First Place: Vikaasha - Yashaswi Tapadia, Arquimides Perez-Leyva, and Katie Friescen
Growing up in India, Yashaswi (Yashi) Tapadia, a sophomore studying economics, saw farmers struggle — working more than 80 hours a week and still not able to make enough money and yield enough crops to feed their families. So, she, along with Arquimides (Arqui) Perez-Leyva and Katie Friescen, sought out a solution. The team decided to bring greenhouse technology to schools so that children of farming families can bring the skills and knowledge back home.
Read the full story: Bettering the lives of farmers in India through its youth
2nd Place: Good Dog Project - Angel Ribolla
Angel Ribolla, a FIU Online senior studying psychology and entrepreneurship, took her college experience full-circle when she Skyped-in from nearly 1,000 miles away to pitch her passion project helping people train dogs via instructional web videos. The Good Dog Project, which Ribolla has been developing since early 2017, will offer online dog training videos to shelters, rescues and people adopting dogs. She also wants to make “Dog Trainer in a Box” kits for new pet owners and trainers alike to have the tools and resources they need to work out behavioral issues with their furry friends.
Read the full story: Bringing an online education full circle — for the pups
3rd Place: HeadLight - Kennedy Villard
When Kennedy Villard brought his first car to school in 2017, he was shocked by the parking pandemonium he endured trying to find a spot. After talking to students, he realized others have experienced the same problem. Villard decided to do something about it. Villard, a senior studying broadcast media and international relations, invented an app called Headlight, that helps commuter students find spots efficiently and quickly.
Read the story here: Student turns parking struggle into $1,000