2009 - 2010

2009 - 2010

Meet the Changemaker Challenge Winners selected from our spring 2010 competition. (Note that competitors were vying for fifteen $2,000 awards and one $5,000 award.)

Aura Light ($5,000)

Formerly known as the Twig Light, Aura Light is a device meant to bring electric light to villages in rural Africa. The project was created through Global Resolve, an ASU social entrepreneurship program.

Raphael Hyde, Undergraduate Student, School of Design Innovation, Industrial Design

Nisha Patel, Undergraduate Student, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Global Studies

Lissa Regets, Undergraduate Student, W. P. Carey School of Business, Finance

Michael Pugliese, Graduate Student, College of Technology and Innovation, Mechanical Engineering

 

BioEve ($2,000)

Discovery Engine is a search and discovery service that makes it easier for researchers to search and navigate knowledge hidden in the text of published life sciences literature, virtually millions of articles. BioEve helps researchers save valuable time in developing new drugs.

Syed Toufeeq Ahmed, Graduate Student, School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering, Computer Science

 

FAV Bags ($2,000)

"Empower Women - Protect the Planet" is the philosophy of the Fruit and Vegetable (FAV) Bags venture. The organization provides women in rural El Salvador with economic opportunity and eliminates the waste created by the use of plastic fruit and vegetable bags.

Aaron Redman, Graduate Student, School of Sustainability, Sustainability

Erin Frisk, Graduate Student, School of Sustainability, Sustainability

Christen Forrester, Graduate Student, School of Design Innovation, Interaction Design

 

Go Timing ($2,000)

GoTiming Electronic Race Timing Systems is an electronic chip timing system for running events. Existing timing systems on the market have a high cost for users. GoTiming utilizes alternate hardware that results in reliable timing at a substantially lower cost.

Nick Coury, Undergraduate Student, Fulton School of Engineering, Computer Science

Nathan Coury, Undergraduate Student, W.P. Carey School of Business, Economics

Jamil Coury, Community Member, Aravaipa Running, Race Director

 

Large-Area Flexible Chemical Sensing Arrays ($2,000)

Large-Area Flexible Chemical Sensing Arrays will detect a wide spectrum of airborne particles, matching test samples with a chemical "thumbprint" and display compound concentrations via a user interface. Incorporating these sensing capabilities with flexible technology will make the sensors more versatile and add to the overall potential of this technology.

Robin Daugherty, Undergraduate Student, Fulton School of Engineering, Electrical Engineering

Kevin O'Connor, Undergraduate Student, Fulton School of Engineering, Electrical Engineering

Alfonso Dominguez, Undergraduate Student, Fulton School of Engineering, Electrical Engineering

 

Limb Device Enterprise ($2,000)

Limb Device Enterprise is a new medical company that will focus on the distribution of a product that allows any healthcare professional to safely open any limb that has been contracted due to a sudden traumatic event. Once the limb has been opened, an IV can be placed without injury to the patient.

Musa Othman, Undergraduate Student, Fulton School of Engineering, Industrial Engineering

Quinton Chambers, Prospective Student, W.P. Carey School of Business, Business

 

Malawi Empowerment Village ($2,000)

Malawi Empowerment Village will serve women and physically disabled people in rural Malawi by providing healthcare through the use of recycled shipping containers. Used containers, typically considered pollutants, can be modified into sustainable building units by applying engineering technology.

Susanna Young, Undergraduate Student, Fulton School of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Jasmine Nejad, Undergraduate Student, Fulton School of Engineering, Bioengineering

Michael Chou, Undergraduate Student, Fulton School of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Ryan Stoner, Undergraduate Student, Fulton School of Engineering, Aerospace Engineering

Kyle Karber, Undergraduate Student, Fulton School of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

 

Rio Salado Habitat Team ($2,000)

The Rio Salado Habitat Team will restore a natural habitat situated south of downtown Phoenix by creating a prototype that can capture and facilitate the removal of waste from storm drains. Storm pipes from the city feed directly into the Rio Salado area, and trash removal is a costly and time-consuming effort. The Rio Salado Habitat Team is creating a cost-efficient solution to this problem.

Jared Schoepf, Undergraduate Student, Fulton School of Engineering, Chemical Engineering

Michael Burch, Undergraduate Student, Fulton School of Engineering, Aerospace Engineering

Ben Coan, Undergraduate Student, Fulton School of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Allan Gillespie, Undergraduate Student, Fulton School of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

 

Sweet Inde Bakery ($2,000)

Sweet Inde (Independence) Bakery is a nonprofit venture concept designed to provide job training and employment experience to Phoenix residents who have disabilities. Baked goods will be sold locally, and proceeds will be returned to people with disabilities through scholarships and grants.

Kristen Bean, Graduate Student, School of Social Work, Social Work

Jolene De Tiege, Community Member, Improbably Theater Group, Board Member

Michael Cline, Community Member, Freelance Producer and Editor

 

Vast Recon Low Cost Plug-n-Play Autopilot ($2,000)

Vast Recon will provide new low-cost autopilot technology to unmanned aircraft manufacturers. Unmanned aircrafts provide security for military troops on the ground and can even help identify terrorist leadership. Commercial use of unmanned aircrafts is imminent but currently very expensive. Vast Recon provides an affordable solution.

Jesse McConnell, Undergraduate Student, College of Technology and Innovation, Mechanical Engineering

Davis Vaughan, Undergraduate Student, College of Technology and Innovation, Mechanical Engineering

Miguel Estrella, Undergraduate Student, College of Technology and Innovation, Mechanical Engineering

Amy Fleishans, Undergraduate Student, Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Public Relations

 

WorldIsStage ($2,000)

WorldIsStage is a multimedia content distribution network focused on connecting local performance artists, businesses, and community audiences through geographically specific media. Through an iPhone application and online social network, artists will be able to present their recorded work to an audience where it is most relevant: the site of the performance.

Daniel Roth, Graduate Student, School of Theatre and Film, Interdisciplinary Digital Media

Brandon Mechtley, Graduate Student, Fulton School of Engineering, Computer Science

Stjepan Rajko, Community Member, School of Arts, Media, and Engineering, Assistant Research Professional

 

Teams Partnering with Existing Organizations

 

The teams below are solving local and global challenges by partnering with an existing organization and bolstering that organization’s ability to meet its social mission.

 

eBird Hotspot Wiki with Threat Watch ($2,000)

eBird Hotspot Wiki with Threat Watch is an extension to the original eBird database, created by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. The eBird Hotspot Wiki with Threat Watch will provide researchers the ability to better manage environmental and biodiversity analysis and gives casual bird watchers a chance to inform the research process.

Mark Scheppe, Undergraduate Student, Fulton School of Engineering, Computer Science

Addison Waldow, Undergraduate Student, Fulton School of Engineering, Computer Science

Shubo Liu, Graduate Student, Fulton School of Engineering, Electrical Engineering

Jacqueline Kisling, Undergraduate Student, Fulton School of Engineering, Civil Engineering

 

The Improviders Association ($2,000)

The Improviders Association is a collaboration with the Alzheimer's Association of America that provides services to the caregivers of Alzheimer's patients.

Ned Simonson, Undergraduate Student, School of Theatre and Film, Film

 

Innovations Helping Homeless ($2,000)

Innovations Helping Homeless is a collaborative effort with Stand Up For Kids (SUFK), a national organization that provides outreach to homeless youth. The collaboration will increase the number of number of outreach volunteers, organizational leaders, and youths assisted in Phoenix.

Tim Huffman, Graduate Student, Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, Communication

 

Recycled Rides Chassis Team ($2,000)

Recycled Rides is a project of the National Auto Body Council (NABC), which repairs and donates cars to needy families in their community. The Chassis Team will develop an economical and reliable online system management tool that will allow Recycled Rides to better focus on their mission of providing outreach to those in need.

Ramya Baratam, Undergraduate Student, Fulton School of Engineering, Computer Science

Tyler Lemonds, Undergraduate Student, Fulton School of Engineering, Aerospace Engineering

Josh Winterstein, Undergraduate Student, Fulton School of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

 

Rio Salado Habitat Team ($2,000)

The Rio Salado Habitat Team will restore a natural habitat situated south of downtown Phoenix by creating a prototype that can capture and facilitate the removal of waste from storm drains. Storm pipes from the city feed directly into the Rio Salado area, and trash removal is a costly and time-consuming effort. The Rio Salado Habitat Team is creating a cost-efficient solution to this problem.

Jared Schoepf, Undergraduate Student, Fulton School of Engineering, Chemical Engineering

Michael Burch, Undergraduate Student, Fulton School of Engineering, Aerospace Engineering

Ben Coan, Undergraduate Student, Fulton School of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Allan Gillespie, Undergraduate Student, Fulton School of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering