CappSci InventorsTM at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science is a 5-year, $1 million competitive prize program to develop innovative technology in the health and environmental sectors.Â CappSciâ€™s applied science model combines public competitions with a strong emphasis on quantifying impact. The company works at the intersection of health, technology, and the environment.Â In 2015, two prizes areÂ offered: one for the best invention to restore coral reefs, and one for the best invention to help people reduce their exposure to carcinogens.
CappSci Inventors 2016 Carcinogen Prize Finalists:
Jose Almirall & Anamary Tarifa, FIU: Analytical Chemistry for Everyone Using CMV
Vinay Bardwaj, FIU: SLISA-BEST
Prasoon Diwakar, Purdue University: Portable Real Time Carcinogen Detector Using LIBS
CappSci Inventors 2016 Coral Prize Finalists:
Andrew Baker & Rivah Winter, UM: Stress hardening corals for reef restoration
Remy Okazaki & Ben Mason, UW: Boosting coral recruitment and reef resilience
Steve Whalan, SCU: Optimizing coral recruitment with novel surfaces
Prasoon Diwakar was announced as winner ofÂ Carcinogen Prize, andÂ Andrew Baker & Rivah Winters as winners of Coral Prize.Â The winners will each be awarded a $100,000 grant to support a 12-18 month installation at the new Museum, as part of its inventors-in-residence initiative. During their residencies, inventors will interact with Museum visitors while building out and testing their technologies in the new Museumâ€™s Innovation Center.Â Museum visitors will watch the inventor work in an open, public-facing technology laboratory, read interactive daily project logs, and discuss the progress and details of the project with a dedicated intern who will serve as a knowledge liaison between the inventor and the public. CappSci and the Museum will also support inventors with mentor-ship and growth opportunities.
Photos by: Brittany Robey