2008 Competition Archives
2008 I2P Global Award Winners
Sixteen teams competed in the 2008 Global Idea to Product Competition
Ted Roden Championship
|1st Place: Kennesaw State University||video|
|2nd Place: Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora, Brazil||video|
|3rd Place: University of Sheffield, UK/ Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia||video|
2008 I2P Global Judges
Tim Meldrum, Ph.D. (I2P Global Co-host) - Manager of Enterprise Training at the City University, London. Dr. Meldrum previously hosted and managed the "Idea to Product® Europe" Competition at Imperial College London
Dave Bonner, Ph.D., is Chairman and CEO, of Stematix™ Inc., has extensive experience in executive business management globally as well as technology development, including a successful medical system commercialization. He has led seven start-up ventures and has extensive world-wide licensing experience. Dr. Bonner earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and completed his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He was named a Distinguished Engineering Alumnus of the University of Texas in 2001.
Kay Hammer, Ph.D., has over twenty-five years in the software industry, including fifteen years as president and CEO of Evolutionary Technologies International (ETI), an enterprise software company she co-founded in 1991. ETI was the first spin-out from MCC, the first for-profit, industry-backed research consortium in the United States. Hammer is the author of over fifty articles on management and technology, as well as the author of Workplace Warrior and co-author of Fundamentals of Software Integration.
Phong Le is Co-founder and former Director of the North Texas Enterprise Center for Medical Technology (NTEC). Phong is a proven strategist and visionary entrepreneur with over 20 years of hands-on experience in developing markets for groundbreaking technologies, building interdisciplinary teams, securing strategic alliances, raising venture and private equity funding, and transforming conceptual start-ups into fully functional enterprises. He has continued interest in leading-edge technologies including the life sciences sectors of medical devices, biotechnology, and nanotechnology. In addition to his regular activities, Phong is involved with the Center for Space Nuclear Research and various volunteer projects including the Prison Entrepreneurship Program. Furthermore, Phong is an author, having published LIVING IN PARADOX, Perspectives of a Refugee Made in America (#1 Local Bestseller, January 2007). Phong received a BBA in Business Management and a Master of Science in Science and Technology Commercialization from the University of Texas at Austin.
Jerri L. Paul - has worked in product and business strategy for more than 15 years. Jerri is currently the Managing Director of a Product Management and Sourcing company, Okonsky Diversified. She leads a team who work with entrepreneurs, start-ups, and larger companies consulting on product development, manufacturing, and sourcing. Formerly, Ms. Paul was President & CEO of a small software company in Austin providing an electronic health record solution for a niche healthcare market where she executed a turn-around leading to the sale of the company. She has also provided management consulting to several companies, venture capitalists, and angel investors. Jerri honed her business savvy as a business and product strategy specialist with Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan . She holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, M.S. in Manufacturing Systems Engineering, and M.B.A. in Operations Management from the University of Texas at Austin.
“Austin Technology Incubator” Challenge Round
Jerri L. Paul (Judging Panel Chair)- Finals judge
Richard Larrabee serves as the Vice President of Business Development for Optimal Solutions Integration (OSI), a $60MM professional services organization based in Irving, TX. OSI provides expert level consulting services to assist companies in optimizing their internal operations. OSI focuses on technology solutions to support financial, human resources, sales & marketing, supply chain and product development functions. Mr. Larrabee oversees several areas at OSI including; Sales, Marketing, Partnerships and Strategic Client management. He has responsibility for revenue generation, profit and loss, personnel management and related activities for these functions. Mr. Larrabee has held a number of management positions with industry leaders as well as start-ups in the Hardware, Software and Professional Services industries. Prior to joining Optimal Solutions in January 2006, Mr. Larrabee was Midwest Regional Manager for Cognizant Technology Solutions. He was employed by BearingPoint (formerly KPMG Consulting) from 1999-2005 as part of the High Technology Industry Practice in a variety of roles. He was also employed by Compuware Corporation as a Regional Director for Software and Services, SES (now Hyperformix) as a Regional Manager; Silvaco as Regional Manager and IBM as Marketing Program Manager. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas-Austin.
Ted Rappaport, Ph.D., is the William and Bettye Nowlin Chair in Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and is the founding director of the Wireless Networking and Communications Group (WNCG) at the university’s Austin campus, a center he founded in 2002. From 1988 to 2002, he was on the electrical and computer engineering faculty of Virginia Tech, where he founded the Mobile and Portable Radio Research Group (MPRG), one of the world’s first university research and teaching centers dedicated to the wireless communications field. Prof. Rappaport has been a pioneer in the fields of radio wave propagation and wireless communication system design. His research has been used by many international wireless standard bodies over the past two decades, and his work has led to the broad acceptance of site-specific radio frequency (RF) propagation modeling for broadband wireless network design and deployment. In 1989, he founded TSR Technologies, Inc., a cellular radio/PCS software radio manufacturer that he sold in 1993. In 1995, he founded Wireless Valley Communications Inc., a pioneering creator of site-specific radio propagation software for network design and management that was acquired by Motorola, Inc. in 2005. Rappaport has over 100 U.S. or international patents issued or pending and has authored, co-authored and co-edited 18 books in the wireless field. He received B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Purdue University in 1982, 1984 and 1987, respectively.
Jeff Selig is the former EVP and Regional Manager-Rebar East of CMC Steel located in Columbia, S.C. with profit and loss responsibilities for 10 CMC Steel Group business units located in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Mr. Selig worked to expand the CMC Steel Group’s presence in the eastern United States through acquisitions. Currently he is involved in consulting and investments. He lives in Columbia, is married to Walton Selig, and they have three children. Mr. Selig is a graduate of the University of Texas – Austin with B.A. in Business and has attended workshops/developmental courses at Harvard, American Management Association, National Training Laboratories (NTL), Center for Creative Leadership, and Bell Leadership in Chapel Hill, NC. He currently serves on the Boards of Junior Achievement, the Boys & Girls Club of America, the Columbia Jewish Federation, and Columbia College.
Becky Taylor is General Partner of Taylor-Deininger Partners, Inc., a business strategy and technology forecasting firm serving the semiconductor, software and venture capital industries. Prior to forming TD Partners, Ms Taylor was Director of Software Platforms at Advanced Micro Devices’ Personal Connectivity Solutions division, where she formed its software organization creating products you use in your wireless network, PDA, and digital TV. Prior to joining AMD, Becky was President/CEO of various startups and consultancies, notably Terrace Mountain Systems, where she provided software strategy and design services to the Global 2000, on four continents. Ms. Taylor is a Senior Member of the IEEE, holds four patents and has a BS in Computer Science. She has lived in Austin since 1984, is a committed University of Texas football fan, and is a private pilot. She has one son, Daniel, a freshman in college. Her community service includes Austin Community College’s Foundation Board, where she is chair of the Board Development Committee.
“Cockrell School of Engineering” Challenge Round
Kay Hammer, Ph.D. (Judging Panel Chair) - Finals judge
Brett Cornwell is the Director of Commercialization Services for the Office of Technology Commercialization at The Texas A&M University System and is responsible for services offered by the OTC in support of the commercialization of technologies from the Texas A&M University System and in the formation of start-up companies based on Texas A&M technology. The services offered include screening stage market assessments, business plan development, marketing plan development, market research studies, strategic business planning, and the development of venture pitches. Brett Cornwell is a Faculty member at IC2 Institute at The University of Texas at Austin and is an instructor for three classes in the Master’s of Science in Science and Technology Commercialization program. He also teaches a graduate technology commercialization course in the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. He has led a number of international technology commercialization benchmarking and training projects and was a program coordinator for the NASA Mid-Continent Technology Transfer Center (MCTTC) for ten years and served as the deputy director for three. He has fifteen years experience in technology transfer and two years experience with small companies as sales and marketing manager. Cornwell holds an MBA from Texas A&M University and a BBA in marketing from Baylor University.
Robin Curle has spent 33 years as an executive in the tech industry running start-ups and turnarounds. Curle then began another successful career in real estate as the top producer at JB Goodwin, President of a Curle Management-property management and an investment group called Silicon Hills Real Estate. She sits on several boards: the Texas Property and Casualty Guarantee Association, Austin Technology Council, Governors Business Council, Central Texas Angel Network as founding Board member. Curle has been recognized in such press as Business 2.0, Intersection Magazine, Newsweek-Japan, Newsweek, INC Magazine, Forbes, CNN, and Upside Magazine. She has also been honored with: The Austin American Statesman´s "People to watch in 2001 and 2002 Austin’, "Top 50 Most Influential People, Digital South Magazine, The Executive Women International Ma Ferguson Award for Excellence in Business, Who´s Who in America, Who´s Who in American Women, and Profiles in Power of the Austin Business Community, in 1999.
Jamie Rhodes - founder and CEO of Perceptive Sciences, has over 30 years of experience in technology management. Jamie Rhodes founded Perceptive Sciences in 1999. He recognized a need for improvement in the area of human-computer interaction, and thus developed the vision for Perceptive Sciences, which is now one of the nation’s top market research companies built on the use of cognitive psychology. Jamie believes in giving back to the community. He founded the Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN), which provides local funding and support to central Texas entrepreneurs across a broad spectrum of industries. For his efforts he was awarded the Technology Volunteer of the Year award by the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. Jamie is an active angel – currently serving on numerous start-up advisory boards. He also serves the State of Texas as an advisory board member of the Central Texas Regional Center of Innovation and Commercialization (CT-RCIC), investing funds in Texas companies from the Texas Emerging Technology Fund. He is on the advisory boards of St. Edward’s University School of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Rice Alliance, United Way Austin, and Austin’s Clean Energy Incubator. Currently, he serves on the board of directors of the Austin Music Foundation, the Texas Tri-cities Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors and the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce.
Tim Westby specializes in the chemical arts, including the litigation and prosecution of patents for the chemical and petrochemical industries, and provides intellectual property counseling for process and product development such as patent opinion preparation, patent portfolio development, and pre-litigation management. After receiving his Doctorate, Dr. Westby was a research engineer at the Shell Development Company's Westhollow Research Center for ten years in Corporate R&D and Environmental R&D. Dr. Westby's research areas have included: gas-solid reaction kinetics, combustion and reaction engineering, heat transfer, coal gasification and combustion, process economic modeling, risk-based corrective action for waste site cleanup assessment, and high-temperature inorganic melt chemistry, among others. Dr. Westby continues to maintain numerous engineering and professional society affiliations including the North American Catalysis Society, the Southwest Catalysis Society, and the AIChE, presenting "Is Your Patent Worth the Paper It's Printed On?" at the AIChE National Meeting (1999). He has been a Visiting Scholar at Rice University in the Chemistry and Materials Science Departments since 1999. Dr. Westby is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, and in the Texas State Courts.
“Technology Entrepreneurship Society” Challenge Round
Dave Bonner, Ph.D. (Judging Panel Chair) - Finals judge
Bob Bridge, Ph.D. is the Founder, President, and CEO of Zilker Labs. Bob has been in management, marketing and engineering roles at semiconductor and system companies for 30 years, including serving as founding CEO at three technology companies. Bob has also served as an entrepreneur in residence at Austin Ventures, vice president of marketing at Agere (the network processor startup) and vice president and general manager for communications ICs at Crystal Semiconductor/Cirrus Logic. Additionally, Bob has held engineering and management positions at Motorola, AT&T corporate headquarters and AT&T Bell Labs. Bob holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas. Bob also serves on Zilker Labs' Board of Directors.
Norm Kaderlan, Ph.D., is President of Technology Innovation Group, Inc., an international organization that assists clients in transforming knowledge into wealth using science and technology as drivers of economic development. He works with countries and communities to develop the infrastructure and processes that bring innovations to the marketplace. For The University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Kaderlan designed and taught “The Enterprise of Technology”, a graduate course for students in the Colleges of Engineering, Natural Sciences, Law and Business. Prior to that, he was Associate Director of Non-Degree Educational Programs for UT’s IC2 Institute; he also was Director of the Austin Technology Incubator.
Mark Murdock is a Technology Lawyer with over 35 years of experience, including over 30 years with IBM as a corporate lawyer and managing attorney, specializing in technology and product development, manufacturing and licensing, and over 5 years at Thompson & Knight, L.L.P. working closely with early stage technology, biotech and life sciences companies in Austin in the development of their business plans, their team building and their introduction to key angel and equity capital investors. Mark is an Entrepreneur In Residence at the UT- Austin School of Engineering and has judged both I2P and MOOT CORP competitions. He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Texas Tech University and a Law Degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Carol Williams spent 20 + years in Electronic Distribution working with Technology companies. In 1995, she started Trendsetter Electronics, a passive electro-mechanical distributor. Trendsetter currently does business worldwide and enjoys Strategic Partnerships with National Instruments, Schlumberger and other Fortune 100 customers.