SwatTank is an idea competition that provides students with the opportunity to take a rough idea, product, or concept and develop it towards its next incarnation, ideation, or realization. The process has student teams submit proposals at the end of first semester, pitch their ideas in a primary round, and then top teams are chosen to compete in the SwatTank Finals in April.
The 2020 SwatTank Finals went virtual on Tuesday April 28, 2020. We are pleased to announce that the winning team to be MatchBand!
2020 SwatTank Winners:
MatchBand: Betsy Cohen '20 & Drew McMahan '22
Matchband is reimagining the local music scene by bringing musicians, music-goers, and venues together on a single platform. Musicians want to perform, venues want performances, and music-goers want to know where all of this is happening. MatchBand is an app interface that merges all three segments by "Bringing Local Music to Local People"
Betsy Cohen is a senior double-majoring in Economics and Art History. She acted as CEO of Redefine Her Street from 2017-18 and continues to lead the group as head of Finance Programming for the tri-co chapters. She is a mentor for Swarthmore Finance Mentorship and goalie for the Varsity Lacrosse team. Betsy has interned as an Investment Banking Analyst at Bank of America in their M&A Group and at Goldman Sachs in their Real Estate Group. Upon graduation she will be returning to Goldman Sachs in NYC.
Drew McMahan is a sophomore majoring in Economics and minoring in Film and Media Studies. He is a member of 180 Degrees Consulting, is recognizable as the PA announcer for Swarthmore Basketball, and pitches on the Varsity Baseball team. Drew previously interned at two Orlando-based tech startups and plans to continue his professional career in business development and management consulting.
2020 SwatTank 2nd Place:
Storyboard: Rebecca Castillo '20, Ariana Hoshino '20, & Isabelle Titcombe '22
Digital media creation is a powerful tool for self expression that can lead to social change. Storyboard aims to inspire social change through storytelling by offering free, accessible intensive summer programs to underserved youth in urban areas that guide them through the creation of photo series, documentaries, and written essays on social justice issues that affect them and their communities.
Rebecca Castillo is a senior from Los Angeles majoring in Education, Race, and Media Studies. She co-founded Storyboard in 2017 because of her passion for storytelling and social change. Her hobbies include photography and traveling. She plans to continue working on Storyboard after graduation.
Ariana Hoshino is a Film and Media Studies and Computer Science double major in her senior year at Swarthmore. Her background in production and passion for digital media lead her to co-found Storyboard in 2017 and serve as a mentor in the Summer 2018 program in LA. She plans on moving to LA in the summer and continuing her role as project manager for Storyboard while pursuing a career in cinematography.
Isabelle Titcomb is an Honors major in History and course major in Film & Media Studies. She joined Storyboard in Fall 2019 as Project Manager. She enjoys editing and cinematography with the Swarthmore Cinema Club. Isabelle has been welcomed as a visiting researcher at Boston University’s Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center for her study of gender in film. She has teaching experience home and abroad, and looks forward to mentoring Storyboard 2020 in NYC.