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Concept for Converting Radio Waves to Energy Earns Top Reward at Media Innovation Hackathon

Beasley Media Group and UNLV revealed the winners of their inaugural Media Innovation Hackathon Jan. 10 at CES 2019. The Radio Heads, an all-freshman trainee group from UNLV, took leading honors for a task checking out the conversion of radio waves into electrical energy that could potentially be used to charge devices.

Erick Serrano from the Radio Heads team described how they came up with their concept: “Our colleague Ricardo was discussing how wireless charging isn’t actually wireless. So what if we found out something to do with AM and FM frequencies that could charge a device?”

Though they discovered they were unable to straight transform radio frequencies into storable energy to charge cordless gadgets, the team eventually used a crystal radio to show that small amounts of energy can be transformed from radio waves to power a low-voltage LED light, and concluded that while the energy yield from radio waves is low, it is still possible to make use of them.

” All of our employee worked truly tough on this task. I’m really grateful it settled,” said Yuria Mann, another employee from the Radio Heads.

” We love the concept of clever and sensible innovations to ignite our thinking as a media company getting ready for the future,” stated Beasley Media Group President Caroline Beasley. “Numerous thanks to UNLV and their next generation of fantastic minds for working together with us on the Hackathon initiative.”

” We are so happy with the collaboration with UNLV and in specific the Hackathon groups,” said Buzz Knight, Executive Vice President of Method and Development at Beasley. “The spirit of smart and innovative ideas being showcased at the most influential tech event on the planet fits perfect with our core values at Beasley Media Group.”

The hackathon supplied an unique chance for trainee developers to produce ingenious commercial services and products making use of existing media innovation, data, and infrastructure. Student teams spent the fall 2018 semester working with UNLV faculty mentors on hackathon projects, which were later on evaluated by a panel of professionals from Beasley and UNLV.

The resulting ideas represent the kinds of transformative, disruptive innovations that will end up being mainstream in the next 20 years.

First Place

Converting Radio Waves to Energy

Award: $5,000
Group: Matias Allietti (mechanical engineering), Yuria Mann (computer science), Kristine Monsada (computer technology), Ricardo Rodriguez (computer technology), and Erick Serrano (computer technology)
Faculty mentor: Natalierose Pennington (communication research studies)

Second Place

Augmented Reality (AR) Headset for Tourism

Award: $2,500
Team: Aldair Callejas (home entertainment engineering and style), Peter Hernandez (computer science), and Edison Smith (biology)
Faculty coach: Si “SJ” Kim (home entertainment engineering and design)

Third Place

Fernwell Tourism App

Award: $1,000
Team: Ricardo Guzman (business administration), Ashtin Hofert (mechanical engineering), Joshua Padilla (civil engineering), Francisco Reyes (political science), Allie Ryerson (economics and company administration), and Fausto Vega (mechanical engineering)
Faculty mentor: Bryan Blankfield (communication studies)

” We extend our heartiest congratulations to all our student hackathon innovators,” stated Zach Miles, UNLV Associate Vice President of Economic Development. “We’re proud to honor their achievements and delighted about the ingenious services they’ve developed to assist solve real-world market issues.”

About Beasley Media Group

Beasley Media Group, LLC is a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc., which owns and runs 64 stations (46 FM and 18 AM) in 15 big- and mid-size markets in the United States. Approximately 19 million consumers listen to Beasley radio stations weekly over-the-air, online, on smartphones and tablets and engage with the Business’s brands and personalities through digital platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, text, apps and e-mail. To learn more, please check out www.bbgi.com.

About UNLV

UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution of more than 30,000 students and 3,500 professors and staff that is acknowledged as “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of College. UNLV provides a broad range of highly regarded academic programs and is on a path to join the leading tier of national public research universities. The university is dedicated to recruiting and retaining leading students and faculty, educating the area’s diversifying population and labor force, driving financial activity through increased research study and community partnerships, and producing an academic health center for Southern Nevada. Learn more at unlv.edu.