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Wolfie Tank 2015

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On Monday, November 2, 2015 the Stony Brook Innovation Lab held the first ever Wolfie Tank. A spin off from the popular show Shark Tank, Wolfie Tank gave seven Stony Brook community members the opportunity to pitch their idea.product to a panel of expert judges.  The goal of the event was to promote an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit on the Stony Brook campus. With collaboration from our partners in College of Business, Division of Information Technology, IREP, VP for Economic Development, Long Island LaunchPad and ListNet, Wolfie Tank was able to provide current and future entrepreneurs with real life pitch experience to help with the next stages of development for  their idea/product.

Wolfie Tank judges
Lab Director David Ecker; Founder of PJT Consulting,LLC and Vice President of LISTnet, Paul Trapani; Senior Executive of Intellectual Product Solutions, Derek Peterson; Global Director of Disruptive Growth Exploration at Anheuser-Busch InBev, James Keane; LONG ISLAND LAUNCH PAD, Andrew Hazen.

The judges (shown above, excluding David Ecker) gave feedback to each presenter and spoke with them one on one during the networking section of Wolfie Tank.

The room was packed with over 140 people in attendance. Students, faculty, and outside companies were all in attendance.

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Intellectual Product Solutions even created a video on Wolfie Tank 2015, showcasing some of the presenters and judge Derek Peterson.


Interested in Wolfie Tank? Make sure to save the data for next year’s Wolfie Tank 2016 on November 7th in Student Activities Center Ballroom B.

For more pictures from Wolfie Tank 2015 and information on other Innovation Lab events, visit us at or like us on Facebook @sbuinnovationlab.

I-Lab at CEWIT 2015

This past Monday, October 19th, 2015, the Innovation Lab participated in the 12th International Conference & Expo on Emerging Technologies for a Smarter World (CEWIT2015). The conference, originally known as the International Conference on Cutting-Edge Wireless & Information Technologies, is the premier international forum on the applications of emerging technologies in infrastructure, healthcare, and energy, which are three of the most critical components of a smarter global environment. This conference is organized by the New York State Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology (CEWIT) located at Stony Brook University in New York. The conference was located in the Melville Marriot in Long Island, NY.

In order to be featured at this year’s CEWIT expo, the Innovation Lab, like all participants, had to submit an abstract describing their technical contributions highlighting end-to-end technical solutions, applications and systems. The Innovation Lab presented lab member Kelly Smith’s silk screen project, where she made tote bags using the silk screen and sewing machine, Samiha Shakil and Alysha Bullock’s  project where they were able to create a fabric using arduino technology,  the prototype bathrooms high school students, Drew Kaplan and Shakeel Faizy, created with the 3D printer for cerebral palsy patients (link to blog post covering it here), and Allisha Parvez’s 3D printed scientific models of new horizon satellites.

During the expo, the I-Lab had a table set up where they handed out business cards, had a 3D printer on display, handed out vinyl-cut Innovation Lab designs, and answered all questions about what we do here at Stony Brook University’s Innovation Lab.

Below are some photos taken of the team and their table at CEWIT 2015:

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IP Policy Workshop Success!

This past Wednesday, September 30th, 2015, The Innovation Lab had their very first IP (Intellectual Property) policy workshop!

Allison Singh, an experienced IP lawyer, came in to answer all questions concerning IP policy. Singh has worked with Perfumania Holdings, Inc. and Quality King Distributors, Inc. Singh has also authored Getting Over Not Getting In- A College Rejection Guide, and Rearranged!

At the workshop, Singh spoke about trademarks, copyright, patents and answered questions/listened to proposals considering Wolfie Tank.

Here are some pictures from the workshop:

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Social Entrepreneurship Competition!

Get Ready.

Along with The Innovation Lab’s very first Woflie Tank event, The College of Business recently announced that they are hosting a Social Entrepreneurship Competition!


This goal of the competition is to design a way to raise funds in order to support significant innovations that address a social or a local problem.

The initiative can be for-profit, not-for-profit, or both. The innovations that contestants support can relate to a wide range of problems such as education, poverty, social justice, etc. and can incorporate any discipline or combination of disciplines.

This competition is in association with Lift Up Long Island (LULI) and is funded by James and Cecilia Komosinski and Simplex-Grinnell.

The submission process works as follows: by October 15th contestants have to submit a 2-page presubmission initiative description which covers (1) the team or leader submitting the initiative, (2) the problem and evidence for why it’s important, (3) the solution–what the initiative will do and how, (4) why this solution is innovative, and (5) finances–both costs and how the initiative will make or raise money.

From here a panel of distinguished Long Island social entrepreneurs and Stony Brook faculty will provide feedback and invite submissions of detailed business plans for the next round. Groups, according to their initiative, will be assigned to a mentor.

Finalists from this group will work with a mentor to develop a pitch to be presented in person to a panel of social entrepreneurs Monday, Feb. 15th 2016.

Projects will be judged according to how thorough the understanding of the problem is, how innovative it is, the social impact, sustainability, scalability, leadership and teamwork.

Prizes and dollar amounts will range between $500 to $5,000 to implement contestants’ start-ups. A total of $15,000 will be awarded depending on the winning proposals’ need for financial support.

For more information, go to or or contact Prof. Gerrit Wolf at or Prof. Richard Chan at

Attached is a document covering more information concerning the competition:College of Business Social Entrepreneurship Competition Announcement Fly…


First Workshop of the Year; Maker Mentality!

Come September 2nd, between the 1-2:20 pm in Harriman 210 (The Innovation Lab), to the Innovation Lab’s first workshop of the Fall 2015 semester!

This is the Maker Mentality workshop, and it will inform all attendants on what exactly it means to be a maker, the tools and resources needed to get started, the various ways in which the Maker Movement is impacting the modern world, and the cool, interesting ways in which you can get started here at the lab!

The Maker Movement is a movement that combines entrepreneurial spirit with modern technology. This movement accounts for approximately 28 million small businesses and the creation of 8 million new jobs in the U.S.

Maker’s use technology to help make everyday living simpler and more efficient, create new boundaries for the uses of modern technology, start up new businesses, and most importantly, use their imagination as fuel for innovation.

Here is a nice graphic with some information about the Maker Movement:


During the workshop we will provide information on the resources we and others can offer to get started in the maker community, such as: Maker festivals, events, meetups, etc.

The Innovation Lab from its opening has put much effort into networking in the local maker community, and will help you get your foot in the door.

Make sure to come September 2nd!

Girl Scouts Visit the Innovation Lab

This Saturday, Girl Scouts came to visit the Lab and learn about the different tools and technologies that are available.  Staff members gave them an orientation and educated them on things such as 3D printing and arduinos.  The girls also enjoyed the opportunity to utilize the green screen and white board walls.  The Innovation Lab is excited to get a younger generation involved in the community and looks forward to hosting future events like this one!

LED Flower Building for a Cause

Help Innovation Lab & IEEE build LED roses for the Artem Ayzen Scholarship fundraiser!

No experience is necessary.

The LED roses will be sold as a fundraiser in memory of Artem Ayzen, a former graduate student in the EE/CE program that passed away due to a tragic accident.
Artem was the brainchild of the roses, which he used to promote engineering to women. All the proceeds will go to a scholarship fund in his name.

When & Where:
Wednesday, April 8th 6 PM in the Innovation Lab

Click the following link to register:

Ardruino Workshop


This past Wednesday the Innovation Lab and Saket Ati, the president of IEEE, hosted a hands on Ardrunio workshop. The workshop, for beginners, focuses on the different parts of tIMG_2086 (2)he Ardrunio and what they are used for. Ati discussed how to set up simple cirucits with blinking lights, buttons and buzzers. After the basics were covered, participants practiced uploading small C programs using the Ardruino’s IDE software. The goal of the workshop was not just to teach the basics of Ardrunio but, to show the variety of projects that the Ardruino can be used for in real world applications. IMG_20150401_135935654 IMG_20150401_135822319