Transcend Madison, created by Transcend Engineering, is UW’s first-ever student-led innovation competition. With the 3rd annual competition just wrapped up, we've given away over $55,000 worth of prizes. This event was made with one goal in mind: to bring students all across UW Madison together to demonstrate their novel ideas and creations.
This is a competition for the doers. We judge heavily on execution: taking the necessary steps to turn your idea from nothing into reality.
Thank you to all the competitors for a great competition!
2018 Transcend Madison Winners
LineLeap, a fast-pass for nightclubs that allows users to bypass big crowds, now available in 11 cities. Pictured: Max Schauff
SafeRotation, a device for diabetics to minimize bruising complications while self-administering insulin injections. Pictured: Shawn Michels
Pathogenomica, a DNA-squence-based method for rapidly identifying bacterial outbreaks in water and the food-supply chain. Pictured: Pamela Camejo, Jacqueline Mejia, Francisco Moya
AtriAmp, a device to improve cardiac arrhythmia diagnosis by providing continuous, real-time monitoring of post-operative patients. Pictured: Philip Terrien, Matthew Knoespe Sponsored by: Boldt
HaulTalk, an online platform for creating fashion content and helping creators monetize their media. Pictured: Yu-Lin Yang, Nathan Eggenberger, Ben Konrath Sponsored by: QBE
EnerGyan, an education platform for teaching high school and college students about power grids and renewable energy. Pictured: Ashray Manur
NovoMoto, a system for bringing solar power to homes and communities in sub-Saharan Africa. Pictured: Aaron Olson
BrewBar, a nutritious granola and snack bar made from spent brewery grains. Pictured: Giulia Buffa
Portable Tissue Company, a prototype carry-case that combines convenience with littering prevention. Pictured: Jared Horowitz
Early Detection of Central Line Infections, a device for alerting doctors to potentially life-threatening surgery complications Pictured: Susan Zelasko, Josh Choe
TurnIt, an automatic page turning device for helping people with disabilities read books. Pictured: Seth Eiseman, Kevin Kirk, Ben Gabbard, Matt Czerwinski
Fan Favorite ($2,000): ZeroBarrier, which makes metal 3D printers.
Early Stage Best Business Brief ($1,000): Hospital Acquired Infection Database, a software platform for helping medical professionals detect and respond to outbreaks.
Main Stage Competition (April 4th-5th): Competitors of this track have highly developed ideas that can demonstrate strong growth of their project. This track offers $50,000 worth of prizes that not only consist of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, but prizes such as Best Pitch and Transcend Alumni Award. The first day of competition consists of a 10 minute pitch and a 5 minute Q&A. A select group of teams will be called back to meet with the judging panel and finalize the prize decisions.
Early Stage Competition (April 4th): This is an added track to the original Transcend Madison, Innovation Competition. This new track targets innovative students that want to compete, but haven’t developed their idea to a mature enough stage yet. The Early Stage Competition will have a prize pool of $5,000 and will be judged independently of the main competition. This track will consist of a 10 minute presentation and 5 minute Q&A from each team.