2022 tracks

Aging and Wellbeing

If we’re lucky, we get the opportunity to age. But simply reaching a certain age doesn’t ensure well-being, dignity, or a better quality of life.

Civic Engagement

Research and lived experience show that voting, belonging to an organization, and volunteering can positively impact an individual’s physical and mental health for the individual. Yet participation in these activities fluctuates and differs widely among societies across the globe.

Environmental Justice

Environmental crises don’t discriminate. In fact, everyone will someday feel the effects of climate change, plastic-filled oceans, and polluted air. Yet the rate and severity of these effects are not distributed equally. Like so much else, marginalized communities do and will continue to suffer sooner and more than privileged communities.


First Place 

Team 5 – CareUp

This team’s product seeks to address the problem of caregiver burnout resulting from the emotional, physical, and financial stresses of caring for their elderly and/or disabled loved ones. Their app streamlines the process of attaining resources and/or funding for in-family caregivers by providing users with direct access to applications and submission links. The Humanity 101 principles in this product are respect, empathy, and compassion. Aging & Wellbeing

Team MembersMihir Goyenka,  Neha Balamurugan, Emma Williams, Bhrugu Dave, Sarah Tahir

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Second Place 

Team 6 – Generation Connection

This team’s product is a web application called Generation Connection that facilitates friendships across generations. Students and retired seniors can exchange and educate each other with their life experiences. The Humanity 101 principles in this project are kindness, respect, and self-reflection. Aging & Wellbeing

Team Members – Sanket Sandeep Agarwal, Movinya Gunatilaka , Han Nguyen, Firas Al-Hindawi, Manoj Mysore Srinath, Claire Rhodes

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Third Place 

Team 13 – Ubuntu

This team’s app called Ubuntu addresses the problems of people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. The app helps to improve the quality of the day-to-day lives of Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers by enabling patients to record memories, play memory quizzes, get reminders, and to contact their caregivers quickly. Caregivers can monitor the location of the Alzheimer’s patient, view notes, and create a task list. The Humanity 101 principles in this product are compassion, empathy, and kindness. Aging & Wellbeing

Team Members – Joey Dalrymple, Anita Y, Saniya Kalamkar, Jacob Daodu, Sourabh Raj Jaiswal

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Team 15 – Manuever

This team’s product assists people with limited mobility with navigating accessible routes to commute and travel. The Humanity 101 principles in this product are respect, integrity, empathy, and compassion. Environmental Justice

Team Members – Sue Zhang, Lening Hou, Justine Nicole Borbe, Danny Do, Ferzin

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Dr. Loretta H. Cheeks

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Loretta Cheeks, Ph.D. is a senior executive leader, an entrepreneur, a proud GEM Alumni, and a recognized expert on computing and technology. She has over 20 years of leadership experience, developing and deploying large-scale systems and leading various teams within the ground and satellite communications, avionics, energy systems instrumentation & control and chemical industries for Fortune 500 corporations. Dr. Cheeks earned her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Arizona State University with a focus on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

Dr. Cheeks is founder and CEO of DS Innovation, a small business founded in 2018 and based in Arizona, United States of America. Dr. Cheeks is also committed to improving Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) secondary and higher education for underserved and underrepresented groups to follow in her scientific footsteps. To do that, Dr. Cheeks founded “Strong TIES,” a non-profit established in 2014.

Alycia de Mesa

Event Speaker

Alycia de Mesa is the storytelling and communications faculty instructor for School of Sustainability graduate sustainability leadership programs and served as Associate Director of Project Humanities. Prior to ASU, Alycia spent 25 years in brand development and marketing, much of which was working in the technology industry with start-ups. She is currently Assistant Director of Digital Equity & Social Impact with ASU Enterprise Technology (formerly University Technology Office).


Alycia will be speaking about the “Power of Storytelling” and will cover why storytelling matters and how to do high impact storytelling for startup ideas and pitches.

Andrea Passarella

Event Speaker

Andrea Passarella is an educator, photographer, and entrepreneur. She is the director and founder of SidewalkSchoolLA, an organization designed to integrate photography and life skills for students as they engage in the diverse landscape and cultures of Los Angeles. Her teaching style is filled with immersive experiences, reflective practice, and practical application. Andrea is the former Dean of Social and Emotional Learning in a K-8 school setting. She received training from Yale University’s Center for Emotional Intelligence, an evidence and research- based approach to Social Emotional Learning. Andrea received her Mindfulness Teacher Certification from The Greater Good Science Center at The University of California, Berkeley. The intersection of emotional development, mindful awareness, and the arts is at the heart of her research and practice. Currently, she is pursuing a Master of Arts in Social and Cultural Pedagogy at Arizona State University.


Event Speaker

Jamila Khan is a former ASU graduate from the School of CLAS. Obtaining a degree in Political Science (B.S.), where she centered her development around humanitarian effort and crisis response. She actively has been a community advocate working for voter rights(literacy), accessibility, religious tolerance, and economic empowerment. Jamila grew up in Pakistan and relocated back to the states for college, Jamila is a first-generation American and first-generation college student. She has ten years of experience working in the tech ecosphere, and currently is an Account Manager at a large FinTech company.




Cole is a 2022 graduate of Arizona State University with a BS in in neurobiology and a minor in Spanish. He also holds a certificate in iOS App Development. As the College Connect Tempe Advisor for the City of Tempe, Busby provides college access advising primarily to high school students as they determine what they want to do after they graduate, whether it is attending a 4-year school, or attending a non-traditional program, or planning a career path.



Karen V. Busch, PhD, has for 35 years created and developed innovative, interdisciplinary projects, programs, and non-profits. Such experience has involved designing, managing, and evaluating large collaborative projects both for governmental and nongovernmental agencies. She has also built and implemented strategic plans, monitored and evaluated their progress, and has taught program evaluation and leadership skills and managed/directed a multi-million dollar NGO with over 200 employees.



Marchelle is Director of the City of Phoenix Human Services Department.In this role, she manages a $195 million budget and leads over 450 employees providing services in emergency rental and utility assistance; senior programs; workforce development; Head Start; outreach, emergency shelter and supportive services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness; and comprehensive services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.



David is former Vice President of IT Applications at CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA Company and formerDivision CIO of Technical Operations at American Airlines. An innovative leader who guides companies in highly regulated industries taking technology to the “next level” as their businesses expand and grow through merger and acquisition, Hopkins is known for transforming vague issues into effective strategies and roadmaps that fully leverage the potential of evolving technology.