The MAKO Student Innovation Award celebrates innovative product design coming out of Ryerson University’s Zone Learning ecosystem who are working towards bringing their product design to market. This annual award presents the winning recipients with $10,500 to assist them in transforming their ideas and prototypes into reality and successful businesses.
The judging panel and criteria
This year the participants were judged by a panel of influential judges that play in the product design space such as Jim Marotta, the VP of Project Development at Kubik, Jim Uzbalis, Digital Sales & Marketing at 3M, and more. The judges were judging the young designers on:
- Innovation in product design and concept
- Marketability and commercialization
- Business model
- Social impact
Applicants were shortlisted to a group of finalists earlier this year, and finalists were invited to present in front of the selection committee. The committee then attended the adjudication event, watched all the presentations, and made their final selection based on the above criteria.
About the winner of outstanding product design
The winner of the MAKO Student Innovation Award was Genecis Bioindustries. Genecis’ mission is to make premium chemicals and materials accessible. They are commercializing their first product line of high-quality biodegradable plastic that is used to make thermo-resistant packaging, compostable coffee pods, and 3D printing filaments. By developing a platform that uses organic waste as the feedstock (aka the raw material used to supply/fuel a machine or industrial process), Genecis is dramatically reducing the cost of production making products.
The process in which Genecis is making magic happen while helping the planets waste problem is to first look at the cost in revenue stream. Current manufacturers of PHAs plastics use sugars derived from food crops such as corn or sugarcane as feedstock. Genecis turned the cost into a revenue stream by using organic waste from waste companies. Providing a destination for organic waste that is on par with landfill costs.
Next Genecis looks at what they like to call, Unique Bacteria Cocktails. They do this by leveraging engineering principles and systemic biology to create culture cocktails of new bacterial species which evolve for higher yields, greater efficiencies, and shock-resilience.
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