Instahub has created a simple, sustainable solution for lighting automation without expensive rewiring and complex installation. CEO Michael Wong W19 and CTO Dayo Adewole ENG15 GEN15 GR21 developed an occupancy sensor that snaps directly onto existing light switches and turns lights on and off by detecting motion in a room.

Their bright idea, which was initially beta-tested in buildings across Penn’s campus, has earned them both accolades and funding—Instahub won the Hult Prize Ivy Competition, Our Climate’s Youth Step Up Challenge, Fulphil’s Smart Impact Competition, and the President’s Innovation Prize at Penn, for $158,000 in startup support.

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