Current Teams


Team Mission Members Challenge

Abaca Games

Abaca Games is a social impact game design start-up focused on creating video games that educate players about how to take action to mitigate climate change. Jatin Gupta, School of Information

Chris Karounos, School of Natural Resources and Environment

Chia Ju Lee, School of Education


Reinventing a community-based virtual platform to facilitate personalized care for patients with Alzheimer's Disease living at home. Chen Liang, School of Public Health

Lulu Shang, School of Public Health

Cong Wang, School of Public Health

Zheng Xu, School of Public Health

Yongwen Zhuang, School of Public Health
Public Health


Seeking solutions for maternal and child health problems in Sub-saharan Africa. Anuhya Bhogineni, School of Public Health

Charlie Brink, School of Social Work

Change Kwesele, School of Social Work + Psychology 
Public Health


Innovative and swift production of orthotic devices using 3-D printing. Brett Jia, Ross School of Business + College of Engineering

Dom Parise, College of Engineering

Eric Pfeifer, School of Information + School of Public Health
Public Health

Biblio Care

Increasing collaboration between social work and library/info sciences to support the whole student experience in the library. Aayat Ali, School of Social Work

Adrienne Bombelles, School of Social Work

Marna Clowney-Robinson, School of Public Health + School of Social Work

Books for a Benefit

Books for a Benefit is a student organization that works at providing accessibility to literacy resources for students who face barriers to education due to race and socioeconomic status. Our team's experience with Books for a Benefit led us to develop an app that would provide additional structure for language development to students in English as second language programs. Much of the students we work with through Books for a Benefit are immigrants and refugees, so this app would directly impact their academic development. Our product is unique because it harnesses our access to our volunteers to work directly with students in our community in a personal structure that fosters development. Also, our app is specifically designed to build off a pen pal program we used in our organization. Essam Al-Snayyan, LSA

Kush Dawar

Nadine Jawad, Ford School of Public Policy

Corrina Lee, LSA

Noreen Nader, LSA

Neha Tiwari, LSA


Canopy facilitates the conversations about the end of life that we aren’t having, but maybe should be. It’s a simple web app that walks users through the questions and answers they might need someday. It helps to clarify their wishes with the people they love. To learn more, visit  Ann Duong, School of Public Health + School of Information

Brandon Keelean, Stamps School of Art & Design

Elisabeth Michel, School of Public Health
Public Health 


Caravan focuses on improving mobility for people with limited access to transportation, particularly those without phone data or credit; however, the service can be used by anyone to get where they need to go.Think of it as an AirBnB for transportation: Simply put your trips into Caravan and we’ll find a way to get you there whether it’s walking with a neighbor to the grocery store, booking a nonprofit transportation provider to get to a doctor’s appointment, or sharing a ride with another community member to get to work. Likewise, you can list your availability to provide trips whether you’re a nonprofit transportation provider, faith-based organization, city transportation department, or even a community member looking to help fellow residents get around. By ensuring access to safe, reliable, and affordable transportation, we hope to improve access to education, nutritious foods, employment, healthcare, and leisure. Website: http://gowithcaravan.weebly. com/ Tran Doan, School of Public Health

Kenny Fennell, Ford School of Public Policy

Ben Morse, Ford School of Public Policy + School of Natural Resources and Environment
Public Health


Hours of sitting, unhealthy meals, eating alone at a desk, skipping lunch, and lack of interaction with workplace colleagues are commonplace behaviors in many office settings. CHEF (Community, Health, Energy, and Food) aims to address these barriers to healthy eating in the workplace by connecting small businesses to convenient, local, and healthy food options for lunch and snacks. Hadlee Garrison, School of Public Health

Nosheen Hayat, School of Public Health

Katie Hettenbach, LSA

Takuro Miyazaki, School of Public Health

Isaac Pohlman, School of Public Health

Cole Zingas, LSA
Public Health


A tool to help individuals to better self-manage their type II diabetes. Alexandra Babcock, School of Public Health

Nuha Mahmood, LSA

Nadia Syed, School of Public Health
Public Health

Epiphany Health

EHR AI-driven Auto population Systems. Brian Chen, School of Public Health + School of Information Public Health

Evergreen Experience

The Evergreen Experience is a hands-on, agriculture-based dementia program connecting older adults to meaningful and stimulating activities.  The program focuses on sensory (touch, smell) activities that also benefit the community. The goal of this program is to help support older adults with dementia who are living in the community so that they are able to remain living in the community, for longer. This adult-day program would also ideally become a break opportunity for overburdened caregivers of persons with dementia.  Melissa Daily, School of Public Health

Allison Ewert, School of Social Work

Erica Goble, School of Social Work

Ashley Miller, School of Public Health

Erin Mobley, School of Public Health + School of Social Work
Public Health 


FoodFleet works to combat food waste by connecting caterers, restaurants, businesses, and organizations who have food left over from conferences, parties, or other events, to food pantries, community centers, and shelters in the area. In addition to saving food from being thrown out, these donations can assist these local shelters and food banks in their efforts to fight food insecurity in the community. FoodFleet makes the whole process easy and convenient for both the donor and the recipient, providing packaging and transport, with a simple and user-friendly mobile platform to post and source donations. Adam Gitterman, School of Public Health + School of Information

Rachel Jonassen Bittman, School of Public Health

Anju Madan, School of Public Health

Public Health

Green Heights

Team Green Heights is looking to change the way plants are incorporated into the infrastructure of a city. By bringing together science education, microbiology, urban farms, and green technology, our team is invested in changing the health of buildings in order to change the health of communities. Haley Cropper, LSA, Biopsychology Cognition Neuroscience

Jules Gilbert, School of Public Health

Chris Pathman, LSA

Health Promotion/ Disease Prevention

  Nate Love, School of Public Health

Brennan Sieck, School of Information
Public Health


Working to decrease information asymmetry so that providers, payors, and patients can make better decisions about their care, while improving the patient experience by increasing their engagement in the prescription process. John Crist, School of Public Health

Jake Cross, School of Public Health

Dave Fife, School of Public Health

Radhika Kolathumani, School of Public Health + School of Information

Saurav Gangopadhyay, School of Public Health
Public Health

Indie Incubator

Incubate educational video games in an accelerator, focusing on providing access to publishers, marketing and business tools, and funding. Arshan Ahmad, Ross School of Business

Kara Foley, Ross School of Business

Abby Poats, School of Education + Ross School of Business

Innovations in Health Inequities

Engaging local adolescents in preventative care activities to improve health disparities among underserved youth in the Detroit-metro area.. Erin Bagazinski, School of Public Health + School of Information 

Michelle Falkenbach, School of Public Health

Danielle Knapic, School of Public Health

Minna Wybrecht, LSA 
Public Health


  Sili Jiang, School of Information Public Health

Knowledge Village

Knowledge Village is an online community of experience available to students worldwide. Similar to how AirBnB and Lyft provide value and access to resources that people already possess, Knowledge Village will provide a similar platform for the greatest untapped resource: our collective experiences. Professionals, experts, and activists from wide-ranging fields will be available in a searchable database. Educators in schools, after-school programs, summer programs, and other learning environments will be able to reach out to those speakers and arrange online video visits within the Knowledge Village. Students will be able to interact with speakers in real-time, learning first-hand about the life paths of others. Knowledge Village will assist educators with introducing students to an entire world of possibilities.
Sid Chhatani, School of Information

Gabriel DellaVecchia, School of Education

Makie DellaVecchia, EMU

Kathleen Easley, School of Education


Within merely 1.4 million of transgender population, the percentage of transgender people who are conducting self-medication, self-surgery, and illegal activities is much higher than that of general public. 
We have identified that the cause is either lack of access to updated and reliable information hub about gender transitions, or lack of financial capability to support the transitions supervised by professionals. 
Team Limitless aims to create an information hub to 1) provide updated and reliable details regarding each transition step, 2) provide contact, expertise and reviews of transgender friendly doctors and service providers, 3) create individualized financial planning services to support transitions.
Victoria Alden, School of Public Health

Hanna Sasakura, Ross School of Business

Rishabh Sharma, Ross School of Business
Public Health


93% of students in Detroit are not proficient in reading, according to data from the Department of Education’s National center for Educational Statistics. Because of the tumultuous climate in Detroit Public Schools, tutoring organizations are working to support students through after school tutoring; however, they are lacking access to tutors forcing them to turn students away from their programs. LYNC is a web platform designed to connect tutoring organizations to tutors in the Detroit community so more students are able to get the support they need. Casey Burkard, School of Education

Dave Spallina, Ross School of Business

Parth Valecha, LSA + Ross School of Business

Kate Wilhelmi, School of Education

Daishar Young, School of Education


MedCar is a logistics platform connecting non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) providers to patients suffering from chronic illnesses. Via an intuitive application and/or web portal, patients can find and arrange transportation from local NEMT providers or independent contractors for both recurring hospital visits and on-demand trips to appointments. In doing so, the MedCar platform simultaneously increases the access to healthcare for patients, lowers the burden on patient caretakers, helps NEMT providers meet latent industry demand and combats healthcare operational costs associated with patients arriving late or missing their appointments. Jason Chen, Ross School of Business

Thomas Jahnke, Ross School of Business

Jeremy Raisky, School of Public Health
Public Health


The app, MYWILL, will put people's wellness into their own hands and make goals more interactive and thus more achievable. Through teamwork and friendly competition, people will improve their quality of life. Jessica Hirsh, College of Engineering

Tiffany Loh, LSA

Luke Shenton, School of Public Health

Varun Malhotra, Ross School of Business + LSA
Public Health


Per a 2016 report by the Alzheimer’s Association, an estimated 5.4 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer's disease and the numbers are expected to escalate as the baby boom generation has begun to reach age 65 and beyond. Apart from seeing a loved one suffer from memory loss, family members also undergo anxiety, financial fears and social stigma when caring. Prerna helps first-time caregivers cope with these fears and anxieties, helping them provide better care to their loved ones. Aakanksha Parameshwar, School of Information

Priyanka Raju Dantuluri, Stamps School of Art & Design

Asha Shenoy Kudupi, School of Information
Public Health


Prometeo is a step-by-step interactive tool to explore purpose in live, develop will, and commitment to goals using myth images and practical exercises. Is designed to help clarify goals and develop the will to transform ideas in reality. It can be use for youth empowerment, career advice and project design. Ruben Urbieta, School of Education Education


Team SPEDucation aims to empower parents and students by creating an interactive reference application that will help them navigate the complex landscape of special education. Rebecca Gadd, School of Education

Ebony Perouse-Harvey, School of Education

Wellwith, PBC

Wellwith is the wellness rewards network built for local businesses, their customers, and the planet. Our mission is to cut single-use waste in half, starting with coffee cups. Existing incentives (typically 10-cent discounts) for bringing one’s own mug to a coffee shop are painfully ineffective (60 billion cups end up in landfills every year in the US alone). Wellwith creates better incentives by not only saving customers money but also empowering them to make a difference. By facilitating cross-promotions between local businesses, creating savings through reductions in single-use cup costs, and committing a portion of those savings to, we’re creating value for customers, businesses, a fantastic charity, and the people and places it serves. And by capturing a portion of those savings ourselves and making transparency a priority, we’re able to operate sustainably, too. Wellwith is continuing to connect with local businesses and excited to launch on March 22 — World Water Day! For more info, visit Mike Westcott, Ross School of Business + School for Environment and Sustainability Public Health