USAID picked 3 ideas to fund. --None of which were mine :P (they said they don't contract with individuals anyways)... but on the bright side, I believe they were influenced by my pitch and are pursuing partnership in companies that have the same gist as my idea as far as off the shelf Phase Change Material packs and integrated cooling goes... Apparently I the other 3 finalists I was competing with were John Hopkins Bioscience dept, and two other bio-tech companies. That is intensely fierce competition for just me to go up against! In that sense I feel quite proud.
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: