Originally published in The Daily Pennsylvanian
The competition, which is run by the Weiss Tech House, strives to promote technological innovation by rewarding the most promising proposals with funding and mentorship opportunities.
Pennvention garnered more than 75 submissions, whittling down the number of teams to eight after two rounds of judging. Throughout the three-month process, teams sharpened their ideas by seeking guidance from 50 mentors whose expertise spans business, law and other fields.
NeuroFlow , the second-place team, constructed a digital health platform that equips doctors with biometric data, an objective tool that can inform treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder and other mental disorders. Comprised of undergraduates, MBA and Ph.D. students from Penn and Drexel University, the team has already been refining the product for 10 months and plans on delivering their platform to the U.S. Military Academy’s sports psychology program.
“Since the competition is a very time-sensitive thing to have something ready by today, we made decisions about what needs to be focused on and what can be put off until later,” Drexel senior Matthew Roll said. “That type of pressure is good because it makes us make tough decisions.”
The team also honed the product's presentation by preparing a video for the second round of the competition. “We learned how to present this software in a way that appealed to the general public and the judges, not just to the consumers and the physicians who would be using the software, and how to frame the software so that audience will get the most of what we show of it,” Engineering senior Taylor Concannon said.