Bootcamp Projects

The Sustainable Products Company - Chandni Joshi

Our passion at The Sustainable Products Company is to create a cleaner world while helping people in need. The way that we are accomplishing this goal is by reducing the use of synthetic agricultural products in farming practices, both here in the US, and around the world. Not only are these products harmful for the environment, they are causing financial strains and health risks to the numerous farmers who rely on them, especially in rural regions. Therefore, we manufacture natural, cleaner, and safer agricultural products, wood vinegar and biochar. Wood vinegar is a non-synthetic pest repellent, compost spray, seed and soil conditioner, while biochar is a natural soil amendment that assists in retaining plant nutrients and water for longer periods of time.

The Sustainable Products Company has three prospective markets that we would like to target. First, we would like to see our products used by large-scale organic farmers in the US and Europe. Second, our products are ideal for small-scale home gardeners, including vegetable and flower planters. Lastly, we want to use our products to change lives in developing countries. Our products can be produced locally in rural regions, meaning they are cheaper than synthetic alternatives. We hope to employ local entrepreneurs in the process, establishing a sustainable business model that will benefit both our employees and the farmers who rely on our products.

Our team at The Sustainable Products Company consists of Chandni Joshi, graduate Chemical Engineering student at UK, and Dr. Jeffrey Seay, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering. In the past four years, we have developed a simple technology that generates these products, testing it in Cameroon, Uganda and India, and determining the applications and benefits of the products. Now, we are ready to commercialize the products. So, are you interested getting on board?

Life Off U - George Bell

App designed to provide discounts for entertainment.

Expertise On Demand – Michael Orr

Lexington is full of expertise.  A prime example is the University of Kentucky Graduate School, which houses numerous experts eager to share their knowledge, gain teaching and mentoring experience, and earn extra cash. Lexington is similarly full of students eager to gain access to expertise in order to gain a deeper understanding of a wide variety of subjects. The barrier to accessing this expertise is with connection rather than willingness or need. Our project will utilize targeted local marketing to increase interaction of experts and students.  We plan to provide an on-demand online interface, catering to the modern student’s needs, and keep records and reviews to provide validation of student effort and teacher experience.  Ultimately, our project aims to increase the flow of knowledge in our city.

Map & Compass – Luke Dodge

Camping is an activity that everyone can participate in. When novice campers look for information on what items they should take with them when camping, they can find numerous lists of suggestion items. The problem is that these lists are composed of very generic items to bring: flashlight, sleeping bag, and tent. This online camping store wants to make it easier for people to find what they need by providing a suggested items list that contains specific items for different types of camping: car camping, solo camping, and backpack camping. Hopefully, over time, this type of information can be expanded to other areas of outdoor activities: hiking and fishing for example.

Wildcat Technology – Zack Arnett and Parker Housholder

The Wildcat Gaming Lounge will be a place for gamers and spectators to come to enjoy a LAN experience. In the Lounge, there will be PC stations, Console stations, Board game stations and TVs streaming esports and video game content. To complement the gaming, Food and Drink will be available to purchase so that our customers will not need to leave in case they become thirsty or hungry. The PC stations will have everything a gamer will want to be able to enjoy his/her gaming experience. This includes a PC with good enough specs to play any game on ultra-settings, a comfortable chair to insure no pain from using the station, a headset in order to communicate to their teammates, a keyboard, a mouse and controller at high quality for the best experience. The Console stations will have a 26’’-32’’ TV set up so that the gamer will be able to immerse themselves into the experience of the game. At each of these stations there will be comfortable seating, spectator seating, the consoles controllers which will be given at the front desk, and all the games that the gamer will want. The TVs will have esports and video gaming content streaming from services like Twitch and YouTube. There will be seating for customer to come and watch the big tournaments of the day.

Think Hempy Thoughts – Annie Rouse

Think Hempy Thoughts is a marketplace for the conscious consumer. Our long-term goal is to provide an online retail space where a consumer can compare products based on virtues beyond price and reviews, like carbon impact, water impact, red list ingredients, transparency, location, packaging and other certifications. In the short-term we are focusing on industrial hemp products, in particular hemp-derived CBD products. We are currently in operation, driving revenue online and at local markets. We are seeking individuals with experience in branding and marketing; SEO, user experience and/or coding; and finance. A big challenge in our upcoming year is to rebrand the company and enhance our online presence. We are seeking a potential co-founder and/or employees.

WasteWay – Nick Hostetter, Tolan Franklin, and John Stein

WasteWay is a waste management service that specializes in door-to-door valet trash removal. Lexington is our home. We are invested in making it a better and more desirable place to live. Moreover, Our overall goal is to create a better holistic, living environment for everyone we serve. We believe that this job should be redefined to produce optimal results. We plan to do this by changing the way we all view the menial task of waste disposal. We want to infuse purpose back into a service that many people view as a hassle by serving our customers with positive attitude and joyful heart. We do that so that everyone we come in contact with leaves better off than they initially were because they experienced the WasteWay. That is the WasteWay.

Giftyness – Bruce Zou

Our idea revolves around using technology to grant artisans, artists and weavers the opportunity for a decent livelihood, which is not often handed to them. Giftyness acts as a platform to grant artisans from developing countries access to the U.S. market. This would have a direct effect on reviving art forms, which are fading away due to ineffective marketing strategies and slower distribution channels. The market is fragmented between the producer and consumer, and bridging these gaps is pivotal in order to usher economic benefits to those skilled families or individuals who have maintained the knowledge of these art forms for generations.

We want Giftyness to represent and encourage the growth of progressive ideals. We believe in sustainable development and the use of organic products, which will be promoted by Giftyness extensively. We also believe strongly in fair trade, and will apply for the necessary certifications to bring our art to the world in due time.

BlueView – Muhammad Usman Rafique

The goal of this project is to commercialize a novel technology that allows users to freely use their smartphones and tablets for video calls without having to carry them. The smart device will be able to hold the smartphone and it will keep pointing to the user, who can now freely move around. This will allow the user to continue with daily life activities at home without the need to hold the phone all the time during video calls. The device, which can be placed on tables or attached to walls, will be able to carry any smartphone and tablet.

OptiMol Enzymes – Matt Gentry and Corey Brizzee

Starch is a main component in countless aspects of our daily lives. It is an ingredient in food, a feedstock for biofuel production, and acts as material in pharmaceuticals, plastics, papers, and textiles. Starch is obtained from plant sources such as corn, potatoes, and cassava, to name a few. The starch market totals $15 billion per year, according to Markets and Markets. For starch to be useful in many of its applications, it requires processing. This process involves the degradation of starch into simple sugars. Currently, industries use a three-phase approach utilizing physical, chemical, and enzymatic modification. Cyclic heating regimens (50°C to >100°C) produce high energy costs while large quantities of acidic and basic chemicals are used to increase enzymatic accessibility. Additionally, these chemicals are costly to both purchase and to dispose of as hazardous wastes. Finally, an extensive amount of engineered enzymes called amylases are used to convert complex sugars into simple sugars. These engineered enzymes represent approximately 25-33% of the total global biofuel enzyme market, which is projected to reach $1.65 billion in 2018. Although many companies have focused on optimizing amylase catalytic efficiency, thermostability, and pH tolerance, these amylases are still unable to degrade starch without extreme mechanical and chemical assistance. OptiMol Starch has discovered an innovative process that harnesses the natural capabilities of plant enzymes involved in starch degradation. Thus, our findings can dramatically reduce both the financial and environmental concerns for an industrial starch processing company. OptiMol Starch’s aim is to enhance the utilization of starch as an industrial feedstock by accelerating the processing of starch while reducing costs of energy and waste-reduction strategies as well as making the process more environmentally friendly.

Dr. Matthew Gentry and Dr. Craig Vander Kooi of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine discovered a technology that makes it easier to process starch. They obtained state and national grants to define the enzymes that degrade starch. Based on these studies, they have obtained three patents on how to utilize these enzymes in starch degradation. Corey Brizzee is a PhD candidate in Dr. Matthew Gentry’s Laboratory and will be completing his degree in the Spring of 2019. He has mastered many laboratory skills and techniques to define the mechanisms behind these starch processing enzymes. Corey is driven to take this plan to new heights to make starch degradation in industry more efficient and, in doing so, commercialize the process.

Kitchen Automation Technologies – Brandon Greene

We help bring the latest in automation and robotic technology to the food industry.

Every time you turn around another restaurant is opening. But we already have such a tight job market so where do all these restaurants get their employees. As a veteran in the food service industry I can tell you, anyway we can. Even when we get employees there is never a guarantee they will ever even come to work. Then the employees who did come to work have to work twice as hard, if that is even possible. Now everyone is working to pick up the extra slack and someone slips up with a knife or worse. Kitchen injuries happen all the time, we can help.

Have you ever been to a restaurant and they mess up your order. Hey mistakes happen, but what if we could help stop those also?

What if we could utilize the latest in robotic technology and work hand in hand with the food service chains and help them alleviate these problems. 

We will make the kitchen job easier, help increase the pay for the employees, make a safer work environment, help increase order accuracy, even increase the restaurant owners bottom line. Oh and we get to play with robots. It's a win-win-win.

HELLO – Olivia Burkett and James Wang

HELLO is a fun and interactive card game, played between two people meeting or getting to know each other for the first time! HELLO is played to create good vibes and enhance the quality of conversations; all while eliminating electronic distractions. Play HELLO in a coffee shop, a bar, restaurant, or even the park; anywhere you hope or plan to meet another. HELLO is here to connect people and create lasting memories. HELLO is for all, but targeted towards single men and women ready to create meaningful conversations and connections. Grab a deck and say HELLO!

Bear In Mind – Austin Horvat

Often said to be Americas best investment, National Parks are home to a multibillion-dollar concessions market. Last year over 330 million guests visited National Park Service owned land and over 10 million of those guests visited parks which are heavily populated with Bear, Moose, and many other potentially deadly large mammals. With over-populated parks pushing these animals past their comfort zone, an incredibly dangerous environment is created, making both the safety of guests and animals top priority for the NPS. Our company looks to take advantage of an industry with an ever-growing market and increasingly tight budget by providing guests with safe, efficient, and effective bear and moose deterrents along with other park-specific amenities though convenient and user friendly automated kiosks.

S3 Technologies – Joe Dvorak and Kirtley Amos

The use of Arabidopsis thaliana, the model organism for studying plant genetics, as a laboratory plant species is worldwide. This organism has been extremely useful in the unraveling of plant genetics and molecular biology since its wide spread research adoption in 1985. It has gained popularity in laboratory settings due to its short life span, small size that limited growing facility requirements, and abundant seed yields. As biology proceeds towards high throughput processing, so must the machinery, demanding increased accuracy and time efficiency. Our prototype aims to decrease the stress of the seeder by decreasing the amount of attention required to seed, speed up the seeding process, and increase the accuracy of seeding. This could be pushed into further fields of practice with increased efforts, potentially aimed towards small seed rapid cultivation techniques, or small quantity dry matter handling and dispensing.

Project #20 – Vanessa Omeokachie

Technology has given us the flexibility to order cabs at any hour of the day and to explore different lodging options for our vacations. Why shouldn’t it also help us decide who we would want to travel or explore with? I am taking the sharing economy one step further. 

Green Step – Rachel Norton & Jacob Govea

It is a strange phenomenon that you can spend your entire lifetime in a home and still not know everything about it. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the average American spends 9.5 hours each day on personal care and sleep which are the most likely activities spent in the home and don’t even include other leisure activities. We spend over 1/3 of our lives in our home environment. We should expect it to be healthy, comfortable, and energy efficient. Having your home evaluated by an energy professional can give you all the answers you are looking for as to how to improve your home to meet these needs. Rachel Saves the World, LLC is an energy evaluating company that audits home energy usage and develops a report and a plan of improvement unique to your home and your needs. Rachel Norton is currently the owner and operator and is ready to take her business to the next level. She currently works at the Mountain Association for Community and Economic Development as a residential energy specialist using her skills to work in Eastern Kentucky on the How$mart Kentucky Program. Rachel is a graduate from the Biosystems engineering department at the University of Kentucky in 2015, and is excited meet talented entrepreneurs and potential team members, and to develop her business through boot camp. Rachel is joined by team member Jacob Govea, who is a Gatton College of Business & Economics undergraduate student and Gatton Ambassador.

Contrived & Connected Media – Tyler Keane and Paul Adams

Contrived and Connected Media is a company that focuses on building engineering and commissioning firms using the tools available to the modern world such as social media. We aim to work with engineering firms in order to create a marketing strategy using medias such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and professional organization websites to target more customers and increase their revenue. Using direct and indirect posts on these sites, we believe that we can increase the amount of traffic that sees these companies by 15% to 20%. In engineering, one customer can mean millions of dollars, and with the dated strategies that are being used today, CCM looks to bring engineering business into the 21st century. Simple situations such as maintaining website content, posting about discoveries, and displaying completed projects are just a few of the ways CCM aims to help engineering firms.

Smart Notes – David Kirn and Todd Vincent

Physician generated notes are the core of a patient’s medical record and serve both vital communication and documentation purposes. Typically, doctors dictate a note to audio, which is later transcribed by a third-party. (Automated voice recognition transcription is often inaccurate because medical terminology is complex and doctors speak like auctioneers.) The resulting transcribed text is unstructured text (and sometimes inaccurate) (i.e., a dumb document) that can be searched only by full text search methods, which often lack both precision and speed.

The Doctor Notes application combines audio, templates, and Smart Document technology to enable doctors and other medical professional to create structured notes (smart documents) in half the time and half the cost. The resulting smart documents can be searched and mined with greater precision and speed compared to today's industry standard.

A working prototype exists focused on Operative Notes. The prototype is built with patented Smart Document and Intentional Programming technology. In addition to commercializing Operative and Doctor Notes, future goals are to further commercialize Smart Documents and Intentional Programming in other industries, such as legal, banking, and insurance, among others.

Dr. David Kirn is a plastic surgeon, entrepreneur, and inventor with 19 years of experience. Dr. Kirn holds 10 medical device patents and 12 patents pending. Todd Vincent is a technologist, attorney, entrepreneur, and inventor with 20 years of experience in information technology. Mr. Vincent holds 7 technology patents.

Fluxomics – Ramon Sun & Jacob Roney

Fluxomics is a health technology company advancing dynamic metabolomics for precision medicine and every area of life sciences research. Our Dynamic Metabolomics™ is a powerful technology for assessing health, biomarker discoveries, innovative diagnostic tests and generation of hypothesis driven research ideas. Many laboratories have metabolite profiling or analytical chemistry capabilities, but comprehensive metabolomics technologies are extremely rare. Accurate, unbiased metabolite identification across the entire metabolome introduces signal-to-noise challenges that very few labs are equipped to handle. Translating massive quantities of data into actionable information is slow, if not impossible, for most. With more than 20 completed projects behind the founders, our institutional knowledge is unmatched. Building on that knowledge, we will continuously improve the industry’s hottest technology to quickly unlock critical information contained within the metabolome for actionable insights. Our technology, software and expertise will accelerate research and product development across the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, consumer products, agriculture and nutrition industries, as well as academic and government organizations. We will offer scalable, customizable metabolomics solutions across the research continuum from discovery to clinical trials.

Kentucky Burley Company – Lincoln Day

Sustainability is defined as the ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level. Each year, I speak with farmers that would prefer to go back to the 80s when labor was cheap, and market prices were high. Current times do not support either of these notions and have left farmers striving for sustainability. My vision is to create a cooperative for farmers throughout the state of Kentucky that offers mechanized harvesting and processing equipment for tobacco and future cannabis production. I have worked closely with several engineers who have developed fully automated tobacco harvesting and processing technologies, and have begun to develop similar technology for industrialized hemp. I believe my vision coupled with these innovations can build a sustainable future for farmers all around the world.

AutoScore – Mika Maynard and Jacqueline Kremer

Many times a sporting event is decided by 1 or 2 points. While camera quality has improved, it is still difficult to get the perfect angle to make a call with 100% confidence.  Referees try their best to make the right call by reviewing the play over and over again, but still don't have access to quick, concrete evidence.

AutoScore is a sensor system designed for different sports to aid referees.  AutoScore sensors will detect if player or ball was out of bounds and how many points the team scored.  Not only do referees benefit from AutoScore, but also the athletes, franchises, and the fans. Referees will be given a new tool to complete their work better than before, athletes who deserve to win will win, franchises will reap the benefits of their athletes who deserve to win, and finally the fans get to see the right team win and will not have to wait while the refs make the call.  AutoScore is created to benefit everyone.

Mika Maynard is a senior Mechanical Engineering student at University of Kentucky.  Mika has spent two semesters co-oping at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky and is a member of Delta Zeta Sorority and Vice President of Society of Women Engineers.

Jacqueline Kremer is a junior at University of Kentucky majoring in Communications with minors and design and political science.  Jacqueline is involved in Camp Kesem and has held several leadership positions in Delta Zeta Sorority.

HandPrint – Kevin Richardson, Lumy Sawaki, Justin Huber, Scott Stephens

This project aims to design and market a 3D-printed biomimetic glove to be used in rehabilitation of stroke patients through increasing and restoring mobility to the patient’s hand. The glove will be entirely 3D-printed. The printing parameters will be determined from a 3D scan of the patient's hand and arm. This project comes from the University of Kentucky Colleges of Medicine and Engineering – Dr. Lumy Sawaki of Cardinal Hill Hospital Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Dr. Scott Stephens from the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

SafeTrac – Tanya Floyd

Micron scale material made with MEMS sensors and GPS sensors that can be used for firearm alarm system that would be used in conjunction with an app.

QuickFit – Garrett Carlson & David Swisher

People walk into a gym, sign a contract and that’s it, they are allowed access to the equipment, but are given no guidance or direction unless they pay for a very costly personal trainer. QuickFit is designed to close the gap between the consumer and the fitness industry. The main key attribute to this application is based off providing the easiest and most cost efficient way to enable a user to track their workouts and see progress results, but that is just its bare minimum potential. Overtime as we further develop the application we strive to allow users at the click of a button be provided accurate factual fitness and nutritional guidance and recommendations as well as appropriate athletic wear all tailored to the desires and fitness goals of the users. With the constant evolving social media market we also plan to provide a feature to enable that, as well as connecting users and their friends, fitness idols, and gym facilities. Closing this ever elusive gap will not only result in a healthier and happier society but it will also help develop beneficial relationships between those who don’t know where to start and those who are experts in the field of fitness and health.