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2018 Innovation Competition

Transcend Madison Competition on April 4th and 5th at the Discovery Building!

Transcend Madison, created by Transcend UW, is the campus's first-ever student-led innovation competition. Each year we give away $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. 

2018 Transcend Madison Winners

First Prize ($15,000)
First Prize ($15,000)

LineLeap, a fast-pass for nightclubs that allows users to bypass big crowds, now available in 11 cities. Pictured: Max Schauff

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Second Prize ($10,000)
Second Prize ($10,000)

SafeRotation, a device for diabetics to minimize bruising complications while self-administering insulin injections. Pictured: Shawn Michels

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Third Prize ($8,000)
Third Prize ($8,000)

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

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Best Prototype ($3,000)
Best Prototype ($3,000)

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

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Best Pitch ($3,000)
Best Pitch ($3,000)

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

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Best Business Brief ($3,000)
Best Business Brief ($3,000)

EnerGyan, an education platform for teaching high school and college students about power grids and renewable energy. Pictured: Ashray Manur

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Social Entrepreneurship ($3,000)
Social Entrepreneurship ($3,000)

NovoMoto, a system for bringing solar power to homes and communities in sub-Saharan Africa. Pictured: Aaron Olson

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Best Poster or Booth ($3,000)
Best Poster or Booth ($3,000)

BrewBar, a nutritious granola and snack bar made from spent brewery grains. Pictured: Giulia Buffa

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Early Stage Best Pitch ($1,000)
Early Stage Best Pitch ($1,000)

Portable Tissue Company, a prototype carry-case that combines convenience with littering prevention. Pictured: Jared Horowitz

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Early Stage Best Prototype ($1,000)
Early Stage Best Prototype ($1,000)

Early Detection of Central Line Infections, a device for alerting doctors to potentially life-threatening surgery complications Pictured: Susan Zelasko, Josh Choe

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Early Stage Social Entrepreneurship
Early Stage Social Entrepreneurship

TurnIt, an automatic page turning device for helping people with disabilities read books. Pictured: Seth Eiseman, Kevin Kirk, Ben Gabbard, Matt Czerwinski

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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.