Stephanie Salem, a 3rd year soccer player from Maple Grove, Minnesota,
is representing IIT in the Idea to Production (I2P) regional competition this
weekend in Saint Louis.
majoring in Finance/Entrepreneurship in the IIT Stuart School of Business, had
two of her ideas advance to the regional tournament.
The I2P competition is an early-stage technology
commercialization plan that allows a college student to turn their ideas into
products. The competition starts at the school level with the top six ideas
from each school submitted for regional competition consideration. Only 16
teams advance to the regional competition from all schools in the Midwest with the top team moving on to national
Salem and her
partner submitted two ideas and both placed in the top six here at IIT.
"Special Need Stroller" received top honors and "Little Artist Art Pad"
garnered 5th place.
Both ideas submitted by Salem made it into the regional competition,
and actually, out of the six ideas submitted from IIT, five ideas made it to
regional placement. That means IIT accounts for 5 out of the 16 teams at the
Here is the description of the two ideas that won recognition:
Special Needs Stroller:
The special needs stroller attaches to a variety of
wheelchairs so that disabled parents can use the stroller hands-free. The
stroller has three wheels and can be pushed by a walking person or attached to
a wheelchair. The stroller attaches so that the baby is facing the person in
the wheelchair. The third wheel is then in the front of this assembly allowing
the person operating the wheelchair to steer the entire assembly as the
wheelchair would normally be steered. This allows both hands to be used on the
guide rails on the wheelchair wheels. The stroller will also have a storage
area to carry diaper bag, groceries or other items. This innovative product
will change the lives of handicapped parents. Currently, parents in wheelchairs
generally carry their small children on their laps. This makes it hard to
operate a wheelchair and impossible to do other tasks that require use of hands
and storage space. The Special Needs Stroller eliminates this problem by allowing
the handicapped parents to have their hands free and easily steer their
stroller while doing everyday tasks, such as shopping or going to the park.
Little Artist Art Pad:
The Little Artist Art Pad is a digital art pad designed for children 4-10 years
of age. It is in the form of a tablet, with a pressure sensitive display screen
that allows touch- interaction. It allows children to use a stylus or their
fingers to draw pictures directly onto the display. The pictures may be colored
and effects may be added. The art pad also serves as a picture frame display
that may be magnetically hung on refrigerators. Multiple artworks may be saved
and can be chosen to display statically, or as a slideshow.