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Meet the 2019 Fowler GSIC USD Showcase Finalists (Part Two)

Wednesday, May 1, 2019TOPICS: Global Impact

The $50,000 Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge takes place in mid-June, but before teams from all over the world come to the University of San Diego to share their respective ideas toward making the world a better place, there are 11 USD semifinalists hoping to reach the GSIC.

May 1- Fowler GSIC USD Teams

Last week, the USD News Center introduced you to six of the 11 teams. Today, learn about the remaining five teams. All 11 will be present on Friday, May 3 for the USD Social Innovation Showcase from 4-6 p.m. Each team will give a 90-second pitch to the audience. There's up to $10,000 in seed funding at stake on May 3 and by the end of the event, two teams will formally be qualified for the GSIC.

Each entrant in the Fowler GSIC, which is run by USD's Center for Peace and Commerce, has to align their idea to one of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In most cases, USD entrants’ ideas connect to more than one goal.

Team 7: Taiya

Team Members/Major or Program: Erickson Goff, undergraduate student in Electrical Engineering program, Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, and Chadmond Wu, undergraduate student in the Integrated Engineering program, Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering.

UN Sustainability Development Goal/Objective: These two engineering students have teamed to raise awareness about the issue of illegally dumped tires. The tires that exist in landfills help to spread disease and can spark fires. Their idea is to create a program that educates drivers about recycling efforts for tires and about the dangers of simply dumping them. Goal Numbers: 3, 9, 12, 13.

Team 8: Lyme Light Monologues

Team Members/Major or Program: Patricia Cosulich '18 undergrad, Student in the MA in Social Innovation (MASI), Kroc School and Erica Wright.

UN Sustainability Development Goal/Objective: Cosulich, who was part of a 2018 team that competed in the GSIC, returns this year with her own idea of creating more awareness for Lyme Disease through an advocacy program to aid those who are struggling with it. Goal Number: 3.

Team 9: Brothers Reborn

Team Members/Major or Program: Ian Western, Student in the MBA program, USD School of Business.

UN Sustainability Development Goal/Objective: Western brings to light innovation thinking regarding mental health for men. Goal Numbers: 3, 10.

Team 10: One Digital World

Team Members/Major or Program: Casey Myers, Student in the MA in Social Innovation (MASI) program, Kroc School and Momo Bertrand, MASI student.

UN Sustainability Development Goal/Objective: Myers and Bertrand are taking what they've learned in their master's degree program and putting it into action to help Syrian refugees in Greece. Their interest stems from reports of overcrowding and unsafe conditions in Greece where many Syrian refugees are being housed. Realizing that women are at a high risk of exploitation and gender-based violence, the students want to help female refugees by working with them and to provide job training skills so they have that once they leave the refugee camps. Goal Numbers: 3, 5, 9.

Team 11: QuakeSafe

Team Members/Major or Program: Maddie Nelson and Trey Stead, both undergraduate students majoring in the Integrated Engineering program, Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering; Allie Campos and Rolando Mendivil, both undergraduate students majoring in the Industrial and Systems Engineering program, Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering.

UN Sustainability Development Goal/Objective: This all-undergraduate team of engineering students offer a solution for reducing earthquake impact on Haitian housing. Goal Numbers: 9, 11, 12, 13.

— Ryan T. Blystone 

These five teams join the six featured in a USD News Center article on April 24. The other six teams are: Athlete Initiative, Kite, LifeBox, Pyggy, Re:Fresh Smoothies and Stride.

Photos courtesy of USD's Center for Peace and Commerce (Photos not available for Brothers Reborn and QuakeSafe teams).


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