Past Winners

2015 - 2016

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LetsChat ($10,000)

Like an Uber for the English-learning industry, LetsChat provides a platform for those who are learning English as a second language to practice English with native speakers.

Jamie Huffer, Team Leader - W.P. Carey School of Business, Business Entrepreneurship & Business Law

Chang Liu, Co-founder - W.P. Carey School of Business, Sichuan University, Marketing

Elizabeth Oviedo, Co-founder - W.P. Carey School of Business, MBA/Master of Science in Information Management

Megan Kirk, Co-founder - W.P. Carey School of Business, MBA

Yinong Chen, Mentor - Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering, Ph.D

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BISTEG ($7,500)

BISTEG has invented a new device for generating electricity from the sun’s heat, and takes advantage of the sunlight available to building faces.

Kaitlin Vortherms, Team Leader - Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Alex Cano - Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Lauren McBurnett - Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Payson Seager - Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Emma Seager - Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Dr. Thomas P. Seager, Mentor – Professor & Researcher, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

 

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Leadership Society of Arizona ($5,000)

Leadership Society of Arizona is a leadership development organization focused on teaching students and educators simple logic to better prepare themselves to gain more vision, and overcome future academic, professional, and personal challenges in life.

Alfredo Rivera, Team Leader - Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Jake Gunnoe - Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Charles Zulanas - Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

David Gastelum - School of Social Transformation

Dr. Dean Kashiwagi , Mentor – Professor, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Jacob Kashiwagi, Mentor – Assistant Research Professor, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

 

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Terrainial($4,500)

Terrainial is an app that delivers immersive virtual reality content about critical southwest issues.

Carolina Marquez, Team Leader - Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Chandler Longbons - Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Stevi Rex - Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Curtis Spicer - Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Ryan Hayes - Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Retha Hill, Mentor - Professor of Practice, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

 

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Feromone Robotics($4,000)

Feromone Robotics is a robotics company building intelligent self-organizing and group communicating robots to assist in the field of search and rescue to make existing operations more efficient and safer for those involved.

Corey Hulse, Team Leader - Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Miles Mabey - Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Alexander Opstad - Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Timothy Medina – Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

David Troness, Mentor – Faculty Associate, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

 

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33 Buckets ($3,000)

33 Buckets is a team of consultants that improves global access to clean water through filtration, business distribution, and education.

Swaroon Sridhar, Team Leader – Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Mark Huerta, Mentor – Arizona State University

 

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Grey Box Collective ($3,000)

Grey Box Collective creates original interdisciplinary dance theatre performances that unpack complex social issues on college campuses.

Molly W. Schenck, Team Leader - Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Raji Ganesan – Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Nicholas Chizek - Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Senthil Sockalingam, Mentor – Edgewater Ranzal

 

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The Talent Network ($3,000)

The Talent Network is an online platform that makes it easier and faster for tech companies to hire student developers effectively.

Mayank Prasad, Team Leader - Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Eddie Andert - Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Brent Sebold, Mentor – Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

 

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Women of Hope ($500 People’s Choice)

Women of Hope is a non-profit organization that seeks to donate reusable sanitary towels to girls and young women in poverty stricken areas in Africa.

Selina Lianda, Team Leader – College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Patricia Kimani, Mentor – Phoenix Children’s Hospital