Students offer forward-thinking sustainability solutions at UNHack

UNHAck 2023

Three teams were recognized among the 400 students who took part in the annual York University UNHack event, a weekend-long experiential learning opportunity to collaborate and create innovative solutions to pressing global sustainability issues, many related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Organized by the Bergeron Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology program at the Lassonde School of Engineering, students from diverse backgrounds worked in teams to harness their creativity to develop forward-thinking solutions to challenges ranging from clean water access to equal education opportunities.

With an emphasis on teamwork, students were encouraged to overcome challenges and embrace creativity through effective communication and problem solving.

“Our goal has always been to foster an environment where small ideas can spark significant changes, says Maedeh Sedaghat, program manager at BEST. “Through this experience, our students embarked on a transformative journey that transcends the boundaries of a traditional classroom. Witnessing students express themselves, step out of their comfort zone, and cultivate a mindset that nurtures creativity has been truly inspiring. We celebrate not only the solutions created but the personal growth, resilience and collaborative spirit that will undoubtedly shape these students into future leaders and changemakers.”

Over 80 teams presented their ideas to a panel of judges in the preliminary round and the top eight presented at the final judging. The winners were:

First place: Campus Compass

Students: Natha Brindley-Reid, Aryan Banwait, Aayman Kareem, Mathewos Beyene, Sim Yu Lau.
Campus Compass developed a clever campus booking system, simplifying facility and service reservations for students on campus. This innovative solution streamlines everyday tasks, making student lives more efficient.

Second Place: DripDrop Water Management

Students: Declan Palmateer, Elvis Kuang, Marco Luong, Darrick Simm.
DripDrop developed an application that monitors the sound of running water and creates a competitive environment by encouraging users to reduce their water use and conserve water.

Third Place: Career Path AI System

Students: Peter Gituma, Pranav Kulkarni, Prakriti Biswas, Arshpreet Singh Vasal, Kanwar Parth Singh.
The Career Path AI System was developed to help guide students through their career journey, empowering them to make informed decisions about their future.

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