SU students developing cutting edge inventions in new program

Invent@SU winner brings home $5,000

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - A handful of Syracuse University students are using this summer to develop potentially the world’s next big invention.

Invent@SU consists of 10 teams in Syracuse competing for a $5,000 first prize and another 10 teams are at SU’s Fisher Center Campus in NYC for another $5,000 first prize.

Luke Williams and his partner are working on an early alert forest fire system. 

He says, "I think it’s almost better than an internship because we're getting real world experience and we're being exposed to real world problems and we're trying to solve that."

The invention accelerator is a brand new program at SU this summer.  The students didn’t even know one another before being paired up six weeks ago.

They were tasked with coming up with an original idea for a product, designing it and building prototypes. 

Each week they pitch their invention to guest evaluators.

Serena Omo-Lamai and her partner are working on a microfiber trapping device.

She tells NewsChannel 9, "Things like gym clothes and yoga pants... anytime you wash them they release tens of thousands of fibers in the washing machine and then when they get into the ocean they could impede the functioning of fish and it could starve them, they could die."

Friday the students make their final pitch to a panel of judges. 

First place wins $5,000 and second place takes home $3,000. They’ll also get help filing a provisional patent application.

The former head of the medical device maker Welch Allyn and current SU trustee Bill Allyn has been instrumental in the program.

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