Thank you everyone for your encouragement. I think I did pretty well even though my pitch was longer than 3 minutes and a moderator cut me off. But I got all my info out during the 5 minute Q&A session. It was a real honor to be able to talk to representatives from so many big govt. organizations and manufacturers and in this sense, I already win from the grandchallenge. I seriously wouldn't have had this opportunity if it wasn't for my wife notifying me of the challenge and frantically helping me last minute to make the presentation. I feel quite lucky to be picked. Now I wait to see what happens.
USAID picked my idea as a finalist and they want me to pitch it in Washington D.C! I don't think I've ever given a pitch before. Some reason I feel quite nervous.
The challenge was to redesign the hazmat suits that Ebola caregivers wear as they can not wear the PPE for longer than 45 minutes at a time due to heat stress. My wife asked me to participate in this challenge and I happily obliged. I'm so glad that I did! You can check out the challenge and my idea submission in the links below:
This is what USAID sent me: