The Next Big Idea™

The Next Big Idea is an annual innovation competition at NTID sponsored by ZVRS.

Teams of deaf and hard-of-hearing students worked together to create a product, business, service or type of technology that solves a problem or eliminates an existing challenge for potential consumers and/or users everywhere.

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2019 Competition Results

The 2019 winners were selected by a team of judges from ZVRS, the competition sponsor, during the Next Big Idea final round on Thursday, March 28, 2019.

Diwa Tech --- 1st Place, $5,000

DiwaTech was comprised of members Daniel Cox, a 5th year Human Centered Computing major from Fresno CA, Chad Cummings, a 6th year Human Centered Computing major from Austin TX, and Anthony DiGiovanni, a 5th year Web & Mobile Computing major from Rochester NY.   

Team Idea: The idea we are proposing is related to video game accessibility, by applying an user interface design solution along with new technologies such as voice recognition API's to create a new software product that allows visualized sound data to represent audio output for video games. The prototype will be a software that picks up sound data from any game, and convert sound into visual data. The visual data will be displayed in an user interface app to allow deaf gamers to access awareness in the game environment. Our vision is to bring accessibility awareness to the video game industry and to develop accessibility standards for video games, we believe this will benefit deaf gamers worldwide.

Thinking Hands  ---2nd Place, $3,000

Thinking Hands members included Karina Baker, a 4th year Sociology & Anthropology major from Los Angeles CA, Moises Tobias, a 3rd year Design & Imaging major from Los Angeles CA, Alina Kenina, a 3rd year Exercise Science major from Clarksburg MD, and Gabriel Veit, a 2nd year New Media Interactive Development major from Austin TX.

Team Idea: Thinking Hands is an online educational platform with the aim to provide academic support for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students, through developing interactive educational videos taught in ASL.

HALBEG --- 3rd Place, $2,000

HALBEG members included Bakar Ali, a 2nd year MBA student from Somalia, Eric Epstein, a 6th year Software Engineering major from Tucson AZ, and Tyler Anderson, a 4th year Journalism major from Las Vegas NV.

Team Idea: Halbeg Technologies makes ‘all-in-one’ private networking platforms for businesses, such as universities, who want to improve the interaction within their communities. Halbeg ‘all-in-one’ Technologies offer a simple way for members within a community to share resources. It enables community members to post requests, offer jobs, trade or barter, carpool or rideshare, and chat about local issues that impact their community, on one simple to use platform. Halbeg Technologies are hosted by the businesses, which allows for our system to be a more private and secure way for businesses to use social media. Our ‘all-in-one’ platforms make it easier for locals to interact and participate in a shared economy, thereby improving the overall sustainability of the local business community.