In the News


2009

Innovation Education at the Weiss Tech House
www.philly.com
November 2, 2009
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2009 Honors and Academic Awards
UPenn Almanac
April 28, 2009
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Technically Philly
April 28, 2009
Technically Philly launched on Feb. 9, 2009 in response to the Philadelphia region’s maturing Web-based creative economies. We cover the trends, the news and the people that affect and the events that include this growing technology community.
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StealthRowing among PennVention winners
Philadelphia Business Journal and MSN Money
April 13, 2009
StealthRowing was the top prize winner at the fifth annual PennVention competition held by the University of Pennsylvania’s Weiss Tech House. The company, which won $5,000, designs and makes specialized training equipment that allows rowers to get the effect of rowing on the water while training indoors. The idea behind it is to make rowing more accessible to inner-city youth.
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2008

Weiss Tech House Celebrates Five Years of Making Innovation Happen
PennParents
Fall 2008
At Weiss Tech House (WTH), when a light bulb goes on over someone’s head it may be more than just a metaphor. One thing is certain, if it’s the bright idea of an aspiring innovator, it will get the lab space, funding, competition, and support it needs to help launch it on its way.
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2007

Former Monster.com CEO shares tips with entrepreneur hopefuls
Daily Pennsylvanian
November, 7 2007
For aspiring entrepreneurs, the tips that Andrew McKelvey, ex-CEO of Monster.com, offered last evening covered everything from the sacrifices an innovator must make to succeed to how to make success a reality.
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GPS Robot Wins College Inventor Competition
Young Money Magazine
October 2007
For climate-change researchers like The National Weather Service, better data is on the way thanks to an invention and student-founded start-up company from the University of Pennsylvania called Radiosonde Recovery.
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Dermatologist shares a “Proactiv” business strategy
Daily Pennsylvanian
September 28, 2007
Dr. Rodan, co-developer of Proactiv Solution, discussed the ideas, research and marketing techniques behind Proactiv Solution.
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GPS Innovation Gives Weather Bots a New Ride
CIO.com
May 15, 2007
Warren Jackson, an engineering graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, never cared all that much about the weather. Yet when he scanned news reports about how the National Weather Service and independent researchers collected weather data, some facts didn’t make sense.
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And the Winning Prototype Is…
The Pennsylvania Gazette
May 7, 2007
The top prize in this year’s PennVention competition—a Weiss Tech House program that bestows cash and other prizes on student inventions with commercial potential—went to a parachuting robot designed to recover weather instruments sent into near-orbit altitudes.
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The Best Inventions That Don’t Exist
The Pennsylvania Gazette
May 7, 2007
If great inventions are born of small irritations, Li Yi C’10 has a patent-filled future ahead of him.
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PennVention Winners
University of Pennsylvania Almanac
April 24, 2007
The third annual PennVention Invention Fair took place last month at the Weiss Tech House.
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Guiding parachutes, getting $5K
Daily Pennsylvanian
April 9, 2007
For Engineering junior Warren Jackson, a good idea has finally translated into $5,000 in cash. Jackson’s team, Radiosonde Recovery, secured first place at the Weiss Tech House’s PennVention finals on Friday.
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Brimming with Ideas
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 9, 2007
Edmonton native Warren Jackson has been selected as a finalist in the University of Pennsylvania’s annual PennVention inventor’s competition. He has come up with a GPS-based robot that will aid in climate-change research.
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Input/Output: Radiosonde Recovery
Edmonton Journal
March 28, 2007
Pity the poor placekicker on a high school or college football team. He always has trouble finding someone to do the dull job of holding the ball so he can spend hours practicing one kick after another after another.
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Quicker Kicker on Sports Illustrated’s Campus Chronicles
SI.Com
March 28, 2007
Penn kicker Derrick Zoch can now call himself the Thomas Edison of field goal kicking. Zoch has invented a mechanical football holder that simulates the snap and hold that occur in a live game situation.
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Weiss Tech House: PennVention Startup Winners
Tech Startups
March 22, 2007
Since 2005, the PennVention competition at UPENN’s Weiss Tech House has helped launch more than 10 businesses including Humanistic Robotics www.humanisticrobotics.com and Intellistem www.intellistem.com.
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Second to none
Penn Compact
March 13, 2007
PennVention, the annual student invention competition, is the place for students to show off their very best inventive ideas. Now there’s a home for students’ second-tier ideas, too—ones they may not have the time or skills to completely develop.
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Simply the (2nd) best
Penn Current
March 1, 2007
It’s rare that we’re encouraged to bring our second-best idea to the table. But that was exactly the charge to students at the Weiss Tech House 2nd Best Idea Slam, held at the technology hub on Feb. 16.
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Idea smackdown, where also-rans are welcome
Philly.com
February 19, 2007
It would be easy to dismiss the University of Pennsylvania’s “2nd-Best Idea Slam” as an “American Idol for Nerds.” But Friday’s event, whose name plays off the urban “poetry slam” trend, sought to impress on students the need to work with people across disciplines – engineering, marketing, computer science, even law.
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Second Best Idea Slam Set for February 16th
February 14, 2007
Ten students will showcase their ideas at the “2nd Best Idea Slam” this Friday at the Weiss Tech House. Come hear their pitches, vote for your favorite idea, and network with potential collaborators.
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PennVention Profiles – Movement Quantifier
February 13, 2007
Mosha He (SEAS ’08) doesn’t play golf, but the PhD candidate still intends to make a significant contribution to the popular pastime. Along with Vipin Gupta (SEAS ’08) and Vincent Wei (SEAS ’08) Mosha founded “Movement Quantifier,” a team that is developing a pressure-sensing technology that records and measures golfers’ foot movements in this year’s PennVention competition.
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Bright ideas from the second best
Daily Pennsylvanian
February 2, 2007
Yi Li calls himself an “idea person.” If it were up to this Engineering freshman, elevators would have “undo” buttons for inadvertently pressed floors, and dietetic drinks would be sold outside of restaurants to speed up diners’ metabolisms after eating a five-course meal.
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Innovation Fund Project Brings Computers to Cameroon
Daily Pennsylvanian
January 26, 2007
Three students, one alumnus and one faculty member from CommuniTech – an information-technology service organization in the School of Engineering and Applied Science – installed about 100 computers at 20 different locations in Cameroon.
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These Schnozberries Taste Like Schnozberries!
Daily Pennsylvanian
January 22, 2007
Imagine being able to taste a candy bar before ever reaching for your wallet. Then imagine doing the same for soda, alcohol or chocolate. That’s exactly what Adnan Aziz – a 2004 Engineering and College alumnus – wants you to do.
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PennVention Numbers Rise as Student Inventors Find Needs to Fill
January 1, 2007
While some students spent their winter break catching up on a little R&R, those participating in the Weiss Tech House’s annual PennVention competition were otherwise engaged in a little R&D.
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Second Best Idea Slam
January 1, 2007
The “Second Best Idea Slam” is a new contest at the Weiss Tech House designed to bring together prolific idea generators and skilled collaborators to encourage the creation, development and commercialization of innovative technologies.
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2006

Inspired by Willy Wonka, First Flavor’s Edible Marketing Stimulates Sales as well as Taste Buds
ABC News Now
December 13, 2006
After being selected as one of the “Top 25 Entrepreneurs Under 25” by Businessweek Magazine, First Flavor, Inc. founder Adnan Aziz (SEAS/SAS ’04) debuted his new edible marketing technology on ABC News Now.
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From Conceptualization to Commercialization Conference Marks First Annual INNOVATION WEEK at Penn
Daily Pennsylvanian
November 6, 2006
As part of the first annual Innovation Week, designed to inspire undergraduates around technological innovation, a panel of experts convened in Berger Auditorium to answer questions and give advice.
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MuscleMorph Wins FORTUNE Small Business Magazine’s Battle of the Business Plans
FORTUNE Small Business Magazine
October 2006
Last year’s PennVention grand prize winner, team MuscleMorph, was selected out of hundreds on entries from across the country for their innovative “muscle-like device to replace traditional motors in prosthetic and orthopedic limbs.”
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PennCompact in Action
University of Pennsylvania
December 2006
In a program run through the Center for Community Partnerships and the Weiss Tech House—the University’s science and engineering hub—Penn students lead after-school math, science and technology classes at two West Philadelphia schools.
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WTH Assistant Faculty Director Dr. Mark Yim Receives DARPA Grant
November 15, 2006
Dr. Mark Yim and Vijay Kumar joined with the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Lab and others to obtain a DARPA contract to design a remote controlled nano air vehicle (NAV). The device will be similar in size and shape to a maple tree seed.
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MentorTech Ventures Funds Fone2Fone and First Flavor
November 14, 2006
MentorTech Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund formed last year by former W harton senior lecturer and serial technology entrepreneur Michael Aronson (W’78) and Boris Kalander (WG’88), recently invested in Adnan Aziz’s (SAS/SEAS’04) First Flavor and Kunal Gupta (M&T’04) and Rishi Bhat’s (SEAS’05/MS’06) Fone2Fone.
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Student wins $1,000 from Anonymous Donor in First Innovation Week Treasure Hunt
Daily Pennsylvanian

November 13, 2006
First annual Innovation Week designed to excite students around technological innovation awards technology-based Treasure Hunt winner who answered clues about Penn’s history of innovation.
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Innovation Week Panel: From Conceptualization to Commercialization
Daily Pennsylvanian
November 10, 2006
A panel of experts convened as part of the University’s first annual Innovation Week celebrate to answer questions and encourage students to take a chance on their “big idea” while they have the available resources and little to lose.
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Anonymous Donor Gives $1,000 for Treasure Hunt
November 6, 2006
An anonymous Penn Alum donates $1,000 to a technology-based, campus wide treasure hunt as part of Innovation Week 2006.
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“First Flavor selected as one of BusinessWeek’s Best Young Entrepreneurs”
BusinessWeek
November 2, 2006
Innovation Fund recipient and Weiss Tech House alum, Adnan Aziz (SAS/SEAS’04) was selected as one of the “Top 25 Entrepreneurs Under 25” by BusinessWeek Magazine.
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MuscleMorph Wins First Place in FORTUNE Small Business Magazine Competition
FORTUNE Small Business Magazine
October 30, 2006
The Grand Prize Winner of PennVention 2006, MuscleMorph, won FORTUNE Small Business Magazine’s Battle of the Business Plans for their motion actuator system and simulates the movement of biological muscles.
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MuscleMorph, now Smart Motion Technologies, Rings NASDAQ closing bell
August 8, 2006
2006 PennVention winner, team MuscleMorph, went on to win the Wharton Business Plan competition and rang the NASDAQ Stock Market closing bell.
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Allison Floam’s Sunsak
ABC Money Matters
August 2006
Allison Floam (W’05) describes how she came up with her idea for a convertible beach towel to a beach going audience on ABC Money Matters.
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Beach Blanket Bingo
Philadelphia Business Journal
July 30, 2006
Announces Allison Floam’s debut on QVC as she goes on air to sell the Sunsak, convertible beach towel to a national audience.
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Allison Floam Debuts SunSak on QVC
QVC
One year after winning the QVC Consumer Innovation prize at PennVention 2006, Weiss Tech House alum Allison Floam goes on QVC to introduce the SunSak to a national audience.
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TV Room Tranquility, Revolutionary Robotics, Sweeter Swings
Gazette
June 26, 2006
A selection of 2006 PennVention winners, VuShare, MuscleMorph,Octave Swing Trainer are highlighted.
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PennVention Winners
Almanac
May 2, 2006
2006 PennVention winners are listed and highlighted.
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Competition spawns companies
Philadelphia Business Journal
April 28, 2006
Profile of past and current winners of the Weiss Tech House’s annual student invention competition, PennVention.
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At Work With Anne Stamer
Penn Current
April 13, 2006
The Weiss Tech House Director answers questions about her workday, colleagues and plans for the University’s hub for technological innovation.
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Inventors’ contest awards $50,000 in prizes
Muscle simulator, detergent packets among the winners
Daily Pennsylvanian
April 12, 2006
Winners of PennVention 2006 are announced.
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Weiss Tech House Announces Finalists of PennVention Competition
March 22, 2006
The top ten finalists entering the PennVention 2006 Invention Fair are announced.
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Furby inventor still loves work after 20 years
Daily Pennsylvanian
January 30, 2006
Avid toy inventor and founder of Tiger Electronics and Zizzle.com, Roger Schiffman, speaks to students about his passion for technological innovation as part of the Weiss Tech House distinguished speaker series.
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Innovation Fund Project: Engineers Bring Aid to Rural Honduras
Daily Pennsylvanian
January 1, 2006
Innovation Fund recipients, Penn Engineers Without Borders, describe their project to bring socially responsible innovation to rural Honduras.
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2005

Minesweeper
34th Street Magazine
September 15, 2005
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Faculty Director Karl Ulrich on Xootr Scooter and TerraPass
Philadelphia Weekly
September 7, 2005
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World Landmine News
September 2005
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Enterprising duo has designs on bomb-detonating robots
Philadelphia Business Journal
April 29, 2005
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PennVention 2005
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Student captures $5K prize in tech contest
Daily Pennsylvanian
April 11, 2005
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Gutmann speaks of passion in education
Daily Pennsylvanian
March 25, 2005
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Students get advice on seeking patents
Daily Pennsylvanian
March 17, 2005
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Local eatery owner proffers trade secrets
Daily Pennsylvanian
February 16, 2005
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Eagles aside, it’s all about ads for communications professor
Daily Pennsylvanian
February 8, 2005
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Prof explains science behind tsunamis
Daily Pennsylvanian
February 7, 2005
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QVC Spokeswoman Plugs Tech Mentoring
Daily Pennsylvanian
January 19, 2005
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2004

Inventor challenges students to take part in contest
Daily Pennsylvanian
November 5, 2004
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Student mentor details venture capital industry
Daily Pennsylvanian
October 7, 2004
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Penn Student Innovates with the Help of Weiss Technology House
Innovation Philadelphia Newsletter
April 21, 2004
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Seniors learn anew via Smiling Screens
Philadelphia Business Journal
May 19, 2004
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Tech CEOs combine business, engineering
The Daily Pennsylvanian
March 24, 2004
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A House Built with Ideas
Gazette
March/April 2004
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Innovators welcome at Weiss Tech House
The Penn Current
January 29, 2004
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Tech House Supports Would-be Inventors
Philadelphia Business Journal
March 15, 2004
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Start Up Founder Shares Business Ups and Downs
The Daily Pennsylvanian
March 3, 2004
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The Chocolate Guy Dishes out Business and Food at the Weiss Tech Touse
The Daily pennsylvanian
February 19, 2004
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Innovation Center Draws Supporters
The Daily Pennsylvanian
January 23, 2004
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2003

Local Students Visit Weiss Tech House
The Daily Pennsylvanian
November 10, 2003
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Tech House in the NEPA News
NEPA News
October 27, 2003
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New Tech Center Opens At Penn
CBS- KYW TV Philadelphia
October 27, 2003
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Penn’s Place For Students to Develop Tech Ideas
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 27, 2003
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Ceremony Marks Weiss Tech House Opening
The Daily Pennsylvanian
October 27, 2003
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SpinBrush Inventor Talks Innovation at the Tech House
The Daily Pennsylvanian
October 2, 2003
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New Hub Inspires Hi-Tech Dreams
Penn Parents Newsletter
Fall 2003
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Dormitory System, Hubs Alter Living on Campus
The Daily Pennsylvanian
September 09, 2003
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Catapulting into the Future
Wharton Now
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New Tech House to Serve as Project Hub
The Daily Pennsylvanian
March 24, 2003
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Penn’s Newest Technology Haven to Open in February
The Daily Pennsylvanian
January 17, 2003
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2002

A New Learning Hub on Campus Makes Three
Penn Current
December 5, 2002
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Tech House to Spark Innovation
The Daily Pennsylvanian
November 08, 2002
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2001

Alum Donates $20 Million for Financial Aid, Tech Hub
The Daily Pennsylvanian
February 02, 2001
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