler

Rochester Institute of Technology this week welcomes a record freshman class of 2,940 students and about 600 transfer students, bringing its total enrollment to more than 18,500 students. More.

RIT/NTID Student Entrepreneurs, Hz Innovations, Are Part of RIT’s Saunders Summer Startup Program

13 Aug

Photo by: Keith Delk

Photo by: Keith Delk

Imagine secure software for cybercrime prevention, equipment with real-time feedback for weightlifters, a sound-recognition device for homeowners with hearing loss, or portable technology that brews Brazilian coffee and hot beverages on the go.

These are some of the jumpstart ventures at Saunders Summer Startup, a small-business launchpad at Rochester Institute of Technology where young innovators with bright ideas form interdisciplinary teams to start real companies. The 10-week crash course is sponsored by Saunders College of Business and the Albert J. Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

During the summer program, each of the eight startups below is offered a stipend, working space at the Simone Center, and receives support from RIT faculty, assigned mentors and community business leaders.

  • CASCADES: Acronym for Cyber Attack Scenario and Network Defense Simulator that streamlines the process of preventing cybercrime
  • Happy2c: A program to help people learn a new language from teachers and native speakers at a lower cost and at their own pace using a smartphone, tablet or computer
  • Hz Innovations: A sound recognition system to aid those with hearing loss that notifies the owner of a sound (doorbell, a child’s cry, alarm) through their software application on their smartphone, wearable device or laptop
  • LiftForce: Smart fitness sensor technology for gyms to provide weightlifters with real-time feedback that they can track, store and communicate to other lifters
  • Myspiderweb.com: A simplified tool for businesses to create and manage their social media content across multiple social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn
  • SpynAlign: A postural control device for stroke patient rehabilitation that works by placing a smartphone on a specially designed vest worn by the patient that signals and alerts them when they need to align and correct their posture
  • UNA: A sustainable, smart and portable coffee maker that will allow users to brew their own coffee or tea on-the-go without any external power supply—complete with a coffee pod that delivers high quality Brazilian coffee beans
  • Wyvrn: The next generation of PawPrints, RIT’s website platform for students to create petitions for change; the education technology company is expanding their services to campuses across the U.S. to revolutionize the way student governments are run.

“Summer Startup is the most intensive entrepreneurial experience that we offer at RIT,” said Richard DeMartino, endowed chair and director of the Simone Center. “It’s both educational and developmental, and some of these businesses will actually become high growth businesses. In the past, we’ve had a couple that have raised a half million and a million dollars, and more.”

Competition Winners Announced

29 May

Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf has announced the winners of the annual Digital Arts, Film and Animation Competition for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students. The contest, in its ninth year, resulted in dozens of entries in interactive media, graphic media, photo imaging, Web page design, film and 3D animation.

The winners of each category, receiving a $250 prize, are:
            Film: Paola Almonte of Chelsea, Mass., a student at Boston Arts Academy, for The Good Boys.
            Graphic Media: Heather Afriyie of Lorton, Va., a student at Woodson High School, for Fire on my Face!
            Photo Imaging: Tiffany M. Robertson of Sadieville, Ky., a student at Elkhorn Crossing School, for A Cowgirl’s Wedding.
            3D Animation: David Katter of Indianapolis, Ind., a student at Indiana School for the Deaf, for “Mutual Destruction.”
The runners-up were:
            Film: Jackson Callahan of Olathe, Kan., a student at Olathe South High School, for Football.
            Graphic Media: Heather Afriyie of Lorton, Va., a student at Woodson High School, for My Dear Tree.
            Photo Imaging: Calyssa Yepez of Riverside, Calif., a student at California School for the Deaf-Riverside, for “Leaf with Eye.”

The winning entries may be seen at www.rit.edu/ntid/dafac/.

Winners of the SpiRIT Writing Contest were Alexandra Creech of Bloomington, Ind., a 10th grader at Indiana Connections Academy; Jacob Custer of Lincoln, Neb., a 10th grader at Lincoln Southeast High School; Cooper Graves of Morrow, Ohio, an 11th grader at Moeller High School, for “Eco-Architecture: Next Big Thing?”; and Gracie Kelleher of Quincy, Fla., an 11th grader at Robert F. Munroe Day School, for “The Maya Angelou Effect: A Legend that Lives Past the Grave.”

Writing contest winners receive their choice of $500 or a spot at NTID’s Explore Your Future summer camp.

2015 Imagine RIT Festival Packs Some Steam

5 May

Photo by: A. Sue Weisler

Photo by: A. Sue Weisler

A ‘flying cars’ challenge launched a perfect spring day with about 35,000 people experiencing more than 400 exhibits in science, technology, engineering, the arts and math. More.