Innovation in Action

Innovation in Action Winners

Congratulations to our 2021 finalists!

VIDEO: To watch all Final Showcase presentations, view the playlist here.


Innovation in Action Winners:

First Place — EquiHome

A platform to promote collaborative team spirit at home, using efficient communication, a fair distribution of chores, and positive reinforcement.

Team Members:

  • Mary Figueroa, School of Public Health
  • Mintu Joy, College of Engineering
  • Deepti Pandey, School of Information

Second Place — Plucky Comics

Plucky Comics is a creative EdTech company dedicated to creating sequential art that honors and depicts the Black Queer experience.

Team Members:

  • Nathan Alston, Ross School of Business
  • Daniella Genarro, Ross School of Business

Third Place — General Intelligences

General Intelligences is a peer-to-peer organization that aims to mitigate education inequity and help students 17-26 years old domestically and internationally from disadvantaged and marginalized backgrounds. GI aims to do so via cultivating an understanding of how to navigate the “hidden curriculum”, providing free & high quality resources for developing important adult life skills and building students’ social capital. We provide students from disadvantaged and historically marginalized communities with resources for post-graduate socioemotional wellbeing and professional success across numerous fields.

Team Members:

  • Gyanesh Mishra, Ross School of Business
  • Eric Moreno, School of Information
  • Magda Wojtara, College of LSA
  • Bryce Worthing, Stamps School of Art & Design

Audience Choice Award — Visionary Central

Visionary aims to be a collaborative, co-working community space where young people in Accra, Ghana can develop their entrepreneurial ventures through access to practitioners, professionals, and business development toolkits to accelerate their visions.

  • Jeremy Atuobi, College of Engineering
  • Gloria Gyakari, School of Information

Poverty Solutions Best Innovation in Economic Mobility — LifeLink

We need to refinance senior living.

At Lifelink, we believe aging should be accessible and affordable for all. We make getting older easier, empowering you to live life: locked and loaded. Instead of slipping and falling into assisted living, our company helps low income families take their first steps to senior living. Our “LifeLink Library” features multi sector, human centered design that revolutionizes residential housing towards a more just future. Lifelink. Life: Locked. Loaded.

Team Members:

  • AunRika Tucker-Shabazz, College of LSA

“Envisioning an Anti-Racist World” Challenge Prizes

Designing Access

We recognize that truly inclusive spaces lead to better outcomes – no matter what you’re measuring. To help achieve those outcomes, we created Designing Access: an online toolkit that helps people in the public, private, and non-profit sectors intentionally create inclusive and accessible events.

MEMBERS:

  • Sofie Aaron, School of Social Work
  • Amy Belfer, School of Social Work
  • Flavio Di Stefano, School of Social Work
  • Hannah Lefton, School of Social Work
  • Callie Torkelson, School of Social Work

Shift

Shift is a personalized platform dedicated to helping individuals become more anti-racist one day at a time. Our goal is to encourage and support them in their shift to a commitment to lifelong learning and a growth mindset. Through our humanized, user-centric design, we aim to improve trust, transparency, accountability, and culture in communities.

MEMBERS:

  • Kelly Chan, School of Education
  • Gabriela Chen, Rackham Graduate Studies, School of Public Health
  • Robin Kocher, School of Information
  • Amoolya Sandeep Kumar, College of Engineering and Computer Sciences, UM-Dearborn

Plucky Comics

Plucky Comics is a creative EdTech company dedicated to creating sequential art that honors and depicts the Black Queer experience.

Team Members:

  • Nathan Alston, Ross School of Business
  • Daniella Genarro, Ross School of Business

To read about all the teams that competed this year, visit our Teams page.