Congratulations to this year’s award winners. We celebrate you, your accomplishments, and the future of your achievements.

Frontiers of Extraction in the Deep Sea

Frontiers of Extraction in the Deep Sea

Sustainability Award
School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Frontiers of Extraction contends with the mysteries of the ocean and hydrothermal vents as the potential key to unanswered questions about the source of life on Earth and the necessity of its protection. Jennifer Telesca’s research hopes to educate the public about these fascinating vents, while working with advocates in real time for their protection.

NFTs and Art Management

NFTs and Art Management

Innovation Award
School of Art

This project seeks to analyze and explore potential futures, as NFT’s have disrupted the capitalist model of art and art making. By positioning themselves as analysts while students in arts and cultural management, these young researchers bring fresh perspective to this ever-shifting landscape.

This year, we have two ties for the categories of Impact and Start-Up.

Pop-Up Drop-Off

Pop Up Drop Off

Impact Award
School of Architecture

Students designed a functional and beautiful inflatable structure to not only bring awareness to single-use plastic, but also serve as a collection hub for plastic bags. Drop offs are currently the only way to recycle plastic film in New York State, so the structure becomes not only a collection point, but an educational touchpoint on permanent drop-off locations in the community.

Building Organizational User Experience Capacity in Museums

Building Organizational User Capacity in Museums

Impact Award
School of Information

One of the many impacts of the pandemic was the necessary shift to virtual and online engagement for museum and cultural heritage institutions. While in-person engagement may have returned, these organizations require guidance to improve the experiences of attendees to make sure they are meaningful, engaging, and accessible. The Center for Digital Experiences has worked with select organizations and is building a “playbook” to support this effort.

Both of these selections use design to create a more accessible, inclusive world.

Graphia

Graphia

Start-Up Power Award
School of Design

Graphia is a graphic tablet-based tool that helps children write in a creative visual way, while capable of diagnosing learning disabilities with an AI model. Hoping to end the cycle of academic underachievement due to underdiagnosis and inaccessibility to tests, the Graphia is an incredible support tool for both students and teachers.

Tackl Board: Adaptive Cooking

Tackl Board: Adaptive Cooking

Start-Up Power Award
School of Design

This biomimicry project assists individuals with less mobility and strength in one hand while they cook. The cutting board and relevant attachments are solutions that facilitate independence and empower its users in the kitchen.

Kalye Toolkit: Streets for the Community, by the Community

Kalye Toolkit: Streets for the Community, By the Community

People’s Choice Award
School of Architecture

More than two thousand people voted and this year’s winner is Kalye Toolkit: Streets for the Community, By the Community. We’re thrilled that this resource—which empowers community members to envision the future of their community with technology—was the clear favorite of the public.

Congratulations again to all of our winners!