The nine teams of socially-minded tech innovators have been selected from a pool of applicants to demonstrate products that offer the potential to remedy environmental, economic, and social problems afflicting the globe. Three winners will share $50,000 in prize money from The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), which held the 2016 ISHOW event in India on April 28 and scheduled the final event in Washington, D.C. for June 15th (USA). 

“ASME launched ISHOW because research shows the lack of support for hardware innovators seeking entre into global markets,” said Julio C. Guerrero, president of ASME. “The products in the competition all demonstrate the potential for making a social and environmental impact, while showcasing the creativity and ingenuity of tomorrow’s engineering problem-solvers and business leaders.”

In the competition, the contestants showed prototypes and pitched their ideas to a panel of judges that included successful entrepreneurs, angel investors, business mentors, industry representatives, product designers and engineers. They outlined designs, market research, user testing, manufacturing plans and business models.

About ASME

ASME helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real world challenges. Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world. For more information, visit www.asme.org.

About ASME Innovation Showcase (ISHOW)

The ASME ISHOW is a global competition for hardware led social innovation. Applicants must have a prototype and be taking a physical product to market that will have a social or environmental impact. Finalists are invited to an ASME Innovation Showcases in India, Kenya or the USA and receive advice from industry experts and investors. Three winners are selected at each location to share $50,000 in cash and a design and engineering reviews delivered by industry experts. The ASME ISHOW is sponsored by The Lemelson Foundation and the ASME Foundation. For more information, visit www.thisishardware.org