Congratulations to Sydney Ward, Kyle Kasper, Matt Kerrigan, and Liam O’Donnell, members of the Happy Feet Team and winners of Hyland’s Innovation Showdown: High School Edition held on April 27th. Hyland Software, voted one of the Best Places to Work in the US, sponsored the Innovation Showdown to encourage young innovators to learn how to create a business plan, prototype, and presentation to answer the question: “How can you use technology to solve a business problem?” Networking junior Matt Kerrigan commented, "It was really cool how the project actually all came together. It actually felt like a professional setting. West Shore is great at giving us these kind of opportunities.” High School students on four different teams spent a week working with industry professionals on-site at Hyland Software and independently after school. In addition to working with the business professionals, students also received complimentary meals, prizes, and had a rewarding, hands-on, professional experience. Innovation ideas ranged from the winning team’s feet warmers that recharged kinetically from walking, a medical app that ran on smart phones to aid nurses treating patients, another app which would locate lost keys by giving you a map or alert, and a web based product that could help plan a vacation that merged all sorts of social media; MapQuest, Cheap Gas, and Facebook. West Shore would like to thank Hyland Software for sponsoring this rewarding program. Click here for photos of the event.