posted June 06, 2016
Cash prizes for entrepreneurs and creative displays by vendors were in order at PittJohnstown LIVE, the second installment of the annual Makers Showcase and PITTchFest Competition on the Pitt-Johnstown campus. The free event took place June 3 and 4, 2016, at the Wellness Center and Sports Center.
The BrakeSafe team explains its product.
A team of Pitt-Johnstown entrepreneurs won another investment for its product Brake Safe. The group, which had won at PITTchFest and Inc. U last year, landed an additional $5,000 in investments. The product, a helmet-based brake light for motorcyclists, warns drivers behind the bike of a slow down or stop.
Brake Safe co-founder, Dustin Hallenbeck, pitched a technology that he and cofounders, Luke Schroyer and Dan Janczweski developed in an engineering design class.
The lights respond to a change in speed, lighting when a driver brakes and turning off when the driver accelerates. The technology is portable and can be used for any type of recreation including biking, snowmobiling, or skiing.
Other winners included:
The Makers Showcase provided a visibility venue for independent, non-traditional businesses and makers to sell their goods, share their skills, and network with peers. Maker Joshua Boland of Bakersville earned the top award in Goodwill Industries of the Conemaugh Valley’s Waste Art program. The on-site workshop gave visitors a hands-on participation experience in creating “upcycled” art or products.
PittJohnstown LIVE is the informal extension of the Showcase for Commerce, the largest business-to-business and defense trade show in the Laurel Highlands.