NEW ORLEANS (Oct. 27, 2017) — A cross disciplinary team of Hampton University students won first place at the NASA Institute for Local Innovations (ILI) Technology Implementation Market Engine (TIME) Challenge Competition in New Orleans, Oct. 25 - 27.
“Please know how proud I am of these wonderful students,” said Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey. “They are a true example of THE 'Standard of Excellence' that we produce here at Hampton University.”
During the ILI T.I.M.E Challenge, Hampton students reviewed scores of NASA-patented technologies and developed a pitch to bring them to market. Students took patented technology (“as is” or by modifying one or more of the technologies) identified by ILI as having terrestrial use in the areas of water, soil/food production, energy production, robotics and with a high likelihood of marketability.
“This was an unforgettable and life changing event,” said Hampton senior, Jalia Durant. “I am delighted that I had to the chance to experience it. The huge takeaway that I got from this event is that your age does not measure your success.”
“My goal is to have the students embrace ‘Community Development and Applied Economics’ as the vehicle to transform their space in the world,” said Dr. Oliver Jones, team faculty advisor and HU assistant professor of Entrepreneurship, Economic and Marketing. “‘Creating a Future with a Future‘ is my life’s work.”
Hampton students were paired with Liquid Studio’s seasoned entrepreneurs and industry experts for idea development and mentoring to “get to market” faster. NASA is positioned to license the technologies. This innovative student engagement program allowed Hampton students to apply their academic and job skills; build confidence and develop success-oriented attitudes; and increase motivation for engagement in the larger economy. The project has the potential to generate revenue, launch careers, and bring important technologies to the marketplace.
“Hampton represented in a major way as half the semifinalists were Hampton students and practically all-female in a male-dominated field,” said Dr. Ziette Hayes, Dean of the Hampton University School of Business. “Although the effort was led by business students, it was a cross disciplinary effort, including students from the schools of Engineering and Journalism as well as the department of Political Science.”