PST Intern takes Innovation down the road less traveled by at UNO’s Startup Weekend



Seventy individuals, mostly college students, gathered at UNO’s College of Business during the
weekend of September 23rd to pitch ideas to local startups. The competition required individuals
to produce a working prototype, demo, and making an official pitch to be judged.


The DriveOff team (left to right): Ian Addy, Landon Miller, Erin Dabbs, Marvin Roe, Wendy Holley, Cara Heacock. Photo by Dale Eesley.

Landon Miller, a Valvora intern, was selected to be a part of this 54-hour competition and was a member of the winning team. As one of three developers, Landon and his team produced an app to promote drivers of all ages to keep their phones off while behind the wheel.

Drive Off was created with the idea of giving incentives to drivers to eliminate texting and driving. The incentives included various rewards such as free appetizers and retail store discounts with the final goal of saving lives. Once the app was completed, the team pitched the idea to executives from local startup businesses, government officials and UNO faculty.

As winning team, Drive Off members will be awarded with a full year of space and mentorship at The Startup Collaborative – a program designed to improve the odds of success of entrepreneurs, the chance to present at 1 Million Cups – a national entrepreneur networking program, and admission to Make Happen.

“I wanted to see if enjoy the startup world and test if I am any good at what I am studying,” said Landon, “I wanted to test my tech skills, group skills, and learn new skills. I learned so much more than I expected and had success doing it.”

Landon credits the success of the team to the talent, drive, and direction that everyone had, allowing them collaborate and ultimately be successful in a short period of time.


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