Lonnie Bentley

Tech Ventures, Facebook’s Open Compute Project to spark student ingenuity

In its first sponsored competition with a university, Facebook has partnered with Tech Ventures, a technology commercialization program in Purdue University’s College of Technology, to sponsor a student challenge through the Open Compute Project.

The Open Compute Challenge asks students to combine efficiency (minimizing the cost of waste and recycling) with sustainability. Participants will be charged with designing a biodegradable server chassis, which is the shell that holds all of the server components. Servers are typically replaced every four years.

Ignite ideas: Commercialize

Matt Mckillip is a man on fire. As executive director of Tech Ventures, he has a passion for commercializing ideas, which is vital to Purdue and the surrounding community. The ultimate vision is this: take great ideas, mix in support and expertise, and push the product into the marketplace. This dynamic mixture will help give new discoveries the spark they need to transform from idea to world-changing venture.

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