Creators of vending machine, a handheld scanner and a line of outdoor furniture took the top prizes in the 2019 Elevate your Pitch Competition from Morristown-based Schindler Elevator Corp. and the American Institute of Architecture Students.
From Feb. 15 to June 15 the partners accepted submissions for the third annual contest, which limits pitches to 60 seconds – the amount of time it would take to ride up in an elevator.
The time restriction works as a way of instilling effective presentation skills in students, according to the competition’s presenters, an essential tool in the field of architecture. Ideas were welcomed from any stage of development ranging from creative concepts to established businesses and products.
Following the submission period, a jury of representatives from Schindler chose the top three entrants to compete at the AIAS Grassroots Leadership Conference, held July 18 – 21 in Washington, D.C., where a group of peers chose finalists.
This year’s winners include a first place prize of $2,500 for The Supply Machine, a pop-up style vending machine for design materials, submitted by Joey Sandoval and Ethan Herrold of the University of Colorado Boulder; a second place prize of $1,000 for The Patch Wand, a handheld scanner designed to enable the printing of 3-D “patches,” to repair objects and reduce waste, from Joshua Greene of California Baptist University; and a third place prize of $500 for Sum of its Parts, a series of outdoor furniture built for people to interact with and customize their own space, submitted by Randa Malkawi and Luke Rumage of the Washington Alexandria Architecture Center of Virginia Tech.
Schindler Elevator Corp. is the North American operating arm of Switzerland-based Schindler Group.