On November 13th, 2019, eleven teams competed for the Jack Rosen memorial pitch competition. Jack Rosen was an entrepreneur and recycling pioneer. In his honor,the Rosen family contributes to the growth of Entrepreneurship in the faculty of environment for the competition to find solutions to mitigate environmental problems.
The winners of the Grand Prize of $3000 was team TRUM (Thermal Remote Unsupervised Monitoring) by Shahzad Lone and Jonas Hamberg. Their project showcased the use of thermal imaging data from NASA satellite images with algorithms to track and predict the growth of trees.
Team EmPowerEQ presented by Guy Brodsky secured second place. EmpowerEQ posed a solution that adresses energy insecurity in Malawi. Guy and his team made an “Energy Quencher” in the form of a water barrel which extracts kinetic energy and turns it into electricity used by Malawians to power their living.
Team SheCycle: Leah Wouda, Anna Keupfer, and Abby Loewen showcased their solution to poor menstrual health management in developing countries, namely Uganda. Their solution was the creation of their antimicrobial sanitary pads.
This year's competition posed solutions not only to the problems adressed above but also to food inecurity, sustainable fashion, sustainable food production and packaging, as well as clean energy.