Slide Capo Wins InVenture Prize Competition

The 2011 winner of the InVenture Prize at Georgia Tech is the Slide Capo, designed by Industrial Design student Daniel Chaney.  Slide Capo is a new twist on a guitar capo that can create unique sounds.

Daniel Chaney, InVenture Prize
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Daniel Chaney is the 2011 winner of the InVenture Prize competition.  Chaney is an industrial design student who invented the Slide Capo.

As the winner of this year’s completion, Chaney took home $15,000 in prize money and a free U.S. patent filing by Georgia Tech’s Office of Technology Licensing each valued at approximately $20,000.

"To me the InVenture Prize is a fantastic challenge, a great opportunity and a whole lot of fun,” said Chaney.  “On the whole I think it is a testament to the uncommon ingenuity, passion and creativity of the type of people who make up Georgia Tech."

Magnetic Assisted Intubation Device (MAID) finished second and received $10,000 in prize money.  MAID is a medical device designed to facilitate the procedure of placing a breathing tube into the trachea.   Team members included Alexander Cooper, Shawna Marie Hagen. William Jacob Thompson and Elizabeth Ann Flanagan, all Biomedical Engineering (BME) students. BME.

The $5,000 People’s Choice Award was presented to the AutoRhexis team, which created an innovative instrument designed to improve cataract surgery.  Team members included Christopher Giardina, BME, Rebeca Bowden, BME, Jorge Baro, BME, Kanitha Kim, Mechanical Engineering (ME), Khaled Kashlan, BME and Shane Saunders, ME.

The InVenture Prize is an innovation competition for Georgia Tech undergraduate students who work independently or in teams to create inventions that are presented and judged by a panel of experts.

The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the world's premier research universities. Ranked seventh among U.S. News & World Report's top public universities and the eighth best engineering and information technology university in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities, Georgia Tech’s more than 20,000 students are enrolled in its Colleges of Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Management and Sciences. Tech is among the nation's top producers of women and minority engineers. The Institute offers research opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate students and is home to more than 100 interdisciplinary units plus the Georgia Tech Research Institute.