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Duke ChangeWorks Global Social Innovation Challenge 2018

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At the end of June, 2018, the winners of the Duke ChangeWorks Global Social Innovation Challenge, Claudette Nitard, Zak Kramer, and Tao Damrongwet pitched in the finals at San Diego on their venture to combat the Opioid Epidemic. Over 40 finalist student teams from 27 participating universities in Australia, Egypt, Ghana, India, Ireland, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Peru, Portugal, Uganda and the United States of America pitched their social innovations on June 23, 2018 in San Diego, California.

We pitched very well first thing in the morning on Saturday.  While we did not win any prize money, we did walk away with some secondary prizes.  These included free consulting time with a social innovation focused firm based in San Diego and a year subscription to a customer relationship management software program called HoneyBook!  The event was amazing and we made many new friends.  We’ll send some pictures of our time there.  We learned from the event creators as well as from all of the participating teams.  The winning teams had much further developed ideas and had been working on them for years now.  They were more robust and concrete.  We hope to use our prizes to get us to that point.  Thanks again from team Zemya for bringing this event to Duke! -Zak Kramer

 We were grateful to have the opportunity to pitch our idea at the Global Social Innovation Challenge finals at San Diego University. The staff were incredibly welcoming and helpful. The best part was getting to meet and hear teams pitch from around the world. It provided a global perspective of the challenges students from different nations are working hard to solve. Most teams had been working on their ideas for about two years and were already making great progress. Thank you, Duke I&E, for giving us the opportunity to represent Duke at the GSIC! -Claudette Nitard


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