Applicants to the Tufts $100k New Ventures Competition may also enter The Stephen and Geraldine Ricci Interdisciplinary Prize. Interested applicants should check off that they would like their business to be considered for the prize as part of their online application.
The Stephen and Geraldine Ricci Interdisciplinary Prize is awarded annually to student teams that best demonstrate interdisciplinary engineering design and entrepreneurial spirit. The purpose of the prize is to promote the advancement of research at Tufts through projects that assist in translation of research discoveries from the laboratory to applications that benefit society. To win the prize, you must demonstrate the commercial potential of the technology.
Prize: A cash prize of $10,000 will be awarded at the Tufts $100k New Ventures Competition awards ceremony in April. The award will be split evenly among the student team members.
Intellectual Property: Intellectual property will be managed according to the practices and policies of Tufts Office for Technology Licensing and Industry Collaboration, http://techtransfer.tufts.edu/.
Please note: as part of the application for The Stephen and Geraldine Ricci Interdisciplinary Prize teams must submit a video of two minutes or less, describing what is compelling about your idea and how it is going to make a difference. Judges are interested in the content of the video, not the production value. Your cell phone is fine for recording purposes.
Looking for help? Tisch Digital Design Studio offers services in video design and production and has two members on staff to help with video production.
Guidelines for Video Submission
The video should be used to supplement your written submission. The primary purpose of the video is to demonstrate the commercial feasibility of your prototype. Essentially, the video is your presentation to the judges. If you win the prize, your video will be posted online pending any issues with intellectual property. Upload your team video to YouTube. Set the viewing setting to “Unlisted” as described below.
Note: If you share your video to the public, it may be considered as public disclosure of your idea and therefore have a negative impact on your ability to protect the intellectual property associated with your project.
What is an unlisted video?
An unlisted video is a different type of private video. Unlisted means that only people who know the link to the video can view it (such as friends or family to whom you send the link). An unlisted video will not appear in any of YouTube’s public spaces (such as search results, your channel, or the Browse page). An unlisted video is different to a private video in these ways:
Even though your video will not appear in any of YouTube’s public spaces, links to the video could still appear elsewhere on the web if anyone who knows the video’s URL shares it. It is therefore up to you to maintain the privacy of your video and the unlisted URL. You can further restrict the video at any time by returning to your account and marking the video as Private.
UCHU Biosensors – $5k
UCHU is a biosensor attached to a tooth that passively measures nutrition intake, including calories, carbs, protein, and fat. Users can set goals and use real time nutritional data viewed in an app to adjust their diets to meet those goals. Enjoy meals, track health, and ditch the activity log!
UCHU Team: Daniel Weinstein E18; Camila Menard E18; Noah Hill E20; Saam Bozorg D19
Tarsier – $5k
Tarsier is developing an accurate and accessible headset that can aid in the diagnosis and monitoring of glaucoma, the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the world. Their system eliminates several layers of bias and gives medical professionals higher quality data to make more informed decisions about their patients. Tarsier is focused on reaching a wider range of audiences, specifically those at higher risk. They believe that no one should have to compromise their medical care, especially when it comes to their sight.
Tarsier Team: Andre C. Newland E17; Erika Marmol E17; Jessica Morales E17; Jorge Anton Garcia E17; Terence Tufuor E17
Freshmen Shehryar Malik (Biomedical Engineering) and Daniel McCormack (Undeclared) were finalists in the high-tech track at the Tufts $100k New Ventures Competition for their Hujambo, their low-cost smartphone system. Hujambo also received the 2016 Stephen and Geraldine Ricci Interdisciplinary Prize, awarded to a project that bests demonstrate interdisciplinary engineering design and entrepreneurial spirit.
Computer Science seniors Karan Singhal and Jaime Sanchez were part of the high-tech winning team track at the Tufts $100K New Ventures Competition for their on-demand valet service and mobile app called SpotLight Parking. SpotLight Parking also received the 2015 Stephen and Geraldine Ricci Interdisciplinary Prize, awarded to a project that bests demonstrate interdisciplinary engineering design and entrepreneurial spirit, and the Audience Choice Award, given to the highest-potential project as voted by event attendees.