Two University of Dayton students and two officials hold a winning check from the China-US Young Maker Competition

Thursday July 5, 2018

International Entrepreneurs

Two teams of University of Dayton entrepreneurs won spots in the final round of the China-US Young Maker Competition, along with free travel to Beijing to compete Aug. 13-17.

The international contest challenges participants to come up with innovative ideas that will make the world more sustainable, efficient and interconnected. Finalists advanced from 13 regional rounds held across China.

University of Dayton alumni Gonzalo Perez and Bernard Dalichau won the second place prize worth 80,000 Chinese yuan (about 12,000 USD) at the regional round held in Suzhou. Their Code E Drone is designed to fly into national disasters or other emergency situations inaccessible to police, paramedics and other first responders.

University of Dayton students Michael Sundermeier and Nick West tied for second and also won a prize worth 80,000 yuan for Guardian Angel Directions, an app that gives directions based on the safest route.

“We are very proud of how well the two UD teams did in this year’s competition,” said Vince Lewis, director of the L. William Crotty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. “This is the first year any team from UD has participated, and despite the challenges of jet lag, and logistics, they were able to demonstrate their technical capabilities as well as the significant opportunities they are trying to address. We are looking forward to the event in Beijing to see how the UD teams step up to the challenge.”

More than 60 teams are expected to compete in the final round for the chance to win the $15,000 grand prize, $8,000 second place award or $4,500 third prize. The competition is supported in part by Google and the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China.

For more information, contact Meagan Pant, assistant director of news and communications, at 937-229-3256 or mpant1@udayton.edu.

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