Meet the 2015 NYC Emerging Innovators

Meet the 2015 NYC Emerging Innovators

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Across two continents and 13 countries, one hundred emerging social innovators will dive into Boot Camps designed to push their ideas and impact to the next level. From June to August, American Express and Ashoka will convene cohorts of twenty future leaders in five regional hubs: in the United States, Canada, Mexico, East Africa, and Francophone West Africa.

The Boot Camp innovators are championing disruptive solutions to a wide range of critical challenges, including a project that uses mobile phones to collect real-time health data, a hip-hop curriculum that supports at-risk students, and a mentorship program that helps refugee girls navigate through higher education.

Over the course of the Boot Camp, innovators will collaborate with American Express executives, Ashoka Fellows, and other thought leaders in the field of social innovation. They will receive training and guidance to achieve greater impact, and serve as an inspiration to the next generation of social problem-solvers.

Ashoka Changemakers will gather insights on leadership development from this year’s participants and speakers, and make those lessons available through a digital campaign that includes articles, videos, podcast interviews, and online events, starting May 19.

Here’s how to get involved in the campaign:

  1. Explore the website for Emerging Innovators, which functions like online toolkit for anyone interested in social innovation.

  2. Tune-in to live social media coverage during the five Boot Camps from June-August.

  3. Follow the latest content and Boot Camp updates on Twitter through the hashtag #amexleads. Reach out to @Changemakers on Twitter for more opportunities!

The New York City Boot Camp for U.S. innovators will take place on June 3 to 5, 2015. See the list of the U.S.-based  American Express Emerging Innovators below, and a full schedule of 2015 Boot Camps at www.changemakers.com/amex-bootcamps.

Alex Blum, Rugged Communications (rural community development)
Location: Boston, MA
Place of Impact: Panama

Andrew Coy, Digital Harbor Foundation (education through technology)
Location: Baltimore, MD
Place of Impact: USA

Blair Brettschneider, GirlForward (empowerment for refugee girls)
Location: Chicago, IL
Place of Impact: USA

Chris Bradshaw, Dreaming Out Loud (inclusive food systems and job development) 
Location: Washington, DC
Place of Impact: USA

Cynthia Poon, Increment (inclusive learning through play)
Location: Providence, RI
Place of Impact: USA

Daniel Yu, Reliefwatch (mobile phone technology for healthcare)
Location: Chicago, IL
Place of impact: Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Liberia, Benin

Gavin Raders, Planting Justice (food system justice)
Location: Oakland, CA
Place of Impact: USA

Jessica Meyer, BUILD Institute (small business development/entrepreneurship)
Location: Detroit, MI
Place of Impact: USA

Joanne Sprague, Friendfactor (activating allies for equality)
Location: San Francisco, CA
Place of Impact: USA

Jonny Cohen, GreenShields (anti-pollution through school bus innovation)
Location: New York, NY
Place of Impact: USA

Lauren Fine, Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (transforming youth reentry process)
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Place if Impact: USA

Manyang Reath Kher, Humanity Helping Sudan Project (aid for Sudanese refugees)
Location: Richmond, VA
Place of Impact: Ethiopia

Marcus Noel, Heart of Man (entrepreneurship for at-risk students)
Location: Washington, DC
Place of Impact: USA

Michael Long, SailFuture (combatting youth incarceration)
Location: Sarasota, FL
Place of Impact: USA

Renae Reynolds, Design+Culture Lab, LLC (urban transformation through design)
Location: Far Rockaway, NY
Place of Impact: USA

Robert Lee, Rescuing Leftover Cuisine  (revolutionizing food waste)

Rose Wang, Six Foods (sustainable food production)
Location: Boston, MA
Place of Impact: USA

Suneil Kamath, Music of the Heart (hip-hop for youth mentorship)
Location: Gahanna, OH
Place of Impact: USA

Tanya Fields, The BLK ProjeK (economic development for women and youth)
Location: Bronx, NY
Place of Impact: USA

Tanyella Evans, Library For All (e-technology for education)
Location: New York
Place of Impact: Haiti, Democratic Republic of Congo

Veronika Scott, The Empowerment Plan (products to support homeless populations)
Location: Detroit, MI
Place of Impact: USA

 

For media inquiries: Marzena Zukowska, Ashoka Changemakers, mzukowska@ashoka.org.

Editor's Note: the featured image is courtesy of the 2014 American Express Boot Camps.

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