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ECE 188A/B group project BrightBlu wins People’s Choice Award at the finals of the UCSB Technology Management Program’s New Venture Competition

May 11th, 2012

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A project from the Senior Electrical Engineering Project course (ECE 188AB) has won the $2500 People’s Choice Award and took the second place $2500 award in the “Tech Push” track at the finals of the UCSB Technology Program’s New Venture Competition (NVC). The NVC competition provides a hands-on opportunity for campus innovators to learn about successful venture creation.

Congratulations to Electrical Engineering Capstone Design instructor Ilan Ben-Yaacov and BrightBlu team members Siddhant Bhargava, Benjamin Chang, and Taylor Umphreys and BrightBlu, a project developed to revolutionize home automation, that participated in the finals of The 13th Annual UC Santa Barbara New Venture Competition on Monday, May 9th at Corwin Pavilion.

The BrightBlu project members will also participate in the UCSB Senior Capstone Project Presentation Day on Thursday, June 7th.

BrightBlu Project Description
The project was developed to revolutionize home automation. BrightBlu’s Bluetooth enabled plugs, power strips, and light switches turn your home into a customizable automation network controlled with your smartphone. All BrightBlu products are DIY plug and play devices that cost a fraction of the price compared to current home automation options. The self-learning algorithm adapts to the daily habits of the user and turns off unused appliances to immediately provide big cost and energy savings. The open-source platform encourages software developers to create an infinite array of applications for the hardware. No other home automation system offers the incredible range of possibilities that Brightblu does.

New Venture Competition (NVC)
The 13th Annual UC Santa Barbara New Venture Competition provides a hands-on opportunity for campus innovators to learn about successful venture creation. The program offers participants a portal to a large network of established business contacts and an opportunity to compete for more than $75,000 in prizes and seed capital to launch their venture.

Working in multi-disciplinary teams under the guidance of many experienced advisors and mentors, participants learn about key elements of successful and sustainable businesses

The semi-final “Venture Fair” and Finals competition have become integral events in the local entrepreneurial business community, and winners of the NVC have a continuous legacy of launching successful new ventures as a result of their hard work and the quality advice provided by the TMP mentoring network.

Senior Electrical Engineering Project (ECE 188A/B)
Student groups design a significant project based on the knowledge and skills acquired in earlier coursework and integrate their technical knowledge through a practical design experience. The project is evaluated through written reports, oral presentations, and demonstrations of performance.

UCSB TMP New Venture Competition

ECE 188A/B Senior Capstone Project Course web page

ECE 188A/B Class web page