First Selectman receives Sun Safety Education Solution from Quinnipiac Graduates
SOLaware™ Technologies team (from left to right: Paula Strautmane, Quinnipiac Mechanical Engineering ’19, Kevin Rivas, UNH Mechanical Engineering ’19, Dimas Catalan, UNH Mechanical Engineering ’19, Ferenc Fazekas, Quinnipiac MBA ’17) delivers a SOLaware™ Display to Michael Freda, North Haven First Selectman, with the support of Donald J. Weinbach, Quinnipiac Vice President of Development & Alumni Affairs, and Christopher Ball, Director of the Central European Institute at Quinnipiac.
North Haven, CT – On June 2nd, SOLaware™ Technologies presented its first product to North Haven, as part of its 2018 Summer Pilot Program. Developed by recent Quinnipiac graduates, the SOLaware™ Display is a modular sun safety educational system that informs about UV levels at the point of sun exposure in real-time. It also educates about preventative steps to raise awareness about the dangers of unprotected sun exposure.
The ceremony took place at 2 p.m. on the North Haven Town Green. First Selectman, Michael J. Freda attended along with Donald J. Weinbach, Vice President for Development & Alumni Affairs at Quinnipiac University and Christopher Ball, Director of the Central European Institute at Quinnipiac.
The SOLaware™ Technologies team is led by Ferenc Fazekas, a Quinnipiac University MBA ’17 student and Fulbright scholar ’15. His team consists of local business and engineering students and graduates, many of whom are from Quinnipiac. He stated, “We are honored to be supported by our alma maters and our local communities in Connecticut as we launch our devices.”
Mr. Weinbach added, “This is a great example of how we support our students and embrace our alumni. Providing an introduction to Mike Freda opened a new market for Ferenc and his team. We are very proud of them.” The First Selectman, a former business executive, stated, “It is refreshing to see young, Connecticut-based entrepreneurs bringing their ideas and products to the local community first for the benefit of our residents. I truly enjoy working with them.” Mr. Freda also provided business advice to the team and introduced them to fellow municipal leaders in the State.
After Darien and North Haven, the upcoming towns to receive SOLaware™ Displays are Milford, Wallingford and Middletown. The Pilot is still open for local business and governments.
About SOLaware™ Technologies:
SOLaware™ Technologies is started at the Quinnipiac University Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship with a mission to “Raise awareness about sun exposure via digital technologies” ™. The first product, the SOLaware™ Display is a modular sun safety education system that informs about local UV level, educates about preventative steps and provides protection through access to sun screen. The Displays are leased to local businesses and governments to help lower the risks of sunburns and skin cancer in their communities.
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