VieMetrics Wins Top Prize at LuLu eGames

May 01, 2017

VieMetrics, a team that has developed a low-cost, portable spirometer that can potentially predict asthma attacks, won the $10,000 first prize prize for new ventures at the 2017 Lulu eGames. The VieMetrics team includes Eric Beppler and Charles Hood from ECE, James Deiffenderfer (BME), and London White (Bus). The team was advised by two professors from ECE - John Muth and Alper Bozkurt.

The company that has developed a simple device to help those with breathing problems like asthma or COPA predict when they might have an attack. Vitaflow is the name of the spirometer - instrument for measuring breathing capacity - developed by VieMetrics. The team is also now turning its attention to new developments.

Lulu eGames awarded more than $100,000 in prize money across six different categories, with VieMetrics winning in three of the categories, leaving the competition with $20,000. The team ranked first in "New Ventures", for teams have have a product concept design or prototype; in "Social Impact", for ventures using the power of business to solve environmental and social challenges; and in "Design and Prototype", and having a product concept design or prototype.

VieMetics won $20,000 in prize money during the 2017 Lulu eGames. (Becky Kirkland photo) 
VieMetics won $20,000 in prize money during the 2017 Lulu eGames. (Becky Kirkland photo)

Alper Ender and Julien Chomette, graduate students in electrical engineering, were members of the Re-Cycle team that developed a lightweight, inexpensive and scalable bike share system that cities and universities could use. The team won $3,000, taking second place in the design and prototype category.

All members of the team are bikers, and they have already been asked to "pitch" their idea to the town of Cary. "We'll see where it takes us," Ender said.

Ender and Chomette were also members of another entrepreneurs team - Escapades - "a series of revolutionary escape rooms fusing the engineering and theatrical into something incredible."

Over 350 people attended the Lulu eGames LIVE event on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at North Carolina State University. The competition, sponsored by online publishing company Lulu.com, runs through the spring semester and includes two rounds of competition with six categories: New Venture, Design & Prototype, Social Impact, Arts Venture, Built on Cloud and Daugherty Endowment.

The winning teams emerged from 192 entries, which represented 10 of NC State's academic colleges, and were chosen by a panel of judges from two rounds of competition. The final winners were selected based on combined scores from a business plan and in-person pitch.