Thursday, August 30, 2012

Tues. Sep. 4: Tech Tran Coffee Talk

Good afternoon!  After the nice long weekend, please join us on Tuesday, September 4, 2012, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Student Center McDonald's for the monthly First Tuesday Tech Tran Coffee talk.  We can discuss anything and everything related to patents, innovation, startups, and the Saluki Idea Competition.  Hope to see you there!

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SIU Technology Transfer Program: http://techtransfer.siuc.edu
SIU Tech Tran Quarterly Newsletter
SIU Tech Tran on Facebook
SIU Tech Tran on Twitter
SIU Tech Tran Google+ Page
SIU Annual Technology and Innovation Expo 
SIU Student and Community Inventors

Jeff Myers, Senior Technology Transfer Specialist, (618) 453-4511 
Amy McMorrow Hunter, Technology Transfer Specialist (618) 453-4556 
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Woody Hall C-218-219 | Mail Code 4709 
900 S. Normal St. | Carbondale, Illinois 62901 


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Please like us! Saluki Idea Competition Facebook Page

Please give the Saluki Idea Competition Facebook page a "Like" if you're on Facebook.  The page is for updates about the competition and for competitors to find teammates.  Thanks!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Saluki Idea Competition Open for Submissions

Go to siu.launcht.com to begin your submission.  Email techtran@siu.edu or call (618) 453-4556 if you have questions.  We wish you success!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Sustainability is theme of Saluki Idea Competition

The Saluki Times
August 24, 2012
by Christi Mathis


CARBONDALE, Ill. -- You're never too young to have a great business idea. 
Just ask Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the men who co-founded Google as college students.  Now, Southern Illinois University Carbondale is giving its students and student-led teams the opportunity to showcase their ideas for new products or services and win cash prizes in the Saluki Idea Competition. 
The contest begins Monday, Aug. 27, as the online submission website launches at www.siu.launcht.com.  Individual students or teams led by one or more students can submit their commercially viable ideas until 1 p.m. Oct. 4.  
The theme of the competition is "Sustainability in Your Community." Each entry must include a catchy and descriptive title for the project, team names and roles, the "hook" (an explanation of the idea and why it's unique), a sales pitch, a financial explanation and a description of how the project relates to the contest theme.   
Individuals or teams may enter but each must have at least one person enrolled full-time or part-time at SIU Carbondale for the fall semester as an undergraduate or graduate student.   There's no limit on the team size and alumni, faculty, staff and the public can participate. At least half of each team must be University students, however. 
There will be two rounds of voting with the first as an online balloting running from 1 p.m. Oct. 5 to 11:59 p.m. Oct. 14.  The top five winners will advance to the finals at the University's Technology and Innovation Expo Oct. 19.  Each team will make a three-minute presentation during a 3 p.m. session and judges will announce the winners at 4 p.m.  
The grand prize is $500 with $200 going to the top runner-up.  The other three finalists will earn honorable mention awards of $50.  
The goal of the competition is to increase the involvement of SIU Carbondale students and community members in innovative thinking and business development while addressing local and global challenges.  
Organizers are even lending a hand to help participants create the best possible team and prepare for the competition.  They've set up a Facebook page (www.facebook.com//pages/Saluki-Idea-Competition/334556946637616) where you can search for prospective team members.  There will be a workshop on Sept. 10.  Planners will announce the time and place online at www.tie.siu.edu.  More information also is available at First Tuesday Tech Tran Coffee Talks, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Sept. 4 and Oct. 2, at the SIU Student Center McDonalds.  
More information and the complete contest rules are online at www.tie.siu.edu/saluki-idea-competition/.  Participants also can get Twitter updates at @siuctechtran. 
The Saluki Idea Competition is one component of the fourth annual Technology and Innovation Expo, set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center, 1740 Innovation Drive, Carbondale.  The expo also features a showcase of University faculty inventions, the presentation of the annual innovation awards, a keynote presentation by NASA Research Park director and SIU Carbondale alumnus Michael Marlaire and a discussion panel.  The panel includes a number of experts discussing "Leveraging Knowledge and Technology for Sustainable Prosperity" with John Caupert of the National Corn and Ethanol Research Center as moderator.  
The registration fee for the Technology and Innovation Expo is $25 per person and you can sign up at www.tie.siu.edu or by calling 618/536-7751. 
For additional details about the Saluki Idea Competition or the Technology and Innovation Expo, contact Amy McMorrow Hunter at amcmorro@siu.edu or by calling 618/453-4556.

Friday, August 17, 2012

What is the SIU So-IL Idea Competition?

So-IL stands for "Students of Innovation and Leadership." Stay tuned or visit http://tie.siu.edu/so-il-idea-competition/index.html for a sneak peak.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Tomorrow Morning: First Tuesday Tech Tran Coffee Talk

Dear faculty, staff, students and community members, 

Please join us at the Student Center McDonald's tomorrow morning, Aug. 7, any time between 9:30-11:00 a.m.  We can chat with you about your ideas and questions related to patents, innovation, start-ups, and the latest SIU tech transfer news, including upcoming events.  

Hope to see you!

Cheers,
Jeff & Amy
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SIU Technology Transfer Program: http://techtransfer.siuc.edu
SIU Tech Tran Quarterly Newsletter
SIU Tech Tran on Facebook
SIU Tech Tran on Twitter
SIU Tech Tran Google+ Page
SIU Annual Technology and Innovation Expo 
SIU Student and Community Inventors

Jeff Myers, Senior Technology Transfer Specialist, (618) 453-4511 
Amy McMorrow Hunter, Technology Transfer Specialist (618) 453-4556 
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Woody Hall C-218-219 | Mail Code 4709 
900 S. Normal St. | Carbondale, Illinois 62901 


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Saturday, August 4, 2012

First Tuesday Tech Tran Coffee Talk on Aug. 7

Come to the SIU Student Center McDonald's between 9:30-11:00 a.m. on this Tuesday, August 7, for the monthly First Tuesday Tech Tran Coffee Talk.  We'll have coffee, rolls and discussion of patents, innovation and start-ups.  We've got several events coming up this fall, including the Students of Innovation and Leadership (So-IL) Idea Competition, so you can take this opportunity to hear all the latest news.  We hope to see you!