Qualcomm, #WhyWait Invent-Off

The moment you’ve been waiting for is here! Qualcomm’s #WhyWait Invent-Off web series are now over and it is now time for you, to find out which team’s creation has passed the final test!


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The goal of the #WhyWait Invent-Off competition was
to create an invention that positively impacts the future of our world. During 5 days, two groups of four members have taken up the challenge with the obligation of using an Arduino Yùn board with integrated Qualcomm wireless connectivity, communicate with a Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered device and other supplied materials of their choice. Their process of invention has now come to an end and has been unfolded in the last web series.

During this final contest, three judges have reviewed the final creations. Member of the panel were Tenaya Hurst, an Arduino expert whose passion is wearable tech. Seth Porges, a tech journalist and Saura Naderi, lead engineer at Qualcomm’s Thinkabit Lab. Before choosing the Invent-Off winner, the each invention has been judged on execution, creativity and use of Qualcomm connectivy to solve a problem.


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The Connected Car
Team A decided to create a “Smart Car” using Qualcomm wireless devices, put together with additional proximity sensors in order to design a device that will upgrade any late model vehicle for a reasonable price.


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The Security Bag
Team B has created a backpack with an alarm system that runs off with sound and LED lights when somebody tries to steal it. Moreover, the system can be managed and tracked from a Qualcomm snapdragon powered device or a smart Watch.


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WARNING SPOILER ALLERT, results will be revealed! If you haven’t already seen the web series, catch up here before reading any further!
Episode 1: « The Tech »
Episode 2: « The Teams »
Episode 3: « The Ideas »
Episode 4: « The Twist »
Episode 5: « The Test »
Episode 6: « The Result »


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We have to say the challenge was amazing and the final results are impressive! The two teams have realized some remarkable inventions, with a unique, fresh and consumer-friendly point of view. But there can only be one winner…

…and the winner is…

Team A! Congratulations to all of them! The grand prize is nothing else than $5,000, a Qualcomm DragonBoard 410c and a feature on Gizmodo. They will also have the chance to present their invention at the Qualcomm booth at CES 2016!

Now find out more about the members of the Team A:
Lincoln Black is an inventor and high school graduate.
Michelle Galemmo is an inventor and student at Berkley.
Sean Spillan is an inventor and a robotics teacher.
Min Yong Kim is an inventor and works as a chief technology officer.


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