Turning clunkers into hybrids and powering Tanzanian villages with rechargeable batteries are just a couple of the ideas to come out of Knowledge@Wharton’s second annual Innovation Tournament. Sponsored jointly by K@W and Wipro Technologies, the tournament challenged innovators from around the world to compete for a total of $40,000 in cash prizes.
The top 14 submissions were invited to Philadelphia on April 27 to present their ideas to a panel of judges made up of academics and industry leaders. After the winners were announced, Knowledge@Wharton interviewed the victors in each category and the grand prize winner:
Best new customer-centric innovation: L3, a new video encryption technology, represented by Anil Gupte:
Best new sustainability innovation: Welectricity, a social networking site that encourages energy savings, represented by Herbert Samuel:
Best implemented customer-centric innovation: WiseWindow, a data service that collects, sorts and displays customized business intelligence in real time, represented by Alex Costakis:
Best implemented sustainability innovation: Revolo, a process that converts old automobiles into hybrids, represented by Rajeev Kulkarni:
Grand prize winner: EGG-energy, a battery swapping service in Tanzania, represented by Rhonda Jordan:
Check out Knowledge@Wharton Wednesday for more coverage of the Innovation Tournament.