Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Chicago student inventors shine at NICEE 2016!

May 26, 2016

Washington, D.C. - 19 Chicago student inventors grades 4-8 traveled to Washington, D.C. to compete at the first annual National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE) held May 19-21 and hosted by The STEMIE Coalition ( at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  Nine student inventors grades K-3 competed in the virtual competition.  Students competed against over 260 entries from competitors from 15 states.

More than 120 judges from intellectual property-focused law firms, U.S. Government departments, corporations, teachers, and others from the D.C. area and from as far away as California, judged the competition. Some 800 participants made NICEE 2016 a big success.

A total of 43 award winners took home honors from the inaugural NICEE 2016 event, including 3 from Chicago students.  Eight different states had students receive awards at NICEE 2016.  A complete list of winners can be found here.

Connecticut teen Lucca Riccio took top honors for his creation, the “Message Mask,” which is a Bluetooth-enabled noise-canceling CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) medical device that helps patients communicate clearly with loved ones while receiving oxygen through the mask.

“The level of invention was outstanding and worthy of a national competition,” says NICEE 2016 organizer Danny Briere, CEO of The STEMIE Coalition, the event host. “When you have students as young as second graders being considered for the Best-in-Show award, and third graders winning for Best Prototype, you know it is an incredibly innovative field of inventors.”

Photos of Chicago students at the NICEE can be found here.

Congratulations to the Chicago Award Winners:
  • 3rd Place, K-3 (virtual): Sophia N & Charlotte M, Grade 3, Skinner, Commu-Tech Gloves
Commu-Tech Gloves help prevent cold hands while using electronic devices during a winter commute. The gloves have touch screen compatible finger tips, a see-through pocket for transit passes, antimicrobial functionality, and palm grips to keep devices from slipping.
  • 1st Place, 4th Grade: Natalie C, Grade 4, Portage Park, Hands Free Umbrella
The Hands Free Umbrella allows a person to use an umbrella without having to hold it, leaving their hands free to do other things.
  • 3rd Place, 4th Grade: Victoria Q, Grade 4, Portage Park, Pillow Prop-er
The Pillow Prop-er props people up and ensures air flow and breathing is clear and comfortable to prevent mucus from accumulating in the chest.

Congratulations to all of the Chicago student inventors who competed at the NICEE 2016:
Abigail H, Grade K, Lasalle II, The Toothpaste Monitoring Toothbrush
Daisy H, Grade K, Lenart Regional, the blankeet
Audrey E, Grade 3, Lenart Regional, Charm-Med
Olivia A, Grade 3, Skinner, The Shopkin Stick
Sophia N & Charlotte M, Grade 3, Skinner, Commu-Tech Gloves
Molly S, Grade 3, Skinner, Bright Pupil Pass
Daniel R, Grade 3, Skinner, The Lightbell
Ethan W, Grade 3, Skinner, The Shoulder Phone Holder

Natalie C, Grade 4, Portage Park, Hands Free Umbrella
Emily C & Anahi M, Grade 4, Portage Park, Miss Buttery Stick
Charlotte H, Grade 4, Portage Park, Boot Dryer 1000
Victoria Q, Grade 4, Portage Park, Pillow Prop-er
India D & Janiyia P, Grade 5, Chicago Collegiate Charter School, J.I. Binder Slider
Ian K & Colin S, Grade 6, Decatur Classical, Sud-Bot
Jaylin M & Prathmesh P, Grade 6, STEM Magnet Academy, Caught Red Handed
Anjali P, Grade 6, Andrew Jackson Language Academy, Spoodle Scoop
Xander F, Grade 7, Lasalle II, GoPro Wrist Mount
Yureli F, Grade 7, Lasalle II, Art Megatainer
Sylvia G, Grade 7, Lasalle II, Lotion Motion
Idrees R, Grade 7, Lasalle II, The Aqua Binder
Nicholas Y, Grade 7, Lasalle II, S0 ° ccer
Emma Z, Grade 7, Lasalle II, Lighterback
Fiona Fryman, Grade 8, Beaubien, Easy Ponytail

Media Contact:

Anneliese Gegenheimer

Chicago Student Invention Convention