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The fifth annual Diamond Challenge 2019 Summit took place last weekend at University of Delaware’s Clayton Hall Conference Center. After months of hard work, seven finalists took to the stage to showcase their world-changing ideas. Here are the winners of the 2019 competition:

Business Innovation

First Place: BACvision

BACvision is a modular apparatus that will accurately quantify blood alcohol content (BAC) and the presence of other intoxicants through ocular metrics.

Winners: Mia Yang and Philip Pan from Virginia

Second Place: Optiglass

Optiglass is a novel device that uses echolocation and machine learning to give the blind access to greater mobility.

Winners: Arunima Saxena and Sidharth Anantha from Massachusetts

Third Place: Natrion

Natrion is dedicated to providing safe, affordable energy storage solutions for clean power grids through its revolutionary solid-state sodium-ion battery technology.

Winners: Alexander Kosyakov, Austin Cohen, Cynthia Chen, and Thomas Rouffiac from Connecticut

Social Innovation

First Place: MatchMeds

MatchMeds is a streamlined, technology-based platform that connects low-income, uninsured patients with charitable clinics that can offer real affordable prices for brand-name medication.

Winners: Jun Lee and Prafull Sharma from Maryland and New Jersey

Second Place: The Oil Magnet

The Oil Magnet is a method of oil spill clean up that combines current boom technology with magnetic nanotechnology.

Winners: Eden Gorevoy, Marisa Patel-O’Connor and Sol Hwangbo from Illinois

Third Place: SOBROS

The SOBROS safe strip is a dissolvable thin film that can be slipped into a drink and turn it a fluorescent color in the presence of drugs like Rophanyl and Ketamine or simply dissolve and leave the drink unaltered in the presence of no drugs.

Winners: Larissa Tyagi, Ritik Patnaik, Sam Park and Savanna Slaughter from California, New Hampshire and Texas

Fourth Place: Gen2Gen

A platform to give pensioners the opportunity to share love, compassion and life experience with orphans through personal communication.

Winners: Alexei Murinets and Daria Bounegru from Moldova


Congratulations to all of our Diamonds who shared their ideas with the world this season. You can view all of our semifinalist teams here. Stay tuned for more updates and features from the 2019 Summit!


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