Mentor: Nicholas Lum
Wall.it provides a platform for users to discover new brands, connect with friends, and get rewarded for their consumer habits, while offering companies a better, more social way to connect to customers. It is a consumer-driven network through which merchants can distribute gift cards. Using principles from network science and behavioral psychology, Wall.it offers merchants the ability to select influential consumers for gift cards promotions that then propagate through the network via relevant social connections. Wall.it recognizes that not all social connections are created alike, and close "facebook friends" may have disparate consumer preferences. By allowing consumers to pick their "Wall.it friends," this network creates substantial value not found on other social networks.
Jason Heo '15
Mentor: Gus Alberelli '00
Lectern.co is a smarter, more beautiful RSS reader. It offers a uniform interface for interacting with all the content from a user's favorite online sources, so that people can follow feeds, read articles, make comments, and share content with friends from a single platform. Users' curated, organized source lists are on display to the public, offering a sense of where friends and role models are getting their news and providing access to a convenient stream of articles that friends and followed users have starred. Users can share quotes or whole articles with others, friends' email addresses, and social networks by using the platform's simple sharing mechanism, without needing to sign up for a new account for each publisher's site, and without the hassle of copying and pasting from many separate tabs.
Dakota Pekerti '16, Thomas Kim '16, Patrick Han '16, Haseeb Bajwa '16
Mentor: Mischa Stephens
OnTheSpot is a technology startup company that provides a variety of useful travel services in the form of a compact mobile app. The OnTheSpot app is an all-purpose travel assistant that taps into an expansive crowd-sourced database of user experiences to help customize a user's travel exposure to a particular locale. This app incorporates travel planning, travel logging, social networking features, and a user-friendly interface that make it convenient and simple to use. The company's goal is to build a network of users and reviews to outstrip established travel indexes such as TripAdvisor and generate revenue streams through innovative brand and local advertising schemes.
Andy Lee '16
Mentor: Elliot Ingram
BackPack is centered on a new approach to learning languages--an approach that abandons textbooks, grammar exercises and vocabulary lists. We want to teach languages through T.V shows, movies and books tailored to the level and interests of the learner. Simply imagine learning Japanese by watching like Naruto/Pokemon or learning Chinese by reading popular classics such as Harry Potter/Tiger Mom/Mulan.Currently, we are devising a novel curriculum and building a set of new technologies that allow for this type of learning to be feasible and effective.
Yikai Wang '16
Mentor: Michael Silton
The clock was revolutionized in the 1960s with the introduction of the first digital clocks. Time has stopped for clock technology since then. It's time for another revolution. Introducing the HoloClock, the next step from outdated everyday clocks to elegant internet-connected time-piece. It's functional. It's beautiful. It's HoloClock.
Mentor: Gloria Chan
Delphic is a conference planning company that offers annual Know Thyself conference to college students around Philadelphia area. Attendees will have opportunities to explore their interests and discover their career paths.
Anisa Knox '15 and Aaron Jackson '16
Mentor: William Liang
Cornbread Lilies is a social media based entertainment group designed to bridge the American and Chinese cultures through the lenses of two Black-American young adults. The original series on YouTube will engage various facets of black American and native Chinese cultures, thus tapping into the authentic values, beliefs and customs that can bridge people of all races together as part of one human family.
Mentor: Michael Glouchevitch '77
Fletcher Works is a design studio that focuses on creating functional art. The Fletcher classic NATO is the company's first project. A beautiful, high quality wrist watch made out of post-industrial recycled materials.