ICS junior and avid motorcycle rider, Ty Uehara, won first prize ($2000) at the Shidler College of Business’ Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE) Breakthrough Innovation Challenge. Inspired by a friend’s near-fatal accident, Ty designed a motorcycle helmet that detects an accident, automatically calls 911, sends location information, and allows the rider to speak to emergency services without having to move.
Ty served as Vice President of the UH Mānoa student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and as a student tutor for GenCyber, and is currently a Data Engineering intern at Hawaiian Telcom.
Ty’s helmet, called ConTekt, is receiving a lot of attention:
The CNN story is running internationally:
In addition to the prize money, the award includes access to a mentor who will guide Ty through the prototyping, pitching, and patenting phases.