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Announcing the 2018 Youth Summit Winners!

Congratulations to our 2018 winners L&A Tee Shirts, MindTriggers, and Art for the Heart! The 2018 Youth Summit was a premiere platform for celebrating student-led projects and student-formed teams from regional Virginia high schools.

Business Pitch Challenge

Students and student teams delivered onstage elevator pitches about entrepreneurial ventures of their own creation, competing for cash prizes, mentorship, and preferred applications to the i.Lab incubator at University of Virginia. They were also awarded a spot tin the Community Investment Collaborative entrepreneur incubator.

L&A Tee Shirts Lima Mohammad and Aleena Haidari of Charlottesville High School created personal t-shirt designs for individuals, clubs with accessible and affordable prices. They aim to make comprehensive packages that are cohesive to customers’ needs, with a wide creativity range of deliverables.


W.L.Lyons Brown Innovation Laboratory at UVA

In a dramatic presentation, W.L.Lyons Brown Innovation Laboratory announced they chose not one, but two winners – a surprise, last-minute announcement to the audience. The two winners were part of the Social Innovation Challenge, in which students presented problem solutions and their proposed social innovations onstage with the opportunity to receive mini grant funding to support their work through i.Lab.

Project Mind Trigger

Shawn Liu, William Du, and Henry Deal of St. Anne’s Belfield School presented their home automatic integrated system under the name Project Mind Trigger. Mind Trigger is a smart switch that knows precisely how many people are in a room and controls the lighting of the room accordingly. It could turn on the light when a person walks in and turn it off immediately when the room is empty.

Art for the Heart Emma Hitchcock, a senior at Tandem Friends, and Zadie Lacey, of Monticello High School, won for their Art for the Heart idea. Art for the Heart provides art therapy sessions to Charlottesville’s homeless women. The program brings supplies and prompts residents which results in building positive relationships while producing beautiful art.

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