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.