Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 TeenTech Washington Techathon! The event was a huge success, with over seventy students from 22 different Seattle-area schools participating. Participants were presented with three specific prompts—transportation, resource conservation, and education.
After a marathon day of team-based, real-world problem solving, our panel of judges including tech professionals and Robert Feldstein, the Director Policy and Innovation at the Seattle Mayor’s Office, chose four teams to move on the TeenTech World Pitch:
Winner: Ms. Education
Wynsome, Zoe, Maya, Genevieve, and Karlee developed a project and website focused on girls’ education. Inspired by their own experiences, their team aims to provide a safe platform for female students to connect, help each other, share their experiences, and work to end sexism in schools.
Runner-Up: Emergency Cell Tower
Kyle and Amanda designed an emergency range-booster for people who need to use their cell phones when out of range. The device uses a helium balloon to lift the transmitter and packs down to the size of a one-liter bottle.
Jason, Daniel, Justin and Ulysses created a platform for businesses to easily communicate charities when they had extra food to donate. The project makes use of simple location technology to encourage the donation of left-over food, and could be expanded for donations of any kind.
Gabriella, Eliza, Mariah, and Sylvia designed G.E.M.S. (Get Everywhere with Minimal Stoppage), a mobile and desktop application to help people organize their days around traffic and find the most effective times to run errands.