ISHOW USA 2023

Keynote Speaker

Finalists

Burn Design Lab
Burn Design Lab
BDL Improved Shea Nut Roaster

By reducing up to 90% of wood-fuel use & up to 70% of PM2.5 exposure compared to the traditional roasting stage of hand-crafted shea butter production, BDL & their partners are improving livelihoods & the environment through their development & production of an Improved Shea Roaster in West Africa.

Firebee Thermoelectric Generator for Stoves
Firebee Thermoelectric Generator for Stoves
Hydrobee SPC

The little "Firebee" ThermoElectric Generator (TEG) sits on stoves or reaches into them to convert heat into USB charging power. Now every home with a stove can produce backup or regular power produced every time they cook or heat their home.

Cosysensor
Cosysensor
Cosysense

Cosysense uses sensors and AI to make ACs in commercial buildings smart. We are committed to reducing our clients' expenses, cutting emissions, and boosting their occupants' comfort. Hence, our technology has no upfront cost, and we only charge a fraction of the energy savings we generate.

SIP-N Weighting System
SIP-N Weighting System
Haasten

The SIP-N weighing system is installed in mixers used to prepare cattle feed, and its function is to make the food preparation process more efficient, avoiding waste and digestive problems in livestock through comprehensive data management and process automation

Picogrid Kiosk
Picogrid Kiosk
Sustainable Picogrids

Ultra affordable solar pico-grid and detachable energy storage devices to provide off-grid services for residences and small businesses.

The Safi Handle
The Safi Handle
Safi

Safi is providing East African farmers with a cost effective pasteurization handle that kills milk-borne pathogens including MERS, a coronavirus 10x deadlier than COVID19. The device is compact, does not require power and allows farmers to easily pasteurize their daily yield in less than 3 minutes.

Next generation of alkaline water electrolyzer
Next generation of alkaline water electrolyzer
Nanodes

Nanodes is revolutionizing the hydrogen production industry with our proprietary nanotechnology-enhanced catalysts for alkaline electrolyzers. We deliver a remarkable 20-25% improvement in electrical efficiency, providing substantial electricity cost savings for our customers.

Plastic Recycling Heat Press
Plastic Recycling Heat Press
Waste Free in 23

Waste Free in ‘23 is an innovative, new recycling process developed by waste pickers. 100% of household waste is recycled in an environmentally-friendly manner near the source of the waste.

Judges

WILLIAM J. NARESKI
WILLIAM J. NARESKI
CEO
- Centorr Vacuum Industries

Bill Nareski is the Chief Executive Officer and controlling shareholder of Centorr Vacuum Industries. He brings a distinguished career which includes both operational management and corporate development positions. His direct line of experience includes engineering, sales, marketing, and finance.  

JOHN GERSHENSON
JOHN GERSHENSON
Co-Founder & Professor
- Kijenzi & Penn State University

John Gershenson is the Director of the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship program at Penn State through which he guides students in co-creating mission-focused global ventures. His is also the CEO and co-founder of Kijenzi, a Kenyan company addressing supply chain issues across rural communities through localized manufacturing.

CHIRSTOPHER MATTSON
CHIRSTOPHER MATTSON
Professor
- Brigham Young University

Christopher Mattson is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Brigham Young University and a former Global Director of Engineering Design and Research at ATL Technology, LLC.

ITORO ATAKPA
ITORO ATAKPA
Sustainability Consultant
- Independent

Itoro Atakpa is an interdisciplinary sustainability professional passionate about climate change, equity, and justice. Connect for sustainability consulting services and a vision of a clean, equitable world.

MICHAEL LIMONGELLO
MICHAEL LIMONGELLO
Head of Strategy
- Very

As the forward-thinking Head of Client Strategy at Very Technology, a globally-distributed IoT technology firm, Michael Limongello is an influential figure in technology innovation. His key role involves creating and implementing comprehensive strategies that enable clients to seamlessly navigate their IoT transformations.

Olga Saadi
Olga Saadi
Engineer, Designer & Entrepreneur
- Masters Candidate in Design Impact at Stanford University

Founder of the Mão Dada Project and activist of the multidisciplinary methods of work, Olga is a hybrid thinker and doer -- who does not know indifference towards others and is driven by the possibility of democratizing quality healthcare.

ARUN VENKATESAN
ARUN VENKATESAN
Co-Founder
- Villgro USA

Passionate about product development with focus on user experience, social impact, cost innovation, extreme affordability, and incubating incubators.

Robert Hauck
Robert Hauck
Co-Chair
- ASME Engineering Global Development Committee

Bob served in a variety of roles for GE for over 30 years and led a global team of over 350 engineers. Bob previously served as the Chairperson of ASME's Engineering Global Development Committee and has provided manufacturing guidance and expertise to ISHOW finalists as a judge since 2015.

Vi Rapp
Vi Rapp
Research Scientist
- Berkeley Lab

My goal is to solve problems that reduce human suffering through technology development, software development, and data analysis. Specifically, I lead and direct research on low-carbon combustion technologies at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

AMBROSE SCHWALLIE
AMBROSE SCHWALLIE
Retired EVP
- South Carolina Research Authority

Ambrose Schwallie is a highly accomplished professional in engineering and environmental remediation.  He has a proven track record in R&D, alternative energy, leadership, and scaling innovation.  As executive vice president of the South Carolina Research Authority, he provided support, guidance, and funding to early stage tech startups.