Nate Kirchhofer, Dayton Horvath, and their respective teams tied for 2nd place in the 2015 UCSB New Venture Competition on May 22, 2015. Kirchhofer, a graduate student researcher for the Bazan Research Group, helped create "Caugnate", a visual tool that expands on video conference technology to provide the ability to "spatially interact, explore, and annotate the remote world via Augmented Reality." Horvath, a member of the Moskovits Group, helped design "ChemoGuard Diagnostics", a screening test that helps doctors provide personalized chemotherapy practices for individual patients.
Six student teams competed in the finals for $40,000 in cash prizes. ChemoGuard Diagnostics not only took home the $2,500 second place prize, they also received the $5,000 Elings Prize. The Technology Management Program's tech entrepreneurship program and competition lasts eight months, and is comprised of approximately twenty teams.
Congratulations, Nate and Dayton!
You can find more information on the competition here.