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Askantia designs contemporary and ergonomic seating solutions for the chair-bound individual, battling discomfort and skin excoriation.

  • Stage Prototype Ready
  • Industry Consumer Products
  • Location Cambridge, MA, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Website

Company Summary

Askantia designs modern, smart technical solutions to problems of human lifestyle. First targeting decubitus ulcer in the wheelchair-bound, Askantia created a Rehst wheelchair seating system incorporating pressure and temperature control, massage and bacteria prevention. While others design for the wheelchair users as those with medical challenges, we design for the consumer as an individual with a different lifestyle - colorful and demanding.


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    Rebecca Kekelishvili

    Rebecca is pursuing B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. She is on the Board of Directors for SITRAC, held technical and managerial leadership positions on FIRST Robotics and Lemelson-MIT teams, worked in large groups on solving complex programs through MIT's Terrascope Program. Rebecca participated in numerous business plan and entrepreneurship competitions and currently holds a research position at MIT's CSAIL Laboratory.

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    Marisa Sara Ashour

    Marisa is a student at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), working towards a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering. Through extracurriculars including FIRST Robotics Team 375, MIT-Lemelson Team TechSmart, SWE at RIT and the Amateur Radio Club at RIT, Marisa has gained many skills related to financial, organizational, and technical aspects. She enjoys teaching about RF technology, and organizing community outreach programs.

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    William Tsimerman

    William is a student at CSI working for a degree in Computer Science. He has experience in finance, worked for Maxway Medical doing medical billing. William has experience in store management, retail, communicating with vendors, organization, and getting consumer feedback. William held numerous technical and financial leadership positions on teams such as FIRST Robotics and Lemelson-MIT Invent.

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    Derek Bonderczuk

    Derek Bonderczuk is an automotive engineering graduate student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is the controls team lead of the EcoCAR II team. He has experience with mechanical and control system design, battery engineering, and dynamic simulation. He works on optimizing control, safety and comfort features in vehicles. Derek uses numerical simulation to make critical engineering optimizations that allow for cost and weight savings.

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    Steven Raile

    Steven is an engineering teacher at NYC department of education. He organized numerous programs at Staten Island Technical High School, including Robotics, Lemelson, and others. Steven holds connections in different organizations and has a stellar record on promoting self-initiated programs with community outreach and networking.