Fairfield student wins Change the World Challenge

Christopher Dannhauser, class of 2017, was named a winner in Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Fall 2015 Change the World Challenge Student Innovation Competition.

Dannhauser’s entry, Tactile Vision, is wearable technology providing environmental feedback to the visually impaired allowing them to perceive the world around them as others do without the use of a cane or primitive sonar technology.

Dannhauser is an Electrical Engineering major.

The Change the World Challenge competition is a twice-yearly event created to support entrepreneurship education and inspire Rensselaer students to consider ways to improve the human condition. Each semester, a $10,000 prize is shared by the winning students and student teams who develop innovative ideas and inventions. Patent application assistance is also given to the winning student proposals when applicable.

Established in 2005 by Rensselaer alumnus and entrepreneur Sean O’Sullivan ’85, the Change the World Challenge competition has helped to validate new student ideas.

Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is America’s oldest technological research university. For nearly two centuries, the Institute has been a driving force behind breakthroughs in engineering and science in virtually every arena–from transportation and infrastructure to business, medicine, outer space, and cyberspace.

As it approaches its bicentennial anniversary, the Institute continues to define The New Polytechnic, a new paradigm for teaching, learning, and research that uses advanced technologies to enable fresh collaborations across disciplines, sectors, and regions, in order to answer the global challenges of our day.

 

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