2012 - 2013

2012 - 2013

Meet the Changemaker Challenge Winners selected from our 2012-2013 competition finalists. Winners were eligible to earn awards of up to $10,000.

Late Living, LLC ($10,000)

Late Living has created the website www.LateLiving.com and is seeking to grow the largest database of online video tours for assisted living and elderly care facilities. By allowing elderly parents and their families to tour care facilities from the comfort of their own home, Late Living is changing the way Americans search for and invest in Elderly Care.

Ammon Curtis, Team Leader - W.P. Carey School of Business

Jordan Hatch

Christopher Wilson

Terry Mulane, Mentor - Founder/Principal, The Business Plumber


AlphaStripe ($7,500)

AlphaStripe aims at documenting the human story with war; and creating a time capsule of memories and experiences in a social online environment. AlphaStripe is an online global platform and community allowing current and veteran military service men/women, their families, friends and supporters, humanitarian and aid groups, researchers and the general public to come together to share their experiences of conflict in video, photo and text format.

Elie Chmouni, Team Leader - Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Jason Brown - Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Pete Chinnici

Gordon McConnell, Mentor - Assistant Vice President, Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Venture Acceleration, ASU Venture Catalyst


BLU Biosensors ($6,500)

Viewed as a minor inconvenience in the developed world, diarrhea can be a death sentence in developing nations. Diarrhea causes severe dehydration as a result of extensive fluid loss. An estimated 2.0 billion cases of diarrhea occur each year amongst children under five years of age. Of these cases, 1.5 million children die. The major pathogens that most frequently cause acute childhood diarrhea cases are bacterial pathogens such as E. coli, Shigella, Campylobacter, and Salmonella. Existing biosensors for these water-borne pathogens are either costly, inaccessible to developing countries because of their size or need for electronic machinery, difficult to use without training, or not easily customizable, which makes them ineffective for producing a quick and accurate response. BLU Biosensors is developing an inexpensive way for communities to test water contamination by developing a fusion protein biosensor that can be produced by taking advantage of bacterial cell machinery

Nisarg Patel, Team Leader - Barrett, the Honors College, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Kwanho Yun - School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

Khateeb Hussein - School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

Ryan Muller - College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Life Sciences

Madeline Sands - College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Karmella Haynes, Mentor - Assistant Professor, School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering


BetR-block, LLC ($3,500)

BetR-blok, LLC (“better block”), is a start-up green company manufacturing sustainable, low-cost building materials made from recycled paper and other cellulosic materials. The company has designed and built low-cost, energy efficient equipment to pulp, mix and press recycled paper, cardboard, straw, palm fronds and other regionally-available plant material into affordable construction blocks. These blocks have a number of favorable properties including high R-value.

Christopher Frettoloso, Team Leader - School of Sustainability, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Barry Fuller

Brent Sebold, Mentor - Senior Venture Manager, ASU Venture Catalyst


FlashFood ($3,500)

FlashFood is a website and smartphone app that connects leftover food from local restaurants, hotels, and caterers, directly with community members who are in need. Traditionally, the donation of leftover food has been limited by the logistics of planning a donation in advance, meaning that any unexpected leftovers go to waste. FlashFood solves that problem by allowing food business managers to post any short-term food donation to the FlashFood network, which sends a twitter-like notification to a team of volunteer drivers -- ASU students in beta testing-- who can pick up that food and take it into a neighborhood where those who are food insecure live. A mass text message is simultaneously sent to subscribers who've said they want to receive updates about free food in their area, and they are instructed to meet the driver at a nearby church, school, or community center, to receive the donated food.

Eric Lehnhardt, Team Leader - Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Jake Irvin - Barrett, The Honors College, School of Sustainability

Katelyn Keberle - Barrett, The Honors College, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Mary Hannah Smith - Barrett, The Honors College, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Steve Hernandez - School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering

Zachary Schaefer, Mentor - Owner, Culver’s


SafeSIPP ($3,500)

SafeSIPP is a profit with a purpose venture simultaneously solving three problems facing rural communities in the developing world: transportation, purification, and storage of drinking water. SafeSIPP has integrated a three-phase water purification system which is a combination of standard filtration techniques and proprietary SafeSIPP technology. SafeSIPP sells to organizations that have established connections and relationships with rural communities. Through the use of the purification system, a platform for micro-financing by selling additional purified water in the rural communities will be established.

Lindsay Fleming, Team Leader - Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Taylor Barker - Barrett, The Honors College, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Jared Schoepf - Barrett, The Honors College, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Jacob Arredondo - W.P. Carey School of Business

Warren Te Brugge, Mentor - Founder and Chairman, My Arms Wide Open


Boogüd ($2,750)

In April 2012, Founder Derrick Loud took his passion for medical devices and used it to benefit people in developing countries. He designed and prototyped a mobility device, known as an Attachable Hand-Cycle, to benefit people confined to wheelchairs in Africa. His passion for wanting to provide the Hand-Cycles on a wide scale was always on his mind. From that passion, Boogüd was born. Boogüd is a company that manufactures and sells bamboo bikes in Phoenix, AZ and for every bamboo bike sold, locals in Kenya, Africa will manufacture a mobility device and donate it to a Kenyan confined to a wheelchair.

Wesley de la Rosa, Team Leader - Barrett, the Honors College, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Alexander Chapin - Alumnus, New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Science

Derrick Loud - Alumnus, School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering

Deming Liu - Barrett, the Honors College, School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering

Courtney Klein Johnson, Mentor - Co-Founder, SEED SPOT


Sustainable Storm Solutions ($2,750)

Sustainable Storm Solutions, LLC designs innovative storm-grate systems to efficiently remove trash and toxins from storm-water outlets and so serves as a solution to the challenge of flooding and pollution. As a result, Sustainable Storm Solutions saves city governments’ precious money whilst preserving the environment and health of residents. With a strong commitment to researching and developing storm-grate systems, which can function under a variety of circumstances, Sustainable Storm Solutions will sell the storm-grates to city governments, residential contractors, and commercial contractors.

Jared Schoepf, Team Leader - Barrett, The Honors College, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Joseph Schoepf, Mentor - Engineer Consultant, JLSchoepf, LLC