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Randy Atkins: The National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance will soon be holding its March Madness for the Mind, a project that awards innovation and inspires entrepreneurship. Executive director Phil Weilerstein:
Phil Weilerstein: We work with universities to develop programs that provide high-potential technologically advanced students with an opportunity to learn by doing.
Randy Atkins: The focus is on societal impact. Student teams are developing ideas including a contact-lens that heals eye wounds and a portable respirator for disaster victims.
Phil Weilerstein: Emerging innovators have a tremendous amount of energy and they have proven through our program their ability to create businesses that will grow and to create jobs.
Randy Atkins: Weilerstein adds, in the long run, the market will decide the winners. With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, 103-point-5 F-M and WTOP-dot-com.