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7 Weirdest Pieces of Tech Being Developed Right Now

While it’s true that nearly every piece of new technology seems weird, or even frightening at first (the first moviegoers actually thought a train projected on the screen in front of them was about to run them over, for instance), some tech developments are inarguably “weirder” than others.

8 Tech Trends for 2014

2013 was another busy year in the world of tech and engineering. 2014 promises to contain even more exciting and intriguing developments. Here are some of the stories we think will be big in 2014.

Notre Dame receives $3-million Lilly Endowment grant to support enFocus program

The University of Notre Dame has received a $3-million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to support enFocus, a program that aims to implement bold, innovative solutions to improve the fabric of the South Bend region.

The grant is part of the Endowment’s Initiative to Promote Opportunities Through Educational Collaborations, through which Indiana’s 39 accredited colleges and universities have received a combined $62.7 million to improve employment opportunities in Indiana for the state’s college graduates.

Engineering Jobs 2014 in Brief

Comparative to other areas of study, those held within the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) classification continue to prove a springboard to jobs both well paying and rewarding.

Your Shallow App Is Not Good Enough

Author C.Z. Nnaemeka challenges entrepreneurs to serve the "unexotic underclass" -- the technologically underserved population that goes unnoticed while Silicon Valley churns out ever more shallow, banal apps and tech products.


Shane McQuillan Photo

Shane McQuillan, is a Naughton Fellow and 2013 ESTEEM Graduate.  He now heads Contect - a software company that develops a mobile concussion screeening application that uses speech analysis as its primary detection method.

One Million Cups: Coffee and Entrepreneurship, A Match Made in Heaven

Coffee is, whether we like to admit or not, the fuel that keeps most of us going and, in the city of Kansas City, a means for that town’s startup community to come together and share their ideas and build relationships and partnerships together.

Known as One Million Cups, this weekly meeting is built around a long coffee bar, extended dialogue between those who share a passion for innovation, and the desire to grow their ideas with like minded people.

Is More Government Always a Hindrance?

In a TED Talk delivered in Edinburgh, Scotland in June of 2013, Marianna Mazzucato, a professor of economics at the Science and Technology Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex, attempts to confront the belief that most of us hold in regards to the nature of both the public and private sectors when it comes to innovation and entrepreneurship.

Torigen Pharmaceuticals

Ashley Kalinauskas, a 2012 ESTEEM graduate, spent the last year working on the commercialization strategies for Dr. Mark Suckow's cancer vaccine portfolio as part of her ESTEEM Capstone Thesis Project.

The Problems and Possibilities of Amazon Prime Air

By now, you have no doubt heard of’s proposed idea of using drones to deliver packages that you order on their website to your front door. If not, here is the video, which raked in 7.5 million views in 2 days, introducing Amazon Prime Air to the world. It seems crazy futuristic -- is it possible?

Engineering Jobs: 5 Inspiring Stories of Intrapreneurs

While researching engineering jobs and attempting to acquire a professional position within a technology or engineering based company or organization, it is easy to think that not “striking out on your own” will lead one to have their entrepreneurial spirit or willingness to take risks and innovate not recognized.

This is not the case, however, as one can see through multiple examples of those holding engineering jobs taking risks and innovating all within the context of a larger corporate context.

Top Five Efficiency Tools for Students

As the semester comes to end, in addition to having to still attend lectures and labs, papers that need to be finished seem to pile up and finals need to be studied for. There doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to get it all done and the distractions that might keep us from accomplishing what we need to do are ever present.

Fear not, though, as there are more than a few apps and gadgets to keep the stressed out academic on point. Here are some of the most notable…

Entrepreneurship Trends 2014: Crowdfunding Oneself

While more traditional types in the business world might eschew using such a way “to get a business of the ground,” between platforms like this and the omnipresent Kickstarter, it’s hard to debate that we haven’t entered a new era, where all the “power” isn’t held by those handing out the loans but shared by those who are willing and want to invest in someone else and their ideas.

ESTEEM Start-Up enFocus Impacts Economic Development

Born from the minds of ESTEEM students, the enFocus Fellowship Program seeks to implement bold, innovative solutions to improve the economic fabric of our region by solving challenges of local businesses, non-profits and the public sector and at the same time create tremendous opportunity for economic and community development through entrepreneurship and innovation.

Snapchat: Two Popular Startups That Didn’t Sell and One That Did

Evan Spiegel, founder of Snapchat, recently made news by declining, among other bidders, Facebook the chance to buy his app that deletes pictures and videos after only a few seconds for $3 billions dollars. Most outside the tech industry have questioned the 23 years old’s apparent hubris at balking at such an offer but, if this fascinating profile from CNET is any indication, such a bold move is not out of character for the young entrepreneur.

Can My Degree Change the World?

As someone with a degree in Science and Engineering the pursuit of a Masters Degree in Entrepreneurship might seem like an interesting non sequitur.  On the surface level they appear as two vastly different career paths. Science and Engineering has a focus on technology and innovation, Entrepreneurship is inherent to the world of business.  However, as is often the case in life, upon further examination these two trades not only compliment each other, in many ways they’re perfectly congruent.  

Engineering a Better World

Recently, the World Health Organization has confirmed multiple cases of the disease Polio, mostly involving children, within Syria, which has been ravaged by civil war for over two years, sparking fears that the once thought eradicated malady may spread to neighboring countries as refugees flee from the fighting raging within Syria’s borders. What can we, as entrepreneurs, do to change situations like this?

The Best Inventions of 2013 (According to TIME Magazine)

Time Magazine recently revealed its “25 Best Inventions of 2013”. Each entry is a fascinating read, as highlighted are some truly awe inspiring innovations in the world of engineering, medicine, and technology. Here then is a sampling of some of these noteworthy items.

5 Best Spots for App Interface Design Inspiration

Everyone needs a leg up, and learning from the best is the way to do it. When designing an app for web or mobile, an excellent interface is crucial to your products success. Get the an insight as to what the best user interface designers are doing at these hubs.

Coin: The Virtual Wallet, Finally?

It has been said that simple ideas are usually the best ideas. This maxim of wisdom can and should be applied to any new piece of tech innovation we find ourselves confronted with. San Francisco startup Coin may have come up with a product that circumvents some of the traditional complications of the virtual wallet. If you've been on social media in the last week, you've probably seen it making the rounds.

How Innovation Can Soften Extreme Weather (And Our Other Pressing Problems)

Whenever a disaster strikes, such as the extreme weather experienced by the Phillipines last week and now the American midwest this week, it always prompts the question: what could the right technology have prevented? Could we have had better buildings? Smarter land use? What, exactly, are our great thinkers and vast resources building that will improve the world?

COO of Angie's List Visits ESTEEM Students

J. Mark Howell, Chief Operating Officer for the website Angie’s List and University of Notre Dame alum, flew in from Los Angeles recently to speak to ESTEEM students and answer that very question.  

Go Fund Yourself: Bootstrapped Business Wisdom

For the young, hungry entrepreneur who has a great idea and just wants to get out there, bootstrapping has become the go to way to fund your startup. Building capital for your startup without debt is great -- it saves you the hassle of VC funding, leaves you in complete control, and can increase your later valuation later -- but it requires nothing less than a deliberate and measured approach.