Jennifer Godwin ’10 of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, a Weekend College management major, won the ideabuild2010 competition held on the Hiram College campus on March 17, 2010. She received a stipend of $3,500 for continuing development of her idea, a Web site for people to record a log of chronic pain disorders.
Called “Futures Without Flares,” Godwin’s idea is an application to help individuals suffering from interstitial cystitis (IC), a chronic and progressive disease. It offers IC patients a secure database to track daily pain-scale information, dietary information, lifestyle activity, treatments, medications, and personal insights. Empowered patients are able to gain a feeling of control over the disease, and make informed choices, which could lead to fewer painful flares. The “Futures Without Flares” project is passionate about improving the quality of life for interstitial cystitis patients, and committed to making progress toward a cure.
Tiffany Peake, a nursing student, took home the $2,500 prize for second and James Clay, also a Weekend College student, earned third place honors and $1,500. Karris Kandel, Alex Dellas, Carlene Milano and Professor of French Ella Kirk received honorable mention and $500 each.
All Hiram students, faculty and staff were invited to participate in ideabuild2010, an event sponsored by Hiram’s Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship.
This year’s judges included Sal Sidoti, an attorney specializing in intellectual property law; Jay Schabel, CEO of Polyflow LLC; Jim Cossler, CEO of the Youngstown Business Incubator; Bob Sopko, Information Technical Service at Case Western Reserve University; and Amber Thorne Hamilton, founder of Thorne-Hamilton Consulting.