Idea to Impact Team Projects

Energy Garage

Paricha Duangtaweesub

“How might we ease people into the EV charging habit?”

Range anxiety is a paralyzing factor for many aspiring EV drivers. This Fall quarter, the Energy Garage team embarked on a journey of exploring the EV user experience and through conversations with drivers and stakeholders in the ecosystem, we have come to believe that the root of the problem lies in the psychological barrier of behavioral change as new EV drivers are required to adopt not one but a series of new habits. Join us at the tradeshow to learn about our insights and prototype with us!


Abhay Agarwal

MealPack is a comprehensive meal prep solution for busy, health conscious eaters. We started from the insights that modern young people want the freedom and transparency of grocery shopping but are too busy to cook. Our product is inspired by the popular “meal prep” movement and its associated #mealprep hashtag, which have surfaced a wellspring of enthusiasm towards better designed nutritional options.

Enrich Energy

Ali Andrews, Sita Syal, Austin Bushree, Sara Berg-Love

The Enrich Energy team sees the current landscape of community solar projects as a tremendous step in the right direction, but they observed that the full potential of these projects has yet to be unlocked. By facilitating a co-design process that includes the local community members, utility company, and project developer, they are enroute to maximizing the economic and social benefit that community-based renewable energy can offer. Residents on the Hawaiian island of Moloka‘i have welcomed the team into the co-design process for their own 250 kW community-solar project that will be installed in 2019. Enrich Energy’s trade show presentation will explain how the intended impact of their proposed co-design process will be implemented and measured as they work alongside the Moloka‘i community.

Project Mosaic

Alex Wolkomir, Sukhita Karthikeyakannan, Thomas Wucherpfennig

Exercising regularly. Quitting smoking or drinking. Getting out of an unhealthy relationship. What do these all have in common beyond being difficult behavior changes? The answer – they are all driven by a deeper sense of meaning – the idea that your life makes sense, you’re here for a reason, and you’re significant in the world.

Our project seeks to measure and create meaning in the lives of millennials, leading to improved well-being in the long-term. We are defining a new paradigm of care that is about more than actions – it is about the impetus for taking action tailored to the individual values and affect of our users. We are seeking to build interventions for millennials at points of disruption in their lives – i.e., when they are most open to new behavior creation – with the goal of a healthier physical and psychological future. Our current prototypes in the pipeline include a new paradigm of social media, an AI-driven meaning-building program, and a physical product that shows increased well-being and meaning in our daily lives. Join us as we take you on a journey through the millennial experience and define a new standard of care for young Americans.

Why Mosaic?

Mosaic stands for our goal of bringing together different parts of well-being to drive better outcomes for millennials. We strive to not be blinded by the traditional silos stood up in the industry.

Code Coral

Cindy Zhang, Samira Daswani, Katie Neville

We are Code Coral: redefining emotional support for high-functioning individuals in high-stress workplaces

Physician burnout is an epidemic in the US. When a physician’s physical, emotional, and spiritual energy accounts develop a negative balance over time, it causes unintended but catastrophic consequences, like high medical error rates, physician turnover, and lower patient care quality. 54% of physicians have reported at least one symptom of burnout, and health care systems like Stanford Health can accrue up to $55 million in economic loss due to burnout-related turnover. Code Coral aims to examine and understand the often-overlooked epidemic of burnout to realign the balance between the physician, hospital, and patient in the health care system.

Through our research, we have found that burnout is associated with a loss of autonomy and control for the physician. Physicians are chronically sleep deprived, overworked, and overwhelmed even by mundane tasks like laundry. Day-to-day tasks like doing laundry are magnified to a big burden. At the onset of burnout, healthcare providers reach a point where it takes all their energy to be a minimally viable human and a small upset to this flow can push them into the abyss. The solutions we are testing span two areas: the ability to visualize emotions, and bite-sized wellness to help physicians develop wellness habits.

Speaking Up

Hiroshi Mendoza, Yuri Zaitsev

Problems with communication is one of the most prevalent disorders and costs the US over $100B in resources. Speech Pathology is growing by 20% each year, and there are still not enough pathologists to meet demands. This project aims to propose solutions that allow those who are having trouble communicating to speak more confidently and to take communication beyond the surface-level.