Tech for Social Good Announces 2017 Awardees

The Tech for Social Good program at UC Davis has announced its 2017 awardees, divided into two categories: Tech Development and Student-Led Events.

The CITRIS and the Banatao Institute Tech for Social Good Program, supports student-led learning and technology development for healthy, sustainable, connected, and equitable livelihoods in the United States and abroad. To achieve its mission, the program (which runs at UC Davis and UC Berkeley) provides funding support to undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students, groups, teams or organizations developing hardware, software, events or programs. 

The program at UC Davis is made possible through a partnership between CITRIS at UC Davis, the Blum Center for Developing Economies, the Center for Regional Change, and the Institute for Social Sciences.

The Tech Development Track funds early-stage technology research, hardware, software, web or mobile application development that address issues in health, robotics, connected communities, and sustainable infrastructures. The Events & Programming Track funds student-led activities that increase awareness, skills, and relationships related to technology for social good. In addition, this track supports student efforts to foster diversity and inclusion in tech fields.

Congratulations to the following awardees!

Tech Development Track

One Loop

OneLoop is a diverse, multidisciplinary group of engineers working to design and build a functional, half-scale model of a Hyperloop pod to race in SpaceX’s Hyperloop Pod Competition.

Aron Sarmasi, Kilian Ginnell, Anand Sagan Kannan, Bruno Mosquera Matsui, Carlos Urdampilleta, Alysia Iglesias, Gabriel Lee, Dongmeng Li, Austin Gonzalez, Jonas Langlois, Scott Paniccia, & Eden Tessema


The On-Farm Climate Resilience

Relevant, accessible, and effective climate change information can help small-scale farmers better plan for and respond to climate change effects. The On-Farm Climate Resilience Toolkit will enable farmers to utilize online learning networks, on-farm data collection, and participatory mapping to learn and share long-term climatic risk management strategies.

Natalia Pinzón Jiménez, Sara Riegler, Nicholas Robinson, & Cameron Willment


Together We CAN

Together We CAN teaches food preservation methods for pineapples, a crop with large post-harvest losses in the Mwogo sector, Bugesera district, of Rwanda. Teaching these skills to Rwandan pineapple farming community members can increase local food source availability and socio-economic development.

Seraphin Niyonsenga, Sherry Blunk, & Brittany Allison


SER (Saúde-Health, Educação – Education, Renda-Income)

SER empowers smallholder farmers to improve their quality of life, while simultaneously enabling collective social action to alleviate poverty through the development of a vocational center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil that supports the development of hydroponic farming.

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Karishma Sethi & Jesse Foster


Mi Vida Saludable

Mi Vida Saludable is a web-based platform to streamline data collection for mental health parameters at Clinica Tepati in Sacramento, California.

Sriya Maram, Angelika Joseph, Cristian Lopez, & Debparna Pratiher


Water Filtration Systems for Floating Villages in Cambodia

For those living in the floating villages on the Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia, potable water is difficult to obtain. This team will develop and pilot test a low-cost biosand water filtration system that will convert contaminated lake water into clean water for household use.

Samira Iqbal, Meysel Amaya, Jessica Shaw, & Purva Juvekar


Student-Led Events Track


HackDavis is UC Davis’ annual hackathon for students, run by students to address the world’s most pressing social issues.




Project Link

Project Link is a cross-cultural communication platform that combines video-chats and social media to foster engagement between UC Davis students and students at partner universities abroad to discuss global issues.

Maria Arteaga, Alexander Duveneck, & Bridgette Johnson


Learn more about Tech for Social Good at UC Davis.