People’s Choice Award

People's Choice Award

Voting closed at 5pm PDT Wednesday, August 14, 2019

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2019 People's Choice Award

Review the teams eligible for the People's Choice Award this year, watch their pitch videos, and cast a vote for your favorite.

Please note that only one vote per person is allowed. If you cast more than one vote, none of your votes will be counted.  

Teams are listed alphabetically. 

Brain Squad

Hands Out


The Hands Out app allows well-meaning people all over the world to easily donate to children and their families to help them pay for school fees, food, shoes, books, stationary, medication and more.




TECO is a 3D mobile game that merges educational and entertainment tools to help players change their behavior and become more eco-conscious. It presents real-life issues and challenges players to solve them while sharing useful information along the way. TECO provides a strong incentive to recycle more through special hardware features and augmented reality.




GjejZâ is an app to help abused women. GjejZâ offers a test to diagnose your situation, breaks myths about domestic violence, shares success stories from other survivors, provides calming exercises, and offers legal, psychological and medical consultation options. GjejZâ also has an opportunities feature to help women find jobs, and an SOS menu with emergency hotlines.




Khmer poetry is at risk of being forgotten due to its massive loss during the Khmer Rouge Genocide. Naeng-Norng (translated as ‘rhyme and rhythm’) is a platform dedicated to preserving this declining language by allowing readers and authors to connect through Khmer poetry.





When&Where is an emergency response app that makes women's lives safer. It obtains your location in real time, and if something happens – for example, if you stop or you are moving away from your destination – it asks you if you are okay. If you aren't, it calls an emergency contact or emergency services (112), depending on the option selected by the user.

Powerful Daisies

Safe Tears


Safe Tears is a suicide prevention app designed to bring at-risk young adults together in a practical, safe and informative way. The app is anonymous and connects users so they may give and receive support. Each user has a metaphorical "glass of blue feelings" where they add drops of water to symbolize how sad (blue) they feel. Users can check other glasses to offer help and those with nearly full glasses are encouraged to seek help.

Robot Unicorns



Cloud9 helps children address social anxiety through a 3-step process. First, you share your experience with Charlie, a friendly digital dog. Then, a trustworthy and supportive digital therapist listens, asks questions, and offers advice to address your social anxiety. Last, the Resource Hub shares stories from people with social anxiety, and links to local and online resources.

Social Relay



Baton is an app designed to maximize the social impact of initiatives started by social work interns or students in underserved communities after the students' internships end. Baton hands over incomplete social work initiatives from one intern to another, collaborating with NGOs, institutions and corporations to ensure confidentiality and social impact is maintained.

Team Uproot


United States

Uproot is an iOS application that addresses noxious and invasive weed species, specifically targeting the harmful effects of these plants on California agriculture. Users can identify weeds on-the-spot with powerful machine learning technology or search a synonym-supported index of officially listed noxious weeds. Uproot also curates and returns information on any recognized weed and provides tools for weed control.

Tech Witches



Maitri is an app that allows children at orphanages to spend time with senior citizens in old-age homes, thus improving their social and mental well-being. Maitri helps connect those individuals suffering from loneliness and depression and those lacking the nurturing love of elderly role models. Users can also volunteer and donate to old-age homes and orphanages through the app.




MINKA is an app that educates users on how to properly separate waste and give a second life to what we consider trash. MINKA promotes recycling and reuse by showing users where and how to dispose of their waste at local collection centers, or organize exchanges through a virtual community to give it a second life.

Young Inventor


United States

Epione is an app that helps diagnose opioid addiction by automating the immunosorbent testing part of the opioid addiction diagnosis process. Epione helps physicians and users monitor addiction through image processing algorithms that initiate, manage and visualize an addiction diagnosis. The results can be shared remotely for review by experts and used to provide addiction guidance.