The Fifth Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week held on August 17-23, 2014, provided a unique opportunity for student teams and faculty from all over the world to collaborate and initiate their personal global networks through learning, socialization, and friendly competition in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia. During this week-long celebration of entrepreneurship, student teams from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, Egypt, England, France, Italy, Mexico, and the United States competed in the Global Student Business Concept Challenge for a $25,000 grand prize and the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy.
The grand prize went to the Team FeelSpace that was participated by three students from the EIT ICT Labs Trento DTC (Julia Wache, Galena Kostoska and Roman Chirikov).
The winning concept provides a navigation device for blind people. It is a belt that has vibrating units around the waist, which points to a selected goal – either a GPS coordinate or north, and vibrates to indicate the way. This is especially useful for blind and visually impaired people who need their hands and ears free to fully perceive their environment when navigating.