We call upon the disruptors and freethinkers who want to defy conventional thinking and tackle global problems. Scientists, artists, engineers – and everyone in between – are encouraged to put their resourcefulness to the test.

This Ain Center competition brings together students from a variety of backgrounds to brainstorm solutions to social and cultural issues in a brief timeframe challenge format. Each year, participants tackle a different issue, guided by mentors and experts to devise a solution. Teams then present to a panel of judges. Top teams earn cash prizes.

2019 Winners

  • 1st Place: AccessIT – Rohat Chari ’23 (BA, International Relations); Shakhlo Gaibova ’21 (BS, Chemistry); Vardaan Gupta ‘ 23 (MD/MBA); Snigdha Thummalapalli ’20 (MS, Technical Entrepreneurship and Management)
  • 2nd Place: W.A.R. – We Are Ready – Simeon Abiola ’20SMD (PhD, Translational Biomedical Science); Lila Balistrieri ’22 (BA, Business and English); B. Theophilus Mambu ’20 (MS, Technical Entrepreneurship and Management); Krishna Mythili Vusulumarti ’21S (MBA)
  • 3rd Place: Career Readiness – Vartika Aggarwal ’20S (MS, Finance); Shah Baig ’21S (MBA); Linh Hoang ’22 (BS, Biomedical Engineering); Klotoume Kromah ’21 (Biology); Tyler Knight ’20 (MS, Technical Entrepreneurship and Management)

2018 Winners

  • 1st Place: BeeHouse – Martin Helmrich ’20 (BS, Computer Science & BA, Business); Kaixin Li ’20 (BA, Brain and Cognitive Science & Digital Media Studies); Akhilesh Vithal Malge ’19 (MS, Chemical Engineering); Xinlin Zhang ’20S (MS, Marketing Analytics)
  • 2nd Place: To Bee or Not to Bee – Vatsal Agarwal ’21 (BA, Financial Economics & BS, Computer Science); Lani Chau ’19 (MS, Technical Entrepreneurship and Management); Huping Guo ’19S (MS, Marketing Analytics); Anuradha Pahalajani ’19 (MS, Technical Entrepreneurship and Management); Madison Zaelit ’20 (BA, Philosophy & Psychology)
  • 3rd Place: Bee Aware – Lennard Emanuel ’18 (MS, Technical Entrepreneurship and Management); Samuel Howard ’19S (MBA); Gregory Scott ’20S (MBA, Marketing and Data Analysis); Aman Tugnawat ’18 (MS,Technical Entrepreneurship and Management)

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