2012 Main Division Winners

1st Place – $10,000

Rick Stafford

Airlite Inflatable Snowshoes

A pair of full-size, inflatable snowshoes that pack down very small, are light weight, and extremely puncture resistant while maintaining integrity at as low as -30°. CNN introduced the Airlite as “… one of the coolest survival gadgets that would even impress MacGyver.” This product has already caught the attention of the US and Canada military.

2nd Place – $5,000

Bill Bonn

Extra Deckhand Automatic Line Coiler

A compact, cost-effective, and efficient coiling machine used for the coiling of long lines, pot lines, electrical cables, and hoses. This patented device is the only one of its compact size, weight, and design in existence that can automatically create vertically stacked coils while still being portable and easily deployable in confined spaces.

3rd Place – $2,000

Cassandra Cerny & Nick Ferree


Can’t find the right place for your ball hitch when you aren’t using it? Tired of bruising your shins when you squeeze by it in the garage? The Hide-a-Hitch is simple to operate, easy to manufacture, doesn’t decrease the towing capacity of the hitch, and fits most vehicle hitch receivers.

4th Place – $1,000

Matthew Gruber

Adventure Touring Bicycle Hub

Many people enjoy bicycle tours in wild areas of Alaska, Canada and the rest of the world. The weakest part of the bicycle is its rear wheel. This design creates a stronger wheel, and allows for the replacement of spokes without removing the cassette. Bicycle adventurers can pack their bikes with as much weight as they please without worrying about breaking down far from bicycle shops.

Honorable Mentions – $100

James Bowler – Vertical Support System for Tyvek Home Wrap

Jerry Buethe – Roller Saver

Steven Downer – Floor Plan Maker

Karl Estadola – Counter Rotating Wind Turbine Generator Perimeter: Wegen Project

Jonathon Gloria – T-Bone Grill Press

Theo Graber – Delta-T Wood Stove Generator

Chester Karella – Apps4Driving

Roy Martin – Fish Cleaner and Filleter

Susan McNeil – Environmental Mats – Plastic

Ralph Moore – Rotary Valve Cylinder Head

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