Empath is an event for young adults to learn how to apply empathetic attributes and mindful behaviors to social interactions, with the goal of increasing mutual respect and empathy. By practicing mindfulness in conversation, young adults will be more self-aware of the connections they make with people—how they communicate, empathize, and engage with others.
Through speakers, activities, informative animations and self-reflection, Empath participants will learn important skills to make meaningful connections in their careers and in their lives. The keynote speakers will explain empathy and mindfulness while facilitating engaging, small group activities. Each participant will receive a booklet to learn, take notes and reflect.
“Empathy fuels connection, and connection gives purpose and meaning to our lives.”
- Dr. Brené Brown
birds & bees
Currently, sex education is inaccurate, non-inclusive, and shameful. The app, birds & bees, was created to tackle this problem. The app is set up so that users can enter in any question they have about sex education or growing up and in turn get easy-to-understand answers in a comfortable and simple format. The app uses a functionality similar to that of an Instagram story, where users can tap through quick answers to their question and then swipe up on any answer to learn more and dive deeper. birds & bees allows users to customize their app settings to ensure answers are perfectly tailored for them.
evolve is an introspective journaling app that helps young adults be self-aware and grow their emotional intelligence. It has features for meditation, journaling, setting goals, and a dynamic progress section. Meditate with drawing, breathing, and yoga. Use the visual based journal to keep track of your life. Set goals to stay motivated. See the my progress section that has an artificial intelligence that takes all your data and pulls it together in dynamic ways so you can see your progress and growth. By possessing good emotional intelligence it will help you become more empathetic, connected, and successful with yourself and the people around you.
Curb – You Drink, We Drive.
Curb is a convenient service which acts as a safety net if a person drinks too much while out. Bars and restaurants will be able to adopt a Curb POS (point of sales) system which organizes all open tabs in order of who needs to be cut off from drinking first. A small fee will be added to a person’s tab, if participating in Curb, which will fund a ride service for those too drunk to get home safely. This will help the ones who give out the drinks to participate in preventing driving under the influence by having more responsibility on them. Curb is meant to be positive and encourage users to participate and raise awareness.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD): The painful illness affecting more and more people every single day, with no foreseeable cure. IBD causes more than just physical pain; it has mental side effects as well. Those who suffer from Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis feel embarrassed, panicked, and helpless. But there is hope. Flourish is a wellness management app that aims to provide those suffering from IBD with a sense of relief and reassurance to confidently live their lives to the fullest. The proactive app allows users to find the nearest restroom, track their diet, interact with others suffering from IBD, and more.
More than 450 million people around the world live with mental illness. For an individual struggling with intense feelings of despair, fatigue, lack of motivation, or other symptoms of depression, attempting to navigate the many obstacles of getting help can feel next to impossible.
Tend is a proposed solution to finding a mental health professional that not only matches you based on your mental and physical needs, but also takes your finances, insurance, therapy preferences, and personality traits into account to provide you with your individualized, ideal specialist. Using a mobile application as the main platform allows for high accessibility, convenience, and privacy for anyone struggling with mental illness or even just day-to-day anxiety. Because, in the end, no one is any more or less deserving of therapy.
The self-help book genre takes a text heavy intense reading approach to their books. If you struggle with productivity, you would probably struggle reading this type of book. I do not think learning about productivity has to be this way so I designed a book for younger readers in a light reading format that breaks down big ideas in an enjoyable way.
Introducing Boost, a practical and amusing handbook on getting things done. This is not a book about getting motivated. Lasting motivation only comes from within and external motivation is fleeting. Instead, the book is about eliminating our excuses, finding a niche, practicing and building habits. Each of these is a cornerstone of productivity and once you have these in place being productive becomes routine.
The decline of mental health is largely due to the loss of communication between brain cells. Scribble focuses on art making as an accessible therapeutic tool in order to stimulate parts of the brain and form new connections between cells.
Scribble allows users to create an individualized journey to art making with the option to filter exercises by the emotion the user wants to focus on. Creative freedom is encouraged with the artistic instructions being broad to allow the user to interpret the exercise in various ways in their own sketchbook. A writing prompt is provided after the user completes a drawing in order to connect the left and right brain and to help the user interpret their drawing. Through art making, people have the ability to experience more positive thinking, de-stress, and enhance their overall mental health.
Wayfind is an interactive system of wayfinding and signage that connects people to their environments.
Utilizing user preferences and needs, each sign in the system transmits a signal to mobile devices. The mobile application will work with each sign individually to send signals to the users, allowing them to understand upcoming barriers, hotspots, traffic, construction, popular destinations and navigation services. As a whole, Wayfind provides a solution to existing signage systems that may be non-inclusive and confusing. This new system of signage and wayfinding tests and challenges existing rules, in order to cater an experience to benefit all users.
Amplify is a digital platform that allows aspiring musicians and local venues to network and organize concerts. Musicians have the ability to perform at their preferred shows, and venues can book the musicians that best fit their desired needs. To meet the needs of each user, the app interface changes based on who is logged in at the time.
Blend is an environmental advertising company. We focus on improving the efficacy of ads by applying adaptive solutions to looping motion graphics.
GameSense is a social experience designed to promote networking relationships and growth for coaches and players within the esports (competitive gaming community).
As it currently stands, esports lacks the depth of professional platforms for training, network building, and exposure when compared to traditional sports. GameSense provides a solution to this by consolidating all of the most useful features for esports players and coaches found in their currently used social process, while also adding new features, all of which are focused towards esports industry growth and individual growth.
buddy box is a safe, online creative space and monthly subscription service that encourages children to engage in physical artmaking and play. The free app is built to support content for kids, by kids. The monthly, fifteen-dollar subscription box contains supplemental items that foster creativity and exploration.
When given the monthly challenge prompt, kids are encouraged to express their creativity and use materials commonly found in the home to produce their artwork. The items in the subscription box can be used to transform everyday items, such as cardboard tubes or egg cartons, into imaginative solutions. With the augmented reality camera, kids can apply digital stickers or different backgrounds to their work, then capture photos or videos. These can be submitted, giving kids a chance to see their work featured on the subscription box.
Passive play on digital devices has all but eliminated the magic of everyday items; buddy box seeks to bring it back.
The leading cause of automobile accidents is distracted driving. One of the most distracting things you can do while driving is use a navigation system. Until now.
EMBARK is a fully comprehensive navigation system that consists of an augmented reality windshield and a mobile app. EMBARK allows people to keep their eyes on the road at all times and provides them with additional useful features inside and outside of the car to get them to their final destination safely, efficiently, and effortlessly. All information is displayed on the windshield for convenience and safety. Turn-by-turn directions are superimposed over the road, so the driver never needs to look away. All features are available via voice command and the display can be customized in settings. The EMBARK app enables you to search and send destinations to your car, plan and save complex trips with multiple stops, customize and add favorite places, and receive notifications related to your route. You can even follow directions while walking with the same augmented reality technology that the windshield uses.
EMBARK has the potential to decrease distracted driving and driver anxiety, therefore reducing the number of injuries and deaths caused by automobile accidents.
Today in the United States, there are roughly 31 million people with physical disabilities, many of whom need care on a regular basis. Those with physical disabilities are currently faced with long wait times, unaffordable care, and the inability to get to know caregivers before insurance companies and agencies assign someone to them.
Enable is a digital system that helps the physically disabled match with caregivers who fit their individual needs and preferences within seconds. Enable aims to be an accessible system for users with all kinds of physical disabilities. Users can access the system through a mobile app, a website, and through smart audio devices. This system can be used to find both short-term and long-term care, and allows users to manage their care.