Since 2008, Camp BizSmart has recruited top founders who provide really cool and game changing products that meet and exceed their customers’ needs. This year, students who attend one of the Camp BizSmart Product Innovation and Biz Pitch Academies will have the opportunity to select from 3 top companies: EksoBionics, Drobots, and PsiBands. Here is a quick overview of the amazing companies students will get to work with, visit the campbizsmart.org website to watch the videos and the product innovation business case just posted for each of these companies:
Ekso Bionics® is a leading developer of exoskeleton solutions that amplify human potential by supporting or enhancing strength, endurance and mobility across medical and industrial applications. Founded in 2005, the company continues to build upon its unparalleled expertise to design some of the most cutting-edge, innovative wearable robots available on the market. Ekso Bionics is the only exoskeleton company to offer technologies that range from helping those with paralysis to stand up and walk, to enhancing human capabilities on job sites across the globe. This revolution of human augmentation that Eksobionics has created has been called “Iron Man” technology by The Wall Street Journal.
EksoBionics CEO Jack Peurach, and VP of Product Development Jason Jones, collaborated with Camp BizSmart Founders, Dr. Mike Gibbs and Peggy Gibbs to create a Product Innovation Case that would challenge Camp BizSmart students to create a device that would restore the use of a hand that no longer would function.
Camp BizSmart students will develop a Magic Hand exoskeleton that will enable the user who has lost the use of their hand, to regain function and dramatically improve their quality of life on a daily basis. Imagine creating a futuristic hand that had all of the abilities of a bionic hand but functioned as a close to “second-skin” to your own. We know that our Camp BizSmart students will surpass expectations and take us into the future of next generation possibilities.
Robert Elwood, CEO and Founder of Drobots Company, where technology meets fresh air, has been teaching students how to fly and code drones. Camp BizSmart students will create a robotic drone that will deepen and expand the learning experience for students while addressing the educational objectives for teachers.
The combined objective is to transition students from being passive consumers, into creators of technology innovation that will make for a engaged and inspired educational experience. Here is an example of robotic drone – but students will use their imaginations to think outside of the box, creating a their vision of what would be required to create a learning environment that students couldn’t wait to engage with and gain knowledge in creative ways. Students will create the robotic drone of their imagination, that will have the potential to dramatically change the way students experience learning in school and educational activities.
Romy Taormina, CEO and Founder of Psi Bands, is challenging Camp BizSmart students to create a co-branded wearable acupressure device or accessory based on the Psi Bands technology, to dramatically reduce nausea for passengers in driverless cars and autonomous vehicles. They will include a way to give the rider real time information and control over the quality of the ride.
The use of autonomous vehicles (AV) or “driverless cars” is predicted to grow 35% a year and is expected to be a $42 billion dollar market by 2025. One of the problems is that everyone is a passenger! A study from the Transportation Research Institute at The University of Michigan predicted that 6-12% of people are likely to feel sick in autonomous vehicles. The researchers believed the main reason is that passengers would be doing more things, like texting, emailing, and reading, while riding. “Passengers get sick and not drivers, because the driver is in control. The feedback system in the brain can anticipate what the motion is, at a millisecond level, whereas the passenger can’t. The passenger can only react.”
Camp BizSmart inspires young entrepreneurs age 11-15 by bringing top company CEO’s who create with Camp BizSmart founders the forward looking product innovation cases that allow students to gain the skills needed to know what it takes to take a great idea from concept to execution in the marketplace. Students may attend these 2 week entrepreneurial experiences in Silicon Valley during the summer with locations at Santa Clara University offering residential and commuter options and at Silicon Valley Community Foundation in San Mateo offering a commuter workshop. Student teams pitch their product innovation at Microsoft Silicon Valley on the 10th day of the workshop to VC’s and senior executives. Click here for a list of dates and locations: https://campbizsmart.org/our-camps/upcoming-programs/camp-bizsmart-10-day/
For students that are 12-17, a BizSmart Global Accelerator is an exciting way to develop the skills and mindset of an innovator and entrepreneur. Watch for a posting about Bell Helicopter who has partnered with us to have students create a flying car! To learn more about the Designathon click here: https://campbizsmart.org/our-camps/upcoming-programs/alumni-accelerator/
If you are a student who is 16-19 and you have your own idea for a product innovation you wish to develop further, check out the BizSmart Global Designathon located at Santa Clara University this summer: https://campbizsmart.org/our-camps/upcoming-programs/teen-designathon-silicon-valley/