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InVenture first-place winner FlameTech Grill Defender includes business administration major Will Sweet (left); mechanical engineering student Scott Shroer; and computer science major Alex Roe (not pictured).
InVenture first-place winner FlameTech Grill Defender includes business administration major Will Sweet (left); mechanical engineering student Scott Shroer; and computer science major Alex Roe (not pictured).

Top InVenture Competition Teams Include Scheller Business Administration Majors

The first-place and people’s-choice winning teams of the Georgia Tech 2015 InVenture Prize Competition – the nation’s largest undergraduate invention competition – both included business administration majors from Scheller College of Business.

FlameTech Grill Defender won top honors April 1 for its life safety device for gas grills that alerts users when gas levels have reached an unsafe threshold. This technology was invented by computer science major Alex Roe, mechanical engineering major Scott Shroer, and business administration major Will Sweet.

“It is really great because we worked so hard and we scraped money together," Sweet says. "Now, this gives us a little more to go out and manufacture, print circuit boards, and things. It lends a lot of credibility to our product as well.”

Haplit won the People’s Choice award of $5,000 for its interactive device for teaching Braille to those who were born blind or are living with degenerative disease. This technology was created by Philip Bale, a computer science major; Megan Fechter, a business administration major; and Chandler Matz, a computer engineering major.

"Haplit was born out of the dream of making the world a better place for those subjected to visual impairment,” according to the team.

Nicknamed "American Idol for Nerds," the Inventure Prize is an interdisciplinary innovation competition open to all undergraduate students and recent graduates of the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Created in 2009 and organized by Georgia Tech faculty, the competition brings together student innovators from all academic backgrounds across campus in an effort to foster creativity, invention, and entrepreneurship. Through partnership with Georgia Public Broadcasting, the InVenture Prize is a televised competition.


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