InVenture Prize 2019

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InVenture Prize 2019

By Steven Norris March 13, 2019 • UPDATED MARCH 14, 2019


This is the 11th year for Georgia Tech’s annual innovation contest — the InVenture Prize — in which student inventors compete head-to-head in a fast-paced pitch competition. 

Dozens of teams began the process back in September. The final six teams were chosen in the semifinal round by a panel of judges that included Georgia Tech faculty advisors.

The final round was held in front of a live television audience on March 13.


The 2019 InVenture finalists:


HANDLD is a series of cameras and distance sensors that can be attached to a cyclist’s handlebars. The backward-facing camera and distance sensors are always running, and HANDLD kicks into full gear if a vehicle comes within three feet of the cyclist to capture an image of the violator's license plate.


Team Unfoldit, all computer science majors, designed and built a smartphone app to test a user's spatial awareness. Imagine folding a piece of paper in half. You then punch a hole in the corner of the folded piece of paper. When you unfolded the paper there would be two holes – one in each corner. The game reenacts this folding and hole-punching and quizzes respondents on the positioning of the resulting holes.


Smoking cigarettes can be one of the most difficult habits to break. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 70 percent of smokers wished they could quit.The Georgia Tech students behind Nix hope their invention can help increase the number of successful quitters. The Nix team developed an e-cigarette device with a custom-coded computer that gradually reduces the amount of nicotine a user receives.

Tremor Trainer

Essential tremors are one of the most common movement disorders in the world. They are often difficult to diagnose, difficult to treat, and difficult to live with. TremorTrainer is a weighted glove that helps patients regain some of their fine motor skills, which can be impeded by tremors – especially in carrying out everyday tasks that require the use of their hands.

Ethos Medical

Three engineering graduates constructed a handheld medical device to help guide the placement of needles used for spinal tap procedures. The goal is to make the procedure safer by providing a tool to assist medical professionals in placing the injection correctly without having to guess or repeat to find a precise location.

Finger Flyer

The custom-fitted drones created by Finger Flyer can be controlled simply by using your fingers or hands. Using an Inertial Measurement Unit sensor and a unique 3D-printed finger-port system, the Finger Flyer quadcopter drone is able to be manipulated and perform pre-programmed flight maneuvers.