2014 Westly Prize Winners
Khalil Fuller, Learn Fresh – NBA Math Hoops
Fast-paced basketball board game and mobile app empowering students with fundamental math skills through direct engagement with real statistics of their favorite NBA and WNBA players.
Grechen Huebner, Kodable
Helping young children learn the building blocks of every programming language through a fun and intuitive game.
Lesley Marincola, Pay-As-You-Go Solar for Off-Grid Markets (Angaza Design)
Mobile technology removing the upfront price barrier of solar-powered lights for off-grid families in emerging markets like East Africa, enabling families to purchase clean, reliable solar energy in weekly, affordable increments.
Christine Su, PastureMap
Mobile app helping cattle farmers manage their pastures sustainably, monitoring grazing and grass growth to prevent overgrazing of land.
2014 Westly Prize — Honorable Mention
Varun Arora, OpenCurriculum
Web–based platform for K-12 teachers to find and remix curriculum from curated sets of Common Core teaching materials for their own classroom needs.
Shadi Barhoumi, CodeCamp
Summer camp empowering youth from low-income backgrounds with programming skills to jumpstart potential careers in technology.
Paul Duan, Bayes Impact
Fellowship program engaging top data scientists with nonprofit and civic organizations to help solve big social challenges.
Darren Hau, Dragonfly Systems
Technology to reduce the cost of large-scale solar plants.
Karan Jain, tinyGive
Enables anyone to donate to their favorite cause with simple social actions (e.g., via Twitter).
Joy Jin, New Visions of Tomorrow (NVoT)
Services to aid blind and visually impaired (VI) youth in becoming more independent.
Aaron Lander, PopUpsters
Enabling vendors to test their products, build a loyal customer base and avoid the upfront capital costs of starting a brick-and-mortar business.
Paola Santana, Matternet
Creating the world’s next generation transportation system using networks of small autonomous flying vehicles (aka drones).
Noor Siddiqui, Remedy
Software on Google Glass “Beam”, allows remote experts to see through the eyes of the physician and weigh in on a procedure, a treatment plan, or a diagnosis.
Charlie Stigler, Zaption
Intuitive web app enabling teachers to quickly add quizzes, discussions, and slides to existing videos from YouTube or Vimeo.
James Ward, Homeless to Higher Ed Foundation
Raising awareness about the barriers underprivileged youth face with regards to accessing higher education and providing them tools to complete their education.
Phil Weiner, UrbMat Guided Gardens
UrbMat guided gardens enable people in urban areas to grow their own food and flowers in small spaces.
2013 Westly Prize Winners
Oz Hasbun, Medical Interpreter Education Program
Revolutionizing volunteer medical interpreter services.
Akshay Madhani, MyHelpAlert
Mobile app for personal safety.
Kiran Sridhar, Waste No Food
Web-based “marketplace” matching surplus food with qualified charities working with the needy.
Jane Mitchell, Reset Foundation
Empowering incarcerated young adults to succeed professionally and personally.
2013 Westly Prize – Honorable Mention
Chase Adam, Watsi
Global crowdfunding platform for healthcare.
Grechen Huebner, Kodable
iPad game teaching the basics of programming to kids as young as 5.
Gary Kurek, Rollator Wheelchair Hybrid
Manual or power-assisted walker / wheelchair for disabled users.
Ajay Ramesh, Summit Tech Help
Student-driven, open-source website for peer-to-peer tech support.
David Rathmann-Bloch, 21st Century Chalkboard Project
Educational video games for students in Haiti.
2012 Westly Prize Winners
Eden Full, SunSaluter
An intuitive, gravity-powered device that helps solar panels follow the sun, while providing clean water.
Tatiana Grossman, Spread the Words: Global Literacy
Handheld, solar-powered digital projector that brings to life over 100,000 textbook pages and education videos for children in the developing world.
Kiah Williams, SIRUM
Online platform connecting the untapped surplus of drugs from health facilities and manufacturers with the needs of safety-net clinics.
Shilpa Yarlagadda, Club Academia
“Education of the students, by the students and for the students” through website composed of over two hundred video tutorials on a variety of courses.
2012 Westly Prize – Honorable Mention
Zak Kukoff, Autism Ambassadors
Peer-based curriculum empowering students with Autism to build friendships with other students.
Jessica Ladd, Sexual Health Innovations
Technology to empower people to make informed sexual health decisions.
Beth Schmidt, Wishbone
Sends low-income high school students to after school and summer programs to pursue their passions.
Vineet Singal, Anjna
Mobile solutions that engage and educate underserved patients to lead healthier lives.
Megan Winkelman, Project Not Alone
Touch-screen health education modules to improve access to education about chronic diseases.