The Next Big Idea
The Next Big Idea is an annual competition, sponsored by ZVRS, in which cross-disciplinary teams of deaf and hard-of-hearing students work together to create a product, a type of technology or a business that will be useful to the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.
The 2016 Competition Winners
Six teams of deaf and hard-of-hearing students from Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf went head-to-head with project presentations on Wednesday, May 4. On that date, judges from ZVRS, sponsor of the competition, reviewed projects of the six finalists, asked questions and selected the following winners:
$5,000 First Place: Team Ugyo; Ethan Young and Nicole Dugan
$3,000 Second Place Team Dalmation; Adam Brodak, Keith Delk and Jefrey Spinale
$2,000 Third Place Team ANOVA; Musab Al-Smadi, Michelle Chi, Steven McClusky, Radhika Mehra
The 6 student finalist teams were:
- Anova— a voice-to-text translation system for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals that uses a mini processor and microphone.
- Asymtotic—incorporates microphones, tactile feedback, pulsation and sound filters that vibrate to engage the wearer in important situations.
- Dalmation—a software service that focuses on providing jobs, volunteering opportunities, networking and resources for the American Sign Language community.
- Douror—a service app for deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons that helps with placing food orders.
- Echo—a speech-therapy mobile app that allows users to practice speech and give instantaneous feedback to speech therapists.
- Ugyo—an access-technology prototype for deaf-blind people with Usher Syndrome to improve communication with peers during meetings or other