Danielle McIntosh, a CALS senior majoring in biological systems engineering, had triple success in Innovation Days competition sponsored by the UW-Madison College of Engineering. She took third prize in the Schoofs Prize for Creativity competition, third prize in the Tong Prototype Prize competition, and won the $1,000 Younkle Best Presentation Award.
All of her success was based on her invention, the Hoopla Rack, a device that enables bicycle riders to tote along 6 Hula Hoops. She is currently seeking a patent. The device was McIntosh”s senior design project. She will be graduating this spring with a BSE degree with specialization in Natural Resources and Environment engineering.
Who needs such a device? Hoop enthusiasts such as McIntosh. McIntosh makes hoops – standard, water-weighted, bean-filled and collapsible – and teaches a hooping class at a Madison-area yoga studio.
To learn more, go to her webside, hulahoopla.org, which she created “to bring the joy of hula hooping to as many people as possible.”