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02/16/2017 01:30 PM LABOR & COMMERCE

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01:31:34 PM Start
01:34:41 PM Robert Tucker - Innovation is Everybody's Business
02:17:52 PM University of Alaska - Inventions and Economic Opportunities
03:07:22 PM Global Innovation Award Winners – First Lego League
03:18:28 PM Adjourn
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Presentations:
Robert Tucker - "Innovation is Everybody's
Business"
University of Alaska - Inventions and Economic
Opportunities
Global Innovation Award Winners - First Lego
League
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-- Public Testimony --
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
          SENATE LABOR AND COMMERCE STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                        
                       February 16, 2017                                                                                        
                           1:31 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
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MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Mia Costello, Chair                                                                                                     
Senator Shelley Hughes, Vice Chair                                                                                              
Senator Kevin Meyer                                                                                                             
Senator Gary Stevens                                                                                                            
Senator Berta Gardner                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
INNOVATING ALASKA PRESENTATIONS:                                                                                                
     INNOVATION IS EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS                                                                                         
     INVENTIONS AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES                                                                                      
     GLOBAL INNOVATION AWARD WINNERS - FIRST LEGO LEAGUE                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
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WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
ROBERT TUCKER, President and Founder                                                                                            
The Innovation Resource                                                                                                         
Santa Barbara, California                                                                                                       
POSITION STATEMENT: Delivered a presentation titled "Innovation                                                               
is Alaska's Business."                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
DANIEL M. WHITE, PhD                                                                                                            
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research                                                                                
University of Alaska Fairbanks                                                                                                  
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Delivered a presentation titled "Supporting                                                               
Economic Development through Innovation."                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
NORA DENNISON and GWYNETH GEIGER, Students                                                                                      
Sand Lake Elementary School                                                                                                     
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:  Presented  information on  the  First  Lego                                                             
League.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                              
1:31:34 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MIA COSTELLO called the  Senate Labor and Commerce Standing                                                             
Committee meeting  to order at 1:31  p.m. Present at the  call to                                                               
order were  Senators Stevens, Hughes,  Meyer, Gardner,  and Chair                                                               
Costello. Senator Begich was also in the audience.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
^Innovating Alaska Presentations                                                                                                
                Innovating Alaska Presentations                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR   COSTELLO   announced   the  business   today   would   be                                                               
presentations on  innovating Alaska. The presenters  are from the                                                               
Innovation  Summit going  on in  Juneau today.  She welcomed  Mr.                                                               
Tucker.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
^Robert Tucker - Innovation is Everybody's Business                                                                             
       Robert Tucker - Innovation is Everybody's Business                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:34:41 PM                                                                                                                    
ROBERT TUCKER,  President and  Founder, The  Innovation Resource,                                                               
delivered   a  presentation   titled   "Innovation  is   Alaska's                                                               
Business." He  shared his experience  on a research  vessel based                                                               
out of  Kodiak. He  noted the  connection between  innovation and                                                               
economic development.  He listed  three challenges going  on with                                                               
business  today.  One is  lack  of  growth because  business  has                                                               
slowed down. Another is differentiation  - where workers are laid                                                               
off because  the company's product isn't  differentiated from its                                                               
competitors.  The  third  challenge  is disruption,  such  as  an                                                               
economic, technological,  or demographic  change, which  is often                                                               
hidden  from the  public.     He  used the  milk  industry as  an                                                               
example, which is  down 36 percent over the last  15 years due to                                                               
people drinking non-dairy products.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
He explained  that his  job as  a researcher  is to  research the                                                               
world's  most   innovative  companies.  He  discovers   what  the                                                               
companies are  doing that  is working, or  not working,  and then                                                               
assists them to  come up with a better process.  He said a cookie                                                               
cutter approach  cannot be applied and  it has to be  driven from                                                               
the top.  Successful companies are  close to their  customers and                                                               
aware of their changing needs.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MR. TUCKER related that 15-20 years  ago he was asked to speak on                                                               
the power of innovation from  various ministers of industry, such                                                               
as Taiwan and  Russia. He said that as he  approached the project                                                               
working with  the Juneau Economic Development  Council (JEDC), he                                                               
did a  lot of research  on Alaska  and Juneau, in  particular. He                                                               
said Alaska  is at  an economic and  social crossroads.  It calls                                                               
upon everyone,  leadership especially,  to make decisions  in the                                                               
best interest of the state.  He said he finds Alaskans refreshing                                                               
and genuine.  They are  pondering "the  fork in  the road"  in an                                                               
attempt to unleash a spirit of innovation.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:43:33 PM                                                                                                                    
He continued to say that it  all comes back to people's mindsets.                                                               
If  you're in  the defeatist  mode, you  can't move  forward. The                                                               
sustainer  mode can  be a  "been there  done that"  attitude. The                                                               
dreamer mode  is having ideas,  but without an intention  to act.                                                               
But  when we're  in the  opportunity  mode we're  coming up  with                                                               
ideas and are willing and ready to take action.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:45:18 PM                                                                                                                    
MR. TUCKER related that disruption can  be seen in every area. He                                                               
spoke to the forces disrupting bike businesses.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
He said  he interviewed the  Alaska Glacier Seafood  owners. They                                                               
identified innovation as  trying to do more with  what they have.                                                               
For example,  they sell pet food  byproduct that used to  go back                                                               
in the water.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
He  noted for  most businesses  the  rate of  change outside  the                                                               
company is  much faster  than the rate  of innovation  inside the                                                               
company.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:47:16 PM                                                                                                                    
MR. TUCKER defined innovation as  a product, process, or strategy                                                               
that creates new  value for the customer, which,  in turn, drives                                                               
growth.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
He  showed results  of  CEOs' actions  and what  the  CEO did  to                                                               
achieve  very  high  returns.  He   provided  an  example  where,                                                               
previously, the  company had  no growth so  the CEO  gave rewards                                                               
for  ideas and  pioneered open  innovation -  he made  innovation                                                               
everyone's   business.  Everyone   was  deputized   to  work   on                                                               
innovation.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
He used the  ski industry as another example of  an industry with                                                               
challenges. When he looked at  what the most innovative companies                                                               
did  to survive,  he  found  that Whistler  started  to look  for                                                               
summer  activities.  Another resort  created  a  water park  year                                                               
round. A Vermont resort started a conference business.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
He  said he  spoke in  Medellin, Colombia  recently. Poverty  and                                                               
fear  was  rampant in  the  1970s,  but  through the  efforts  of                                                               
private/public partnerships and  economic development, they began                                                               
to  question  what  was  going   on.  He  reviewed  some  of  the                                                               
innovations they came up  with, including gondola transportation.                                                               
Twenty-four years later, poverty and  crime is down and education                                                               
and civic  pride is up. In  2013, Medellin was named  the world's                                                               
most innovative city by the Urban Land Institute.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
1:52:36 PM                                                                                                                    
He  discussed  other  companies   that  took  action  during  the                                                               
recession of  2008-2009. Hyundai  showed a sales  increase during                                                               
this period by asking different  questions. That is often the key                                                               
to  engender innovative  thinking. They  asked why  people aren't                                                               
buying cars.  It was because  they thought they would  lose their                                                               
job next  year. So, Hyundai  gave a one-year,  no-cost guarantee,                                                               
that if the buyer lost his/her  job in the next 12 months, he/she                                                               
could return the car.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
He  made  the  point  that  by  using  and  inspiring  innovative                                                               
thinking,  businesses must  do  things  differently in  uncharted                                                               
territory. He  showed several Alaska  examples of  new businesses                                                               
and re-thought  businesses. Alaska needs to  understand why young                                                               
people aren't starting  businesses and to figure out  how to help                                                               
more people start businesses.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:56:43 PM                                                                                                                    
MR.  TUCKER  turned  to  Alaska's  inflection  point  moment.  He                                                               
suggested  to  declare  2018  the   year  of  innovation  and  to                                                               
recognize  and   promote  the   state's  innovation   sector.  He                                                               
recommended helping  small communities transition  from resource-                                                               
dependent  to  value-added  enterprises  and  diversify  Alaska's                                                               
economy. He  suggested partnering and collaborating  with federal                                                               
and  state  government  entities   and  promoting  education  and                                                               
lifelong learning  - the essence of  what we all do.  Finally, he                                                               
suggested partnering with and promoting millennial startups.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:59:05 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO thanked Mr. Tucker.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR HUGHES said  she shares Chair Costello's  passion for the                                                               
presentation. She  asked Mr. Tucker  for advice on  several books                                                               
related to  millennial entrepreneurs.  One book  said we  need to                                                               
identify the kids  that are the future innovators and  to come up                                                               
with a  way to assess those  students and support them  in middle                                                               
and high school  years. She asked Mr. Tucker if  he has found any                                                               
place that has done that.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR. TUCKER replied  it is important to help  all students unleash                                                               
their potential, although there are  some that have a bent toward                                                               
entrepreneurship.  He  said  there  are a  lot  of  programs  for                                                               
budding  engineers.  He  agreed  with a  need  to  encourage  the                                                               
business-minded, but  noted that the arts  have been shortchanged                                                               
in the past few years. He  stressed the importance of helping all                                                               
children to understand that we  all have different capacities and                                                               
potentials.  In the  emerging world  we  need to  merge tech  and                                                               
engineering with the people who are empathetic.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
He pointed  out that the tourist  cluster is an area  that Alaska                                                               
can  really  expand -  double  or  triple  - because  people  are                                                               
passionate about wildlife and natural surroundings.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:04:58 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  MEYER commented  on why  people are  afraid to  fail. He                                                               
stated  that success  is rewarded  and failures  are stigmatized,                                                               
which  holds people  back. He  noted that  elected officials  are                                                               
reminded frequently of the state's failures.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR.  TUCKER  said  that  is  a  topic that  comes  up  a  lot  in                                                               
innovation. In  Silicon Valley it  is a  badge of honor  to fail.                                                               
The millennials are very risk  averse. They are suffering a post-                                                               
adolescent  identity crisis.  He  cited the  Intuit Company  that                                                               
celebrates failure, as  an example of changing  that idea. People                                                               
don't want  to let colleagues down  by failure and that  needs to                                                               
be  made right.  To be  an innovative  culture you  need to  have                                                               
people  who  are  willing  to   take  a  risk.  Leaders  need  to                                                               
understand and  stand behind that.  Maybe we need to  think about                                                               
the stigma of failure all the way back to school.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO asked the definition of "grit."                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:10:25 PM                                                                                                                    
MR. TUCKER  said he looks at  it as bravery and  being willing to                                                               
take a risk and meet a challenge. It's a great word to focus on.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
He predicted  that future  Alaska generations  will look  back at                                                               
the decisions  made at this fork  in the road. He  expressed hope                                                               
that  the people  and leaders  in  Alaska will  take a  different                                                               
approach than is being taken nationally.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO thanked Mr. Tucker  for the presentation. She said                                                               
it has been informative and thought provoking.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:12:25 PM                                                                                                                    
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^University of Alaska - Inventions and Economic Opportunities                                                                   
  University of Alaska - Inventions and Economic Opportunities                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:17:52 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO reconvened the meeting and welcomed Mr. White.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:18:29 PM                                                                                                                    
DANIEL M.  WHITE, PhD,  Vice President  for Academic  Affairs and                                                               
Research,   University   of   Alaska   Fairbanks,   Delivered   a                                                               
presentation  titled  "Supporting  Economic  Development  through                                                               
Innovation." He said  the University of Alaska is  a resource for                                                               
economic development.  Six years  ago the University  underwent a                                                               
major  transformation  to  make innovation  everybody's  interest                                                               
when it started 12 new  companies. Today, their products are just                                                               
bearing fruit.  In 2015 UAF  licensed 51  intellectual properties                                                               
to companies in Alaska. He cited  an example of a start-up in the                                                               
U.S. due  to a research  university; Silicon Valley  and Stanford                                                               
University. He stated that Alaska also has that opportunity.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:21:45 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GARDNER asked what happened  to start this transformation                                                               
six or eight years ago.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
DR. WHITE  responded that it  was a number of  things: leadership                                                               
changes at UAF  and UAA, and having real-world  problems to solve                                                               
and commercialize. The  big gap at the university was  to get the                                                               
ideas into something  somebody could buy, or into  a company that                                                               
could make the product. He cited Gatorade as an example.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:25:01 PM                                                                                                                    
DR. WHITE related that UA does  about $110 million in research, a                                                               
great  investment  for  the  state.   The  state  allocation  for                                                               
research is  about $25 million  which is leveraged  with research                                                               
grants to  add up to  $110 million. Referring to  Senator Hughes'                                                               
previous  comment,  he  said  there   is  a  startup  company  in                                                               
Fairbanks  that  develops  and uses  unmanned  aircraft.  Several                                                               
companies are benefiting from this research.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
He  discussed  how  UA  research leads  to  new  inventions.  For                                                               
example UAF  is addressing  energy issues for  all of  Alaska. In                                                               
research efforts  to develop new  energy sources,  the university                                                               
invented a new way to measure fuel more accurately.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:28:33 PM                                                                                                                    
He said  that UA research  leads to new inventions.  UAF research                                                               
has produced  new software  to detect  mineral seams  and analyze                                                               
aerial surveying  data. They are  studying hibernation  for human                                                               
applications.  The  new  digital  elevation  map  is  leading  to                                                               
products for mining engineers.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:31:16 PM                                                                                                                    
DR.  WHITE  discussed  the  benefits  of  commercialization.  The                                                               
inventors  at  the  universities  receive  royalties  from  their                                                               
inventions. There  also are  benefits to the  economy and  to the                                                               
consumers.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:32:17 PM                                                                                                                    
He described the Innovation Cycle.  The need is identified first,                                                               
followed  by UA  research, the  invention disclosure,  technology                                                               
assessment,  IP protection,  marketing,  licensing, and  industry                                                               
growth.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:34:08 PM                                                                                                                    
He   addressed   the   Office  of   Intellectual   Property   and                                                               
Commercialization.  It   identifies  and   protects  intellectual                                                               
property   of  university   innovators.   It  supports   economic                                                               
opportunity  through licensing  UAF technologies  and faculty-led                                                               
startup companies.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
He  showed  a diagram  of  the  UAF inventor-process.  First  the                                                               
inventor  talks to  an  attorney at  the  Office of  Intellectual                                                               
Property  (OIPC)   looking  for  a  supporting   organization  or                                                               
business,  preferably a  non-profit.  He provided  an example  of                                                               
Nanook  Tech  Ventures,  which  is a  for-profit  company  and  a                                                               
startup company results.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:36:08 PM                                                                                                                    
DR. WHITE  provided examples of  new technologies for  Alaska and                                                               
the world due to research.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:36:42 PM                                                                                                                    
He listed UAF-led startup companies.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
He displayed pictures of talented  innovators, Dr. Rajive Ganguli                                                               
and Mr. Jeff Rothman.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:38:44 PM                                                                                                                    
He described  methods of investing  in Alaska's  future: bringing                                                               
business and engineering students  together on specific projects,                                                               
and  supporting  student  innovators and  technologies  that  are                                                               
being developed in new university laboratories and centers.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:39:04 PM                                                                                                                    
He  showed the  first startup  company from  UAF -  V-ADAPT, INC.                                                               
Several  companies   based  on  UAF  intellectual   property  are                                                               
launching startups  to build new  technology under SBIR  and STTR                                                               
grants  in Alaska.  Faculty have  moved to  Fairbanks due  to the                                                               
unique startup  opportunities. UAA  has a similar  structure. The                                                               
two universities  are working with  their business  ecosystems to                                                               
try  to get  as  much  intellectual property  into  the hands  of                                                               
businesses as possible.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:40:49 PM                                                                                                                    
DR. WHITE explained the function  of UAA ORGS. Faculty, staff and                                                               
students  submit  invention  disclosures  to ORGS.  If  they  are                                                               
selected, the invention  moves to the patent  process. A decision                                                               
is made  to license the patent,  or form a startup  company, then                                                               
the new  technology is  commercialized. ORGS  provides incentives                                                               
for innovation through awards and the Patent Wall of Fame.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
He described  UAA patent portfolio  and startups. There  has been                                                               
an increase in patent application  filings and over 75 percent of                                                               
provisional  filings  have  evolved into  non-provisional  patent                                                               
filings. There have been 8 patents  issues since FY11 and UAA had                                                               
the first four startups.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:42:35 PM                                                                                                                    
He described  the Seawolf Holdings,  LLC, the company  that holds                                                               
the  intellectual properties.  Rhizoform, LLC,  was named  one of                                                               
the top  36 best university  startups by the National  Council of                                                               
Entrepreneurial   Tech   Tranfer.   It  makes   biomaterial   for                                                               
insulation and  packaging. CFT Solutions,  LLC, is  an innovative                                                               
Alaska company that  removes snow and ice by  using carbon filter                                                               
tapes. Cogniceutic  Solutions, LLC,  uses nutritional  therapy to                                                               
improve  memory loss.  Zensor is  a wireless  sensor product  for                                                               
remote   monitoring,    system   management,    climate   change,                                                               
surveillance, and security.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:44:25 PM                                                                                                                    
DR.  WHITE   concluded  that   Alaska  needs   business  mentors,                                                               
investment capital, and confidence to innovate.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
2:45:40 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO thanked Dr. White.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  HUGHES  asked  where  the  money  comes  from  for  non-                                                               
provisional patents and whether  the university is having regular                                                               
conversations with industry about what it needs.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
DR. WHITE  said the cost to  patent varies, but they  always look                                                               
for the licensee  to pay some of those fees.  Most companies want                                                               
involvement before the product is  patented because they want the                                                               
claims that fit their company.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
He said  they have  regular conversations  with industry  to find                                                               
out what  their needs are.  He cited oil, and  seafood processing                                                               
as examples.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:51:01 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  STEVENS commented  that the  university community  knows                                                               
what you're  doing, but the rest  of the state doesn't.  He liked                                                               
the idea  of celebrating  research successes.  He asked  how many                                                               
people do pure research.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
DR. WHITE explained that faculty  have different appointments and                                                               
categories.  There are  innovators  across the  spectrum and  the                                                               
university has tried  to identify the "early  adopters." He added                                                               
that  90  percent  of  the  research is  done  at  Fairbanks.  At                                                               
Anchorage there  is a lot  of promising  research in the  area of                                                               
bio-medical technologies.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR STEVENS  asked what he is  doing to let Alaska  know what                                                               
is happening at the university with respect to research.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
DR. WHITE said the Innovation  Summit celebration last night will                                                               
help. He  said he is  also a Co-Chair  of the State  Committee on                                                               
Research, which  has identified  informing Alaska  about research                                                               
innovators and other Alaska innovators as a priority.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:57:01 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GARDNER mentioned the $25  million that is leveraged into                                                               
$110 million. She asked if it  is a problem that some researchers                                                               
take their grants outside of Alaska.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
DR.  WHITE responded  that it  is a  big concern  because faculty                                                               
that  leave  generally takes  their  grants  with them.  Alaska's                                                               
financial challenges have an impact  on that issue. Also, outside                                                               
research  universities  have  Arctic Research  programs  and  are                                                               
looking  to  Alaska  for  faculty.  Chancellor  Johnsen  recently                                                               
addressed  that issue  and said  the university  must do  more to                                                               
support faculty and keep them in Alaska.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO thanked Dr. White for the enlightening                                                                           
presentation.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:59:55 PM                                                                                                                    
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^Global Innovation Award Winners - First Lego League                                                                            
      Global Innovation Award Winners - First Lego League                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
3:07:22 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO reconvened the meeting and welcomed Nora and                                                                     
Gwyneth from the Sand Lake Elementary School. She described the                                                                 
First Lego League competition.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
3:09:26 PM                                                                                                                    
NORA DENNISON and GWYNETH GEIGER,  Students, Sand Lake Elementary                                                               
School,  presented  information on  the  First  Lego League.  Ms.                                                               
Dennison said  they would explain  how the "HotDog"  Collar would                                                               
work.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
The girls continued with their presentation:                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     They  first invited  guest speakers  and  then came  up                                                                    
     with 70  different project ideas.  Then, they  voted on                                                                    
     which project to take on and solve.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     The  problem  was  that each  year  thousands  of  dogs                                                                    
     suffer injuries  and die from  the heat and  cold. Most                                                                    
     dangerous is when they die in cars.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Many people  run errands with  their dogs.  Most stores                                                                    
     don't allow pets.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Pet owners  underestimate how  dangerous leaving  a dog                                                                    
     in  a car  can  be.  Even cracked  car  windows can  be                                                                    
     dangerous. A dog's normal  temperature is 102.5 degrees                                                                    
     Fahrenheit and at 104 degrees they are in danger.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     On a 75  degree day in just 10  minutes the temperature                                                                    
     in a car  can rise to 94 degrees. In  30 minutes it can                                                                    
     be 109 degrees.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     People underestimate the amount of time errands take.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     In a  hot car dogs  can show signs of  heat exhaustion.                                                                    
     Heat exhaustion can lead to  heat stroke and eventually                                                                    
     death.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Symptoms  of   heat  exhaustion  in  dogs   are:  heavy                                                                    
     panting,  excessive  drooling,  a   rise  in  the  body                                                                    
     temperature, and an increased heart rate.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     The  collar will  measure the  dog's temperature  using                                                                    
     prongs  that   touch  the  dog's   skin  so   when  the                                                                    
     temperature  hits a  dangerous  level it  will send  an                                                                    
     alert  to your  cell phone.  There are  several collars                                                                    
     that  we  found  recently   that  measure  ambient  air                                                                    
     temperature,  but ours  would  measure  the dog's  body                                                                    
     temperature.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     The other  collars have a  limited range of  1,000 feet                                                                    
     and don't work in cars.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     The  collar  would  also   work  in  cold  temperatures                                                                    
     alerting you on the dog getting too cold.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
3:12:58 PM                                                                                                                    
MISS GEIGER  presented the "HotDog" Collar  features. It monitors                                                               
the dog's  body temperature  using probes  that contact  the skin                                                               
under their  fur. It sends  text alerts  to the owner's  phone if                                                               
the dog's body temperature gets too  hot or too cold. If there is                                                               
no internet connection,  the collar itself will make  a sound. It                                                               
is waterproof. There  are different sized collars  for small dogs                                                               
and  large  dogs.  It  has  internet/data  connections,  wireless                                                               
battery charging, and comes in different color options.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:13:30 PM                                                                                                                    
MISS DENNISON showed a HotDog  prototype. She said the cost would                                                               
be around  $50 to $60  and there could be  a GPS tracker  in case                                                               
the dog ran away.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
3:14:07 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO thanked the presenters.  She asked if they plan to                                                               
take their idea to the commercial market and how.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MISS  DENNISON said  they might  get a  grant to  take it  to the                                                               
commercial market, but her dad might make it on his 3-D printer.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  GARDNER asked  if they  had thought  about adding  their                                                               
invention to an existing collar that pages the dog.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MISS DENNISON said no, but thought they could add it.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO thanked  the presenters  and  their Lego  Robotic                                                               
coaches. She asked how many teams the school has.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MISS DENNISION said two.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:16:32 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR HUGHES asked if they could turn on the HotDog Collar.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MISS  GEIGER said  yes, but  the robot  is designed  to run  on a                                                               
specific table.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO  asked how they  get to choose their  missions and                                                               
earn points.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MISS  GEIGER  explained how  they  construct  the robot  and  the                                                               
importance of having it be fast.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO asked  how many  of  the missions  the robot  has                                                               
completed.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MISS GEIGER explained  that there are many missions  in one robot                                                               
and they completed about half of them.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO  thanked the  presenters  and  wished their  team                                                               
luck.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
3:18:28 PM                                                                                                                    
There being  no further  business to  come before  the committee,                                                               
Chair Costello  adjourned the Senate Labor  and Commerce Standing                                                               
Committee meeting at 3:18 p.m.                                                                                                  

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
2017 02 16 UA L&C Comm.pdf SL&C 2/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Sand-Lake-Lions-presentation-the-dog-who-lived.pdf SL&C 2/16/2017 1:30:00 PM