Keynote speaker providing opening remarks during an event that is being held at McMaster Innovation Park

Chipsetter & Names win at November’s Innovation Night!


Innovation Night is Hamilton’s key event for innovators and entrepreneurs to practice and perfect their pitch, and present their ideas to their peers and Hamilton’s innovation community.

The pitch competition takes place three times a year, with 10-15 local startups taking the stage at McMaster Innovation Park to present a succinct, two-minute elevator pitch – which is more difficult than it sounds!

This month’s Innovation Night was on November 5, with over 120 people in attendance. Pitches of the night were as follows:

ImagiStation – A gender neutral, durable play station for children

– Flaggle Waggle – An innovative flag designed to show support for local sports teams

Engagement Agents – A web platform for compiling an organization’s visual social media content

–  72 Blue Media – Online content generation for niche industry markets

All Things Awesome – A new experiential education model for children

One Base – A web platform for generating quality onboarding tools

Names – A Google Glass application for assisting with networking and contact management

LED Lights – An energy-efficient lighting system for commercial buildings

Bondfire – An application for mobile board game collaboration

Case Mate – A device used to prevent users from dropping their cell phones

Chipsetter – A small scale, economical pick-and-place machine for hobbyists and makers

Audience members were asked to cast their votes after hearing all pitches, based on two main categories: Best Idea and Best Pitch Presentation. Once votes were tallied, Alan Sawula of ChipSetter won Best Business Idea, and Joe Crozier and his app Names won for Best Pitch Presentation! Alan and Joe each took home a Sphero Robotic Ball as their prize.

The event was filled with great networking opportunities for presenters and attendees alike.

Congratulations to all of the Innovation Night presenters!

View photos from the event here!


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