Fast Fashion Textile Tech
Project Lead, Sarah Shavin: “I fell in love with the industry at a young age--completely in awe of the creativity, strategy and culture meaning behind clothing. At this age, I’m concerned by the effects of fast fashion on our people and planet, but also committed to the opportunity at hand."
Project Lead, Michael Ready: "George Hacks represents a divergence from traditional 'hackathon' organizations. Rather than relying on technical experience for success, we put an emphasis on innovating in interdisciplinary teams, where input is based more on the validity of ideas rather than technical know-how. We provide students with the ability to innovate and, as a student organization, our student members are given the responsibility to plan and execute their own innovation challenge - something that makes George Hacks completely unique."
Innovate Puerto Rico
Project Lead, Connor West: “Innovate Puerto Rico will work to facilitate and develop a community hub to foster innovation, making, and teach human centered and sustainable design. By involving local craftspeople and nearby universities, we hope to harness the power of the Puerto Rican culture and create an innovative community hub on the western side of the island.”
Project Lead, Konstantin Mitic: "In my home country of Serbia, healthcare is free but medical devices are far too expensive and scarce. I envision a global source for accessible assistive devices from a socially innovative standpoint. Recent developments in 3D printing technologies have allowed us to affordably create and produce assistive devices to meet this need."
The Innovation Center is exploring new partnerships and initiatives to globalize our socially innovation paradigm. According to the 2018 Bloomberg Innovation Index, the U.S. is no longer listed in the top 10 most innovative countries, while three of the five Nordic countries have been in the top ten list for several years running. Our focus on creating opportunities for collaboration by providing exposure and skills to the GWU community to co-create, innovate and apply knowledge to socially responsible, technology driven projects has inspired a collaboration with leading innovators in Scandinavia. In 2018-2019, the GWIC is partnering with The the Nordic Ways project, lead by Former Ambassador Andras Simonyi. Simonyi’s long standing interest in positioning the Nordic approach as a possible source of inspiration and experience for the U.S. culminated in 2013 with the “Nordic Ways” project. The edited volume of the same name brings together a collection of 50 essays by prominent subject matter experts from each Nordic country that unpack the Nordic approach to design, business, innovation, environmental stewardship and education (Simonyi and Cagan, 2016). The GWIC-Nordic Ways collaboration is interested investigating the impact technology acceleration on society, with an critical emphasis on the role of engineers, scientists and artists in steering technology toward positive social impact.
Project Leads, Kaitlin Santiago, Ryan Steed: “The Virtual Jane project combines two of my favorite things: youth education and innovative product design. We have the chance to turn the legacy of Jane Goodall, a conservationist icon, into a groundbreaking platform that inspires the next generation of ambitious, creative minds to advance conservation. Not too long ago, I was a high schooler hoping to use STEM to make a difference; I can't wait to empower others to do the same."
Women in STEM
Project Lead, Erin Flynn: “Mechanical Engineering? Are you sure that’s what you really want to do? That’s so hard and are you sure that you want to always be surrounded by guys all the time?’ That’s the most common response I receive when telling anyone my major. My goal is to change that.”