Wirecog Wins Grand Prize at 2016 Winter Cycle InfyMakers!

By Kamesh Balasubramanian
March 20, 2016

I am immensely pleased to announce that Wirecog is a grand prize winner at the 2016 Winter Cycle InfyMakers, a national inventors competition sponsored by the Infosys Foundation USA. Here's our winning video submission:

Wirecog (Wireframe Cognition) is a patented technology that provides machines the capability to examine and understand wireframe images and produce user interface source code from them. Check out the Wirecog Introduction video:

I believe that InfyMakers is a competition that is highly relevant to tech startups, like Wirecog, for the following 2 reasons:

  1. The high standards set forth in the judgment criteria.
  2. The distinguished panel of judges who are luminaries in the field of research and development.

Let's first consider the judgment criteria which consists of the following four quadrants:

  1. The invention must have an application to a real-world problem: Basically the invention has to have a clear target market or audience and it should address a clear need, problem or opportunity. At the same time, it should show that it has potential to be commercially viable.
  2. The invention has to show an innovative use of technology: It has to show that it clearly and meaningfully innovates beyond existing products and services. This includes showing that there is innovation in technical design and implementation. It has to be technically viable, only working prototypes are accepted in the competition, so the technology must be demonstrable.
  3. The originality of the invention: The invention has to present a new and meaningful, improved way of accomplishing something. It has to be unique and not a derivative of other ideas.
  4. The quality of the presentation (video) of the invention: The presentation has to be clear, precise, and concise (within 90 seconds). The purpose and basic functionality of the invention has to be easily understood. The video has to present the invention in a fresh and innovative way.

Now, let's consider the backgrounds of the panel of judges:

  1. Dr. Illah R. Nourbakhsh, a professor at Carnegie Mellon, has worked as a robotics groups lead at NASA, and has published books on Robotics through MIT press. Read more about Dr. Nourbakhsh here.
  2. Dr. Quincy K. Brown is an award-winning researcher, a professor at Bowie State University, and Advancement of Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation. Read more about Dr. Brown here.
  3. Dr. Sanjay Rajagopalan is the Senior Vice President of Design & Research at InfoSys and is an alumni of IIT Delhi. Read more about Dr. Rajagopalan here.

If you are a tech startup, my advice to you is to enter the InfyMakers competition and get the validation that your minimum viable prototype (MVP) needs on its path to commercial viability.