|The Bicknell Clock at LHSP Visitor Center|
|All Ideas Pitch Contest This Way!|
|The Crowd Begins To Assemble -- Nice To See Kids|
I chatted with Christina Hamilton of Delightful Surprise Sweets and sampled some delicious fudge in several flavors. Loved the chocolate pretzel mint flavor. I remembered Christina from a previous event and was happy to see that she was one of the chosen presenters. Christina's sweet treats are delicious and customized and her business provides opportunity for people with disabilities. Christina was inspired to create her business out of her own experience as a disabled person. Her personal story and the delicious fudge she handed out to the judges made for a great presentation.
|Christina with Delightful Surprise Sweets|
Orlando Torres pitched his The Best Part of Planet Earth school gardening program. Talking with Orlando about organic raised bed gardening and nutrition for urban kids was a true joy. It has always bothered me that good, healthy vegetables are so expensive and so hard to come by in cities. It's inspiring to talk to a teacher who cares so much about his students, the community they live in, and the beautiful planet we all share.
|Orlando with His School-Grown Veggies|
Hector Arce and Brian Mohika presented Drainage Partner, a concealed and comfortable reusable undergarment for patients who need to use catheters that deposit bodily fluids into a drainage bag. Their design is so clever and thoughtful that patients can even wear shorts, something impossible with current solutions. They already have patented the technology. They were the runaway fan favorite and the first prize winners.
|Lianna Presenting Giant Check to Brian and Hector for Drainage Partner|
|The Crowd Gave Drainage Partner A Huge Ovation|
|Lining Up The Catie's Closet Team for the Photo with the Giant Check|
The youngest entrepreneur ever to pitch at a Sandbox event, 14 year old Sahil Belgaonkar, impressed the audience with his poise and the app he pitched. Chum helps users find pets in any shelter in the U.S. I met Sahil at the Sandbox Summit this summer and was highly impressed with both his technical skills and his commitment to saving animals from being euthanized at shelters. It was a thrill to see him present and to be part of the loud ovation he got.
|Sahil (Right) Networking with another Entrepreneur|
Alexander Ryu pitched Lifeguard Games, virtual pet apps to help kids learn to manage health conditions such as asthma and food allergies. Here's another instance of using technology to make a real difference in real people's lives.
|The Crowd Networking While The Judges Were Out Deliberating|
|Crowd Listening To The Pitches|