Showcase of 2014 VTKW Global Teams: Universidad San Francisco de Quito

University teams will be competing in the 2014 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge during the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA, August 17-23, 2014.

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge Showcase of Teams

Universidad San Francisco de Quito – Quito, Ecuador

Business concept and description:

Secha Jewelry
Secha Jewelry is a fusion between ancestral indigenous crafts and modern jewelry, promoting local cultures based on sustainable development.

The Secha Jewelry team members are Lucely del Pilar Tigse Iza and Nanki Lauro Saant Juank.

Team Secha Jewelry will be competing in the 2014 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge for the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy and the $25,000 Grand Prize in the Washington Lecture Hall in the Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, Virginia, on Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. All are invited and those who would like to attend can register here.

For more information about Universidad San Francisco de Quito, visit their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.

The Fifth Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week will be held August 17 – 23, 2014.

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA. The Global Partnership is an ongoing cooperative association of regions building permanent social, academic, and commercial relationships with each other, for mutual long-term advantage. Members of the partnership gather annually during a week-long Global Partnership event hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

For more information about getting involved in the Global Partnership Week, please contact Lindsey Eversole, Outreach Manager, leversole@vtknowledgeworks.com.

Keep in the know about VT KnowledgeWorks through Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

VT KnowledgeWorks

VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, supported by the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters are in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, Bloomfield Partners, LLC, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, Interactive Achievement, Inc., Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLC, Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

Showcase of 2014 VTKW Global Teams: University of Technology, Sydney

University teams will be competing in the 2014 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge during the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA, August 17-23, 2014.

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge Showcase of Teams

University of Technology, Sydney – Sydney, Australia

Business concept and description:

WalkScan™
There is a critical need to develop widely available diagnostic and monitoring technologies for the treatment of individuals with degenerative disorders of the nervous system, such as Parkinson’s disease.

WalkScan™ is developing a cost-effective “first point of care” mobility analysis technology. WalkScan™ assists a family’s medical practitioner to make accurate diagnoses of progressively degenerative diseases, particularly in their early stages. An earlier referral to a specialist has a positive impact on a patient’s overall quality of life, and can reduce future injuries associated with mobility disorders.

The WalkScan™ analysis technology also has other associated medical applications in trauma rehabilitation, as well as non-associated commercial applications in security scanning and retail environment mapping.2014 VTKW Global Student Business Concept Challenge Team WalkScan™ from University of Technology, Sydney

Pictured left to right: Sadra Boutorabi, Christopher Michaelides, Armin Adeli.

Watch the video to learn more about WalkScan™.

Team WalkScan™ will be competing in the 2014 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge for the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy and the $25,000 Grand Prize in the Washington Lecture Hall in the Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, Virginia, on Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. All are invited and those who would like to attend can register here.

For more information about University of Technology, Sydney, visit their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.

The Fifth Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week will be held August 17 – 23, 2014.

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA. The Global Partnership is an ongoing cooperative association of regions building permanent social, academic, and commercial relationships with each other, for mutual long-term advantage. Members of the partnership gather annually during a week-long Global Partnership event hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

For more information about getting involved in the Global Partnership Week, please contact Lindsey Eversole, Outreach Manager, leversole@vtknowledgeworks.com.

Keep in the know about VT KnowledgeWorks through Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

VT KnowledgeWorks

VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, supported by the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters are in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, Bloomfield Partners, LLC, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, Interactive Achievement, Inc., Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLC, Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

Showcase of 2014 VTKW Global Teams: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

University teams will be competing in the 2014 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge during the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA, August 17-23, 2014.

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge Showcase of Teams

  Universiti Teknologi Malaysia - Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Business concept and description:

Health Tech
Health Tech develops compact, portable, and affordable rehabilitation robots to assist stroke patients with their rehabilitation requirements. CR2-Motion is a tool used for rehabilitation purposes, as well as for the elderly for exercise. It is used to train for entire body movement using Kinect sensor, while playing interesting games named Durian Runtuh, which won the 2014 Microsoft Imagine Cup.

2014 VTKW Global Student Business Concept Challenge Team Health Tech from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Pictured: Grace Tan

Team Health Tech will be competing in the 2014 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge for the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy and the $25,000 Grand Prize in the Washington Lecture Hall in the Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, Virginia, on Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. All are invited and those who would like to attend can register here.

For more information about Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, visit their Facebook page.

The Fifth Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week will be held August 17 – 23, 2014.

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA. The Global Partnership is an ongoing cooperative association of regions building permanent social, academic, and commercial relationships with each other, for mutual long-term advantage. Members of the partnership gather annually during a week-long Global Partnership event hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

For more information about getting involved in the Global Partnership Week, please contact Lindsey Eversole, Outreach Manager, leversole@vtknowledgeworks.com.

Keep in the know about VT KnowledgeWorks through Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

VT KnowledgeWorks

VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, supported by the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters are in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, Bloomfield Partners, LLC, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, Interactive Achievement, Inc., Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLC, Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

Showcase of 2014 VTKW Global Teams: University of Kent

University teams will be competing in the 2014 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge during the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA, August 17-23, 2014.

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge Showcase of Teams

  University of Kent – Kent, United Kingdom

Business concept and description:

Assero
Assero seeks to implement a technological solution which secures financial micro-transactions, manages access and provides biometric identities to all micro transactors. The solution establishes traceability and audit of micro transactions using a mobile phone working in tandem with a biometric scanner.

2014 VTKW Global Student Business Concept Challenge Team Assero from University of Kent
Pictured: Disha Bansal

Watch the video to learn more about Assero.

Team Assero will be competing in the 2014 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge for the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy and the $25,000 Grand Prize in the Washington Lecture Hall in the Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, Virginia, on Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. All are invited and those who would like to attend can register here.

For more information about University of Kent, visit their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.

The Fifth Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week will be held August 17 – 23, 2014.

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA. The Global Partnership is an ongoing cooperative association of regions building permanent social, academic, and commercial relationships with each other, for mutual long-term advantage. Members of the partnership gather annually during a week-long Global Partnership event hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

For more information about getting involved in the Global Partnership Week, please contact Lindsey Eversole, Outreach Manager, leversole@vtknowledgeworks.com.

Keep in the know about VT KnowledgeWorks through Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

VT KnowledgeWorks

VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, supported by the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters are in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, Bloomfield Partners, LLC, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, Interactive Achievement, Inc., Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLC, Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

Showcase of 2014 VTKW Global Teams: Vienna University of Technology

University teams will be competing in the 2014 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge during the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA, August 17-23, 2014.

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge Showcase of Teams

Vienna University of Technology – Vienna, Austria

Business concept and description:

OpenDoor
OpenDoor is a better and safer way to manage building access. Through a small physical device, any intercom can be upgraded to be controlled through the OpenDoor system. The administrator can hand out and revoke permanent or temporary keys to anybody with the OpenDoor app on their smartphones. This ensures real-time information about who has access to and who enters a certain building, and eliminates all the hassles that come with physical keys.

2014 VTKW Global Student Business Concept Challenge Team OpenDoor from Vienna University of Technology
Pictured: Philipp Omenitsch, Jason Chapell, Maria Hochstöger

Watch the video to learn more about OpenDoor.

Team OpenDoor will be competing in the 2014 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge for the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy and the $25,000 Grand Prize in the Washington Lecture Hall in the Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, Virginia, on Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. All are invited and those who would like to attend can register here.

For more information about Vienna University of Technology, visit their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.

The Fifth Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week will be held August 17 – 23, 2014.

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA. The Global Partnership is an ongoing cooperative association of regions building permanent social, academic, and commercial relationships with each other, for mutual long-term advantage. Members of the partnership gather annually during a week-long Global Partnership event hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

For more information about getting involved in the Global Partnership Week, please contact Lindsey Eversole, Outreach Manager, leversole@vtknowledgeworks.com.

Keep in the know about VT KnowledgeWorks through Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

VT KnowledgeWorks

VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, supported by the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters are in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, Bloomfield Partners, LLC, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, Interactive Achievement, Inc., Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLC, Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

Showcase of 2014 VTKW Global Teams: The University of British Columbia

University teams will be competing in the 2014 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge during the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA, August 17-23, 2014.

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge Showcase of Teams

  The University of British Columbia – British Columbia, Canada

Business concept and description:

Santé West – Progressive Weight Bearing Brace
Santé West aims to bring the proven science of partial weight bearing to a personal, convenient device, helping the user recover from knee and lower leg injuries in less time with better functional outcomes.

2014 VTKW Global Student Business Concept Challenge Team Santé West from University of British Columbia
Pictured left to right: Cam Stuart, Megan O’Brien, Bayden Hamilton

Watch the video to learn more about Santé West.

Team Santé West will be competing in the 2014 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge for the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy and the $25,000 Grand Prize in the Washington Lecture Hall in the Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, Virginia, on Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. All are invited and those who would like to attend can register here.

For more information about The University of British Columbia, visit their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.

The Fifth Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week will be held August 17 – 23, 2014.

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA. The Global Partnership is an ongoing cooperative association of regions building permanent social, academic, and commercial relationships with each other, for mutual long-term advantage. Members of the partnership gather annually during a week-long Global Partnership event hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

For more information about getting involved in the Global Partnership Week, please contact Lindsey Eversole, Outreach Manager, leversole@vtknowledgeworks.com.

Keep in the know about VT KnowledgeWorks through Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

VT KnowledgeWorks

VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, supported by the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters are in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, Bloomfield Partners, LLC, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, Interactive Achievement, Inc., Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLC, Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

Showcase of 2014 VTKW Global Teams: Virginia Tech

University teams will be competing in the 2014 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge during the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA, August 17-23, 2014.

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge Showcase of Teams

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - Blacksburg, USA

Business concept and description:

Vestigo
Why can your smartphone guide you from thousands of miles away to within 20 feet of your destination, but when you arrive you’re on your own for finding a parking space? The most outdated part of your commute today isn’t your car; it’s finding that space. We believe we have an answer to this problem and that solution is Vestigo, your parking lot GPS. Vestigo uses a novel data collection system that takes advantage of inexpensive, high quality laser rangefinders in tandem with a mobile service – to provide a real time map of available parking. Our team is attempting to bring down the cost of real time parking occupancy sensors. We believe that real world, real time, information can make our communities more efficient and improve everyone’s quality of life.

2014 VTKW Global Student Business Concept Challenge Team Vestigo from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Pictured left to right: Paul Feagan, Joe Acanfora, Jeff Morris

Watch the video to learn more about Vestigo.

Team Vestigo will be competing in the 2014 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge for the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy and the $25,000 Grand Prize in the Washington Lecture Hall in the Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, Virginia, on Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. All are invited and those who would like to attend can register here.

For more information about Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, visit their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.

The Fifth Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week will be held August 17 – 23, 2014.

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA. The Global Partnership is an ongoing cooperative association of regions building permanent social, academic, and commercial relationships with each other, for mutual long-term advantage. Members of the partnership gather annually during a week-long Global Partnership event hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

For more information about getting involved in the Global Partnership Week, please contact Lindsey Eversole, Outreach Manager, leversole@vtknowledgeworks.com.

Keep in the know about VT KnowledgeWorks through Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

VT KnowledgeWorks

VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, supported by the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters are in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, Bloomfield Partners, LLC, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, Interactive Achievement, Inc., Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLC, Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

Rural System’s New Bag ‘n’ Brag App Featured in the Roanoke Times

Rural System’s new mobile application for social hunters, Bag ‘n’ Brag, was featured in The Roanoke Times this Sunday, July 13th.

Rural System Bag 'n' Brag photoshoot with Matt Gentry Photographer Matt Gentry has Jim Schweitzer pose for a photo with the Rural System Bag ‘n’ Brag app.

Rural System founder Bob Giles, creator Risa Pesapane, technology lead Jim Schweizter, and publisher Anne Giles all became connected through the area’s local technology economy and community. Handshake Media founder Anne Giles met Jim Schweitzer of Vision Point Systems at a Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council event in 2008. Vision Point Systems has an office at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.

Risa Pesapane worked with Dr. Giles on the design of the app and its user interface. Jim Schweitzer and his team at Vision Point Systems coded the working app and contributed to its design and fluidity. Bag ‘n’ Brag was then published by Handshake Media, Inc.

Rural System, Inc. and Handshake Media, Inc. are both members of VT KnowledgeWorks.

Robert “Bob” Giles is a retired Professor Emeritus from Virginia Tech. He, Risa Pesapane and Anne Giles are all alumni of Virginia Tech.

Rural System’s real goal is to build tools for the “modern, technologically advanced rural person.” The company was founded by Robert Giles, a Virginia Tech professor of 33 years.

Giles, who graduated from Tech in 1955, authored 200 scientific articles and two textbooks on wildlife management before retiring from his teaching career in 1998.

Shortly after, he said he decided to start practicing what he had been preaching for more than three decades.

A lot of nonprofit organizations have sought to improve living conditions for rural areas by encouraging residents to make better use of the natural resources they have at their fingertips, Giles said, but some of the problems these communities face go beyond that kind of work.

“We just can’t beg for it, we have to find an alternate way,” he said. “And I’m convinced significant profits are going to be the only way we can get improved natural resource management. So I’m figuring the company is a way to do it.”

Read the full Roanoke Times article here.

Read more about Bag ‘n’ Brag on Rural System’s blog or visit the Bag ‘n’ Brag Facebook page.

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VT KnowledgeWorks

VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, supported by the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters are in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, Bloomfield Partners, LLC, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, Interactive Achievement, Inc., Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLC, Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

Showcase of 2014 VTKW Global Teams: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

University teams will be competing in the 2014 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge during the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA, August 17-23, 2014.

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge Showcase of Teams

  Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile – Santiago, Chile

Business concept and description:

DD-MOff
DD-MOff team is a group of bio-engineering girls concerned about the environment, who are working hard in trying to solve with R&D the problem of the highly invasive algae Didymo in their country, Chile, and the entire world. Didymo is a highly invasive algae spreading in several rivers and lakes around the world, affecting negatively their natural flora and fauna. DD-MOff is a natural product designed to be applied on any object that was in contact with the algae, killing the latter effectively and reducing the chance of dissemination to new environments, while not affecting other ecosystems. DD-MOff kills the algae faster and more effectively than any other existing solutions.

2014 VTKW Global Student Business Concept Challenge Team DD-MOff from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Pictured left to right: Andrea Mohr, Alison Scheuch and Trinidad Schlotterbeck

Watch the video to learn more about DD-MOff.

Team DD-MOff will be competing in the 2014 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge for the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy and the $25,000 Grand Prize in the Washington Lecture Hall in the Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, Virginia, on Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. All are invited and those who would like to attend can register here.

For more information about Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, visit their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.

The Fifth Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week will be held August 17 – 23, 2014.

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA. The Global Partnership is an ongoing cooperative association of regions building permanent social, academic, and commercial relationships with each other, for mutual long-term advantage. Members of the partnership gather annually during a week-long Global Partnership event hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

For more information about getting involved in the Global Partnership Week, please contact Lindsey Eversole, Outreach Manager, leversole@vtknowledgeworks.com.

Keep in the know about VT KnowledgeWorks through Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

VT KnowledgeWorks

VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, supported by the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters are in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, Bloomfield Partners, LLC, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, Interactive Achievement, Inc., Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLC, Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

Showcase of 2014 VTKW Global Teams: University of Trento

University teams will be competing in the 2014 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge during the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA, August 17-23, 2014.

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge Showcase of Teams

University of Trento – Trento, Italy

Business concept and description:

feelSpace
feelSpace provides a navigation device for blind people. It is a belt that has vibrating units around the waist. The unit that points to a selected goal – either a gps coordinate or north, is always vibrating, thereby indicating the way. This is especially useful for blind and visually impaired people who need their hands and ears free to fully perceive their environment when navigating.

2014 VTKW Global Student Business Concept Challenge Team feelSpace from University of Trento

Watch the video to learn more about feelSpace.

Team feelSpace will be competing in the 2014 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge for the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy and the $25,000 Grand Prize in the Washington Lecture Hall in the Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, Virginia, on Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. All are invited and those who would like to attend can register here.

For more information about University of Trento, visit their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.

The Fifth Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week will be held August 17 – 23, 2014.

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA. The Global Partnership is an ongoing cooperative association of regions building permanent social, academic, and commercial relationships with each other, for mutual long-term advantage. Members of the partnership gather annually during a week-long Global Partnership event hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

For more information about getting involved in the Global Partnership Week, please contact Lindsey Eversole, Outreach Manager, leversole@vtknowledgeworks.com.

Keep in the know about VT KnowledgeWorks through Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

VT KnowledgeWorks

VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, supported by the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters are in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, Bloomfield Partners, LLC, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, Interactive Achievement, Inc., Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLC, Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.