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2022 IiA Final Showcase Program

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CHALLENGE A BETTER WORLD Innovation in Action Final Showcase F R I D AY A P R I L 8 2 0 2 2 J O I N V I R T U A L LY G A T H E R T O W N

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WELCOME Dear Friends Welcome to the ninth annual Innovation in Action program s final showcase event Innovation in Action invites University of Michigan students to be thoughtful risk takers and champions for finding new solutions to issues they re passionate about Each team in this year s cohort has endeavored to address a complex challenge outlined by the UN s Sustainable Development Goals Today you are invited to explore their learning and the potential solutions they propose We are proud of all the students who took on this challenge particularly in this virtual world Innovation in Action requires dedication driven by students individual and collective passion to take on the world s biggest challenges with purpose Innovation in Action teaches a process to practice the skills of socially engaged design through skill based workshops and modules We did not work alone Many people have generously given their time talent and resources We are grateful for your dedication to the student teams who you guided using your expertise We would like to recognize our sponsors who make this competition possible Whirlpool Corporation School of Information School of Public Health Zell Lurie Institute Business Impact Ross Michigan Law Entrepreneurship Clinic and Poverty Solutions Through their generosity we have been able to provide students with a deeper more engaged learning experience that will help to shape their future and impact the world Innovation in Action is also proud to host an additional award this year Poverty Solutions Best Innovation in Economic Mobility award to the team who best demonstrates a solution that works to innovate on the topic of economic mobility We look forward to the difference this year s students and their innovations will make in the world and the possibilities that abound through the Innovation in Action program now and in the future Ann Verhey Henke Strategic Director Center for Socially Engaged Design

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PROGRAM 3 00 PM DOORS OPEN Mingle in our virtual space in Gather town meet teams vote for the Audience Choice Award 4 00 PM WELCOME INTRODUCTIONS Ann Verhey Henke Strategic Director Center for Socially Engaged Design 4 1 5 P M AWA R D S P R E S E N T A T I O N Poverty Solutions Award Trevor Bechtel Student Engagement Coordinator Poverty Solutions 2 500 Best innovation in economic mobility Innovation in Action Awards Ann Verhey Henke Strategic Director Center for Socially Engaged Design Audience Choice Award 1 000 Third Place 5 000 Second Place 7 500 First Place 10 000 4 30 PM CLOSING REMARKS 1

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G A T H E R T O W N is a video calling space that lets multiple people hold separate conversations in parallel walking in and out of those conversations just as easily as they would in real life J O I N U S https myumi ch 1n6zJ P A S S W O R D IiA2022 You will be prompted to enter your name and create an avatar Then click next test your camera and microphone settings and click Join the Gathering 2

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G AT H E R T O W N O U R S P A C E in Gather town consists of a Welcome Desk Poster Area and Auditorium see map below Navigate your avatar using the arrow keys and explore the areas on the map You will be able to see and hear whoever is nearby you in the space Team s poster areas are indicated by a teal carpet Navigate there to talk with teams When standing on a teal carpet you will only see and hear others on the carpet The awards ceremony will take place in the Auditorium at 4 00pm H AV E F U N G AT H E R T O W N T O O L S VIEW MAP REACTIONS C H AT E X PA N D VIDEO WINDOWS MUTE YOUR SOUND VIDEO 3

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Tr e v o r B e c h t e l PHD Student Engagement Coordinator Poverty Solutions Trevor engages students who seek to connect to Poverty Solutions by facilitating a variety of programs events and research Working closely with the Poverty Solutions team he manages academic initiatives like the Poverty Solutions Certificate housed within the Community Action Social Change minor at the School of Social Work and the Real World Perspectives on Poverty Solutions course oversees research assistants and liaises with student groups across the university Previously he served as dean of Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo Canada and associate professor of religion at Bluffton University in Ohio In addition to his academic work which included launching a certificate program aimed at New Canadians Bechtel was known for building close connections to students whether formally in positions like honors director at Bluffton or creatively through initiatives like Anabaptist Bestiary Project a student rock n roll band Bechtel holds a doctorate in constructive theology from Loyola University Chicago and has published The Gift of Ethics 2014 and Encountering Earth Thinking Theologically With a More Than Human World 2018 with Cascade Press 4

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JUDGES Sarika Gupta MBA Managing Director of the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies ZLI Sarika is the Managing Director of the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies ZLI at Michigan Ross She manages the day to day operations of the Institute oversees the development and execution of ZLI s strategies and programs and advises student and alumni entrepreneurial teams She is also currently a Lecturer of Business Administration at Michigan Ross Sarika has extensive start up experience as a founder manager and mentor She served as CEO of Dance Telephone a group party game COO of V teractive an online gaming start up and Associate at MyBandStock com a digital platform for music fans Additionally she was a Senior Quantitative Research Associate at Cambridge Associates an investment management firm and an Aviation Noise Consultant at Harris Miller Miller Hanson an environmental consulting company She holds a BSE in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan College of Engineering and an MBA from Michigan Ross 5

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Kelly Kowatch MA Director of the Engaged Learning Office at the School of Information Kelly Kowatch is the Director of the Engaged Learning Office at the School of Information where she leads a cross disciplinary team with the goal of facilitating transformational high quality engaged learning experiences for all UMSI students Kelly works to create engaging mutually beneficial partnerships with students faculty and organizations from industry and the social sector within the framework of information challenges and problem solving Kelly has been with the School of Information since 2006 initially working as a career counselor and later launching a variety of experiential programs in the design civic entrepreneurship community and international education areas Kelly comes from rural Michigan and has a BA in Economics from Michigan State University a MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University and is pursuing her doctorate in higher adult and lifelong learning education at Michigan State with a focus on high impact educational practices 6

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JUDGES Stacey Matlen MPH Director of Innovation Programs Partnership for New York City Stacey is the Director of Innovation Programs at the Partnership for New York City Prior to joining the Partnership Stacey worked with the City of Detroit s Office of Mobility Innovation where she worked to understand Detroit residents core mobility challenges and developed and launched new mobility solutions to help solve those needs She also founded a startup Cart which enabled low income individuals to gain access to well stocked grocery stores through a subsidized rideshare program to healthy food Stacey has a MPH and a BA with high distinction from the University of Michigan 7

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JUDGES Elisabeth Michel MPH Health Equity Operations Specialist at Hartford HealthCare HHC Elisabeth Michel is passionate about engaging community voice innovation and a multidisciplinary lens to eliminate health inequities Currently she is a Health Equity Operations Specialist at Hartford HealthCare HHC In her role she is instrumental in working on system wide health equity projects that improve outcomes and address inequities and implicit bias Prior to joining HHC Elisabeth was the Interim Program Director of the Health Equity Leadership Pipeline Collaborative and the University of Michigan Summer Enrichment Program both housed at the University of Michigan School of Public Health Elisabeth is the former Chief Executive Officer and Co Founder of Canopy which built digital tools to help people discuss document and share their end of life healthcare decisions Elisabeth earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Policy Studies from Duke University and holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan School of Public Health 8

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JUDGES Ian Robinson MS MBA President Chief Operating Officer of BlueConduit Since 2019 Ian Robinson has been the President Chief Operating Officer of BlueConduit a water analytics company that builds machine learning software to support the efficient removal of lead and other dangerous materials from communities maximizing public health while minimizing costs Ian and BlueConduit believe that all communities should be able address hazardous infrastructure in an affordable time efficient manner Prior to BlueConduit Ian earned both his Master of Science in Environmental Politics and Planning Sustainable Systems and Master of Business from the University of Michigan While a student Ian served as a Research Assistant for the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences Assessment and was the Food Systems Energy Associate for the Social Venture Fund Following graduation Ian was a Business and Investing Consultant for Agora Partnerships a startup accelerator that provides entrepreneurs in Latin America with the resources they need to grow Before transitioning to BlueConduit Ian also served as a Summer Studio Manager for the Center for Socially Engaged Design 9

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Here at Michigan we know that the best outcomes are all about a strong team with a diverse perspective When students join Innovation in Action they find interdisciplinary teammates with a shared passion to take on the world s biggest challenges with purpose These teams have taken a deep dive into a challenge space and come out the other side with robust insights about complex issues and the tools to synthesize that data and turn it into a solution BEYOND BARCODE Beyond Barcode empowers everyday consumers with the knowledge of toxic products in the retail market It is a mobile application that provides toxicity information real time via a quick barcode scan when household shopping Concise easy to understand information will be returned to the user as well as a list of alternative products However Beyond Barcode takes the next step by harnessing the ability of a single consumer to influence friends family and community and express gratitude via social media Paolo Mutia School of Information Pratik Mangtani School of Information Yiwen Yang School of Information CITYZEN Cityzen is a platform to help young people 18 24 map power and create change in their communities using a dialogue and rewards system virtual mapping and direct communications between constituents and elected officials Our goal is to reorient young people towards local issues and reenvisioning political engagement through a community based approach Chue Lor School of Information Jawuan Walters School of Information Nina Chen School of Informations 10

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STUDENT TEAMS T H E C L I M AT E O P T I M I S T Our team focuses on bringing awareness about Climate change through an optimistic approach Through our newsletter we share stories about startups and big organizations alike and how they are fighting climate change The newsletter is also designed especially for students and working professionals sharing stories in a bite sized format Dev Desai Ross School of Business Kartik Verma Ross School of Business E AT C L U S I V E Eatclusive aims to implement a NASA technology to grow cultural produce that is inexpensive portable and low maintenance to food pantries who can provide and communicate with local community members through an app Faizan Darsot College of Engineering Jihee Yoon College of Information EQUITYISH Equityish calculates a candidate s salary wage through transparent personalized data to maximize pay equity in an organization Catherine Lumanauw School of Information Chris Jubinsky School of Information Leen Habbal School of Information Pawanrat Pasawongse Ross School of Business FRIEND TIME Friend Time helps parents of children in grades K 2 coordinate social time with friends Patrice Johnson School of Information Taryn Cyrus 11

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FUSE The FUSE team is committed to empowering refugees to find their way in the US financial system and take control of their new lives by allowing users to visualize and manage their financial assistance find additional sources of income and take advantage of additional financial orientation when they need it wherever they need it and in any language they speak Christian Neubacher School of Public Policy Margo Steinhaus School of Public Policy Pisacha Wichianchan School of Public Policy School of Information GIRRUP Our team focuses on addressing the accessibility and sustainability challenges in outdoor recreation by leveraging the power of the shared economy Through our peer to peer platform we connect owners that have underutilized gear to adventure seekers that otherwise might miss out Jake Calzavara Ross School of Business Vaibhav Mummalaneni Ross School of Business Manvendra Singh Ross School of Business GROW TOGETHER G2G Our team is committed to alleviating the widening wealth gap by beginning with access to financial education resources in a way that is culturally relevant and easy to understand Steph Abdulhadi Ross School of Business Yasmin Abdulhadi Ross School of Businessn HEARQUEER Hear Queer is an all queer team addressing issues and challenges for their community in the areas of LGBTQIA wellness Dev Lamba School of Information Douglas Tsui College of Architecture Urban Planning Hana Chung School of Information Manvitha Madem School of Information 12 Yiting Zheng School of Information

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STUDENT TEAMS JACKLION Prioritizing and integrating health in companies holistically supporting the employee the system and the environment they create to prevent and reduce illness and disease and to thrive Jackie Varela School of Public Health I4MAKER We recognize that managing project based learning in a k 12 classroom is difficult due to limited time and tools i4Maker is a project management platform specifically designed for the Gen Z classroom that helps students build community and stay accountable not only to the teacher but also to one another Grace Lee School of Information Francisco Parra Camacho School of Education Devon Ritter School of Education Cindy Wang Ross School of Business N F T VA U L T NFT Vault makes Non Fungible Tokens accessible to the average consumer while also offering exposure and sales to artists that might otherwise struggle to find the resources to share their art NFT Vault is a collectable pack of cards with embedded NFT art to be sold in large stores Kaveh Ashtari School of Public Health PA C AYA Sustainable apparel and outdoor gear that promotes advocacy within the environment and supports through research sponsorship and health Ben Brummell College of LSA 13

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OUDIO Oudio Creating safe spaces to talk about real stories and vulnerabilities Akhila Prirungruang STAMPS School of Art Design Didsayachai Prirungruang Ross School of Business Jihee Yoon College of Information Zelda Kosaraju School of Information SEA SPIDER Our goal is to improve the identification of ghost nets in sensitive coral reefs in order to assist volunteer organizations in their ocean clean ups We aim to remove harmful fishing nets and conserve the environment KAdam Zhang College of LSA Audrey Huang College of LSA Flora Luo College of LSA Joe Huang College of Engineering Rim Bououdina TRASH PY Vision of team trash py is trying to increase recycling and improve user s experience while disposing waste inside the university buildings We are designing a smart waste bin which will itself detect whether the waste is recycling or landfill and will segregate it in the correct way hence establishing a better method of waste management and uplifting user s experience Ethan Davis College of Engineering Marcela Lebrija College of Engineering Shaivi Ganatra School of Information 14

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STUDENT TEAMS WILD WILD whether in life or death is an all in one destination that offers users a new and better way to plan for funerals We empower you to take control of your life by thinking about and planning for the inevitable which reduces time money and stress Danni Xiao School of Information Maura Mclnerney Rowley Ross School of Business Saniya Shahid College of Engineering Jiming Song School of Information WITH U Our team is committed to enhance young adults mental well being and help them stay positive by connecting them with someone who has similar experiences and allowing them to vent their negative emotions anonymously without being judged Gingting Zhou STAMPS School of Art Design Jihong Zhao STAMPS School of Art Design Lulu Zhou School of Information Yi Cui School of Information 15

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PA R T N E R S S P O N S O R S We were able to accomplish so much this year because of our sponsors and partner organizations Thank you for supporting our student teams I N N O VA T I O N I N A C T I O N I S M A D E P O S S I B L E W I T H GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM A D D I T I O N A L AWA R D S M A D E P O S S I B L E B Y 16

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THANK YOU Thank you to those who supported the student teams through their experience for this year s Innovation in Action Program It s this support that contributes to the success year after year Neeraja Aravamudan U M Ginsberg Center Brendan Gallagher U M Ginsberg Center Danyelle Reynolds U M Ginsberg Center Trevor Bechtel U M Poverty Solutions Sara Groenke C SED Program Assistant Sarika Gupta U M Zell Lurie Institute Mary Figueroa EquiHome IiA 2022 Grand Prize Winner James Goebel Menlo Innovations Jonathan Goldstein Narrow Gauge Ventures Ryan Henyard Center for Academic Innovation Catherine Johnson U M Business Impact Mintu Joy EquiHome IiA 2022 Grand Prize Winner Angela Kujava U M Desai Accelerator Dan Lane Assistant Professor UC Santa Barbara Nathan Love State of Maine Department of Health and Human Services Ally Sierra C SED Design Consultant Scott TenBrink U M School of Information Engaged Learning Office Michelle Wander U M Zell Lurie Institute Kate Wilhelmi Stryker s Sustainability Solutions We would also like to express a sincere thank you to the Center for Socially Engaged Design staff and community who made Innovation in Action possible Lawryn Fraley Robin Kocher Charlie Michaels Erin Moore Tallie Ritter Ilka Rodriguez Calero and Steve Skerlos 17

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TA K E O N T H E W O R L D S BIGGEST CHALLENGES WITH PURPOSE Innovation in Action University of Michigan Ann Arbor MI 48104 innovation in action umich edu innovationinaction umich edu 18 Illustrations Sam Bertin 2022 The Regents of the University of Michigan