illumi-tube takes first place at Camp BizSmart third competition at Microsoft

The third Camp BizSmart competition was held on August 7, 2014 at Microsoft in Silicon Valley.   Thanks to Dan’l Lewin, VP at Microsoft for sponsoring Camp BizSmart since we were founded in 2008. Dan’l, hats off to you  for believing in the power of inspiring Camp BizSmart young people to be business savy and to develop the entrepreneurial skills that will serve them well all of their life. Dr. Mike Gibbs, CEO and Cofounder of Camp BizSmart is pictured in the “o” of the Microsoft sign below as his way of saying the o represents the people at Microsoft that not only make it great but who use their influence to do good and to inspire the next generation.

IMG_6891 Microsoft outside

We are pleased to announce that first place was awarded to the Revolights sponsored team,  illumi-tube was determined by judges, Marty Reed, John Bulter and Paul Witkay. Congratulations to the illumi-tube student team members, Megan Aguilar, CEO; Lauren Lin, CTO; Aishu Gandhi, CFO; Derek Leung, CIO; Carson Collins, CSO; and Joey Darwood, CMO/CVOC.

IMG_7862 our judges Marty Reed Paul Witkay and John Butler

The judges and company founders provided the following comments about team illumi-tube’s product design and business strategy:

  • The judges & founders liked that the team didn’t need to fear monger to set the scene. Main stat = concern for safety, which seems the most pertinent.
  • Modular product design, provides the opportunity to be sold in pieces to address pricing.
  • Really strong competitor analysis
  • Compatible across all strollers, and other vehicles
  • Integrates w/ an app, which may add value to customer
  • Bright forward projection for lighting the way

In addition to the first place team, the judges wanted to acknowledge an innovative technology solution that might have other applications.  The judges felt that the Vintage Electric Vin8Charger team had stumbled on a potential technology solution that if further developed and applied in a new way might have benefit.  Keeping with the bright idea that just wasn’t ready yet but had future potential, the team was called up on stage to be recognized by Camp Director Elian Savodivker.

2014 Aug 8 innovative technology judges award VIN8

Finally, the individual award for the student who best demonstrates the Camp BizSmart values of Character, Courage and Citizenship as well as the Camp BizSmart created word “ZOG” which stands for Zest, Optimism and Grit receives the Benjamin Franklin Award.  This award is named for one of America’s founding fathers because of his many skills and attributes as an inventor and businessman, statesman and much more.  The student who earned the Ben Franklin Award recognition was, Megan Aguilar.

Ben Franklin Award Aug 8 Megan with Mike and Jackson

Well, that wraps up all three of the Camp BizSmart Summer 2014 competitions.  Now, stay tuned to learn who out of the first place teams from each of the three session competitions will be named the Camp BizSmart Top Team for 2014.    You won’t want to miss the announcement which will be coming soon.

This Summer 2014, Camp BizSmart offered 3 session dates to choose from: June 16-27, July 7-18 and July 28 -Aug 8.  All of these sessions were at full capacity and they filled early this year with a waiting list for each one.  Don’t miss out next summer.  Our sessions  run the same weeks throughout the summer each year.  If you want to be truly inspired by amazing founders of very cool companies and create a real product solution with a team of like-minded young people, then apply early.

Camp BizSmart prepares young people for the fast paced, global marketplace to be flexible, critical thinkers and problem solvers, able to collaborate with others effectively to reach  a common objective, persistent, optimistic and gritty – willing to take on the challenges they face as opportunities to create value and make a an impact in the world.  Join us for an adventure that will last a lifetime! Check out out website at www.campbizsmart.org to apply for 2015.

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