Aman

Team photo of AmanAditi Nangia (HGSE) & Ghazi Taimoor Mirza (HGSE)

Our project aims to tackle hatred and bigotry in India and Pakistan through developing curriculum, guidelines and training for teachers. We want to build skills in teachers andstudents to empathize with people who are different from them, tolerate opposing viewpoints, have difficult conversations and accept diversity.

Arts in a Circle

Yi Chen (HGSE) & Jin Zhai (HGSE)

Arts in a Circle, LogoOur team wants to design an affordable one-stop art education online platform for Chinese families. We want to educate the public about the broad definition of art education and design a series of online courses for families with children aged 5-12. To achieve the first goal, we will host online round-table discussion with art education professionals every week. This series of panel discussion is free and open to the public. To address the second goal, we aim to build online learning modules with the emphasis on reflection, communication, and connection.

Bonsai

Harrison Grussmark (HBS) & Rishabh Agarwal (HBS)

Bonsai logoBonsai is a personalized and adaptive solution that develops SEL skills in middle school students by encouraging them to engage in microlearning activities. The platform motivates students to authentically and consistently engage by offering intangible and tangible incentives for achieving critical milestones. Furthermore, Bonsai utilizes real-time data to monitor student progress and provide stakeholders with early warning indicators to help them intervene.

Brown Art Ink

Brown Art Ink team photoAmanda Figueroa (GSAS) & Ravon Ruffin (External)

Our goal is to provide tangible, actionable, and effective professional development education for emerging artists, particularly artists of color and artists who are women or gender minorities. Through hands-on workshops in the DC area, we plan to develop and implement a curriculum of professional development designed to help these artists receive more opportunities and greater support for their work.

C2B – Classroom to Boardroom

Ketty Lie (HBS/HKS), Viria Vichit-Vadakan (HBS), and George Oliver Vinton (HGSE)

Classroom to Boardroom, LogoA widening skills gap in Indonesia for start-ups and innovative companies stems from insufficient youth job training. C2B seeks to solve this gap by providing an immersive training program designed in close collaboration with rapidly growing industries (i.e. tech-focused companies). Graduates of the program will be better equipped to take on challenging roles in various institutions having been equipped with key managerial and analytical skills. Our training approach will emphasize on experiential learning, critical thinking and integrative knowledge. Our focus for the next 3 months is to assess in-demand skills with big hiring gaps by doing deep-dive interviews with start-ups founders, corporate hiring managers, local college graduates, and training organizations as well as run training pilot programs in the field.

Collab-O

Collab-O logoI Made Subagiarta (HMS), Mohd Lutfi Fadil Bin Lokman (HSPH) & Renato Errea (HMS)

Rarely a week goes by without a single headline about an emerging or re-emerging infectious disease somewhere in the world. Globalization has tied together all peoples and nations in an interdependent, interrelated and interconnected global health space. Collab-O,virtual One Health classroom, is proposed to fulfill the need of future leaders who are conversant with the problems, have global networks and comprehensive understanding to find solutions in a collaborative One Health approach.

ColorFULL

Yasmene Mumby (HGSE), Bonnie Lo (HGSE), Charisse Taylor (HGSE)

ColorFULL, LogoYouth of color all over the nation do not have access to equitable opportunities for culturally affirming learning where their stories and voices can be amplified in creative ways. Educators also lack the supports to build and grow in their capacity to create, collect, and collaborate to strengthen culturally affirming teaching and learning. We collaborate with educators and their students to create culturally affirming literary, audio, & visual content and curriculum.

Conversational

Conversational Team Logo Lauren Aitken (HGSE), Ben Green (HBS), and Sherien Sobhy (HGSE)

Conversational creates fun, immersive environments for socializing in other languages. Our digital platform connects language communities globally. Conversational is committed to expanding language education opportunities that celebrate multilingualism and multiculturalism.

Data Coach for Teachers

Data Coach for Teachers, LogoLuis Duarte (HGSE) & Nadine Rubinstein (HGSE)

Teachers and administrators in public schools are under significant pressure to use student-level data (test scores, interim assessments, etc.) to modify their teaching methods. Time is being wasted while educators compile and analyze the data. Our project addresses this through a free, easy-to-understand website or software that educators could use to consolidate their data, analyze their data, and move quickly from analysis to action-planning.

DEEP Career

DEEP Career LogoDanni Zheng (HLS) & Han Jin (GSD)

DEEP Career strives to “Deliver Equal and Endless Possibilities” for young professionals’ career development in China, where accredited career opportunities are concentrated in Beijing and Shanghai, but young talents elsewhere are excluded. To address this educational inequality, DEEP Career will develop a for-profit digital product to ensure that young talents in different regions enjoy equal access to transparent opportunities. Meanwhile, based on its non-profit platform with 40,000 subscribers on WeChat, DEEP Career will sponsor cross-regional internships and career-related events, and continue its efforts on publication and career talks.

EmpathyCore

Empathy Core LogoAdam Gavarkovs (HSPH), Kidist Tesfaye (HGSE), & Tania Lee (HSPH)

Through innovative educational experiences leveraging immersive virtual reality, we aim to provide healthcare students and professionals with the opportunity to foster better relationships with patients who are often stigmatized within the healthcare system.

Ethos

Sarah Buksa (HGSE), Rose Sagun (HGSE), & Angela Hernandez (HGSE)

Our project, Ethos, aims to end sexual violence and harassment using a three-pronged, three-S approach that is designed to: simplify training to maximize learning, sustain impact through engaging a company’s ethos, and synergize efforts for global scale. We deliver engaging and effective step-by-step content, through customized pedagogies, based on each company’s needs and work culture so that the learner can genuinely and effectively engage with the content. Additionally, Ethos acts as a “culture champion” for a company’s overall corporate well-being, sense of inclusion, and level of productivity. Through a 1-to-1 matching model, for every corporate client that we engage in, a parallel “sister” intervention program is happening in developing countries that expands community-based capacity to prevent and respond to sexual violence through education.

Field Fit LogoFieldFit

Madeleine Mortimore (HGSE) & Marcus Forbes (HGSE)

Student-athletes tend to have a lack of engagement in non-athletic activities. College Armor is building an online platform that seeks to incentivize and guide student-athletes to engage in non-athletic activities through a fun, interactive game.

Grow.Us

Jeremy Bhatia (HKS) & Maxwell Bigman (HGSE)

Grow.Us, logoThrough training in soft and hard skills, we prepare students to work on projects in a summer internship. We partner with organizations, and companies to team our group of students with a volunteer mentor from their organization to work through a project. Our organization trains the students, guides them through this project and facilitates the learning in an offsite learning center. Through completion of the project our goal is to expose students to models of success, improve college acceptance, and in school learning outcomes.

Heard

Heard Team LogoChew Chia Shao Yuan (College), Guadalupe Jacobson-Peregrino (College), Shao Wei Chew Chia (Alumni), Shao Min Chew Chia (Alumni), Reuben Ng (External), Xin-Rui Lee (External), Rachel Koh (External), Clara Yeo (External), Wei En Goh (External), Jia Yuan Loke (External), & Chua Jiaho (External)

Heard is an application for parents to use with their children to hold in-person conversations on topics from friendship and school, to divorce and mental health. It facilitates structured conversations through a turn-taking game that is built to be fun, as well as incorporate clinically proven communication techniques.

How to improve the learning experience in core clerkships at Harvard Medical School?

How to improve medical education, student innovation pilot fund awardTzu-Hung Liu (HMS) & Fan-Yun Lan (GSAS)

Our project focuses on medical students’ core clerkship experiences. We have just conducted the interviews with 15 medical students. These interviews contain topics related to learning and teaching strategies which should be applied in the workplace as well as measures that promote engagement and psychological safety of the training environment. In the following two months, we would transcribe the interviews transcribed and use qualitative research software to analyze them. Based on the themes identified, we can come up with a series of strategic actions for medical school trainees and trainers.

KidCollab

Dalia Abbas (HGSE), Jennifer Wang (HGSE), Laura Parody (HGSE), and Dana Britt (HGSE)

KidCollab, LogoOur project attempts to aid students and teachers in dealing with collaborative projects in the classroom. We envision that this experience will take the form of a “quest,” in which students will work together to solve a problem. To address the challenges of organization, accountability, and good communication in group projects, we aim to host these quests on a platform geared at optimizing collaboration. Our hope is that the platform will be agnostic and can be used with a variety of learners.

KinderStories LogoKinderStories

Jaclyn Horowitz (HGSE), Ellie Hoban (HGSE), Justin Kaplan (HSPH), & Apittha Unahalekhaka (HGSE)

KinderStories is a school readiness program that prepares incoming kindergartners for the social and emotional learning (SEL) expectations of the classroom. Using a research-based SEL curriculum, highly transferable narratives and storylines, and integrating emotion-recognition software, our tablet and smartphone-based app will educate, entertain, and evaluate learners, while simultaneously providing critical data that teachers can use to optimize their in-class SEL instruction come fall.

Knot.

Knot team photoKyle Wu (HMS), Robert Crum (HMS), Heather Lyu (HMS), Gavin Ovstak (HBS/HMS), Alexander Yang (HMS), David Rubins (HMS), & Antuan Tran (Alumni)

Case logging, which is required for all procedures, is completely manual and consequently time-consuming, inaccurate, and costly. Knot automates this process and enhances the case log to contain all of the knowledge gained from a procedure, and give residents back their time so that they may instead learn, study, perform research or learn surgeries to better serve their patients.

KolaboraSIM

Candrika Dini Khairani (HMS), Nanda Lucky Prasetya (HMS), Monica Nimala (HSPH)

KolaboraSIM, LogoEach year interprofessional teams are sent to rural Indonesia to improve the quality of primary health care delivery and public health service. Current pre-departure training is not adequate in teaching interprofessional collaborative practice due to a lack of simulation. We want to provide an immersive virtual reality simulation using 360-degree videos to place participants in a representation of a complex teamwork situation.

Life Bonus

Life Bonus, LogoMuhammad Khisal Ahmed (HGSE), Eric Gonzalez (HGSE), Prasanth Nori (HGSE), Tianchun Xia (HGSE), Echo Ya Ting (External), Ivona Zgrablijic (External)

We work on developing early literacy, situational empathy and self-efficacy through parent-child interaction. In phase 1, we would like to create structured parent-child interactions through a children’s book. The book will contain material like vocabulary-building sentences and games, empathy-building exercises and serve-and-return conversational questions. It will also be supplemented by a training video for parents to help them learn the process of going through the book. In later phases, we plan to introduce other supplementary material like games and videos on an online platform.

Meet

Meet, logoVish Srivastava (GSD/SEAS) and Chris Turillo (External)

The job market in India is opaque and inefficient, especially for youth in tier II/III cities. Youth are unable to find the jobs they are qualified for and unable to get the information they need to make an informed decision on where to work. Meet is a crowdsourced platform for job-seekers to share and access trusted and relevant information about employers in their local area.

MentorMEd (Mentoring in Medical Education)

Nanda Lucky Prasetya (HMS), Candrika Dini (HMS), Stephanie Hardjo (HGSE), Jane Tjahjono (HKS)

MentorMEd, LogoMentorMEd is a phone app for mentorship combining mutual ‘like’ feature and matching tags percentage. It is hard to find mentors or collaborators for projects in Indonesia. This platform hopes to catalyze the research through real passion and curiosity for the medical community. Users will be asked for their expectations and commitment in mentorship. Computer will calculate how many tags are matched for those two parties. Users also will be given choices about prospective mentors/mentee, which they can choose to like or dislike. If both parties like each other, they will match and be able to converse without identifying information to reduce bias.

Modular Pre-Schools

Christopher Gyngell (HGSE), Zina Noel (HGSE), Codi Canton (HGSE), & Sarah Osborne (HGSE)

We would like to design and develop a prototype for a modular preschool. Children in emergencies and in developing countries often fall behind their peers due to a lack of access to quality early education. We would like to develop a low-cost, highly-mobile solution which would communities to recover from hardships or expand their educational capacity to children who may not have been able to access education before.

MuRealities LogoMuRealities

Angel Rodriguez (GSAS) & Jason Bowie-Wilson (MIT)

The purpose of the project is to place Diego Rivera’s Gloriosa Victora in a digital context to assess the narrative of the mural and the historical experience that produced it. The media experiment project aims to workshop digital surveys that explore these main research questions: how does this mural serve as an “interactive” map for storytelling and navigating narratives? What aspects of Rivera’s visual language in his artwork informs new ways to understand social relationships and change over time? By experimenting with new mediums, not new methods, we seek to broaden our base of source material for education in social history

myDev

Merry Chin (HGSE) & Adrija Navarro (GSAS)

myDev, logoTo tackle the problem of millennial employee turnover, we are working on a web-based application that focuses on professional learning development through monthly one-on-one conversations between an employee and their manager. Our web application software will encourage employee agency and autonomy in one’s growth by prompting thoughtful questions and conversation starters between employees and managers both online and offline. We are currently in the research and development stage. Through questionnaires and prototype studies, we are seeking to understand what people lacked and what they appreciated most about their learning and development in past/current work experiences.

MythOS, logoMythOS

Tristan Helms (HBS) and Gregory Dachner (Brown University)

MythOS is addressing the growing gap in social and emotional skills among adolescents who are not being served by traditional social activities (sports, theater, etc.) but are instead consumed by digital entertainment. MythOS is using games that resonate with digitally-focused adolescents to drive home social and emotional skills.

New Teachers Thriving, LogoNew Teachers Thriving

Tyler Hester (HGSE), Dana Britt (HGSE), and Merry Chin (HGSE)

New Teachers Thriving seeks to train new teachers to achieve personal well-being, enabling them to work better with students and leave the profession at a lower rate. Tyler is writing a book entitled Don’t Be Miserable in October that outlines the five pitfalls that lead new teachers into misery and clarifies solutions. Additionally, we will provide in-person training for teachers at schools and districts around the country. This year, we’re piloting our training series for over 60 teachers in partnership with Boston Public Schools and the Boston Teachers Union. We hope to offer online courses and develop an app that will enable us to provide the support that new teachers need.

NeuroSmart

Jingyu Tong (HGSE), Tianchun Xia (HGSE), Mengxi Tan (GSD), Yang Yuan (HMS), & Erqian Xu (HGSE)

Description coming soon.

OCULIS

Oculis logoMikal Lewis (HBS) & Peggy Mativo Ochola (HBS)

Oculis is a platform to address the lack of financial literacy in the classroom. Currently there are many programs, but few focus on the user (the student). Oculis seeks to engage the user through gamification of simple financial concepts.

Our Voices Matter LogoOur Voices Matter

Shawon Jackson (HKS) & Keturah Gadson (College)

The purpose of this project is to teach public speaking and advocacy skills to low-income middle school students of color. We hope that by doing so, we can improve their educational outcomes; and more importantly, we believe this program will help students become critical, compassionate, and socially conscious leaders with the confidence and skills needed to promote social change.

Pillow Fort

David Maher (HBS) & Padaree Utsahajit (HBS)

At Pillow Fort we believe in the power of personalization to deeply engage children in reading. We are developing personalized books that solve problems for parents looking to create teachable moments on difficult topics and improve vocabulary retention, and solve problems for gift givers who want a gift that they know the kid they are buying for will love.

ProcedReal LogoProcedReal: Enroll

Eric Gonzalez (HGSE) & Yating Xu (External)

Enroll allows you to practice the college application process safely on your device. By failing, practice, and learning you will be more equipped to succeed when it’s time for your real college application!

rankED logorankED

Kiera O’Brien (College), Ben Sorkin (College), & Alexis Mealey (College)

We are in the process of creating a platform reminiscent of HackerRank, aimed at high school students applying to colleges. The goal of our platform is expanding the reach of recruiting from top-tier and prestigious universities to underrepresented populations. Broadly, a platform of this sort would include competitions hosted by university partners and other resources designed to engage and assess students who would else wise be unlikely to experience the recruiting process.

Reimagine African Schools

Bahia El Oddi (HBS), Aneeqa Rana (HGSE), & Mariam Dahbi (HGSE)

Reimagine Schools LogoThis project envisions the creation of a pan African affordable private K12 schools network (i.e. ReImagine Schools). These schools would provide a lower cost alternative for low-middle income populations to access quality education, drawing on curriculum, operational, and technical insights to lower costs and increase both cognitive and non-cognitive outcomes. ReImagine Schools is an affordable and adaptable 21st century school model anchored in an integrated student led learning and teachers training platform empowered by Artificial Intelligence. We think indeed that there is a need for a AI integrated learning and teaching platform which will be integrated into an exhaustive school model (a kind of “school in a box” or “school at your fingerprints”) that could be delivered though a franchise model to achieve further scale. We would also differentiate ourselves by continuously refining the model leveraging the expertise of Harvard and MIT graduates and faculty.

Rise: the membership

Rise, LogoJulia Starr (HGSE) and Stephanie Hardjo (HGSE)

Rise: the membership is an online community and learning platform for soon-to-be and recent female college grads interested in learning life skills partnered with an awareness for spiritual and personal growth. Our current focus is testing the user experience of our membership platform and investing in key features as well as developing customer personas.

S.A.F.E., logoS.A.F.E. (Share. Access. Flourish. Engage)

Annapurna Ayyappan (HGSE), Dhwani Shah (HGSE), & Marisa Fear (HGSE)

Teachers serving preschoolers in low-income and marginalized communities across the world, are struggling with issues that are affecting their ability to do their work. SAFE will be an online and mobile application platform that will give teachers access to developmentally appropriate resources to provide solutions to problems facing in their classroom, access to professional development opportunities, and the opportunity to form sub-groups of educators or educator communities connected by a similar challenge or a shared interest.

STEM Finder

STEMFinder, logoIsaiah Baldissera (HGSE) and Debo Odunlami (HGSE)

The lack of students moving from an interest in STEM to a STEM career is problematic. We plan to curate the best free STEM learning resources for students (videos, tutorials, MOOCS, documentaries, career profiles) in one place, and connect them in a way that encourages exploration.

STEMtelling logoSTEMtelling

Jenny Norman (HGSE) & Andrew Segal (HDS)

Science isn’t just a set of subjects to study; we all live science every day. Yet most students imagine themselves to be separate from it. STEMtelling can change this. STEMtelling is a set of interactive diagnostic tools designed for secondary students that promote the individualized discovery and learning of STEM, based on each student’s own life, experiences, and relationships.

StEP (Student-Educator Partnerships)

Natalie Owen (HGSE) & Kathleen Jarman (HGSE)

Student Educator Partnerships logo
In order to leverage the strengths of small school communities, we want to bring together teachers and students for conversation around how classroom practices can be relevant and engaging for all students. The funding we receive in this round will sponsor teachers in rural spaces to host lunch for a small group of students. We will support teachers with resources on productive student-teacher partnerships, including norm-setting for productive collaboration around classroom possibilities and including diverse student identities in the conversation.

T3alMENA

Dina Masri (HGSE) and Haneen Abdo (HGSE)

Through storytelling and mentorship, we are connecting Arab youth with leaders they look up to by hearing relatable stories and receiving guidance in Arabic. This will not be translated content, rather content from Arabs in their native language. We are also in discussing the possibility of focusing on women in the MENA.

The Growing Book team photoThe Growing Book

Jingwen Xie (HGSE) & Jiayi Hu (HGSE)

The Growing Book is an app aimed at cultivating children’s active learning and socioemotional development through gamified storytelling.

Thrively Health

Allicen Dichara (HKS), Aleksandra Kozera (HGSE), & Shiyi Zan (HSPH)

Thrively Health logoThe postpartum period is a key window of opportunity for health education and behavior change. At Thrively Health, our mission is to democratize health by empowering women in making better care decisions for themselves and their family. Our current project informs the development of a digital platform that seeks to establish new norms for user engagement with health and supportive services from maternity onwards to impact health and life outcomes throughout the human lifecycle for underserved and marginalized populations in SE Asia.

TodayDream

Chika Okafor (GSAS) and Keturah Gadson (College)

TodayDream, logoStudents still do not see enough examples of young, college-educated, talented minorities. This situation erodes students’ belief in the power of their own dreams, putting a ceiling on their potential. Phase one of TodayDream consists of a dynamic web portal to connect schools/orgs with nearby talented minorities, mobile app for participating speakers and other talented minorities to build community & foster alliances among themselves, and partnerships with corporations, nonprofits, and government agencies to provide speakers to join our community, as well as access our repository of minority talent to promote diversity in hiring.

UDLiterature

Lauren Boulanger (HGSE) & Sofya Zeylikman (HGSE)

U D Literature Logo
UDLiterature is an online literature platform created to solve the problem of student demotivation and disengagement while reading complex texts like Shakespeare. Rather than spoon-feeding them the “right answers,” it provides students with the tools to do their own critical thinking as they work to decipher difficult works of literature. Consequently, students can experience the joy of tackling an intellectual challenge—and cultivate their grit and confidence in the process.

Usmosis

Joshua Boyd (DCE) and Michele Rudy (HGSE)

Usmosis solves weak student engagement for distant learning communities creating connectivity through sincere peer engagement and virtual worlds.

Utopia LogoUtopia

Swan Lu (HBS), Shenglan Tan (HGSE), Hailun He (HGSE), & Zoe Zhu (HBS)

The vision of Utopia is to provide the high quality curated content for early childhood development – we differentiate by taking a holistic educational approach – one focuses on all important stakeholders – parents, teachers, kindergarten and children themselves. Our current curriculum includes Museum learning and English Theatre, and currently piloting in China.

Village (in Polish, Wioski)

 Village Logo, which is Wioski in PolishAleksandra Kozera (HGSE) & Nicole Ivey (HBS)

Village supports and educates parents and teachers to create  local communities for creative, joyful, compassionate young learners who use curiosity and innovative thinking to build a healthy, just and sustainable world. We do so by igniting micro-entrepreneurship of early education teachers to start home-based early education centers. Village provides them with Reggio Emilia inspired professional development, mentoring, business and marketing support, IT platform as well as access to community of village chefs. It takes a village to raise a child – welcome to ours!

WELLconn

Samantha Wettje (HGSE), Saadia Sediqzadah (HSPH), & Maria Iqbal (HSPH)

Wellconn team headshot  Wellconn team headshot 2WELLconn is an education and support program designed to empower young people to recognize and resist the negative effects of growing up in a home with a family member who struggles with mental illness and/or addiction, thus enabling them to develop healthy minds and positive coping mechanisms.  We strive to deliver three main points: you are not alone, you are not to blame, and you can avoid repeating the cycle of mental illness through in-person on the ground curriculum and workshops facilitated through schools, online resources and podcasts.

xStorying

Jingwen Xie (HGSE), Jiayi Hu (HGSE), and Lucy Yip (GSD)

xStorying, team photoSeeing passive learning and associated poor expressive capacity among young children, we plan to develop an app to encourage and facilitate children’s active learning and socio-emotional development through gamified storytelling activities. Collaborating with professionals from Harvard Graduate School of Education, we have developed 5 levels of storytelling and have designed picture books and rubrics corresponding to each level. Activities across all the levels include daily training sessions, where children could develop stories for wordless picture books by answering well-designed questions as well as weekend practice sessions, where parents and children work together to produce pictures and stories. To sustain interest in the app, we have built a gamified system enabling children to pet virtual animals in the app. Their performance at the storytelling activities (e.g., the reward points mentioned before) will be associated with the food they get for their animals.

YourCampus, LogoYourCampus

Yilan Yang (College) and Mario Gutierrez (College)

The main purpose of our venture is to provide an educational networking platform for prospective university applicants to connect with current students. We plan to build a website/mobile app where university students can sign up to be part of panels and mentor high school students also on the app. Our panels will visit high schools in low-income districts to provide students with information and promote our app/website as a resource for students to use for guidance.