Engineering technology professor-student duo win Motorola Golden-i®dea competition

Photo of Akeem WhiteheadJunior Akeem Whitehead (left) and Dr. Ben Zoghi from the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution won the Golden-i®dea competition Nov. 16 at the New York Institute of Technology.

The contest was sponsored by Motorola Solutions Inc. The Golden-i Developer Competition and Partner Conference challenged participants to create innovative, broad-reaching applications for the Golden-i headset computer, a game-changing, hands-free mobile computing device coming to market late next year.

Whitehead and Zoghi's winning entry, “Multi-Purpose Sensory Robotics Application,” enables a Golden-i user to have complete remote control via voice commands of a robot equipped with various outward facing sensors to identify various environmental dangers.Photo of Dr. Ben Zoghi


“Keeping disaster response teams safe from hazardous elements and conditions could have a significant impact on their ability to manage incident scenes more effectively, while saving lives and protecting property,” said Nicole Tricoukes, senior maverick, responsible for the Golden-i headset computer program for Motorola Solutions.


The Texas A&M application wowed judges with its breadth of imagination and full implementation of Golden-i capabilities. It was the judges’ unanimous pick for top honors and earned the duo a $10,000 cash award.

Motorola Solutions would like to congratulate all the entrants for their innovative ideas and commitment to support this exciting new category of mobile computing devices.   For more information on the winning entries, visit