posted June 03, 2017
Dustin Hallenbeck’s FrequenSee – a diagnostic tool for motorcycles that finds problems and can notify emergency responders in case of an accident – won first place in the PITTchFEST student entrepreneurship competition.
PITTchFEST competitors making their pitches.
PITTchFEST was co-sponsored for a fifth consecutive year by the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown’s Entrepreneurship Program, the Greater Johnstown / Cambria County Chamber of Commerce, and Johnstown Area Regional Industries. It is part of Pitt-Johnstown’s commitment to Real World action.
The event was part of the 27th annual Showcase for Commerce. PITTchFEST was held at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena’s Stars and Stripes Lounge.
In winning the $2,500 in funding, the Pitt-Johnstown engineering student continued his journey to improve motorcycle safety. In 2015, Hallenbeck was part of a winning entrepreneurial team that created Brake Safe, which provides motorcyclists with a portable safety light technology that illuminates with a change in speed.
A second-place prize of $1,000 went to Claire Letts and Steve Jones, the creators of IntelliTalk, a social media tool for selecting and customizing curated content.
Nigyar Guliyeva received the third-place prize of $500 for Pop-Away earphones that protect travelers from pressure changes in aircraft.
Prizes were also awarded in a social entrepreneurship category for contestants associated with Vision 2025, an organized effort by volunteers, community leaders, businesses and nonprofits to improve the region over the upcoming years.
The Central Park Marketing Group took first with its idea to market and brand the center of the city’s downtown.
Johnstown Urban Connectivity Group received second place for a plan to develop and establish a bicycle and pedestrian system connecting the city’s main corridors to local attractions.
Fresh Start Soap Pantry, which wants to distribute basic hygiene care kits to those in need, finished third.
The social entrepreneurship contestants also received prizes of $2,500, $1,000, and $500.
The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is marking its 90th anniversary well as the 50th year of the campus in its Richland Township location. Pitt-Johnstown was founded in 1927 and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” The distinctive combination of Pitt-Johnstown’s people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional success. Pitt-Johnstown is the regional leader, educating for success in the Real World.