SYDE students take top prize in international Google contest

Thursday, August 11, 2022

A team of first-year Waterloo Engineering students topped more than 800 other entries from around the world in a Google competition to develop solutions to help end poverty, ensure prosperity and protect the planet.

Aditi Sandhu, Het Patel, Jinal Rajawat and Mehak Dhaliwal, classmates in the systems design engineering (SYDE) program, won $3,000 each – plus mentorship opportunities and other prizes – as one of three winning teams in the Google Developers 2022 Solution Challenge.

Their entry, Blossom, is an integrated solution that helps young girls get access to accurate and reliable menstrual education and resources.

Open to members of Google Developer Student Clubs, the competition challenged four-member teams to tackle one or more of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals using Google technology.

Blossom clinched the win after several rounds of competition during a recent livestreamed demo day. The other two winning teams were from Vietnam and Germany.

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