At its core, problem solving is the process of finding solutions to complex issues—I think it’s safe to say we had a room full of problem solvers at Wednesday’s Technology Showcase which kicked-off Pitt’s Science 2015.

These innovators showcased products that provide solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems. Some are inspired by the needs of athletes and military special operations. Others are motivated by the desire to improve the quality of life for targeted populations. Regardless of the driving force behind the innovations, they all change people’s lives. The best part is, they all stem from research done here at the University of Pittsburgh!

The evening’s excitement escalated even before the showcase started when Michael Wells announced that he is doubling the Wells Entrepreneurial Scholars Award, raising next year’s First Place total from $10,000 to $20,000. However, this year’s first place winner, Oxi-DENT was just as excited to take home the cash award of $10,000 and 5,000 of in-kind legal services from Morgan, Lewis, and Bockius, along with second and third place cash awards of $5,000 and $3,000 that were awarded to teams accelMOTION and CardioSense, respectively.

This entrepreneurial spirit continued throughout the evening as economic development leaders, legal professionals, investors, business mentors and innovators gathered together advancing the Innovation Institute’s mission of promoting and fostering innovation and entrepreneurship on campus and throughout the Pittsburgh region.

We made sure to document every pitch, demonstration and impression along the way. See the event highlights below. Also, if you have any thoughts or images to share from Wednesday’s Technology Showcase, please share on social media using #PittTechShowcase.

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