|[October 10, 2013]
Chilean Students Win Intel Award in Silicon Valley Entrepreneurship Experience
BERKELEY, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Mobile Monitoring Station, a team of student entrepreneurs from Chile,
won the 9th annual Intel (News - Alert) Global Challenge at UC Berkeley, a
global business plan competition that encourages student entrepreneurs
to tackle some of the world's most pressing issues through computing
technology. The competition provides a unique entrepreneurship
experience by giving teams access to top venture capitalists and
investors in Silicon Valley.
SILICON VALLEY, Oct. 9, 2013 - Mobile Monitoring Station of Chile won the grand prize in the 2013 Intel Global Challenge at UC Berkeley, receiving a $50,000 award from the Intel Foundation. Mobile Monitoring Station invented a breakthrough system that uses portable sensors to collect valuable biomedical data about industrial workers. The Intel Global Challenge at UC Berkeley is a global business plan competition that encourages student entrepreneurs to tackle some of the world's most pressing issues through computing technology. The competition provides a unique entrepreneurship experience by giving teams access to top venture capitalists and investors in Silicon Valley. PHOTO CREDIT: Intel/Todd Eckelman
Mobile Monitoring Station, comprised of team members from engineering
research and development company SoluNova, Chilean mining company
Coldeco and the University of Chile, created a set of portable sensors
that collects industrial workers' biomedical data, such as heart rate,
in real time. The sensors, which are applied directly to the workers'
clothes, transmit valuable biomedical information to devices such as
smartphones, which then push the data to the cloud. The solution will be
offered as a service, supplying industrial sites with the hardware and
software for a monthly fee per worker. The winning team, driven by the
lack of existing data on industrial workers' exposure to health risks,
expects the sensors to result in a considerable drop in health dangers
in this industry.
"At Intel, we know that innovation is critical to growth for
individuals, businesses and conomies," said Staci Palmer, Intel's
director of Global Strategic Initiatives and Marketing in the Corporate
Affairs Group. "Through the Intel Global Challenge at UC Berkeley,
students around the world gain lifelong entrepreneurship and innovation
skills they can apply throughout their careers, in fields ranging from
healthcare to transportation."
The Intel Foundation awarded $100,000 total in cash prizes, including a
$50,000 grand prize and three $10,000 awards for teams taking first
place in the following categories: Internet, mobile and software
computing; computing for social innovation; and hardware and computing.
In addition, four $5,000 special awards were presented.
Innovations from the three first-prize winners included industries
ranging from technology to healthcare. Gameleon of Bulgaria developed a
cloud-based platform that allows anyone to create, publish, play and
monetize Web games with only a browser, regardless of programming skills
or experience. Karmashop of Mexico created a crowd-funding platform that
allows users to customize how they receive donations and, in return,
gives donors "Karma Points." For example, through a Karmashop campaign
raising money for community members affected by the recent floods in
Mexico, donors have the option to contribute items including drinking
water, first aid and shelter. Tensive of Italy developed implantable
biomaterials for the reconstruction of large bone and tissue defects,
caused by osteoporosis, trauma or tumor removal. The patented technology
replicates the patient's blood vessels and accelerates the natural
regeneration of bone and tissue.
The Intel Global Challenge, held at the Haas School of Business at UC
Berkeley, drew 28 teams from more than 20 countries and regions. These
finalist teams were selected from more than 18,000 entries from more
than 60 countries and regions around the world. Founded in 2005, the
Intel Global Challenge at UC Berkeley is a joint project of Intel and
the UC Berkeley Lester Center for Entrepreneurship. The competition is
designed to motivate young entrepreneurs to develop innovative
technologies that solve real-world challenges, build viable business
models and move that technology out of university labs and into the
Over the past decade alone, Intel has invested more than $1 billion, and
its employees have donated close to 3 million hours toward improving
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