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Motivated to Succeed

3 Nov

Motivated to Succeed

Kim Hoang’s co-op at Eagle Ridge Institute provided her with work experience in her field. She hopes eventually to teach Graphic Design and feels confident she has the skills and is well-prepared for that career. More

Preserving the Past

13 Oct

Preserving the past

Susana Flores’ coursework in her Museum Studies major at RIT provided her with the skills she needed to enjoy a successful co-op at the American School for the Deaf in Hartford, Connecticut. More

Apple Festival 2015

31 Aug

Apple Festval 2015

Apple Festval 2015

RIT/NTID’s 17th annual Apple Festival welcomed returning students and new students to campus. While munching on beignets, donuts, cookies, apple crisp and of course, apples, nearly 500 students visited 70 booths representing student groups, academic departments and Rochester community resources.

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
  • 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.”

2015 Grad Skip Flanagan Signs Professional Contract

30 Jun

Former RIT baseball standout, 2015 graduate Skip Flanagan (Framingham, MA/Bishop Feehan), signed a professional contract on June 10 with the Old Orchard Beach Surge for their inaugural season in the newly formed North Country Baseball League (NCBL). more