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New Tech Challenge Competition on November 3 Showcased Student Innovators

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The Tech Challenge is a new invention and technology-based competition open to all UMass students and graduates of the last decade (GOLD alums). In the first Tech Challenge, held online via Zoom on Wednesday, November 3, ideators presented their technology/invention-based idea or prototype to a panel of judges for advice and competed for a prize pool of $15,000.

Competitors were given four minutes to pitch their tech/invention-based idea with slides, followed by an eight-minute question and answer period. Winners will be announced on November 17 at the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Awards Night.

Watch a recording of the Tech Challenge: 


Pitch Competitors:

Ethan Gorman, SequesChar*
Eric Archambault, KrypticMED, Inc.
Hayden Ayotte, Anchor
Ananth Preetham, Interactive DeepFake (IDF)
 Mariela Aponte, Party360
Joseph Maloyan, Magic: The Sortening*
Will Duggan, The Awkward Connection
Adrian Chase, Interactiva LLC
Anujan Ramesh , Metastatic Breast Cancer Diagnostics*
Joshua Rousseau, Amherst Intelligent Security
JB Gorious, FUD
Sarah Kaunfer, MicrobeBlaster
Aadish Joshi, Autonomous Boxing Trainer*
Vishesh Gupta, Learnin*
Oscar Hennin, Mainecoast Shop Autosander*
Jose LaSalle, HEMPAX*

*denotes College of Engineering students

The Tech Challenge is a collaboration between the UMass Amherst College of Engineering and the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship