Friday, January 31, 2014

Tech Tran Coffee Talk on Tuesday at Morris Library

Questions about your idea or invention and how SIU may be able to help? Wondering about the Saluki App Competition?

This Tuesday, February 4, we (the Tech Transfer team) will be hosting the monthly Tech Tran Coffee talk at Morris Library.  We will try to sit directly in front of Delyte's towards the front windows. If you have anything you would like to talk to us about, please join us between 9:30-11:00 a.m.  Hope to see you then!

SIU Technology Transfer Program:
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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 Ave. | Carbondale, Illinois 62901 

Saluki App Competition open for submissions MONDAY!

(This information is from the competition website:

The Saluki App Competition will take place from February-April 2014!  Get your APPS on!!

Read the Guidelines so you know the ropes! The basics:
  • You can compete as an individual or a team (at least half must be currently enrolled SIU students).
  • You need to complete the online submission and present a poster at the Undergraduate Research Forum on April 7. 
  • Cash prizes will be awarded! 
Again: see Guidelines:).Here is the timeline:
Open for submissions: February 3, 2014
Submission deadline: Friday, March 21, 2014
Online/Public voting: March 24-April 6, 2014
Winners announced: Monday, April 7, 2014
You can also read about last year's Saluki App Competition on SIU's Entrepreneurship Ecosystem website.

Market research expert at Student Innovation Incubator every Monday

Every Monday, the Student Innovation Incubator will be hosting SIU’s new social sciences librarian, Jordan Forbes, for two hours of research “questions and answers” every Monday at 2:30 p.m.   Ms. Forbes has recently joined the Morris Library staff and is working hard to become a market/business research resource to the University community.  She will be available every Monday from January 27, 2014 through May 5, 2014, with the exception of spring break.

Way to go robotics masters!

Local teens earn top spots at robotics competition

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Fwd: 2014 Polsinelli Innovation Competition Accepting Entries




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Polsinelli Innovation Competition   

Entries Due July 25, 2014

Global Midwest Alliance and the Midwest Research University Network (MRUN) are pleased to invite you to participate in the Polsinelli Innovation Competition.  The competition, now in its sixth year, is being held on October 23, 2014, during the Clean Technology Innovation, Growth and Globalization program, which will focus on the Midwest's excellence in technology, clean technology innovation, products and services.  


The Polsinelli Innovation Competition was created to help emerging and venture ready clean tech companies gain visibility and make connections. It also provides a showcase for developers of new technologies that offer competitive returns for investors and customers while providing solutions to global challenges. The companies featured in this competition are developing products and services which: 
  • Promote the productive and responsible use of natural resources;
  • Reduce negative ecological impact; and 
  • Provide superior performance at lower costs.  
Competition entries may include, but are not limited to, the areas of renewable and alternative energy, infrastructure and community, green building, food and agriculture, advanced manufacturing and distribution, water products, services and technologies, and logistics.  
Submissions will be judged by a panel of experts representing regional universities, venture capitalists and clean tech business executives.  All finalists will receive recognition in program materials and the Global Midwest Alliance website, and will be eligible to attend the October 23 program free of charge.  Additional finalists' representatives will also be eligible to attend at a reduced registration rate.  
The top five competition finalists will have an opportunity to present their technology during the program on October 23 to an audience of early stage investors, entrepreneurs, clean tech-focused venture capitalists and financiers, and corporate R&D and business development executives.    
Criteria for Entry  
  • Applicants must be focused in the clean tech space as described above.  
  • Applicants must have a sound business plan.  
  • Ideally, applicants will have completed an initial or angel round of funding.  
  • Companies presenting and/or sponsoring the October 23 Clean Technology Innovation, Growth and Globalization program are not eligible to participate.   


Last day to receive entries is July 25 (midnight CST).  Finalists will be notified of acceptance by August 29, 2014.

The Polsinelli Innovation Competition will be held on October 23, in conjunction with the Clean Technology Innovation, Growth and Globalization program.  
The Polsinelli Innovation Competition is presented by the Global Midwest Alliance and the Midwest Research University Network.  For more information, visit the Polsinelli Innovation Competition Web page or e-mail 
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Midwest Research University Network  
The Midwest Research University Network (MRUN) is a commercialization collaborative focused on fostering the formation and growth of high tech start-ups in the Midwest. MRUN members include individuals engaged in venture formation at universities and research institutions, investors, entrepreneurs and those who help them.  All are either in, or interested in, the Midwest. The MRUN community helps members make connections informally to solve common problems in start-up business development including, angel and seed-stage financing, placement of management talent and opportunities for collaboration.  MRUN is built around the idea that working together regionally in new business formation can accomplish more than working independently locally.  For more information:



Global Midwest Alliance currently has a limited number of event sponsorships available for the 2014 Clean Technology Program on October 23, 2014. This is an excellent marketing opportunity that provides access and engagement with top decision makers, industry experts, and corporate executives in a variety of clean technology industry sectors.


Sponsoring an Alliance event is a great way to maximize your marketing investment. Your company will receive prime positioning on Alliance industry promotions throughout the year and premier exposure at the event itself.


Aligning your company with the Global Midwest Alliance Clean Tech Innovation, Growth & Globalization event will enhance your brand recognition and give you the opportunity to network with leaders in the manufacturing industry.  For more information on sponsorships and other opportunities, contact Gail Longmore at 312.286.0688 or


Global Midwest Alliance is the only business-led economic development group for the Midwest region. The Alliance facilitates collaboration among key stakeholders to provide access to global business opportunities to the Midwest and realize economic value from existing world-class assets in the Midwest. The Alliance focuses on programs and platforms that help high growth companies develop and expand markets for businesses based in the Midwest, encourage and assist international business activities in the region, and integrate business, financial and scientific resources for successful commercialization of technology in the Midwest.  For more information, visit

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Illinois Universities' Tech Transfer Performance Unveiled

The article below explains the process and challenges of university tech transfer, and provides an overview of Illinois university rankings on a number of measures. Illinois scores above average on number and quality of patents, and below average on number of licenses.

Via the Chicago Tribune:
Illinois Innovation Index: Dynamism in IllinoisTracking technology development at universities and research institutions from inception to commercialization

Note the mention of the Saluki Concept Fund as an example of an infrastructure component in place to boost tech transfer.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Information is Power

Research is a big part of what we do at SIU Technology Transfer.  For example, before we file a patent or pursue a particular intellectual property strategic path, we need to know the competitive landscape as in-depth as possible.  We scour the internet, Google Scholar, the USPTO website, ask experts, and more to put together our background information.

I would suggest anyone interested in pursuing their own inventions or business would benefit by having a strong understanding of what it takes to search through the information that's available, find that which is most important and most credible, and put it towards a strategic path.  We posted one method we use here to help people get started.  Now, Morris Library is giving you another option.

Prepare for your future research through an 8 week, one credit course offered online and in-person at Morris Library.  After taking CI 199:  "Introduction to Library Research," available through the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, you will be able to find, evaluate, and use information efficiently.  Enroll today or, for more information, contact Christina Heady at

Monday, January 13, 2014

3D Printer Demo - Tomorrow at Morris Library

This coming Tuesday, January 14, 2014, Morris Library will be having a demonstration of our new 3D Printer.  Stop by and try the open source/free software, watch the Makerbot Replicator 2 printer in action, and learn how you can turn your ideas into objects.  Demonstrations will be going on all day between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the first floor Rotunda of Morris Library.
I (AMY) will be there!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Tomorrow's First Tuesday Coffee Talk: Cancelled

Happy New Year!  Unfortunately, due to inclement weather in the region, we will not be doing coffee talk tomorrow (1/7/14) as usual.  Stay warm, and we hope to see you soon!  Cheers--SIU Tech Transfer