2018 SwatTank Teams
Kyle Yee '19, Sam Shih '19, and Min Zhong '19
Mentor: Steve Dean '11
Shelf is an online marketplace that takes the burden away from individuals selling clothes online. Shelf buys clothes off of customers upfront, sells them to other users on its marketplace, then returns profits directly to the seller’s bank account. No headaches from shipping, pricing, or monitoring your listings. If Shelf can’t sell it on time, we’ll return it to you or donate it to a charity.
** First Place
Istvan Cselotei '18, Paroma Nandwani '18, and Sam Gebicke-Kerr '18
Mentor: Nancy Crickman '82
"Istvan is from Budapest, Hungary. Sam is from Kiltarlity, a small village in the Highlands of Scotland. Paroma is from Kolkata, India. We met at International Orientation, and got on immediately. Fast-forward three arduous years at Swarthmore, we found ourselves on a British Airways flight to London, flying home for Christmas. It was here that we encountered the problem that we have set out to solve — the waste management process on airlines, which currently creates 5.2 million tonnes of waste per year, seventy percent of which originates from food and cutlery. Cairware works with airline companies and their food suppliers to create made-to-order dishware that is cheaper, sustainable, and compact. It adds value to airline companies by saving money and time spent on sorting through diversified waste items. "
** Second Place, Best Pitch
Jason Jin '20, Henry Han '20, Eric Wang '18, Kastan Day '20 and Theint Kyaw '19
Mentor: Matt Garmur '01
We produce a LOT of trash a day, and most of it does not go to the right places. Instead, our waste is being burned or piling up in giant mountains spanning hundreds of miles in the middle of the ocean. Team Reflux wants to make it easier for anyone and everyone to throw away trash properly, and help institutions and organizations better sort and manage trash. The Reflux Self Sorting trashcan uses computer vision and machine learning techniques to properly classify trash and automatically move it into the right bin. In doing so, we raise awareness to sustainable practices and engage and educate people in the process of waste diversion.
** Third Place
Gabriel Meyer-Lee ‘19 and Matt Parker ‘19
Mentor: Nick Lum ‘04
Άpella was created as platform for revolutionizing the way we organize ourselves in pursuit of a common goal. In a world where we can Tweet back and forth with anyone or everyone, it should be easier than ever to band together and make a lasting change in the world. Instead, it seems more difficult than ever. With record breaking marches and hash tags taking social issues to the global stages, we’re amassing so much energy and effort for what feels like slower progress in the past. We built Άpella to fix this. By making the process of organizing more accessible, more efficient, more democratic, and almost purely digital, Άpella works to break down the traditional barriers to organizing and open a new world of possibilities for what we can achieve together.
Bobby Zipp ‘18, Jasmine Betancourt ‘20. Hari Srinivasulu ‘21, and Blake (Tianyu) Wang ‘20
Mentor: Laura McKee '88
For a number of students, the first day of college feels like the culmination of their entire lives. But what happens the next day, when the stresses and challenges of college arrive in full force? BridgeBuilder is there to help. We are a nonprofit social enterprise dedicated to ensuring college success for students of underrepresented backgrounds and increasing their retention as high-potential employees in the job market. We aim to be the bridge that traverses the college-career gap for those young professionals. No one should feel like the finish line is too far away. We’re the bridge underneath your feet that will take you across it.
Sammy Greenwall ‘18, Karen Nguyen ‘18
Mentor: Steven Sell '89
MySurge aims to provides post-surgery care to orthopedic patients through services such as transportation, administration of medicine, meals, bathroom care, and access to interact with doctors via an online portal. Overall, it aims to help individuals make the right choice post- surgery and have the support network to make a quick and seamless recovery.
Saadiq Garba '19 and Sierra Spencer '18
Mentor: Dave Feinstein '90
Many colleges and universities are looking to mitigate their impact on climate change, but are struggling to reduce their roughly 40% of emissions that come from heating. Oleum, a waste vegetable oil fuel producer, provides colleges and universities a way to sustainably heat their campus with their existing heating equipment. Our company will collect waste vegetable oil from local restaurants, dining facilities, and other food manufacturers and convert it in our facilities into a fuel that is sustainable, safe, cost-competitive, of high heat content, and compatible with existing heating equipment.
ROCK - Lock Your Ride
Hunter Lee ’19 and Hailie Xie ‘19
Mentor: Demetrios Karis ‘74
‘ROCK – Lock Your Ride' is a bike-sharing service that allows students on campus to rent bikes to ride from a location to another destination. These bikes will be managed via attachable locks, engineered by Swarthmore students, that can lock the bikes portably and track the bikes’ locations. Students simply use their phone to unlock the bikes with the lock’s QR code. Location information means that bikes can be safely managed and that students can track the distances and times of routes they have traveled.
Joshua Collin '20 and Rafi Hares '20
Mentor: Lisa Nash '80
SWIFT, (Savings, Wealth, Investment, Finance & Trade) is an online financial literacy program which is dedicated towards helping students at liberal arts colleges be prepared for life after college. Students shouldn’t have to deal with financial stress and financial burden while also trying to receive an education, especially at a top institution like Swarthmore College. Students need to understand life insurance, rent laws, and even the basics of how to buy a car so they can confidently walk in the world without fear of financial problems. SWIFT plans to bring this knowledge to our students through videos, interactive activities, workshops, and online presentations. We also connect students with alumni who they can relate to as well as other people within the financial sector so that students can get advice, form mentorships, and even get internships.
The Lemons Solution
Jasmine Xie ‘20 and Won Chung ‘18
Mentor: Jonathan J. Shakes '90
From their combined experiences of exploring the used hardware market and knowledge of microeconomics, Jasmine Xie ‘20 and Won Chung ‘18 provide a low cost, high reward alternative in shopping for tech through their business plan, The Lemons Solution.
2017 SwatTank Teams
Michael Piazza '17 and Eric Wang '18
Mentor: David Feinstein '90
Switchboard is a novel service that allows students to connect anonymously with other students at their college via text message. Students can safely expand their friend groups, seek academic and social support, and eventually receive formal support through a collaboration with Swarthmore's student led peer counseling service, Speak2Swatties. After a student verifies her school email, she can connect with a partner by major, interest, or class year – or totally randomly. Conversations on Switchboard are safe and fully anonymous. In a vibrant community like Swarthmore, there’s no reason a student should ever feel like there’s nobody talk to.
Michael Piazza ’17 and Eric Wang ’19 developed Switchboard this semester, and launched the night before SwatTank. Switchboard is rapidly gaining traction in the student body, with more than 2000 messages sent by almost 100 users across every class year.
** First Place
New Dae Farms
Navid Kiassat '20, Max Rogow '20, Rebecca Fisher (Haverford), and Joey Leroux (Haverford)
Mentor: Scott Young '06
New Dae Farms was founded to feed the world in a sustainable way. We are starting with cricket feed, a high-protein food source. By recycling food waste from TriCo dining halls and utilizing campus gardens, we can create a safe and low environmental impact protein supply for our community.
Meiri Anto '17, Michelle Ma '20, Seimi Park
Mentor: Giridhar N. Srinivasan '98
Collab is a social impact advisory firm that works to integrate onsite childcare into office and co-working spaces. By making marginal changes to existing infrastructure, Collab creates spaces conducive to both professional and parental development. Collab is made for any and all who identify as parents and we encourage individuals across the entire gender spectrum to participate and collaborate for gender equality, because we truly believe we are better when we work together.
** Third Place, Best Pitch
Natasha Markov-Riss '20, Roman Shemakov '20, and Augustin Burchell '20
Mentor: Ted Chan '02
Zing provides locking, solar-powered cell phone charging stations catered exclusively to college campuses and custom designed to reflect the campus community. We will start by bringing Zing charging stations to Swarthmore, but we plan to expand from there--our goal is to help students at other colleges bring charging stations to their campuses. As Zing charging stations spread across the country, a community will form around them. Our vision is a grassroots, student-led, action-based network of student entrepreneurs committed to pragmatic, cohesive, and sustained environmental change.
** Fourth Place
Jason Jin '20, Won Chung '18, William Lee '20, Bunn Buraparat '20
Mentor: Mark Handweger '85
Making plans should be fun and spontaneous. Gameplan is a personalized social map that allows you to convenient visualize your events and friends around you. All your events will be in one place, in an easy to digest and tailored format. Making an event to send to friends is as simple as setting a marker on a map, allowing you to make more plans, like grab food and play pick-up sports, and keep track of them in one app. Spend less time coordinating and more time doing things together.
2016 SwatTank Teams
Bolutife Fakoya '17 and Sedinam Worlanyo '17
Mentor: Sabrina Moyle '96
YenAra is a socially responsible for-profit business initiative that provides unique and functional African-inspired backpacks to an international marketplace. Through YenAra, we provide stylish solutions to the daily portable storage solution needs of our customers as well as serve as a marketing and distribution outlet for these ankara fabric backpacks. Each backpack design has a unique identity and tells the story of its creator; YenAra supports and encourages the growth of local Ghanaian artisans by supporting the sale of their functional, wearable art.
** First Place, Best Poster
Michael Lutzker ‘19, Rida Hassan ‘18, Shruti Pal ‘18, Katherine Pemberton ‘18
Mentor: Nick Martin '04
AlumGo is a unique online platform for alumni and current students of a college/university to connect in an exciting travel experience. It will allow members within the US and abroad to list and find accommodation, personal travel itineraries/guides, language assistance, and other travel-related service. Using a specially designed algorithm, our website will calculate costs based on the combination of preferences selected by users. The idea is to open doors for travelers to access regions of the world they might not be able to visit due to financial constraints, language barriers, lack of time available to plan travel itineraries, safety concerns, and any other such obstacles they might face. Essentially, AlumGo will provide an authentic travel experience tailored to your needs!
** Second Place
Robert Eppley '19, Omri Gal '19, Kwate Quartey '19, Neeraj Shah '19, Min Zhong '19
Mentor: Dave Feinstein '90
LaunchPad Initiative provides Philadelphia area high school students with one/five-day externships (mini-internship). By connecting students with companies, organizations, and alumni, we deliver a unique experience geared towards developing skills, professional experience, and connections LaunchPad Initiative empowers students to take initiative over their futures through a platform built by students, for Students.
Sam Gutierrez '16
Mentor: Kevin Hall
Gingko aims to bring Chinese language learning to the 21st century, with a focus on efficient Chinese-language study centered around a diverse set of resources and study tools and supplemented by collaboration with other users and expert help from Chinese-native speakers.
Eileen Hou ’16, Jeremy Chang ’16, Rex Chang ’17, Weite Liu ’17, Xintong Tian ’16
Mentor: Steve Dean
Monologue is an online platform that helps emerging theater artists (1) share and showcase their work to the artistic community; (2) network with other emerging artists and employers; (3) streamline the recruiting process through potential matching. Our team aims to help emerging artists seek employment opportunities by finding potential collaborators and funders. We hope to create a collaborative environment where artists can exchange ideas and enrich their professional networks.
Yang Yi ’17 and Tushar Kundu ’17
Before there were financial institutions there were tandas, informal savings groups formed on the basis of communal trust and camaraderie. Tandas were ways in which individuals could safely save their money, access credit, and even generate returns. We believe that it’s a shame that many 21st century individuals have never even heard of a tanda, much less participated in one. Our business idea, Tanda, seeks to modernize the traditional Tanda, make it more convenient, user-friendly, and accessible, and provide individuals with a classic alternative to conventional financial institutions.
2015 SwatTank Teams
Aldo Frosinini ’15 & Mackenzie Welch ‘15
Mentor: Demetrios Karis '74
Sabio is a mobile tool that provides actionable feedback in real-time and creates a specific track record for employee development and promotion. Sabio does this by sending out manager-triggered feedback requests to employees after events such as meetings. It then gathers feedback by using a simple rating system combine with written feedback that is caped at 500 characters. Managers will find Sabio to be a helpful tool in identifying organizational and employee strengths and weaknesses. By identifying areas for improvement, companies will be able to provide targeted training to improve employee capabilities. Aldo Frosinini ’15 is majoring in Economics with minors in Public Policy and Psychology. Mackenzie Welch ’15 is an Honors Political Science major and Latin American Studies minor.
** First Place
Eduardo Umaña ‘15
Mentor: Michael Chodos ‘80
Classic engineering is a creative venture based in Miami, Florida. We exist to materialize visions and ideas into sustainable products we hope you will love. In order to do so, we have some strong beliefs that set the ground for our work. We believe that engineering and design are practiced best when their roots become intertwined in the development process and are indistinguishable from each other; that the boundary between engineering and design is an artificial, man-made one. We believe our creations should be useful; being able to contribute and add real value to our lives. And lastly, we believe that objects should serve us for a very long period of time. This minimizes the resources we demand from our planet and creates meaning through singular objects we can grow fond of. Eduardo Umaña ’15 is the creator of classic engineering. He grew up in the city of Bogotá, Colombia. He will graduate this year with his B.S in Engineering. Eduardo likes staying active and traveling. You can follow him @classic_e
Satyajit Rao ‘15
Mentor: Claire Hartten '91
Ryze is a new kind of hospitality service - we want to bring elegant, premium room service to everyone, starting with guests and residents staying in New York City. We have partnered with top chef talent and popular food suppliers to provide high-end breakfasts in bed, and also provide hospitality products with a global, modern edge. All products are delivered on-demand through UBER Rush. We serve: Boutique Hotels - We are your turn-key room service provider, high-end AirBnB apartments - Transform your AirBnB apartment into a hotel, and individuals - Discerning customers order from us for themselves and their loved ones. Satyajit Rao ’15 is an Honors Political Science and Philosophy double major. After graduating in May, Satyajit will move back to his hometown, New York City, where he will spend his days as a management consultant and his nights and weekends as an entrepreneur with Ryze.
Chirps & Kisses
Nora Battelle ’17, Thomas Corbani ’17, Ditiya Ferdous ’17
Mentor: Noel A. Theodosiou '94
Chirps & Kisses is a health and wellness brand, dedicated to providing locally sourced lip balms and cough drops that will creatively and physically enhance the daily lives of our customers. Each of our products comes with an illustrated short story or profile of local nature: these narratives change each season in tandem with our flavors, keeping our clients excited about our products and engaged with the natural world around them.
2014 SwatTank Teams
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.