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Fashion In Motion Scholarship Award Winner at CTIA
Posted: 08-Apr-2006 [Source: CTIA]

[Manon Maneenawa of the University of Bridgeport wins $10,000 design award for his Triple Watch Cell Phone design.]

CTIA, Las Vegas -- CTIA WIRELESS 2006, the premiere event for all things wireless, is pleased to announce that Manon Maneenawa of the University of Bridgeport has won the $10,000 Fashion in Motion Scholarship for his Triple Watch Cell Phone design. The Award honored Mr. Maneenawa for design creativity and innovation in the wireless world.

The Triple Watch Cell Phone was showcased in the finale runway show and the University of Bridgeport student received a $10,000 scholarship provided by CTIA WIRELESS. More than 35 products were featured in the Fashion In Motion competition which took place this week during CTIA WIRELESS at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The Triple Watch Cell Phone is a wrist watch that can be transformed into a cell phone. You can slide the unit out of the wristwatch band, and extend it to use it as a normal cell phone. As a wrist watch, it would have a speakerphone button that allows the user to answer the phone and hang up while driving or the user can combine the Triple Watch with a Bluetooth headset.

"Participants were encouraged to submit their designs of either existing or prototype products, to be judged by leaders in both the technology and fashion industries," said Rob Mesirow, vice president and show director of CTIA WIRELESS. "The students really put a lot of effort into their designs and we, along with our talented judges, were very impressed with the results. This clearly demonstrates the level of creativity we can look forward to from our future wireless designers."

This was CTIA's first scholarship program for technology and fashion students at the collegiate level. Students were asked to combine wireless technology and fashion to produce products with a vision of the future in wearable wireless communication technology. Entries were judged on innovation and creativity; viability; applicability to culture and lifestyle; and fashion and style.

Judges included: Dr. Alexandra Fede, Technological Stylist; Dr. Jenny Tillotson, Scentsory Design at The Innovation Center at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design; Cate T. Corcoran, Technology Editor, Women's Wear Daily; Kevin Sintumuang, Associate Editor, GQ Magazine; Kim Hastreiter, Editor, Paper Magazine; John McDonald, Editor, City Magazine; and Dr. David Levy, Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Digit Wireless.

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