Owl Innovation Contest

The winning project for the first ever, 2013-2014 Owl Innovation Contest is VIBES, Visual Interactive Biochemical Environmental Simulator, by Exercise Science in Human Performance student Ryan Stein.  The innovative project is a virtual biochemical game simulation showing how the body works when running a marathon. Exercise Science in Human Performance Professor, Dr. Robert Axtell and OIT staff member, Dr. Robert Cuddihee collaborated with Ryan Stein in the Contest.

The winner, Ryan Stein says: “my experience in the contest was, and still is, an exciting one. The project my team and I have been discussing and building over the past several months is one that has captivated my attention from the very start. Ever since I have decided to join the contest last fall semester, my enthusiasm for creating a learning tool through gaming grew with every meeting. Being a part of this contest made me think outside of the typical realm of textbook learning I have come accustomed to, this made me enjoy the experience so much I will continue work on my team’s project after the contest is over.  I feel like joining the competition was an enlightening experience and I would encourage others to partake in it given the chance.”

The Contest identifies the student-led team proposing the most likely-to-succeed technology-enabled innovation or idea.  The Contest seeks new, promising ideas:  from innovative web sites to mobile applications, from wearable devices to the mashing of existing systems. The Contest is open to teams with at least one Southern Connecticut State University student, who may work with students from sister higher education institutions, experienced entrepreneurs and technologists, and faculty members.