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UMD Announces Finalists for Annual Do Good Challenge

April 21, 2017

Kaitlin Ahmad, 301-405-6360

COLLEGE PARK, Md.–  The University of Maryland’s Do Good Institute, housed in the School of Public Policy, today announced the finalists for its annual Do Good Challenge, a spring semester competition that inspires students to take a cause or issue they are passionate about and create the greatest social impact possible. The campus-wide challenge encourages students to take fearless ideas that spark innovative solutions to change lives locally and globally. 

Six student-run teams – addressing issues ranging from children’s health to medication recovery to sexual assault prevention – have been selected from more than 90 teams t0 pitch their project or venture to a panel of judges and an audience of hundreds for a chance to win a share of more than $20,000 in prize money.

This year’s finalists include:

  • Kodactive aims to make computer science more accessible through a project-based platform that uses interactive, immersive, programmable STEM toys.
  • Symbiont Health is developing an automated fall detection system that connects primary care physicians with their patients and collects real-time, vital diagnostic information used to reduce emergency responder time.
  • Preventing Sexual Assault aspires to change the culture of sexual assault in all communities at the University of Maryland by educating the community, supporting survivors and advocating for change.
  • TerpThon hosts year-round fundraising efforts that culminate in a 12-hour Dance Marathon to stand in support of current and former patient families of Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.
  • The James Hollister Wellness Foundation saves viable medications for developing nations while reducing the toxic pollutants resulting from pharmaceutical and medical waste.
  • Vintage Voices aims to improve the mental health and quality of life for elderly living in long-term care facilities through the power of music.

The Challenge will take place on April 26 at 6 pm. at the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Center for Performing Arts. This year’s Challenge is being judged Sherrese Clark, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley; Kirsten Craft, Program Manager, Center for Social Value Creation & 2015 Do Good Challenge Winner; and Rajiv Vinnakota, Executive Vice President of the Youth & Engagement Division, Aspen Institute. 

The Do Good Challenge started in 2012. Over the last three years, two Do Good Challenge finalists have been named to Forbes's list of top 30 social entrepreneurs under 30 and one venture received a $100,000 investment from an investor on Shark Tank. For more information about the Do Good Institute and the Do Good Challenge visit dogood.umd.edu