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The Innovation Catalog

Tufts student Shriya Nevatia, A14, writes about educational technology and the future of learning in her blog The Innovation Catalog. Shriya looks at everything through the context of her own background as an individual interested in education, mathematics, computer science, philosophy, technology, culture/media and the visual & performing arts. She interacts with a range of issues in the educational field including the affects of race, gender and class.

Here’s an excerpt from a post she wrote entitled “Risk-Taking and Feminism: The Limited Entrepreneurial Education of Girls”:

We need to cultivate a culture that tells girls to take risks just as much as it tells boys to, and reinforces the idea that a failed business or underground activity in their young years will not turn into a scary mark on their permanent record or a trip to juvie. Many of the entrepreneurs that the Western world worships (George Foreman, Walt Disney, Henry Ford, Richard Branson, Simon Cowell to name a few) were rebellious risk-takers in their young years. They were also all male. The women who are prominent entrepreneurs and self-made millionaires/billionaires went through more traditional paths.

 

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Cuppow!

Who doesn’t love drinking out of a mason jar? Thanks to a Tufts graduate student, it’s been made easier. Engineering grad student Joshua Resnikoff co-designed the “Cuppow,” an affordable drinking lid for mason jars. Read the Cuppow blog to get the latest news on the product, and watch this short overview video.

CUPPOW! from Paper Fortress on Vimeo.

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Two Tufts Teams are Up to the MassChallenge

The 125 teams in the MassChallenge startup competition have been winnowed to 26, and two teams with Tufts ties are among the finalists vying for $1 million in funding.

  • Sanergy – winners of the social entrepreneurship competition at this year’s $100K Business Plan Competition. Team includes: Gaurav Tiwari, F12, along with Lindsay Stradley, David Auerbach and Ani Vallabhaneni. Sanergy aims to manufacture low-cost, high-quality, water-free toilets to reduce sanitation-related diseases in Kenya’s slums. The waste will be collected and converted into biogas and organic fertilizer. Sanergy has already launched the pilot phase of their enterprise.
  • Pintley – Founded by Tim Noetzel, A08. Gives personalized beer recommendations.

MassChallenge is part of the White House’s Startup America Partnership, a government initiative to promote innovation entrepreneurship. Judges will name between 10 and 20 winners at a ceremony on Oct. 24.

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Seven Tufts Teams Among MassChallenge Nominees

The Boston-based MassChallenge startup competition announced 125 finalists on May 25, including five six seven companies comprised of Tufts students or alums:

  • Roof for Two – winners of this year’s $100K Business Plan Competition. Team includes: Karan Randhawa, A11, Andrew Altman, A11, Max Pinto, A11, David Chen, A11 and Justin Ferranti A12. A shield combining windshield and roof protection for motorcycles in Southeast Asia to be used during rainy season.
  • Educate Lanka – 3rd place in this year’s $100K Business Plan Competition, social track. Team includes: Fletcher students Manjula Dissanayake, F12, and Sadruddin Salman. Provides financial scholarships to underprivileged students in Sri Lanka.
  • Jump Off Campus – 3rd place winner in last year’s $100K Business Plan Competition, classic track; previously called “Ditch the Dorm”. Team is Cal Shapiro, A11, and Mark Abramowicz, A10. A website devoted to apartment listings for landlords looking to rent their properties and students looking to live off campus.
  • Sanergy – winners of the social entrepreneurship competition at this year’s $100K Business Plan Competition. Team includes: Gaurav Tiwari F12 along with Lindsay Stradley, David Auerbach and Ani Vallabhaneni. Sanergy aims to manufacture low-cost, high-quality, water-free toilets to reduce sanitation-related diseases in Kenya’s slums. The waste will be collected and converted into biogas and organic fertilizer. Sanergy has already launched the pilot phase of their enterprise.
  • Pintley – Founded by Tim Noetzel, A08. Gives personalized beer recommendations. (Check out this recent coverage of Pintley on TechCrunch.)
  • Swellr – Founded by Andrew Varley, E06. A socially conscious e-commerce marketplace that empowers citizens to fund education projects by shopping locally.
  • 1minute40seconds – Founded by Blade Kotelly, E95. The service bills itself as “the easiest way to create video content on the web.”

MassChallenge is part of the White House’s Startup America Partnership, a government initiative to promote innovation entrepreneurship. The competition, now in its second year, received 733 entries from 24 countries and 34 states, according to a statement

“The finalist companies will reside at MassChallenge’s 22,000-square-foot space at Fan Pier [rent-free] for the accelerator program from June 27 until the final ceremony on October 20,” according to the statement.

EDIT - Added 1minute40seconds and Sanergy to the list, making it seven Tufts teams instead of five. Sorry for the oversight!

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Hacking Away

The local tech industry blog BostInnovation recently interviewed Mike Champion (A’01), vice president of engineering at the Cambridge-based startup oneforty, which helps people get the most out of Twitter.

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