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Two Connecticut Innovators Headed To The White House


On March 23, President Obama will welcome young scientists and engineers from across including two students from Connecticut to showcase their inventions, robots, and discoveries at the 2015 White House Science Fair! This is the fifth year for the event.

The two inventors from Connecticut presented their ideas at the Connecticut Invention Convention, they are, 16-year old Mallory Kievman of Manchester is founder of “Hiccupops,” and 14-year old Lilianna Zysyzkowski who attends Indian Mountain School in Lakeville, helped to invent the “Pillminder.” The pair is among the 100 students that will be greeted by President Barack Obama in the nation’s capitol. The Connecticut Invention Convention is the oldest kid invention curriculum and competition in the U.S. This is the first time in the 32-year history of the CIC program that two inventors have been chosen to present in Washington, D.C.

Zyszkowski has invented a series of products focused on alerting users to critical situations. Her latest invention, PillMinder, is a pill cap, inspired by an incident in which her grandfather was hospitalized due to scheduling errors with his pills. She  is working with an existing company to take her award-winning PillMinder invention from prototype to product. The new product will help patients and caregivers actively manage pill-taking to ensure patients get the best results from their prescriptions and avoid devastating side effects of skipping or overdosing.


Hiccupops is the worlds first-ever nutritional supplement to help suppress the hiccups in lollipop form. Hiccupops contain a unique blend of ingredients that trigger a set of nerves in your mouth and throat which are responsible for the hiccup reflex arc. When those nerves are overstimulated, the message from your brain to hiccup is cancelled.