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Members of the SciSub team at the GeekWire Summit

Here at GeekWire, we are big believers that a thriving technology ecosystem can only exist if the next-generation of tinkerers, entrepreneurs and innovators have the support to build their ideas.

After all, it is not lost on us that some of the biggest tech companies in the world — including Google, Microsoft and Facebook — were started by young entrepreneurs.

That’s why we were so excited at this year’s GeekWire Summit to partner with StudentRND, the Bellevue non-profit that’s serving as a focal point for some of the region’s top young entrepreneurial minds.

Todd Bishop and I spent an afternoon at StudentRND last month, checking out some of the cool ideas percolating in the lab space. It was extremely tough to pick our favorites from the pool, especially when you see cool things like robot-powered Nerf guns and wireless charging systems.

At the end of the day, we chose the SciSub team — consisting of Jia Wen Chan; Tanvi Rane and CJ Kindel — and the Helpful Machines team — consisting of Noah Litov and Blaise Ritchie to pitch in front of more than 700 folks at the GeekWire Summit. Thanks to StudentRND for being a part of the Summit, and for encouraging high school and college entrepreneurs to wave the startup flag.

Check out their presentations here:

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