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Brentwood Students Win First and Second Prizes in World Series of Innovation
by Katie McKellar, Assistant Director of the Belldegrun Center for Innovative Leadership

Back in February, we learned that four Brentwood teams were selected as Finalists in the World Series of Innovation, and we are thrilled to announce that two of those teams were recently announced as winners! Riya A. ’23 and Leyla P. ’24 won first prize for their Microhydro Home in the category of submission addressing Global Goal #7, Affordable and Clean Energy. Their solution is a system of small hydroelectric generators that can harness energy from water pipes and faucets in homes and school buildings. Sienna N. ’23 won second prize for her app CityPoll, which seeks to increase access for residents to view, discuss, and vote on local issues. Her app addressed Global Goal #16 to promote peace, justice, and strong institutions. Please join us in congratulating Riya, Leyla, and Sienna for this amazing accomplishment!

The World Series of Innovation is an annual global competition that invites young people ages 13 to 24 to tackle innovation challenges aligned with The United Nations Global Goals. Every Fall, the BCIL hosts its own Innovation Challenge that aligns with the World Series of Innovation, and Brentwood students are encouraged to submit to the international competition as well. Riya, Leyla, and Sienna were selected as winners from a pool of thousands of young entrepreneurs from across the U.S. and in scores of other countries. You can read more about the international event here

Here are some reflections from the student winners:

"This experience pushed me to think about how I can expand my impact globally. Winning reinforced the vast possibilities there are for me to help the world as a young person." —Sienna N. ’23
“It was so exciting to participate in the World Series of Innovation and share our idea. I enjoyed learning about hydropower and developing a product that uses it to help schools produce clean energy.” —Riya A. ’23

First Place: Riya Aswani ’23 and Leyla Parsi ’24 Video: Microhydro Home
Second Place: Sienna Nazarian ’23  Video: CityPoll


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