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2012-2013 Winners

For more information about the finalists, download the Inno/Vention 2012-13 Fact Sheet.


Overall 1st Place/Top Hardware: Ex-Vivo Dynamics (seeded to NYU Summer Launchpad)
2nd Place/Top Software: Huddle Up
3rd Place: Bot Factory (seeded to NYU Summer Launchpad)






  • Aegis
  • Bot Factory
  • Ex-Vivo Dynamics
  • Carfion
  • 6 Degrees
  • OptiCrete Logos
  • Ringing Finger
  • Smart Band
  • SurgeryReady Communications
  • Turn-on the life of 1,300,000,000 people from Darkenss to light
  • EdenWorks


  • Ceost
  • GardenXplore
  • HuddleUp
  • RecoveryVIEW
  • SocialEffort
  • Trait

Power Pitch Judges:

  • Micah Kotch- Director, Incubator Initiatives
  • Alan Zausner- Principal, Industrial Revolution, the School of Engineering Alumni
  • Antonio Pellegrino- Co-founder,, the School of Engineering Alumni
  • Alan Hyman- Co-founder,, the School of Engineering Alumni

Making the Cut Judges:

  • Emily Wheeler- Deputy Director, NYC ACRE
  • Graham Lawlor- Founder, Ultra Light Startups
  • Kurt Becker- Associate Provost Research & Science, the School of Engineering
  • Allen Shieh- Co-founder,, the School of Engineering Alumni

Demo Day Judges:

  • Frank Rimalovski, Managing Director, NYU Entrepreneurial Institute
  • Fred Wilson, Managing Director, Union Square Ventures
  • Rob Stewart, Chief Counsel of Intellectual Property, NYSE Euronext
  • John DiMatteo, IP and Partner, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
  • David Lefer, Industry professor, the School of Engineering

For more information about the finalists and judges, download the Inno/Vention 2012-13 Fact Sheet.

Hardware Teams:

Eden Works
Access to locally grown organic produce is limited, especially in cities; the return on investment for rooftop farms, greenwalls, and other urban gardens is too poor and required knowledge too great for these options to be considered solutions. We are designing an automated and modular aquaponic farming system that will enable any space, vertical or horizontal, to be easily and cost-effectively converted to a high-yield organic farm.

Team: Jason Greene
Gene Gurvich
Matthew LaRosa
LaJune McMillian

Hydrogen systems such as fuel cells and electrolyzers currently use metal-based electrodes that are costly and extremely prone to fouling, significantly affecting availability and impacting performance over time. Our solution is to create a novel electrode material that uses specially processed carbon nanotubes instead of metals to increase longevity and performance while also decreasing cost and maintenance.
Team: Raymond Cheng
Eduardo Delgado
Andrew Perez
Paolo Tanedo
Mentor: Sang-Hoon, Lee

Bot Factory
Problems: Making circuit boards requires expensive machinery, the customers have to wait long delivery times and have limited choice of material.
Solution: building a $2500 circuit board printer which offers a variety of features all in one box
Team: Nicolas Vansnick
Bharat Jain
Carlos Ospina
Mentor: Mike Knox

Ringing Finger
The Ringing Finger is a ring-type device which interfaces-with/monitors your important personal belongings. For example, when interfaced with your phone, the Ringing Finger allows the user to both feel and see incoming calls in an unobtrusive, but reliable manner -- a vibration of the ring, and/or subtle lights illuminating on the ring (per the users preferences).
Team: Ursula Koniges
Mentor: Vikram Kapila

Ex Vivo Dynamics
There are over 45,000 patients in the U.S every year that suffer from the effects of blood transfusion iron overload. They must go on costly and potentially dangerous medication in order to survive. We invented a non-invasive dual filtration system that would potentially solve this issue once and for all.
Team: Alan Perlstein
Ashlesha Muley
Xi Su
Yuqi Guo,
Mentor: Dr Xi, Haung

6 degrees
In the market today, there is no real solution aimed at helping arm amputees and kids born with upper limb deficiency to use a computer or any other interactive gadgets that have made our lives much easier. We are using low cost, commercial available parts to create both an armband and a clip capable of sensing motion and transmitting the movement to electronic devices to allow individuals that would otherwise be incapable of using them full access to all their features.
Team: Aryeh Katz
Miri Berger-Katz
Brian Cairl
Mentor: Michael Knox

Software Teams:

Charities have difficulty maintaining their volunteers. Why? Many volunteers say that the motivation to keep volunteering comes from a simple show of appreciation. SocialEffort is teaming up with businesses and charities so we can recognize volunteers and reward them for their acts of charity. We’re building mobile app designed to reward volunteers, promote charities, and help businesses.
Team: Danielle Leong
Alim Williams
Mentor: Oded Nov

Tickets to amusement parks and ski resorts are very expensive. Group rate tickets are much more affordable, but organizing a group is difficult. Hanabi is a crowdsourcing platform that helps users purchase group rate tickets without the hassle of having to find a group.
Team: Jason Lee
Mentors: Dana Karwas, Liz McEnaney