The Engineering Projects In Community Service (EPICS) program in ASU’s Ira A.Fulton Schools of Engineering paved the way for three student teams who are head competitors in the 2012 global Dell Social Innovation Challenge. One of the teams known as 33 buckets has been selected as one of five teams from around the world to compete in the final round for the Dell Challenge’s World Student Social Innovation Awards starting June 12 in Austin, Texas. The five members of 33 buckets, who are currently in Bangladesh, designed a filtering system in order to provide arsenic-free water to a girl’s school located in rural Bangladesh. Plans have been made to also establish a microfinance business for the school that would have a source of income from selling surplus purified water. Teams SafeSIPP, Well-Water, Project Cure M^3, Team Ride & Bike and Project Cure Database were among the eight EPICS teams that were selected
out of the 1,700 teams for the Dell Challenge’s semifinal round.
The FlashFood and Project TOTO teams were selected as People’s Choice Award winners and were each given $1,000. FlashFood is made up of six members who are working on establishing a network that would collect excess food from catered events and restaurants and deliver it to people in need at local community centers. Project TOTO is planning to convert large steel shipping containers into above-ground tornado shelters in order to make them low-cost and more easily accessible. See more info at: http://intheloop.engineering.asu.edu/2012/05/15/epics-teams-among-standouts-in-global-innovation-challenge/