3rd ANNUAL IMPACT-A-THON
Win $2500 for Your Big, Bold, Audacious Idea to Change the World!
April 8, 2023
Do you have an idea that will improve the lives of millions of people around the globe? Then this challenge is for you!
Compete in Kravis Lab’s third annual Impact-a-thon, a social innovation challenge requiring NO TECHNICAL BACKGROUND OR EXPERIENCE. This year’s challenge will be announced in the Spring 2023.
CMC alumni will be hosting workshop sessions and 1-1 mentorship sessions to provide expert advice and help you throughout the process. Pitches will be conducted in small teams of 2-3 people assigned by the Kravis Lab team; you are welcome to register individually or indicate a partner you want to work with (they must sign up separately as well!).
1st Prize – $2500
2nd Prize – $1500
3rd Prize $500
2nd ANNUAL KLAB IMPACT-A-THON
Win $2500 for Your Regenerative Solution That Will Have a Net Positive Impact in the World!
April 8-9, 2022
1st Prize 21500
Marta Lazowska ’24
Basil Loyd-Moffett ’24
Converting waste in to water, energy and products!
2nd Prize $1500
Min Hyung Lee CMC ’23
Sam Sangyoon Kim CMC ’21
Solar powered fire surveillance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to fight forest fires.
3rd Prize $500
Adrian Flynn CMC ’25
Henry Long CMC ’25
Josh Morganstein CMC ’25
Kayalin Akens-Irby ’18, Chief of Staff at Planet FWD
Sustainability is Profit
We have reached a new era of business. Being sustainable and creating positive social and environmental outcomes are now the more profitable things to do. What does that mean for innovation? What does that mean for students preparing to enter the workforce? What does that mean for our future? Kayalin will share an exciting overview of how social innovation and impact-oriented companies are shaping today’s markets, where the industry is headed, and how her time at CMC shaped her career from that point forward leading to a life of purpose.
Previously, Kayalin was an early employee and helped build Malk Partners into the leading environmental, social, governance (ESG) investment advisory firm for private markets, advising on over $500B in AUM. At Malk, Kayalin led due diligence assessments on over 100 investments typically ranging from $25 million to $2 billion in enterprise value and worked directly with portfolio companies to identify and capitalize on ESG opportunities to create value as they scale. Kayalin was selected to lead a new business vertical at Malk as Head of VC and Growth Equity and started Malk’s climate initiatives including building the climate strategies for leading funds such as Vista Equity Partners and Hellman & Friedman.
Kayalin frequently lends her voice as a thought-leader in climate speaking at conferences across the world. During the pandemic, Kayalin built an online community of over 25,000 investors, founders, and individuals focused on Climate Tech on Clubhouse. The success of the club was largely due to Kayalin’s focus on equity, inclusivity, and solutions, wanting everyone who left her club to feel empowered and inspired to find their role in tackling the climate crisis.
Kayalin graduated from Claremont McKenna College in 2018 where she majored in Environment, Economics, and Politics as a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Interdisciplinary Science Scholar.
Zach Weisman ’08, Founder/CEO of The Impactful
Tackling Big Global Challenges
Zach has spent the last 15 years working in many areas of social impact. After studying finance and working at PwC, Zach promptly quit the finance sector to join the front lines of the environmental movement. Full of twists and turns, Zach’s extremely passionate about helping equip the next generation, and anyone really, with the motivation, support, and help we need to tackle big, global challenges.
The Impactful is an ecosystem comprised of a collective, community, and educational tools to help support everyone in their positive impact journeys. The Collective brings together leaders, freelancers, and consultants in the areas of branding, strategy, and design to work with clients around the world. The Community supports and motivates all those making changes day in and day out. Our courses are aimed at helping you align your purpose and impact.
For the last 15 years, Zach has worked at the intersection of social impact and branding collaborating with global businesses. He has had the amazing opportunity to work on climate change, innovation, and healthcare with companies like Google, Virgin, IKEA, MD Anderson, Sabin Vaccine Institute, GreenWave, the NBA, and many more.
Zach also serves as an Executive Board Member on the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) who work with med schools and med students around the world to protect the public’s health through assessment, credentialing, and testing.
In his spare time, Zach spends a lot of time playing hide and seek, “daddy be a horsey”, twirlee’s, spooky ghost, and tickles with his 3-year-old and 1-year-old sons. He is a big advocate of horizontal parenting and is married to fellow CMC Alum, Kevyn Klein.
Designing Lean Impact Measurement Systems for Social Impact
Spencer MacColl, Director of Impact
This workshop will focus on how best to ensure that social enterprises collect and measure the social impact they create for the world. Topics will include: designing a theory of change, setting up lean data collection, and leveraging impact evidence when pitching to impact investors.
Spencer is the Director of Impact at Kiva Microfunds, a website that allows anyone to invest in financially excluded entrepreneurs and social enterprises worldwide. Since its founding in 2005, Kiva’s two million lenders have lent more than $1.6 billion to 4.3 million people in 94 countries. He is responsible for estimating the social impact of Kiva’s potential investments, conducting research studies with Kiva’s partners, and leading Kiva’s outcome measurement strategy. He previously worked at the World Bank’s Gender Innovation Lab, implementing impact evaluations in East Africa.
Climate Related Investments
Lauren D’Souza ’18,
Sustainability Project Manager at Renewable Resources Group
This interactive workshop explores what impact investors look for in climate-related investments, particularly focusing on the growing sectors of regenerative ag, carbon measurement, agtech, and climate tech. You will get the perspective of a large private equity investor and a practitioner who builds partnerships with emerging solutions providers, constructive feedback on your ideas, and a forum to brainstorm freely.
Lauren D’Souza is a sustainability project manager at Renewable Resources Group (RRG), a private equity and asset management firm with over $3B in assets under management. At RRG, Lauren works on sustainable agriculture, fair farm labor, climate commitments and measurement, sustainable water management impact reporting, and habitat conservation. Lauren manages ESG and impact programming at the corporate level and implements sustainability initiatives for RRG’s diverse portfolio of global assets. She works daily with RRG’s deep network of impact partners, including on the innovative impact investing partnership RRG has built with The Nature Conservancy. She brings prior experience in smallholder agriculture and urban sustainability in Cape Town, utility-scale biomass energy for indigenous tribes in Arizona, habitat restoration in Southern Arizona, and graphic design and marketing expertise. She graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a B.A. in government and history and a focus on environmental policy.
Capital Plans for Decarbonization
Barry Hooper, Senior Green Building Coordinator at San Francisco Department of the Environment
This workshop will illustrate mechanisms to not just mitigate, but solve, some of the most important consequences of climate change. With a focus on housing policies, students will learn about energy audits and capital plans for decarbonization, so that buildings can compare their performance over time to themselves and to the market. Students will learn how to implement sustainable climate policies while promoting racial equity and economic justice.
Barry Hooper manages the Existing Buildings Energy Performance ordinance, which motivates improved energy efficiency through benchmarking and energy use disclosure for commercial and multifamily buildings, and requires commercial buildings to prepare an actionable plan for improvement. Barry leads development and supports implementation of San Francisco’s codes and regulations requiring new buildings to be all-electric, install solar photovoltaic or living roofs, provide electrical infrastructure for vehicle charging, and meet credible 3rd party green building standards including GreenPoint Rated or LEED. Barry is an active contributor to Bay Area Regional Energy Network Codes & Standards program, and is active in the C40 Cities Private Buildings Efficiency Network.
Perspective on Working in Sustainability
Jesse Rebello, Independent Management Consultant
This workshop will be mostly interactive. Jesse will give an overview of career paths in the sustainability space. He will provide useful context to think about mechanisms to design new business models.
Jesse is currently an independent management consultant specializing in strategic planning, mergers, acquisitions & partnerships, go-to-market execution and organizational culture with a focus on the sustainability and clean technology space. His clients range from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Previously he was the Chief Strategy, Innovation & Culture officer of ENGIE Impact – the sustainability solutions division of ENGIE (a global energy conglomerate). Earlier in his career he held positions across financial, legal and operational/P&L ownership roles. Jesse is CMC’ 03 grad where he majored in Economics-Accounting. After CMC he received his JD and MBA from Villanova University and is also a registered CPA.
1ST ANNUAL IMPACT-A-THON
Win $1500 for your TECH IDEA to Change the World!
April 16-17, 2021
1st Prize $1500
Sarah Chen ’22
Tiffany Hu ’22
Manipulate is a mobile, multi-player, dynamic game based around disinformation and counter disinformation tactics. It places players in the roles of the Stag Republic Defender versus the Sage Republic Manipulator, competing in an influence warfare simulation with branching endings, to increase disinformation awareness through gamified education.
2nd Prize $750
Noelle Song ’23
Sophie de Castro ’23
Within 24 hours, Sophie de Castro and Noelle Song brainstormed and developed Praxis: The Proxy App Making Spaces Accessible For All.
Reflecting on personal and peers’ experiences with inaccessible spaces on college campuses, the team formulated a crowd-sourced mobile app that functions as a guide map for accessibility features (elevators, ramps, stairs, etc.) in spaces including and beyond college campuses.”
3rd Prize $500
Zac Davis ’24
Chris Ategeka, Founder/CEO, UCOT
Friday, April 16 10-10:30a
Unintended Consequences of Technology
Humanity is at a crossroads. The explosion of technology and its exponential advancements are reshaping what it means to be human. As technology continues to expand, its incredible imprint on our lives continues to deepen. Algorithmic lifestyle has become one of the most powerful arbiters in our lives. They, the technologies, make decisions about the news we read, who we vote for, the jobs we get, the people we meet, and the ads we see. Along with the benefits and victories provided by new technologies come consequences that are alarmingly detrimental to society and to our planet that’s where our work comes in. Chris will be diving further into this and more issues surrounding ‘The Unintended Consequences of Technology’ in his opening keynote for this year’s Impact-a-thon!
Liam Brennan-Burke ’21, Founder, Paysail
Saturday, April 17 11:35-11:55a
From Student to Social Entrepreneur: Taking Your Idea to the Next Level
As a student, you have access to resources and have more opportunities to connect with your dream connections that many start-up founders may not. People love mentoring students, especially when they are passionate and driven! Liam will share how he founded his start-up in his junior year at CMC, and how he harnessed his network and leveraged his status as a student to reach out to and garner support from some of the most influential thinkers, thought leaders and investors in tech.
Blockchain for Social Impact
Syed Abrar Ahmed, Founder/CEO
What is blockchain? How does it work? It is much more than just cryptocurrencies (like Bitcoin and Ethereum). It can be used for social good like reducing poverty, promoting inclusion, fair trade, pandemic readiness and possible preventions. In this workshop, you’ll learn how you can use this powerful platform to improve the world.
Appropriate Technology for the Base of the Pyramid
Jodie Wu, COO
Gemma Bulos, Director
Kravis Lab for Social Impact
As technology design has evolved, there are so many bells and whistles, and swanky new innovations, but they can often only serve the privileged who can afford them. Learn how to design ‘appropriate’ technologies that can help uplift the base of the pyramid out of poverty that will provide them with the opportunity to thrive!
Machine Learning for Social Impact
Anna Kazlauskas, Founder/CEO
Anna will give an overview of the human and technological aspects of building machine learning applications for impact. Anna is the founder and CEO of Corsali, a company making it effortless to leverage machine intelligence using a combination of machine learning and smart young people around the world who earn crypto by labeling data on their phones.
Design Thinking: Building a Product That Matters
Julie Gauthier, Community Game Designer
How do you know that your solution will work for the people you’re building it for? Well, you could just ask them! We’ll work through the Design Thinking process to determine the problem we’re solving, who we’re solving it for, what the minimum viable solution is, and how to iterate on it to make it great! Bring your ideas to work on!
MENTORS AND JUDGES
After its launch, SurvJustice is still the only national organization that provides legal assistance, policy advocacy, and institutional training to survivors in campus hearings across the United States. Laura has received numerous awards including the Echoing Green Fellowship, the 2016 Benjamin Cardin Public Service Award, the 2017 Department of Justice’s Special Courage Award, AAUW Eleanor Roosevelt Fund Award, a 2018 TED Fellow, and an accepted member of the US Supreme Court.
The company was published in the book “The Power of Youth”, was one of the 9 companies funded by an accelerator in collaboration with the Vatican, was featured in the second season of SharkTank Mexico, and was named the social company of the year by Coparmex Jalisco in 2017.
Besides Andrea was selected as one of the 50 women leaders in social impact worldwide to be part of the VVlead program by Vital Voices in 2017. She won the 2018 Tec Woman award in the category of entrepreneurship and has been a speaker at various national and international events.