Two student teams won this year’s Georgia Tech’s fall semester 2020 Convergence Innovation Competition (CIC) with one winning team also winning a golden ticket to enter Georgia Tech’s Create-X Startup Launch program summer 2021.
The Convergence Innovation Competition is dedicated to helping students create and showcase innovative and viable products and experiences with the support of campus and industry resources and guidance. CIC categories are determined by community and industry partners and winning entries will include a viable end-to-end prototype which operates on converged services, media, networks, and/or platforms.
This year’s competition was conducted in a completely virtual format with two teams named winners, one runner-up team, and one honorable mention team.
The two winning teams (team name and team members):
The 808 Wave -- a music-tech company dedicated to helping undiscovered music creatives connect and collaborate. Winning team members were Saribek Hovakimain and Abhinav Goyal, both undergraduate computer science students.
SCHOOL -- a novel education platform mimicking physical interactions in the virtual world in the context of a learning experience. Their project team recognizes the challenges for student experience, especially in the current pandemic situation. Winning team members include: Warren Borders, undergraduate in computer engineering; Reagan Lausier, undergraduate in industrial engineering; Shivam Patel, undergraduate in industrial engineering; Najaah Chambliss, undergraduate in computer science; and Komal Shrivastava, undergraduate in computer science. SCHOOL also won a golden ticket to enter the Georgia Tech Create-X Startup Launch program this summer.
The runner-up team:
FoodSaver -- a food management app to reduce food waste in a fridge. Team members include: Woongrae Cho, undergraduate in computer science; Heejoo Cho, undergraduate in industrial engineering; Juntae Kim, undergraduate in computer science; and Ben Pooser, undergraduate in computer science.
Honorable mention went to:
Burdell’s List -- a students-only, classified advertisement platform for students to solicit and provide services and products within the Georgia Tech community. Shane Woodruff, undergraduate in computer science; Youyi Shi, graduate student in the school of Computational Science and Engineering; Naseem Sadek, undergraduate student in biomedical engineering; and Griffin Goggans, undergraduate in industrial engineering.