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DWU senior takes third at Innovation Expo's Student Idea Competition

Dakota Wesleyan University senior Matt Hockert recently won third place and a $150 award in the statewide Student Idea Competition held at the 2015 Innovation Expo in Sioux Falls.

Dakota Wesleyan University senior Matt Hockert recently won third place and a $150 award in the statewide Student Idea Competition held at the 2015 Innovation Expo in Sioux Falls.

Hockert, a biology major from Reiles Acres, N.D., was one of five students to present during the semifinals on Oct. 1. His idea was an app for a smartphone that would give directions on how to conduct CPR.

Hockert said he got the idea after working in Fargo, N.D., and Pierre as an EMT.

"There is a big need for this (kind of app) because only about 33 percent of the general population is CPR certified," Hockert said. "In a situation where minutes matter, a bystander doing CPR could mean the difference between life and death."

A total of 89 ideas were submitted for this year's competition.

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