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The results are in for UAF’s 8th annual Arctic Innovation Competition! Competitors pitched innovative and creative ideas to judges to win over $28,000 in prizes.

Main Division (Ages 13 and up)

 

  • 1st Place – $10,000

    Vincent Castro & Eric Solie

    Attently

    Attently is a cloud-based software service, which utilizes a video feed from a standard webcam or cellphone camera, calculating both the number of faces in view and the percentage of those faces which are actively paying attention in the direction of the camera.

 

  • 2nd Place – $5,000

    Shalane Frost

    The NoseHat

    The NoseHat is a malleable nose and cheek cover for use during outdoor recreation in winter. It is ergonomically designed to fit any face shape or nose size, while allowing unobstructed breathing during vigorous activities like Nordic skiing. This idea also won the Main Division Fan Favorite Award.

 

  • 3rd Place – $2,000

    Laura Oden, Celia Crossett & Ayla Rogers

    Footwear for Unique Feet

    Footwear for Unique Feet is designed specifically for people with medical conditions that cause swollen feet. These shoes will expand on one foot, or on both feet, and the expansion is designed in unique areas to correspond with the true needs of this population. This idea also won the Alaska College Student Kicker award.

 

  • 4th Place – $1,000

    Justina Beagnyam

    RecycleMe Burial Wrap

    RecycleMe Burial Wraps are a unique, ecologically beneficial burial product grown from microorganisms. This beautifully designed, 100% biodegradable material is capable of concealing odors and supporting accelerated decomposition.

Kicker Prizes

 

  • Alaska College Student Kicker – $2,000

    Laura Oden, Celia Crossett & Ayla Rogers

    Footwear for Unique Feet

    Footwear for Unique Feet is designed specifically for people with medical conditions that cause swollen feet. These shoes will expand on one foot, or on both feet, and the expansion is designed in unique areas to correspond with the true needs of this population. This idea also won 3rd Place in the Main Division.

 

  • Arctic Kicker – $2,000

    David Brannan & Dawson Brannan

    Vertical Center Supports for Heavily Insulated Arctic Doors

    Vertical Center Supports for Heavily Insulated Arctic Doors have the ability to save businesses and organizations money on their heating bill by allowing thicker, more heavily insulated, and structurally sound doors to be installed in large buildings in Arctic regions.

 

  • Recycling Kicker – $2,000

    Harrison DeSanto, Andrew Ladd & Nathan Bauer

    Activate Alaska LLC

    Activate Alaska is a local project to manufacture activated carbon, derived from Alaska biomass for use in the growing markets of public, industrial, and consumer water filtration systems. To accomplish this, Activate Alaska LLC has developed processes and equipment that are patentable, and will produce activated carbon that can be competitively substituted for imported coconut-based activated carbon products.

Fan Favorite Award – $100

Shalane Frost

The NoseHat

The NoseHat is a malleable nose and cheek cover for use during outdoor recreation in winter. It is ergonomically designed to fit any face shape or nose size, while allowing unobstructed breathing during vigorous activities like Nordic skiing. This idea also won 2nd Place in the Main Division.

 

Honorable Mentions – $100

  • Lance Ahern – Second Skin
  • Aditaya Akheramka, Huckleberry Hopper, Kushagra Saxena & Aaron Cottle – Blue Energy
  • Jesse Atencio – Compressed Gas Transport Rack
  • David Brannan & Dawson Brannan – Vertical Center Supports for Heavily Insulated Arctic Doors
  • Robb Coady – ATV/UTV Snowplow Blade with Accessory Fins
  • Robb Coady – Weed & Ice Ripper
  • Blake Cooper, James Lang, Zachary Chaves & Ekaterina Nagibina – Hydro-Gen
  • Harrison DeSanto, Andrew Ladd & Nathan Bauer – Activate Alaska LLC
  • Paul Doak – Air flow system for maintaining sewer systems in permafrost areas
  • Alfred H. Gosuk, Paula Andra Aigner & Golda Rankin – GillRipper
  • Russell Krug – Bernoulli Wind Turbine
  • Mark Melham – Passive Cooling of Permafrost Cellars in Arctic Communities
  • William Naneng – All Terrain Vessel: Naneng Traveler
  • Nagarjuna Pamidi, Enzo Fochesatto, James Lang & Conway Tomlinson – V-Sponder
  • Mike Seper & Sean Solie – Zip VR – Zipline Safety Brake and Virtual Reality System
  • Tamara Thompson – Foxtail Cutter

JR Division (Ages 13-17)

 

  • 1st Place – $500

    Ian Kenaston

    Easy Transplant Pot

    The Easy Transplant Pot is a simple, reusable pot that would make home growing of plants for food or decoration easier. When the plant grows and it becomes time to transplant, vertical latches on the sides of the pots can be undone and the plant, roots, and dirt will easily come out. This idea also won the JR Division Fan Favorite Award.

  • 2nd Place – $300

    Andrew Hanneman

    The Clean Stack

    The Clean Stack is an air filtration unit that attaches to chimneys and scrubs the air of smog and fine particulate matter. The Clean Stack would be connected to a battery unit that draws power from either solar panels, a heat powered wood stove fan, or a combination of both.

  • 3rd Place – $200

    Collin Rogers & Jason Riggs

    The Digital Delineator

    The Digital Delineator is a laser apparatus in parking lots to project parking lines onto the snow, so that even after a fresh snow, drivers will know exactly where each space is.

Fan Favorite Award – $100

Ian Kenaston

Easy Transplant Pot

The Easy Transplant Pot is a simple, reusable pot that would make home growing of plants for food or decoration easier. When the plant grows and it becomes time to transplant, vertical latches on the sides of the pots can be undone and the plant, roots, and dirt will easily come out. This idea also won 1st Place in the JR Division.

Honorable Mentions – $25

  • Maren Buma, Grace Farrell & Darya Kholodova – Speak-EARS
  • Elaina Vander Plas & Harmony Laapui – The Thermo

Cub Division (Ages 12 and under)

 

  • 1st Place – $500

    Kyle Fischer, Keiveri Flannery-Schutt & Paul Melchert

    The Lightning Lawn Razor

    The Lightning Lawn Razor is a remote control car lawn mower that has a blade on the bottom to cut grass. The car has a cool design and the point of the car is to have fun while doing chores.

  • 2nd Place – $300

    Drake Slyker

    Auto-Allergy Tester

    The Auto-Allergy Tester is a machine that pricks your finger, and as the blood goes in the hole at the top, it goes inside a machine that tests to see what your allergies are. At the bottom, there is a convenient Band-Aid box and dispenser. This idea also won the Cub Division Fan Favorite award.

  • 3rd Place – $200

    Gideon Illguth

    Back Up Switch

    The Back Up Switch is helpful for when the power goes out. It is a light bulb with a battery inside and a switch on the side to turn it on. The battery gets its power by charging itself when the power is still on.

Fan Favorite Award – $100

Drake Slyker

Auto-Allergy Tester

The Auto-Allergy Tester is a machine that pricks your finger, and as the blood goes in the hole at the top, it goes inside a machine that tests to see what your allergies are. At the bottom, there is a convenient Band-Aid box and dispenser. This idea also won 2nd Place in the Cub Division.

 

Honorable Mentions – $25

  • Gracy Culbert – Paw Eye See
  • Drew Smith – Trash/Recycling Sorter
  • Andrew Smoot – Arctic Heat Electricity
  • Paul Smoot – Ice Chopper