InfyMakers Awards

2017 Winners

  • 3D Design Problem Bank

    Ipswich, MA

    Allows schools to use 3D printing as a catalyst for student empowerment and action. School members post problems and students create authentic solutions, becoming engaged and experienced changemakers in the process.

  • 3D Printing of Congenital Heart Defect Models

    Phoenix, AZ

    These 3D models enable clinicians to review patient anatomy prior to potentially invasive and challenging medical procedures.

  • A mold for cookstove burner production in post-earthquake Nepal

    San Francisco, CA

    A Mold for Cookstove Burner Production in Post-Earthquake Nepal specially designed to enable a sand-casting process for large-scale production of market-beating, highly efficient, clean and very affordable cookstove burners.

  • Argos SmartBoot

    Madison, WI

    A method for tracking the location of a firefighter within a building and reporting the location of the firefighter, as well as additional health and environmental information, to an external support team.

  • Ballistra Guidewire Advancer

    Bordentown, NJ

    A device that will drastically reduce complication rates associated with the 5 million central lines placed into the veins of patients each year by Making the procedure one-handed, fully visualized and protected.

  • Braille Thing?

    Graton, CA

    A 3D printed system that allows a visually impaired child to play and learn the braille alphabet in a fun and engaging way!

  • Carp-A-Diem

    Madison, WI

    An electric fishing drone to efficiently harvest Invasive Asian Carp, leveraging the unique characteristics of the species to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the harvest, improving the environment, and creating a sustainable food source.

  • Drying and Inspection apparatus for Diabetic Foot

    El Paso, TX

    A simple device that enables the clinician to monitor foot ulcers on a daily basis without having the patient leave the comfort of their own home, having prompt intervention and avoiding further complications.

  • eCan

    Brooklyn, NY

    A data collecting recycler that can enhance schools recycling program through awareness for the students and a fun interactive project that can be used for teaching.

  • Hedgemon

    Cleveland, OH

    A durable shock-absorbing liner inspired by hedgehogs’ natural ability to withstand high-speed impacts.

  • Lumos: The Hospital Room of the Future

    Berkeley, CA

    A smart lighting and ambient environment controller to lower delirium rates and combat patient loneliness.

  • Mosquito Mortar

    Milltown, NJ

    This is an air-powered cannon that fires water soluble projectiles containing mosquito control products. It is used for delivering mosquito control to inaccessible areas or to communities with limited resources.

  • Nanotechnovate

    Manvel, TX

    A handheld pathogen sensing device detects pathogens rapidly, reliably, and inexpensively.

  • Pantry Cooler

    Easton, PA

    This insulated battery storage unit converted to a cooler makes it easy for deliveries of fresh produce to be made to local food pantries and food banks without fear of spoilage due to lack of temperature control.

  • Path Guidance System For Visually Impaired Athletes

    Aspen, CO

    A device that creates greater access and independence for people with visual impairments to participate in various sports at a high level.

  • Pearl Millet H.I.T. (High Impact Thresher)

    Shrutesbury, MA

    An affordable labor-saving tool designed to thresh and winnow pearl millet, an alternative to manual threshing that has been practiced for thousands of years on small rural subsistence farms.

  • Reflexion Interactive Technologies

    Lancaster, PA

    Detects concussions in only thirty seconds and does not require a coach or trainer to suspect a concussion first. This allows mild concussions that currently go undetected to be caught.

  • RVS Rubber Solutions

    Aurora, OH

    A high-quality, low-cost recycled alternative to to virgin rubber, that is produced through reclaiming would-be waste materials.

  • Shelter 2.0

    Machiopongo, VA

    Low-cost, open source transitional housing that's used for the homeless, refugees and victims of natural disasters.

  • SuperGait Ankle Foot Orthosis

    Toledo, OH

    The hinged ankle foot orthosis (a medical device used to treat drop foot) developed here enables users to get closer to a normal range of motion through the use of super-elastic material.

  • Talking Tools for the Blind and Visually Impaired

    Madison, WI

    A system to add talking functionality to tools that traditionally display data using a digital display.

  • Tape-It-Easy (TIE)

    Seattle, WA

    A hand-driven system that simplifies water efficient drip irrigation installation, Making it a pragmatic option for small-scale farmers and gardeners, thus leading to increasing adoption rates and contributing to global water conservation.

  • The Babylon System

    Charlottesville, VA

    This system brings affordable semi-automated hydroponic farming to people's homes.

  • Virtual Fitting Tool for Open-Source Prosthetics

    Blacksburg, VA

    This tool provides an easy, free, open-source methodology for accurately fitting open-source prosthetic hardware to patients.

  • Water Leak Detection Robot

    Cambridge, MA

    This robot can accurately detect leaks in city water distribution pipes. It is made of soft material for maximum reliability and can go around pipe elbows.