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Two SIS teams in finals for Randall Big Idea Competition


On Friday, March 17, each team competing in the Randall Family Big Idea Competition submitted a video that encompassed their innovative idea. Public votes are being accepted now through tomorrow, March 21 at 11:59 p.m. for the People’s Choice Video Award. Click here to cast your vote.

This year, two teams with undergraduate iSchool students have made it to the final round—Travel Roots and H2Info.

Travel Roots – This innovative travel website looks at global travel at a new way. Aimed at millennials, Travel Roots creates customized travel experiences—from airfare and hotel rooms to hosts and attractions. What makes them unique is the option to upload your DNA, which is used to create a one-of-a-kind trip based on your ancestry. Travel Roots Team: Sarah Churchman, Nash Giddings, Arielle Russo, Nicholas Marcopul, and Nathan Gray

H2Info – This website seeks to address the lead problem in the water of many Pittsburgh households.  H2Info Team: Meera Rubinchik, Raanan Gurewitsch, Ryan Scheuer, Anna Tomani, Ryan Rosenbaum, Colin Cusack, and Christian Abad.

The final presentations of the competition will take place this Thursday, March 23. Teams will be competing for $100,000 in prizes, and the grand prize winner will receive $25,000.

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