The results are in for UAF’s 9th annual Arctic Innovation Competition! Competitors pitched innovative and creative ideas to judges to win $30,000 in prizes.

Main Division (Ages 18 and up)

 

  • 1st Place – $10,000

    Piper Wilder – Anchorage, AK

    60Hertz Microgrids

    60Hertz is a microgrid service company focused on remote Arctic communities. 60Hertz is co-designing and developing a mobile application with power plant operators to optimize maintenance programs and catch mistakes before they become expensive equipment failures.

 

  • 2nd Place – $5,000

    Daniel Lum – Fairbanks, AK

    Arctic Armor Spill Recovery

    A U.S. patent called “Methods and apparatus for mechanical recovery of hydrocarbons in broken ice conditions” was just issued for this new technology. It uses the perimeter of a barge or vessel itself as the point of collection – through an armored “bumper” that contains an array of pods at the water’s surface – as a reinforced filtration system for oil spill recovery in broken ice conditions. This idea also won the Arctic Kicker Prize.

 

  • 3rd Place – $3,000

    Tésia Thomas, Shanina Knighton & Ali Suqrat – Painesville, OH

    Zipr Shift Klōs® – Modern, Sustainable Closure

    The Zipr Shift Klōs® is a bio-inspired closure that mimics the spine in order to achieve the features essential for a flexible, durable, hermetic closure. The Klōs® is a synergy of the two current standards of zipper technology: the slide fastener comprised of rigid teeth or coils, and the wholly flexible press-to-close fastener of packaging.

 

  • 4th Place – $1,000

    Julian Ferraras – Barrow, AK

    FERRERAS Drill Alignment Tool

    The FERRERAS Drill Alignment Tool is an adjustable tool for drilling bolt holes in order to install column caps on foundation pilings. It can be used with a variety of piling and bolt sizes and enables perfectly aligned, consistently straight holes to be drilled through pilings.

Kicker Prizes

 

  • Alaska College Student Kicker – $2,000

    Brian McKim – Fairbanks, AK

    Youst: Virtual Reality Garage Sale

    Youst creates 360° virtual reality tours for anybody with multiple items to sell. Youst goes to the seller’s residence and uses a high-end 360° camera to record the items for sale. Virtual tour-producing software then creates virtual reality-enhancing buttons and layouts that will include pricing information, YouTube reviews, downloads to manuals, and more, with links to purchase the items. This idea also won the Recycling Kicker Prize.

 

  • Arctic Kicker – $2,000

    Daniel Lum – Fairbanks, AK

    Arctic Armor Spill Recovery

    A U.S. patent called “Methods and apparatus for mechanical recovery of hydrocarbons in broken ice conditions” was just issued for this new technology. It uses the perimeter of a barge or vessel itself as the point of collection – through an armored “bumper” that contains an array of pods at the water’s surface – as a reinforced, armored filtration system for oil spill recovery in broken ice conditions. This idea also won 2nd Place.

 

  • Recycling Kicker – $2,000

    Brian McKim – Fairbanks, AK

    Youst: Virtual Reality Garage Sale

    Youst creates 360° virtual reality tours for anybody with multiple items to sell. Youst goes to the seller’s residence and uses a high-end 360° camera to record the items for sale. Virtual tour-producing software then creates virtual reality-enhancing buttons and layouts that will include pricing information, YouTube reviews, downloads to manuals, and more, with links to purchase the items. This idea also won the Alaska College Student Kicker Prize.

Fan Favorite Award – $100

Nickie Culver, Olga Morgan, Elygha Meston & Anna Taylor – Fairbanks, AK

Cubhouse

Cubhouse is a socially innovative kid-centered café, with a multi-revenue, scalable business strategy for creating an environment where kids and adults, of all ages, gather to connect, eat, drink, and play.

 

Honorable Mentions – $100

  • Lance Ahern & Tammas Brown (Anchorage, AK) – Your Kitchen Startup

  • Donna Brady Robertson (Fairbanks, AK)  – Wheel Sleds for Walkers & Carts

  • Nickie Culver, Olga Morgan, Elygha Meston & Anna Taylor (Fairbanks, AK) – Cubhouse

  • Candy FitzPatrick (Cooper Landing, AK) – Restangles

  • Jerry Fleishman, Evan Mathers, Daniel Cole & Bob Tsigonis (Fairbanks, AK) – Rough Duty Boat

  • Tim Fulton (Sitka, AK) – TISABAS ™

  • Steven Haagenson & John Huber Jr. (Fairbanks, AK) – Freeze Protection through Volume Donation

  • John Hoback & Verele E. Hoback (Soldotna, AK) – Rocket

  • Kelly Lucas (Wasilla, AK) – JawLogic

  • Brian McKim (Fairbanks, AK) – Youst: Virtual Reality Garage Sale

  • Lee Santoro (Fairbanks, AK)  – Arctic Automatic

JR Division (Ages 13-17)

 

  • 1st Place – $1,000

    Travis Brase – Fairbanks, AK

    Water Tank Depth Sensor

    The Water Tank Depth Sensor is an ultrasonic sensor that uses sound waves to measure the amount of water in a holding tank. This idea also won the JR Division Fan Favorite Award.

 

  • 2nd Place – $500

    Carter Mahler & Jace Henry – Fairbanks, AK

    School Bus Tracker

    School Bus Tracker is an app for students and parents to track the location of their school bus.

 

  • 3rd Place – $400

    James Walker – Fairbanks, AK

    LetsGoShopping App

    LetsGoShopping is a GPS app that navigates inside grocery stores to quickly locate products.

 

  • 4th Place – $300

    Dillon Congdon & Gabriel Torres – Fairbanks, AK

    The Infinity Drill

    The Infinity Drill is an industrial drill for remote control use in hazardous areas.

 

Fan Favorite Award – $100

Travis Brase – Fairbanks, AK

Water Tank Depth Sensor

The Water Tank Depth Sensor is an ultrasonic sensor that uses sound waves to measure the amount of water in a holding tank. This idea also won 1st Place in the JR Division.

 

Honorable Mentions – $50

  • Miranda Ayala, Travis Confer & Sabian Bott (Fairbanks, AK) – Rechargeable Light Bulb

  • Kaylynn Balcom (North Pole, AK) – Chironomy Sight

  • Cadence Conner (Fairbanks, AK) – SafetyStart

  • Dawson Hampton (North Pole, AK) – Hydraulic Car Jack

  • Ethan Weston, Dalan Middleton & Prestyn Rayburn (Fairbanks, AK) – Electronic Sidewalk

Cub Division (Ages 12 and under)

 

  • 1st Place – $500

    Erin Wallace – Fairbanks, AK

    Easy Voter

    The Easy Voter is a handheld device that allows US citizens to vote from any location on election day.

 

  • 2nd Place – $300

    Tayton Brice – Fairbanks, AK

    Moose Aware Flare

    The Moose Aware Flare is a device to alert drivers about recently spotted wildlife and prevent accidents.

 

  • 3rd Place – $200

    Madison Davis, Layla Thompson & Madison Sopp – Anchorage, AK

    Climate-Controlled Boots

    Climate-Controlled Boots adapt to the weather by heating up in the winter and ventilating in the summer.

 

Fan Favorite Award – $100

Madison Davis, Layla Thompson & Madison Sopp – Anchorage, AK

Climate-Controlled Boots

Climate-Controlled Boots adapt to the weather by heating up in the winter and ventilating in the summer. This idea also won 3nd Place in the Cub Division.

 

 

Honorable Mentions – $50

  • Luke Karpik (Kenai, AK) – Drone Emergency Survival Kit

  • Matteo Kuizenga & Cooper Muholland (Fairbanks, AK) – All-Season Skis

  • Liberty Lobe (Anchorage, AK) – Collapsible Carrier

  • Anna Pak & Noor Shubair (Fairbanks, AK) – MSVI: Money Scanner for the Visually Impaired