Spring 2019 Innovator Competition Winners Assist the Blind

October 11, 2019

Stria Labs of Hillsborough, California, took first-place and $1,500 in seed capital in the spring 2019 Innovator Competition.

105 high school students submitted business concepts from across the country, and 10 finalist teams were invited to pitch to the judges. A total of $3,500 in seed capital was awarded to five teams.

Noah Tavares, Madeline Park, and other team members earned top honors for their low-profile, smart-waistband designed to ensure that the visually impaired remain safe from collisions with high-speed traffic.

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$3,500 awarded in fall 2018 Innovator Competition

December 17, 2018

Unwind of San Mateo, California, took first-place and $1,500 in seed capital in the fall 2018 Innovator Competition.

95 high school students pitched 84 concepts from across the country, and 10 finalist teams were invited to pitch to the judges. A total of $3,500 in seed capital was awarded to five teams.

Katya Panchenko, Alice Enger, and Morgan Tarpenning earned top honors for their handheld device designed to alleviate stress and anxiety with a calming light and a pulse, mimicking a heartbeat. They are students at Nueva School.

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Students explore interests through Genius Hour

February 2, 2015

Riem Hassan wants to tackle poverty. Ivan Ramos wants people to stop killing spiders. Demetrious Ramirez wants improved education for American Indians on reservations. Using these interests as springboards, seventh-graders Hassan, Ramos and Ramirez are developing projects during a new activity at South East Junior High called Genius Hour. Read more online.