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UW-Green Bay students to pitch their innovative ideas to help the aging

Student teams are set to compete in the third annual WiSys Innovation in Aging student idea competition.

  • WHEN: 1-4 p.m., March 1
  • WHERE: Christie Theater, University Union, UW-Green Bay

The competition’s best solution to combat challenges and improve quality of life for the aging population will win a $500 prize.

Between 2015 and 2040, the state’s population ages 65 and older will grow by 640,000 people, an increase of 72 percent, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. This expected growth rate will increase the public resources needed to serve this group.

“The student idea competition is a great way to get people thinking about the unique needs of the aging population and kickstart a conversation about how we all can contribute to older adults living healthy, independent and productive lives,” said WiSys Regional Associate Brian Walsh.

The student teams receive mentoring assistance from WiSys, UW-Green Bay faculty members and Green Bay area community members in the weeks leading up to the event. The competition gives students an opportunity to develop important skills such as idea development, collaboration and public presentation. WiSys also instills an understanding of intellectual property.

“I encourage the UW-Green Bay community to come see and support the students’ creative work,” said WiSys President Arjun Sanga. “We’ve been impressed with the solutions that the students come up with to deal with real-world issues.”

In addition to enjoying ideas, food and refreshments, attendees can participate in the event by voting for the student idea that they think should win the People’s Choice Award.

The event is a partnership between WiSys, the UW-Green Bay College of Health, Education and Social Welfare, and the UW-Green Bay Gerontology Center.

WiSys is a nonprofit organization that works with faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the UW System to facilitate cutting-edge research programs, develop and commercialize discoveries, and foster a spirit of innovative and entrepreneurial thinking across the state.