Marvin Le of Dorchester, a junior at BC Excessive, was a part of a staff of scholars that received the highest prize within the college’s inaugural Shields Innovation Problem, aimed toward prompting entrepreneurial considering.
Le’s profitable staff – “Vert” – got here up with an thought for find out how to present crucial vitamins to low-income communities who depend on quick meals and fewer wholesome choices on account of comfort and low value.
The 4 college students – Matthew Hurley, Tyler Kwong, Nico Bezzerides and Le – proposed utilizing vertical hydroponics, farming with nutrient-rich water as a substitute of soil. For his or her profitable efforts, every of the scholars took house $1,000.
The problem was coordinated via the Shields Middle for Innovation, which was established final 12 months via a donation of $5 million by 1979 alumnus Jack Shields, founder and chairman of Shields Well being Options.
“An essential a part of our college tradition is to assist college students take a look at their alternatives for development and to strive new issues,” mentioned Grace Cotter Regan, BC Excessive’s president. “The Shields Innovation Problem is a chance to incubate modern considering, and for college students to work collectively in growing inventive options to real-life points.”
Profitable groups had been not too long ago chosen throughout a presentation to a panel of professional judges together with Stephen Spinelli Jr., president of Babson School; Raj Echambadi, Dunton Household Dean, D’Amore-McKim Faculty of Enterprise at Northeastern College; Jane Swift, former Massachusetts governor and president and government director of LearnLaunch; and Don Gummow ‘13, Innovation & Operations Analyst at Brigham & Girls’s iHub Open Innovation Studio.
Taking second place – and $500 every – was “The Wholesome Meals Initiative” staff made up of 4 BC Excessive juniors –Yasin Khan, John Forry, Ricky Robinson, and Charlie Reitz. They proposed working a farmer’s market with leftover meals from eating places, hospitals, and grocery shops to enhance entry to wholesome meals for low-income communities.
“We’ve been remarkably impressed with these pupil displays,” mentioned Shields. “They’ve embraced the ‘fail quick and iterate’ mentality that governs innovation. Simply as importantly, the complexity and thoroughness proven in these tasks demonstrated a eager consciousness of the issues dealing with Boston residents, and that brings every thing again to BC Excessive’s Jesuit custom – being males for others.”