1st Place – $10,000
Routinely Ground Control System for Drones
The Routinely ground control system is an integrated hardware and software solution that makes flying drones a simple routine. Routinely is designed to fly a wide variety of drone aircraft using a simple, intuitive interface that emphasizes flight safety and data creation.
2nd Place – $5,000
& Joshua Resnick
Arctic Lithium Energy System
This idea uses overages in supply power to maintain cell temperature in lithium batteries. This allows uniform heating of all battery cells, which would enable lithium battery storage to operate at its full potential in arctic climates such as Fairbanks.
3rd Place – $2,000
Heated and Insulated Plumbing Coupling
This idea uses a heated and insulated pipe coupling that allows for the transfer of fluid in mobile applications when the atmospheric temperature is below freezing. Ideal for keeping water tanks from freezing, it is powered by a small electrical system in the back of the truck. This idea also won the Arctic Kicker Award.
4th Place – $1,000
Flow Test to Detect Shellfish Poisoning
This idea is a rapid test that would be a quick and user-friendly option for detecting toxic shellfish poisons, specifically the primary toxin Saxitoxin. This lateral flow test is designed to be portable, inexpensive and easily used while in the field.
Alaska Student Kicker – $2,000
John Miller & Wylie Rogers
The Wylie Post
This idea is a safe and efficient way to anchor a hockey net to an ice playing surface. The newly-developed goal pegs address both stability and safety issues associated with the intense speed of ice hockey. The patented “dual-spike” design allows for a more secure connection to the ice surface, while the rubber peg feature allows the net to break free upon player impact.
Arctic Kicker – $2,000
Heated and Insulated Plumbing Coupling
This idea uses a heated and insulated pipe coupling that allows for the transfer of fluid in mobile applications when the atmospheric temperature is below freezing. Ideal for keeping water tanks from freezing, it is powered by a small electrical system in the back of the truck. This idea also won 3rd Place.
Honorable Mentions – $100
This idea will design modular units capable of fitting in the back of any standard pickup truck. In times of emergency – such as during medical transportation, communications, HAZMAT response, or forestry firefighting – this device will supply the necessary equipment. One of the key functions would be the ability to very quickly exchange units and redeploy the vehicle with a new mission profile, thus allowing the vehicle to be used in different missions throughout the emergency situation.
Laptop Cat Cozy
This idea is to design a double decker pet bed and laptop (or e-reader/tablet) stand. The bottom layer will feature a sturdy, lap-sized, rectangular base that sits on the user’s lap. Sitting right on top of the base will be a soft rectangular pet bed where a cat can curl up. The bed will have loops in each corner that attach by Velcro, making it removable for occasional washing. Four poles lead up to support a vented desk where a laptop computer can sit. The heat from the computer will keep the cat cozy, while the vented surface will allow the computer to cool off, which will help maintain its performance.
Magnetic Drum Shoe
This idea will take a conventional running shoe with a semi-thick sole and implant medium- to high-power magnets into the sole. This idea would help drummers keep their feet on the pedals with more ease while playing at higher speeds. It would essentially allow them to keep a certain foot position using less effort than traditional methods.
Receptacle Box Installer
A simple, hand-held, reusable tool that sets receptacle boxes to the correct depth for sheetrock. A built-in checking feature enables the installer to check the set immediately. Designed to easily fit different sizes and shapes of electrical boxes, this tool provides quick and easy assurance that the box will be installed correctly. Often, installation mistakes aren’t apparent until after sheetrock is installed, painted, and finished. This tool would minimize costly fixes at this point in the construction process.
This idea is for a hitch that allows consumers to bring along a basketball hoop wherever they go. This hitch can be attached to anything – from the back of a vehicle to a tree – and will keep the hoop steady for as long as the consumer would like, essentially creating a portable basketball hoop.
Once developed, this device could be inserted into or connected to electrical equipment, such as breaker panels or outlet receptacles. Upon detection of a temperature rise – which may indicate a risk of fire – this device will inject a foam substance into the electrical component’s housing enclosure. This helps eliminate all excess oxygen, and also helps insulate the fire’s fuel source and isolates the ignition source, thus preventing an electrical fire. This removes all three of the major factors needed for a fire to spread.
Expandable Container for Diluted Liquids
This idea is for an expandable/collapsible plastic container designed for delivering materials that need to be diluted before application, such as antifreeze used in arctic environments. It does so through a specially molded container that will reduce spills, waste, and over-dilution. Currently, existing models use a 1-gallon container which makes proper dilution difficult, expensive, inconvenient, and potentially dangerous.
A simple device that allows two trekking or ski poles to be quickly joined and used as a bipod for shooting. Pole Snap benefits hunters who use trekking or ski poles and do not wish to carry separate shooting sticks or have a bipod attached to their rifle. Hunters can simply snap their ski or trekking poles together to quickly form a solid rest, which they can use when shooting their gun.
Insulative Material for Arctic Construction
This idea is to develop a strong and lightweight material which will help insulate homes located in arctic climates. Derived from expanded polystyrene foam with a 7,000-year life span, this material will help decrease the high energy costs needed to heat inside enclosures, such as housing or even airplanes. Additionally, this material is cheap as well as mildew- and fire-resistant.
John Miller and Wylie Rogers
The Wylie Post
This idea is a safe and efficient way to anchor a hockey net to an ice playing surface. The newly-developed goal pegs address both stability and safety issues associated with the intense speed of hockey. The patented “dual-spike” design allows for a stronger, more secure hockey net to the surface of the ice allowing goaltenders to push from the net with their skates to move across the goal mouth area. The introduction of the rubber peg feature allows the net to break free upon player impact, and releases away from the goal mouth, dramatically decreasing the risk of injury.
This idea is to develop a basting sheet from a spicy BBQ sauce containing local, dehydrated berries. The BBQ sauce has the appropriate sugar and acidity levels to create a shelf stable product when the moisture is drawn out. To reconstitute the sauce into a glaze, the consumer would introduce moisture by adding a little bit of water or wrapping the meat and basting sheet in foil. Specific sizes can be made to fit, for example, hamburgers or a salmon fillet.
Mitts That Fit
Mitts That Fit would make custom warm winter gloves or mittens for people who are missing fingers or have extra fingers. People who have lost fingers or parts of their hands due to accidents or other reasons cannot wear gloves from the store without making significant alterations. This idea would develop a company that will create custom gloves designed specifically for each individual case.