128: Let’s File a Patent to Protect Your Invention featuring SenseHydro


Tasked with creating something that does good for the world, nine 10th and 11th graders conceived the HydroHat. It’s a wearable technology designed to reduce heat-related stress and injuries. Though rejected by MIT for a $10k development grant, they forged ahead and formed a company called SenseHydro. In this episode, these young inventors/entrepreneurs give a live demo of their process from ideation to prototype design and patent protection. Listen, watch, and be inspired!

Special Guests: Rachna Nath, Educator at Arizona Preparatory College – Erie Campus, and Nealin Banerjee, Jacob Kaufman-Warner, Alex Kroumov, Kaitlyn Lai, Diya Nath, Omina NematovaSohani Sandhu, Abraham Troop & Daniel Wu, Co-Founders – SenseHydro, LLC

Location: Chandler, AZ  USA

Air Date: December 20, 2020



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  • Hydrothermal Sensing Device: check out SenseHydro’s provisional patent application complete with sketches.
  • Arizona College Preparatory – Erie Campus: the award-winning high school that members of SenseHydro attend.
  • Project-Based Learning (PBL): a website dedicated to the “…teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question, problem, or challenge.
  • SolidWorks: 3-D modeling software.
  • Arduino IDE: an “open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for anyone making interactive projects.”
  • Non-Disclosure Agreement: learn more about NDAs with this article from RocketLawyer.com + access a template to create your own.
  • Non-Compete Agreement: learn more about Non-Compete Agreements with this article from RocketLawyer.com + access a template to create your own.
  • Google Drive: Google’s cloud-based file storage solution that allows on-demand access from tablets, computers, and smartphones.
  • Google Sheets: a spreadsheet software offering real-time collaboration with teams with Google Drive cloud storage. It’s included as part of a free, web-based software office suite offered by Google.
  • Slack: a communication app ideal for remote teams that offers the ability to organize work updates by topic, private groups, and direct messaging.
  • Weebly.com: a website hosting, and e-commerce service offering free website building tools.
  • WhatsApp: a phone app offering free, fast, simple, and secure messaging and calling with contacts around the world.
  • Chandler Innovations: an Arizona-based incubator that specializes in “…helping engineers, inventors, entrepreneurs, and other people with big ideas who know how to create, but not necessarily how to build a profitable, scalable business around it. We help them move from idea to investment…”
  • Chandler Students Create Hydrothermal Hat to Beat the Heat: a feature on Good Morning Arizona with a video and article showcasing SenseHydro.

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  • Producer & Host: Alicia Butler Pierre
  • Podcast Editor: Olanrewaju Ade
  • Video Editor: Gladys Jimenez
  • Sponsor: Equilibria, Inc.


More About SenseHydro, LLC:
SenseHydro is a group of tenth and eleventh graders determined to find effective solutions to the world’s issues through technological means. Their first invention is the hydrothermal-hat, or hydrohat – headwear made of wicking material with a wired frame. The hydrohat is engineered to prevent heatstroke and other heat-related illnesses from happening while outside enjoying the sun.

The hydrohat’s patent-pending design includes sensors that measure a user’s temperature, pulse, and acceleration to determine the user’s condition in the heat. This data is processed through a microcontroller and sent via Bluetooth to a free, downloadable phone app. The app then informs and instructs the user on a recommended plan of action with notifications like, “Go inside and drink water,” and “Dialing emergency contact, cancel within 30 sec.”

SenseHydro plans to design over 60 additional wearable technology products.


More About Host, Alicia Butler Pierre:
Alicia Butler Pierre is the Founder & CEO of Equilibria, Inc. Her career in operations began over 20 years ago while working in various chemical plants and oil refineries. She invented the Kasennu™ framework for business infrastructure and authored, Behind the Façade: How to Structure Company Operations for Sustainable Success.  It is the world’s first published book on business infrastructure for small businesses. Alicia hosts the weekly Business Infrastructure podcast with a global audience across 38+ countries.


More About Sponsor, Equilibria:
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