Funding Opportunity: James Dyson Award Info Session

The James Dyson Foundation has announced that they will be hosting a James Dyson Award info-session and Q&A on May 5th from 12pm – 1pm EST. Participants will have the opportunity to share their inventions and innovative ideas on how to solve problems.Winners will receive prize money and global media exposure! The prize money includes: $2,600 for the national winner, $6,600 for the international runners-up, $40,000 for the sustainability winner, and $40,000 for the international…

Prototyping Fund 2020: A Virtual Showcase with Very Real Prototypes!

Since establishing the Prototyping Fund in the Spring of 2013, we have held two showcases per year, largely in person. The Spring and Fall of 2020 presented the first two opportunities to host the event in a virtual setting.  In both cases, we were impressed by the teams’ resilience and ability to keep working on their prototypes (asking questions, building to testing, collecting feedback and iterating) despite the complex context of an unusual semester. The…

Prototyping Fund Teams Showcase Their Projects Virtually – Event Recap

On Thursday, April 30th awardees of the NYU Prototyping Fund gathered via Zoom to share updates on their projects and showcase what they built over the semester.  The Prototyping Fund is a collaborative program offered by the Design Lab @ NYU Tandon MakerSpace and the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute that awards teams of students up to $500 in the first round of funding and up to $2,000 in a second round to be used to build prototypes  The…

Finding our Enthusiasts, Prototyping Update from Picklock

Picklock (formerly Skeleton Key), an NYU startup led by Mary Georgescu (Tisch MFA ‘20) & Connor Carson (Tisch MFA ‘20), share lessons learned through their participation in the Prototyping Fund. When we began our prototyping journey in the Fall of 2019 we wanted to answer the question: How can we abstract the process of lockpicking?​ Originally we wanted a hook for our adventure game, Skeleton Key. We believed it would be thematic and exciting if we could have a…

From Industrial Sized Bioreactor to Microfluidic Chips, Prototyping Update from NYU iGEM

NYU iGEM: Biosensors for Water Contamination, an NYU startup led by Ali Hasan (Tandon BS ‘20) and David Sung (Tandon BS ‘21), share lessons learned through their participation in the Prototyping Fund. We are Ali Hasan (Tandon ‘20) and David Sung (Tandon ‘21), members of the NYU iGEM team. iGEM (International Genetic Engineering Machine) is an organization dedicated to solving global issues in various fields- including agricultural,  environmental, and pharmaceutical- using synthetic biology. Every year, iGEM teams from…
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