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TALENT 2.0 Power Pitch 2013


FINALS: April 29, Power Pitch Finals hosted by MIT Enterprise Forum, Emmi Solutions, 300 W. Adams, Chicago, Illinois.  Background Story

First Place ($3,000): WikiRoster - Jason Lin, Kendrick Lau, Jung Oh

Second Place ($2,000): BEND Technology, Ethan Gordan

Third Place ($1,000): Tunesketch, David Park

Power Pitch Winners 2013

Pictured from Left to Right: Carl Heine, Kendrick Lau, Jung Oh, Jason Lin, David Park, Ethan Gordon, Jim Gerry

Prelims, February 28, 2013:

power pitch finalists

  • We had a splendid turnout at IMSA for the Prelims. In the end we had 11 judges and a crowd of close to 150 family and friends. Here are the winners of the Power Pitch Prelims, in no particular order. WikiRoster was also the Crowd Favorite. These Six compete in the Finals on April 29, hosted by the MIT Enterprise Forum. The event was originally scheduled for March 5, but was postponed due to a snow storm.

    FishTank: Andrew Kuznetsov

    FishTank helps businesses mitigate spear-phishing attacks by providing anti spear-phishing specific filtration through a behavior and signature based database, learning algorithms and crowd-sourcing. 

    BEND: Ethan Gordon

    Harnessing an unlimited alternative energy source by generating electricity from undersea currents.

    tunesketch: David Park

    The personal creative muse—anyone can create a professional and unique song. Sing into the app, get dynamic chord suggestions or doodle your melody.

    My Service ID: Arjun Sarode

    A website that allows high school students to keep track of their service events and service hours. It is focused on promoting students to learn about their identity through their service and provide schools with an organized way to track their students' service. 

    QuickLine: Jennifer Ren, Summer Wu, Grace Li and Ethan Bian

    Tired of paying for gas and parking spaces, but the bus never seems to make it to where you need to go? Quickline, a dynamic bus route optimization system, will revolutionize public transportation to make it accessible, convenient, and quick for you!

    WikiRoster: Jason Lin, Kendrick Lau and Jung Oh

    Website providing students with class rosters for networking, collaboration, and transactions.

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Power Pitch Finals 2012

March 6, 2012 -- Finalists were given 8 minutes to present their concept or demonstrate their product or service to a panel of distinguished judges. The prize winners were:

Power Pitch winners

  • First Place, $3,000: ATONA, a digital music reader -- Lydia Auch and Kenzo Esquivel, IMSA (pictured in the middle)
  • Second Place, $2,000: TOSigram, an application to help start ups develop terms of service -- Andrew Chen, Nequa Valley High School (pictured on the left)
  • Third Place, $1,000: The Living TEG, converting body heat into energy to power devices -- Shivansh Padhy, Granger Middle School (pictured on the right)

These Finalists also presented:

  • Sofi, a social media platform integrating stock investment and networking -- Shanatu Jain
  • QikLine, dynamic and green solutions for public transportation -- Jennifer Ren, Mitch Bienieck,
  • tiqFolio, an online store front for digital products and retailers -- Kevin Wang

Read more about Power Pitch in Chicago Crain's

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Power Pitch Coverage in Chicago Tribune

The six Finalists were selected during a Preliminary Round held on Feb. 28 at IMSA. Congratulations to these presenters:

  • Ethan Gordon for SearchED
  • Summer Wu for My Online Library
  • Derrick Miller for CrossTaste
  • Jason Lin for Shop Mobber
  • David Park for FlyCart
  • Thrisha Pabhu for Working for Water
  • Sam Walder and Brian Hoffman for IEP (International Educational Partnership)
  • Emil Khabiboulline for Globe Connect
  • Ruben Torres and Matthew Oye (Warren Township High School) for Dope Soap
  • Upashruti Agrawal and Xiaoyn Li for Collegium
  • Shreya Jain and Anna Kryczka for Crescendo

These were all terrific new ideas and presentations. They should be pursued!

Power Pitch 2011


Winners of Power Pitch 2011:




















































First place, $3,000, Michael Kobiela and Brent Noesges: FluidMotion Water Roller

an affordable, 25-gallon water roller that addresses the problem of water scarcity in developing nations

Second place, $2,000, Kevin Wang: Gravity Game Studio

software for creating video games and applications from scratch with no programming required

Third place, $1,000, Kevin Baker: Ventures to Vultures

an entrepreneurial card game that exercises creativity and quick thinking

Congratulations also to all these presenters:

Dane Christianson and Ruchi Aggarwal for CeraFilter, a ceramic water filter
Shawn Jain for Cloud Car Computing, bringing the Internet on-board
Kirthi Banothu for Curriculitos, a web portal for inquiry-based STEM teaching and learning
Mosab Elagha and Ethan Gordon for GhostLink, family server technology
Daniel Park, Erik Luo and Emil Khabiboulline for IMSA Radio, online broadcasting
Derrick Miller for Iron-Fist Detection Suite, server security for individuals
Henry Deng for Nanowire Network Sensors, hydrogen sensors
Emil Khabiboulline for Pusher Punch, an integrated three-hole binder and paper punch
Upashruti Agrawal for BabelTalk, speech-to-speech mobile application
Summer Wu for TrueHeart, fair-trade chocolate distribution

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