Published on: 03-15-2011
Six teams with business concepts
that could create a better world will compete in the finals of the Ideas to
SERVE (Socially and Environmentally Responsible Value Enhancement)
Competition on Wednesday March 16 at Georgia Tech College of Management.
They will present their concepts at
a special presentation of the IMPACT Speaker Series, called Students Who
IMPACT, at 4:30 p.m. in LeCraw Auditorium (College of Management building). A panel of judges will select the
winners, with the awards announced at 6 p.m. The event is open to the public.
Organized by Georgia Tech's
Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship, the Ideas to SERVE Competition
is open to all Georgia Tech students and recent alumni who have an early-stage
product/service idea or venture concept that could help solve social issues or
sustain the environment.
Finalist teams, representing a
variety of disciplines from engineering and architecture to management, will
compete for $6,000 in combined prizes. Twenty-six teams (including both graduate and undergraduate students) competed in the preliminary
round on March 10.
During the finals, each team will
have three minutes to present their ideas, and then will answer questions from
the judges. Winners will be announced at 6 p.m. Attendees can vote on their
favorite idea and will be eligible for various door prizes.
"This competition fills a niche
that's very valuable, not only to the College of Management, but also to
Georgia Tech as a whole," says ILE research scientist Dóri Pap. "It
really showcases the Institute's best examples of social
I2S Finalists include:
- ArkFab, which would
produce organic vegetables by up-cycling organic waste biomass from local
breweries, coffee shops, and municipal arborists through a multi-stage
- Sustainable Solar Sanitation System, which would address the issue of sanitation in developing
countries through the creation of a dry latrine system that provides
sustainable, affordable, and safe treatment of human waste using the sun's
- Urban RePeel,
which would create composting centers in an effort to minimize the large
amounts of food waste leaving apartment complexes, supermarkets, and airports.
- Camp Phoenix,
which would be a containerized housing community for homeless and at-risk
veterans that helps them transition into civilian lives.
- OneTab, a
concept for a ECG device that could work on electronic waste parts,
transmitting medical information from hospitals lacking much energy and medical
expertise to doctors in other locations who would interpret medical data and
provide treatment advice.
- Team Yucca,
a Website that would post opportunities for people to help nonprofits by
providing professional-level support from their homes.
which would address the need for safe and sustainable trash disposal in developing countries
with the a small modular incinerator that could burn trash in a safe,
environmentally friendly way.
Judges for the finals include:
Jerome A. Atkinson, principal of Turning Point Private Capital; Karen Robinson
Cope, managing partner of Atlanta Technology Advisors; Arun Gore, managing
director of Gray Ghost Ventures; Penelope McPhee, president of The Arthur M.
Blank Family Foundation, and John C. Staton Jr., retired partner of King &
The master of ceremonies is
Kathleen Kurre, CEO of TechBridge.
Sponsors include Gray Ghost Ventures, MaRC Sustainable Design & Manufacturing, the Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems, Georgia Tech College of Management, Tedd Munchak Chair in Entrepreneurship, and Tech's Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship