SED2017 CleanTech Showcase

tech-enabled citizen solutions

April 28, 2017


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CYPHER works jointly with the Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR), Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), California Energy Commission (CEC), Air Resources Board (ARB), Strategic Growth Council (SGC) and Tecdonor in hosting the SED2017 CleanTech Showcase to be held at Los Angeles CleanTech Incubator (LACI) on April 28, 2017. SED2017 is a participating event in Columbia Memorial Space Center's 'City of STEM 2017'.

The SED2017 CleanTech Showcase recognizes early stage CleanTech innovations at the nexus of food, energy, and water systems submitted by teams of students and youth age 13-26 years. We list them below. 



friday, april 28, 2017



Welcome     9:00-9:15 am

Jim Gilmer, CYPHER



YOUTH PANEL       9:15-10:15 AM


Youth leaders and innovators share their experiences in STEM education and discuss the resources and support they need to become tech innovators. Discussion will unpack relevant barrier issues in STEM education and tech innovation. 



Darrell Gooden, VC Innovates



Youth representatives, VC Innovates

Erik dela Cruz, Creative-Ive

Girls in STEM, Columbia Memorial Space Center (Invited)

Youth representatives, CAUSE (Invited)



early-stage cleantech fast pitch



wastenot app       10:20-10:50 am PDT

WasteNot App coordinates waste collection and recycling in rural areas. Consumer rewards (e.g., tree-planting credits) and products that generate renewable energy (e.g., fertilizer from solid waste) are integrated in the app to change consumer behavior.



Dr Kathy Liu, Associate Professor

Department of Social Work, Shanghai Institute of Technology, China


Tech Innovators

Guyue Chen

Jiao He

Chenyan Li

Yilin Lu

Yue Pu



integrated aquaculture       10:55-11:25 am PDT

Integrated Aquaculture is a youth-run project to address food insecurity in Kisumu County, Kenya. It addresses the overlap among food production, water use, and energy (fertilizer) management by integrating technology into poultry, fish, and vegetable farming in communities ravaged by drought conditions.



Mr Livingstone Ondeko and Mr George Otieno,

Kisumu High School, Kisumu County, Kenya


Tech Innovators

Mike Felix

Joseph Wambura



agritech pakema       11:30 am -12:00 pm PDT

AgriTech PAKEMA is a mobile app designed to address sustainable farming and food security in Kenya. It uses MSM and a mobile app to promote sustainable practices in small-scale farming and irrigation.



Winter Okoth, Founder/Executive Director

Pamoja Kenya Mentorship Alliance (PAKEMA) 


Tech Innovators*

Benard Ochwedo Jaoko

Askia Juma

Cassey Kenny

Moureen Osikuku

Caleb Otiego

*Note: All are students of Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology, Kenya



lunch and laci tour      12:00-1:00 pm



#MyKnowledgeCounts presentation       1:00-1:30 pm



heartwork       1:30-2:00 pm PDT

Heartwork is a centralized online resource for people to access information about ways to address food security and other needs in their community or around them. Heartwork provides the opportunity to align individuals to take action on food justice and other related health equity and environmental justice issues.



Lucy HG Solomon, Assistant Professor, Media Design

School of Arts, California State University, San Marcos


Tech Innovators

Allyson Ball

Jamileh Hamideh

Javier Mejia

Jeffrey Davis

Kadri Williams



blue ribbon committee deliberation      2:00-3:15 pm



climate music performance      2:00-3:15 pm

Courtesy of Rhodes Fest Concerts, local artists give audience a taste of 'Climate Music', a joint youth engagement project with CYPHER that uses the arts to mobilize the youth around climate action.



special remarks


3:15-3:30 pm

R. Bong Vergara, CYPHER


3:30-4:00 pm

Keith Wright, Studica



Closing Keynote      4:00-4:15 pm

Vien Truong, Green For All



award ceremony       4:15-5:00 pm

Jeff McKenzie, CYPHER


SED2017 Grand Prize Award

Enrollment into Venture Seed and access to support services to prepare for Demo Day (Fall 2017)

Linkage to business development course series taught by Princeton University professors

Access to DiverseCity Venture's Fundapreneur Program