Entrant Profile

Ulysses Dinkins

Location: Marshall, Wisconsin United States


Company: UCHardChip Inc.


Profession: Carpenter and entrepreneur


Inspired by: The interior suspension in this construction hard hat is crammed with electronics. Curious?

I’m Ulysses Dinkins. This is UCHardChip’s first working model of a “smart” hardhat.
•It will put a big dent in the 13 billion dollars of annual injury costs,
•And the 177 billion dollars of annual rework and delay costs in the construction industry,
•which, by the way, is the most unsafe and least productive industry in America.

But for me, this is personal. I’ve been a commercial carpenter for fifteen years.
•I don’t want to see any more of my friends injured or die,
•I don’t want an injured friend lying in pain for hours until someone finds them,
•I want to get home safe every night, and
•I don’t want to be blamed for building something wrong.
•In construction, Minutes Matter!

Supervisors and safety monitors have phones or radios. At the face-of-the-work we don’t.
•We have a tool in one hand and materials in the other.
•Any communication has to be hands-free or automated.

UCHardChip products:
•Know where we are in the building;
•Know the environmental conditions, like the presence of toxic gas;
•Know our medical vitals, like heart rate;
•They’ll light up a dark space automatically;
•Voice recognition will let us call in emergencies;
•And direct first responders to us;
•Or ask for job instructions so we don’t have to guess.

We’ve made rapid progress:
•We have a pending patent,
•We’ve raised angel capital,
•We’ve formed a team of experts,
•We have a manufacturer, and
•We have waiting customers.

Now, it’s time to turn everything we’ve learned into an updated version for field evaluations. For that, we need seed capital.
•To save lives,
•To prevent injuries,
•To build our buildings quicker, better and more affordable,
•Join us and contact me for more information.

Thank you!

2020 Entries

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03/14 UCHardChip Inc. Manufacturing/​Robotics/​Automation 366 6