Innovative Technology Challenge

Held every spring, the Innovative Technology Challenge is a semester-long interdisciplinary class where teams of students are immersed in creating, thinking, and cultivating new product prototypes, along with commercialization and marketing strategies, for specific industries. The theme of the challenge changes every year, keeping up with entrepreneurship's evolving trends and needs.

Representatives from the Tampa Bay business community judge and provide critical feedback to each team regarding creativity, functionality, and potential for taking to market. In the past, teams have even applied for patent licenses for their prototypes.

2012 Technology Challenge

On May 23, 2012 the Technology Challenge required students to design, produce and present a working prototype for an anti-snoring device. 12 teams participated.

  • lst Place: Snorby
    R. Al Salem, P. Boyle, D. Freeman, D. Greene, N. Hackney
  • 2nd Place: Morpheus
    M. Cotner, S. Davis, J. P. Deeb, S. Fage, S. Lloyd
  • 3rd Place: Serenity
    A. Caudron, J. Diamantas, K. Whaler, T. Ghamri


S. Goyle, Executive in Residence, USF CONNECT, G. Havran, President and Board Chairman, NDH Medical, Inc., D. Herber, Sr. Licensing Mgr, USF Div. of Patents & Licensing, W. Marshall, USF, V. McDevitt, Asst. VP, USF, Patents & Licensing/Research Foundation, D. Mihale, Partner & CMO, Sunera Parses, W. Rose, CMO, Verosity Marketing, C. Sanberg, VP Research & Development, Natura Therapeutics, V. Tipnes, President, Blackstone Medical Services, J. Trotter, USF Alumnus, Research Associate.

This Year's Winners - (left to right) First, Second, Third Place

Event Photos