fall 2017: homelessness & human trafficking

October 14 & 21, 2017

41 participants joined our first Sprint!

  • 28 UC San Diego and 13 high school students were divided into 8 teams
  • The group was quite diverse with many international students hailing from India, China, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, and Somalia.
  • UC San Diego students are majoring in Math, Engineering, Computer Science, International Studies, Biology, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, and Psychology. 
  • High school students came from Bishop's, Helix Charter, Francis Parker, Canyon Crest, and Pacific Ridge Schools.
  • Some have been very close to homelessness and human trafficking. 


DAY 1: Empathizing, Defining, Ideating & Prototyping


DAY 2: Learning Entrepreneurial skills & pitching ideas to a panel of experts




first place

Know Idea created a shuttle system with stops featuring food pantries, clinics, and shelters


second place

The Heart House developed a space integrated into a shelter but set aside as an intentional community center for homeless individuals


third place

Make A Change 101 offered university support to help youth transitioning out of foster care learn financial literacy to avoid the cycle of homelessness