Rain of prizes at fourth edition UT Challenge

| Jennifer Cutinha

After months of hard work and online chats with coaches, the winners of the UT Challenge were announced during a livestream from the Bastille yesterday. Prizes, seven in total, ranged from a wildcard for the 4TU Impact Challenge to 5000 euros.

Screenshot from the online event yesterday, streamed from the Incubase (Bastille)

The twenty remaining candidates first pitched their ideas, followed by an audience vote. After that, an expert jury asked questions to the two finalists from each category in the ‘Final Battle’, to determine the winners of the fourth edition of the UT Challenge.

The project CenBot was the winner of the ideation category, winning 3000 euros. Created by bachelor’s students Deniz Menekay and Cem Turkmen, their solution stabilizes blood plasma upon immediate blood drawing using a plasma extraction device. Thus eliminating the risk of blood sample quality drop due to shipping delays.

The founders of Plaex, Hristo Gergovski (a Saxion student), and UT alumni Tyrell Pantophlet and Victor Okoro were announced the winners of the Prototyping category, with their product that automatically sorts waste based on artificial intelligence. They were awarded with 4000 euros.

The company Awaves, founded by UT students, Koen Van den Brink , Matthias te Braake and UT alumnus Erik van de Pieterman, were the proud winners of 5000 euros under the startup category. Their solution is an artificial DJ that can mix music together using AI. Their Awaves Play app, offers unique features which makes for easy sharing and listening of music amongst friends.

Orbitrary and LogiXair were announced the 4TU Impact Challenge Wildcard winners and will participate in the National 4TU Impact Challenge next month. The project by Orbitrary uses recycled plastic to make modular and temporary buildings, while LogiXair aims to achieve one-day delivery by improving transit times through the utilization of drones.

Orbitrary received yet another award to their name by winning the ASML makers award of 2500 euros, in addition to earning the chance to work with ASML engineers.

Finally, the Audience prize of 1500 euros was awarded to IP Pal. The project is a web-based tool aiming to provide tailored advice and coaching to scholars about intellectual property ownership.