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Top Dawg begins

November 5, 2015

 

Ozzy Weast (left) and Cole Carroll (right), freshman chemical engineering majors, present their idea about hidden cameras–Photo by Avery Bryan

Ozzy Weast (left) and Cole Carroll (right), freshman chemical engineering majors, present their idea about hidden cameras–Photo by Avery Bryan

 

Students begin phase one as they pitch ideas for the Top Dawg competition

 

CATHERINE BURKE

Staff Reporter | cjb066@latech.edu

 

Ideas and inventions swirled around University Hall as the 14th annual Top Dawg idea pitch was underway. Seventeen teams of Louisiana Tech students pitched their ideas to other students and a panel of judges.

 

Sawyer Stone, a fourth-year Ph.D. biomedical student, said his group’s idea sparked from working in a lab.

 

“We all do laboratory work with micro fluid testing,” he said. “We saw food getting wasted because of spoiling and decided to come up with the solution of the Chicken Checker.”

 

Stone said the Chicken Checker is a simple and efficient way to check if chicken is safe to eat.

Sawyer Stone, a senior biomedical engineering, demonstrates a Chicken Checker-Photo by Avery Bryan

Sawyer Stone, a senior biomedical engineering, demonstrates a Chicken Checker-Photo by Avery Bryan

 

“So you have chicken in your fridge for a week and are not sure if it is still good,” he said. “The Chicken Checker is a simple piece of paper you press against the chicken and the color determines whether or not it is safe.”

 

Stone said he believes his group’s idea pitch is the best because of the statistics that go along with it.

 

“Every year an average of 2-4 percent of chicken that is to be shipped out is spoiled on the shelf,” he said. “That is around 240 pounds wasted.”

 

Cole Carroll, a freshman chemical engineering major, said his group teamed up to create a device that helps hunters and home security.

 

“We created an incognito camera primarily for deer hunters to set up,” he said. “Too many times deer see a camera and never return to that site so we came up with a sly solution.”

 

“No matter where you hunt, there are always a lot of dead trees around,” he said. “This camera is made to be set up in those dead trees in four different parts, making it almost completely invisible to the naked eye.”

 

Carroll said the camera has more uses than just for deer hunting.

 

“This camera was created for the purpose of helping deer hunters but it has other uses as well,” he said. “This camera can be set up outside your house and used for security purposes.”

 

The director of the center for entrepreneurship and information technology, Debbie Inman, said this is a qualifier event to compete in the championship in the spring.

 

“These groups pitch their ideas and then get a mentor who helps them work on and improve what they have so far,” she said. “They work together to build and prepare to compete again in December and then the spring.”

 

She said she really likes getting students involved on both sides.

 

“We give Tech students the opportunity to look around and vote on which idea pitch they like best,” she said. “The winner gets a $300 cash prize.”

 

Inman said the event helps students work on their future encounters in the business field.

 

“The TOP DAWG idea pitch helps students work on developing as well as future customer service,” she said. “It is really all about creativity and innovation.”

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