Bud Albin Challenge Round

BUD ALBIN Challenge

Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics
10 Garrison Avenue, Durham, NH
Friday - April 20, 2018
1:00 PM - 9:00 PM






The Bud Albin Challenge acts as the Semi-Final Round of the Holloway Prize Innovation-to-Market Competition. Teams present their business concepts to a panel of judges using PowerPoint, a poster and a prototype of their innovation, if available. Posters are not required as part of the formal presentation.

Twenty teams will advance to the Bud Albin Challenge Round where they present their case before a panel of industry judges who have reviewed their 5-page submissions and videos. Students are allotted ten minutes to present to the panel of judges comprised of representatives from business and industry, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A with the judges.

At the conclusion of the Bud Albin Challenge Round, all teams will receive detailed feedback from the judges and six teams will advance to the Holloway Prize Championship Round.

All teams, including those not advancing to the challenge or championship round, are invited to compete in the Charles & Miriam Nelson Poster Competition.

Information on the 2018 Competition will be added as confirmed.








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Schedule of Events

High Growth Track

High Tech

Sustainability Track

Hospitality & Service Solutions Track



Room 165

Room 175

Room 185

Room 215

12:50 p.m.

Competition Opening
Room 175





1 p.m.

Presentation #1



Sol Solution



1:30 p.m.

Presentation #2


UNH ET-NavSwarm


Laundry Lads

2 p.m.

Presentation #3

​​3rd place


3rd place

CocoChew (Pawm)

2:30-3 p.m.

Light refreshments will
be served outside of

Room 165





3 p.m.

Presentation #4


​2nd Place


Vesta Food Service
3rd place

3:30 p.m.

Presentation #5


(Modular Automation Supply Kit) ​3rd place

Live Online Textual Interpreter (LOTI) 2nd Place

Card Threads

4 p.m.

Dinner at Alpha Loft
(21 Madbury Road)





4:50 p.m.

Advancing Teams
Round at Alpha Loft

(21 Madbury Road)





2017 Teams

 is a new social media platform that puts polling at the center of its experience, and uses this vehicle to drive conversation and discovery. Users are encouraged to create, categorize, and share polls, and the result is a living breathing online environment where people can not only express their opinions, but can connect with users everywhere to see how they feel about those same questions. Engage also allows users the ability to interact with, and dissect, data collected on any given question, through interactive visualization tools. We want to make "social media," social again. Create / Post / Share / Engage. ​

Brett Carneiro, Grad School     
Benjamin Goldberg, Grad School
Faculty Advisor: John Ela​

Card Threads
Card Threads is a mobile application that gives you the ability to choose, customize, and send physical greeting cards from your Phone. It has features that allow you to add multiple addresses, include gift cards, and customize multiple sayings for your card. It also has a calendar allowing you to not only save different celebrations, but pre-select and order cards, which ultimately will help people never forget to send or settle on a greeting card.​

David Ricard, PAUL
Faculty Advisor: Andrew Earle, Ph.D.​

Droppit WINNER​
Droppit is a new social messaging platform utilizing location services and augmented reality for users to drop their posts in the real world. Using the map-interface, users may select any location, leave a message, activity, image, or gift drop, and send it to any of their friends.​

Max Miller, CEPS
Sam Warach, PAUL
Faculty Advisor: Ian Grant​

Guinea Tech
The goal for Guinea-Tech is to ask corporate companies to join our team in changing the lives of the youth of Guinea. We are asking corporate companies such as John Hancock, The University of New Hampshire, Dell foundation, The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation and many more to donate their recycled computers to our foundation, Guinea Tech. This organization will allow us to partner with one school at a time and help the youth of Guinea. Very few people in Guinea know how to use computers in general due to the lack of accessibility to computer technology. Our foundation will help change that.​

Ibrahima Camara, PAUL​
Aboubacar Konate, CEPS
Faculty Advisor: Carmela Amato-Weirda, Ph.D.​

Laundry Lads
Charlie Nevejans, PAUL
Faculty Advisor: Andrew Earle, Ph.D.​

As more and more people are using technology in their daily lives, less and less social interaction is happening face-to-face. Can you imagine how awkward this must be on a residential college campus, in which experiences are made through personal interaction? Where you don’t know anyone and the feeling of being alone lurks in every corner? LinkedUP is here to solve the problem! Instead of eliminating technologies to force interactions between individuals, the whole basis of LinkedUP is to use those very technologies to drive the interactions. This software provides an easy and fun, game-like way to identify which students are attending what event, on any given day. By using GIS mapping and GPS to locate and guide students to one another, they can then meet up and “bump” their phones. When they bump phones, they will then have access to each other’s previously approved profile information and can start building their social and professional networks. These networks can be categorized (such as, “Economics” or “Intramural Soccer”). The more connections they make, the more points they get. Users can use these points to level up or dress up their avatar to make them more relatable to themselves. The app will also provide badges or personality traits based on the events that student attends. For example, if a student attends a lecture about start-up companies, they could earn an “Entrepreneur” trait. So are you ready to grow your network? If so, get out there and get LinkedUP! ​

Jordan Collins, PAUL
Nicole Meyers, PAUL
Faculty Advisor: Neil Niman, Ph.D.​

Live Online Textual Interpreter – LOTI 2nd Place
Live Online Textual Interpreter - LOTI would work by providing access to a live text feed of a presentation. A user would be able to log into our website on his/her laptop or mobile device during the lecture where they would be presented with a real-time text translation of what the presenter is saying. This would allow the deaf or hard of hearing to be able to fully comprehend what information is being portrayed during a presentation. There would also be additional features which would enrich the presentation experience, allowing for a deeper understanding, as well as the option to interact with the speaker. This service would give a large amount of freedom to a deaf or hard of hearing person because it only requires the user to log into our website. Once logged in, they would be able to be served any time or place as long as the client has a subscription and that they have made very cheap and simple accommodations.​

Ethan Gage, PAUL
David San Antonio, CEPS     
Steven Wuebbolt, CEPS
Faculty Advisor: Andrew Earle, Ph.D.​

Log.It is an online professional development logging app for faculty members working at K-12 school districts.  Log.It aims to solve the problem of excessive paperwork and disorganization in the workplace by providing a sleek, intuitive, and engaging platform for faculty to report and analyze their professional development.  We are increasing productivity and decreasing headaches, revolutionizing professional development in schools across the country. Product website: www.thelogit.com

Dylan Wheeler, CEPS
Faculty Advisor: Russell Miles​

M.A.S.K. (Modular Automation Supply Kit) 3rd place
Collin Gagnon, CEPS
Xavier Mcnulty, CEPS
Alexander Roemer, CEPS   
Michael Shanahan, PAUL
Faculty Advisor: May-Win Thein, Ph.D.​

Brandon Allen, PAUL
Faculty Advisor: Andrew Earle, Ph.D.​

my.local WINNER​
my.local is a website and application that connect travelers to local businesses that support their interests and values. Our travelers are matched to like-minded my.local.experts who curate customized and detailed itineraries to make sure our travelers enjoy an optimized, unique, and truly personalized travel experience when exploring a new city—allowing them to make the same choices while traveling that they would at home. We ensure that wherever you go, you can find locally owned, hip, hidden gems that value the same things you do.​

Ilona Drew, MPP
Marine Langreney, MPP
Faculty Advisor: Michael Ettlinger​

Nebu-DRY 2nd Place
Ultrasonic drying is the new wave of the future in the drying industry; it is the method used to dry fabric with the use of water nebulization, which uses electronic transducers to vibrate water off fabric instead of using heat. While inquiring about market pains in the hospitality industry we came across identical answers. One of them was the time it took to dry linens and the other pain was the energy costs that were associated with industrial-sized dryers. Since we first learned about the technology, that The Oak Ridge National Laboratory created, we were instantly interested into applying it to our new business venture. Nebu-Dry's plan consists of scaling the technology that The Oak Ridge National Laboratory made in order for it to be compatible with industrial-sized dryers to fit current market pains. 

Ryder Fairbank, PAUL
Andrew Kaski, PAUL
Ariel Rodriguez, PAUL
Faculty Advisor: Andrew Earle, Ph.D.​

NextStep WINNER​
NextStep offers a web and mobile software platform, applying new technologies to existing infrastructure, to break the cycle of addiction and curb the opioid epidemic. The NextStep platform provides personalized recovery support and connects people suffering from addiction to recovery resources.​

Tristan Evarts, CEPS
Max Miller, CEPS
Sam Warach, PAUL
Faculty Advisor: Ian Grant​

Noomie WINNER​
Noomie is an app based platform that connects people to new roommates and services needed when moving households. People in search of a roommate can create a profile within the app outlining a person’s preferences, common interests, living habits, and what s/he are looking for in a new roommate. Noomie’s mission is to give people the ability to connect safely and reliably to fulfill all their moving needs by providing a marketplace that connects users with potential roommates, moving equipment rentals, movers, handyman and more.

Michael Dwyer, PAUL
Stephanie Field, MBA
Faculty Advisor: Tom Gruen, Ph.D.​

Pawm (CocoChew) WINNER​
Pawm is a team of five college students working to change the way we think about dog products. There is currently a major oversight within the pet industry pertaining to the dental health of dogs. We've developed a 100% natural coconut coir rope toy that acts as both a natural toothbrush as well as a durable chew toy. As the dog chews, the toy scrubs. Very simple, and very effective.​

Edward Hoogasian, PAUL
Ryan Kelly, PAUL
Chip Linton, PAUL
Chris Lovell, PAUL
Faculty Advisor: Devkamal Dutta, Ph.D.​

PurePierce 3rd place
Tyler Chapman, CEPS
Nicole Swartz, CEPS
Faculty Advisor: Andrew Earle, Ph.D.​

Schtudy 3rd place
Schtudy is a value-driven company focused on creating easy-to-use and palatable learning tools for the most pressing subjects. Our first tool STEMReady is an adaptive college STEM-readiness program that provides preparatory STEM practice problems to students while also connecting them to mentors in their field of interest. STEMReady takes existing tools backed by decades of research at Carnegie Mellon’s Online Learning Institute and implements a new front-end design, presenting a modernized way to assess problems.​

Jonathan Dyer, CEPS​
Geno Miller, PAUL
Faculty Advisor: John Ela​

Sol Solution (More Efficient Solar Power) WINNER​
Sol Solution offers clear thermochomic adhesive backed films that adhere directly to solar panels, allowing them to operate at increased efficiencies. The Sol solution provides a competitive advantage to solar installers, improves the power output for commercial and residential solar panels, and significantly extends the life of solar panels.

Peter Abdu, CEPS​
Cyle Ziegler, CEPS​
Faculty Advisor: Michael Carter, Ph.D.​

UNH ET-NavSwarm
GeoSwarm is a team of fully autonomous robots that allows a company or organization to survey and observe land without human effort. By using sensors to analyze their surroundings and individual locations, each robot will travel to the correct location through shared data between the other robots. Acting without any true leader like a school of fish, the "swarm" is able to collect data in a large area in the most efficient manner. Each robot is very adaptable, and can accomplish whatever task the potential buyer has in store. Through a basic package of a GPS, inertial measurement unit, infrared sensors, and pressure sensor, GeoSwarm will be able to map out the elevation of an area as well as the pressure gradient. To specify each robot, geiger counters, sonar devices, or any other sensor can be attached to accomplish tasks such as finding radiation, underground boulders, and much more.​

Joshua Amero, CEPS
Seth Andreasson, CEPS
Kenneth Arico, CEPS
Alexander Cook, CEPS
Faculty Advisor: May-Win Thein, Ph.D.​

Vesta Food Services 3rd place
Vesta food services will provide college students who live off campus with weekly deliveries of their groceries during the semester. Students can purchase a prepaid grocery plan, or custom plan, and browse for items on our website. Furthermore, students can purchase a roommate plan, which allows them to easily split the cost of groceries evenly amongst all roommates. While using our service, students are also given recipes and diet plans to help them shop for and prepare meals. 

William Cavanaugh, PAUL
Matthew Milward, PAUL
Faculty Advisor: Diane Devine (Mizusawa)​


2017 Judges & Moderators

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High Growth Track - Room 165
Michael Aldous '11G
Todd Boucher '03
Lisa Keslar
Michael Morneault
John Tansey '05, '09G
​Moderator - Michael Kukenberger

High Tech Track - Room 175
Steven Bracy '86
Duncan Craig '01
Stefen Hershfield
Andrea Kokolis '73, '77G
John Shaw
Moderator - Jianhong Chen

Sustainability Track - Room 185
Cole Jaillet '14
Kate Luzcko '08
Andrea O’Brien
Sebastian Titz, Ph.D.'08
Charles Withee
​Moderator - Yusi Turell

Hospitality & Service Solutions Track - Room 215
Eric Goodwin
Maria Proulx '99
Mike Somers
Beth Steucek
CJ White
Moderator - George Roth

Runoff Round - Alpha Loft
Paul Bamford '75
​Yvon Durant​, Ph.D.*'96G
Lindsey Hayes
Wes Moore
John Pelaggi
​Moderator - Tim Ivers


About the Benefactor

Harold C. "Bud" Albin, Jr. '55 is an active and generous supporter of his alma mater, most notably in the area of entrepreneurship and business development.

After working full-time and attending the University of Maryland part-time, Bud Albin enrolled at the University of New Hampshire. Following graduation, Mr. Albin entered the U.S. Navy Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, and became a Naval Aviator. He was attached to squadrons in Georgia, Rhode Island and Virginia, piloting all weather fighter/interceptors.

In 1961, Mr. Albin joined a small company that manufactured steel parts. He continued his active participation in the Naval Reserve in flying status and was promoted to Officer-in-Charge. Mr. Albin retired from the Naval Reserve in 1978 at the rank of Captain.

While serving in the Reserve, he founded Albin Industries, which sold copying supplies. Shortly after its start-up, Mr. Albin expanded the company to include the sale and servicing of copier and fax machines. When sold to Konica Business Machines in 1995, Albin Industries had grown to a business employing 185 people.

In honor of his fiftieth class reunion, Mr. Albin established the endowment that bears his name to encourage and advance entrepreneurship within the Whittemore School of Business and Economics and support activities related to entrepreneurship, primarily in New Hampshire.

The Albin Entrepreneurship Fund supports faculty and administrative programs that link students with entrepreneurs; provides consulting support for new start-up companies; supports lectures and in-residence programs; funds external entrepreneurship competitions; and brings UNH students, faculty, and industry experts to the larger community.

Mr. Albin earned his Bachelor of Science at the University of New Hampshire, was awarded an MBA degree from Wayne State College and completed Harvard University's Owner/President Management program.



Cash prizes will be awarded to teams not advancing to the Holloway Prize Championship Round in each track:

  • 2nd Place Team $600 (not advancing to the Holloway Prize Championship Round)
  • 3rd Place Team $500
  • Runner-up Teams $300