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Project:Possibility Takes Innovator Sweepstakes First Prize

Ongoing software collaboration to help the disabled wins annual Stevens Institute competition

November 07, 2008 — Project:Possibility, a non-profit organization started last year by Viterbi student Christopher Leung to make free and accessible open source software for people with disabilities, won first place at the USC Student Innovator Showcase and Competition held on campus early last month during Trojan Parents Weekend.

Organized by the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation, the university-wide showcase had 41 exhibits in all, with approximately 100 USC students participating and more than 1,500 parents, faculty and students attending.

The event was judged by a panel of experts in a variety of fields, and included Sean Arian, director of Economic Development Strategy in the Office of the Mayor, and Selma Holo, art history professor and director of the USC Fisher Museum of Art.

Juan Felipe Vallejo, Director of Innovation Development for the USC Stevens Institute pictured with Stanley Lam and Prateek Tandon from Project:Possibility.
“Since last year, Project:Possibility has become more than a project, it is a movement—reaching its mission and vision across town to UCLA and other universities across the country. Project:Possibility has made a positive impact on the lives of many by creating free software for the disabled community,” said Elisa Weifel, director of communications at the USC Stevens Institute.

Stanley Lam, an undergraduate student in the Marshall School of Business, and Prateek Tandon, a graduate student in the Viterbi School, accepted the award, which included a $1,000 check for Project:Possibility. Tandon  is one of the organization's three executive directors.

The lineup of current projects is at http://www.projectpossibility.org/projects.php. For more information about Project:Possibility, see an earlier story at http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2008/viterbi-computer-science.htm