Schedule of the Day

August 14th, 2020

12:00 PM           Opening Ceremony

12:30 PM         Session I: Presentations by Medical, Food Insecurity, and Educational Impact Areas

2:40 PM          Break

3:00 PM          Session II: Presentations by Social, Economic, and Environmental Impact Areas

5:00 PM         Closing Ceremony

All times displayed are in EST

Opening & Closing Ceremonies


Session I

12:30 PM – 2:40 PM EST

Room A

Medical Impact

12:40 PM – 1:00 PM                   Team 28

1:00 PM – 1:20 PM                     Team 11

1:20 PM – 1:40 PM                     Team 16

1:40 PM – 2:00 PM                    Team 17

2:00 PM – 2:20 PM                   Team 4

2:20 PM – 2:40  PM                  Team 27 


Room B

Food Insecurity

12:40 PM – 1:00 PM                  Team 3

1:00 PM – 1:20 PM                    Team 23+9

Medical Impact

1:20 PM – 1:40  PM                   Team 34

Room C

Educational Impact

12:40 PM – 1:00 PM                   Team 21

1:00 PM – 1:20 PM                     Team 46

1:20 PM – 1:40 PM                     Team 14   

1:40 PM – 2:00 PM                   Team 35

Session II

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST

Room D

Social Impact

3:00 PM – 3:20 PM                   Team 1

3:20 PM – 3:40 PM                   Team 18

3:40 PM – 4:00 PM                   Team 40

4:00 PM – 4:20 PM                   Team 48

4:20 PM – 4:40 PM                   Team 5

4:40 PM – 5:00 PM                  Team 44

Room E

Economic Impact

3:00 PM – 3:20 PM                  Team 45  Cancelled

3:20 PM – 3:40 PM                   Team 8

3:40 PM – 4:00 PM                  Team 20

4:00 PM – 4:20 PM                  Team 30

4:20 PM – 4:40 PM                  Team 31

4:40 PM – 5:00  PM                Team 22

Room F

Environmental Impact

3:20 PM – 3:40 PM                   Team 19

3:40 PM – 4:00 PM                  Team 25

4:00 PM – 4:20 PM                  Team 41

Social Impact

4:20 PM – 4:40 PM                 Team 2

Meet the Presenting Teams

Medical Impact

Team 28

 Isolation during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Minji Kwon, Anisha Nilakantan, Yun Lee, Yoona Lee

Older adults in the US, who either live by themselves or stay in nursing homes, are prone to feeling isolated during the pandemic as they spend more time indoors and face the fear of the unknown. There is currently a circle of support, in which volunteers make weekly phone calls to elders to chat or check if they need any physical help. However, this system could be inefficient as it randomly assigns volunteers to the adults, requires volunteers to fill out forms to participate, and does not allow older adults to call the volunteers. We plan to develop a mobile app that increases the efficiency of this system. The app will match older adults and volunteers based on their similarities, use a keyword transcription function that takes note of what the older adults say in phone calls, contain contacts from the community center database for older adults who need them, enable older adults to send anecdotes through text message to other adults in the circle, and have volunteers give follow-up calls to the older adults. This concept increases the efficiency of the existing system and will enable more older adults to get help and not feel isolated during this pandemic. 


Team 11

Autonomous Robot for Prevention of COVID-19 Spread

Stuart Shim, Kyuwon Weon, Shannon Ha, Joohyun Lee, Jamie Ho

Our project plans to eliminate the worry of coronavirus for the Carnegie Mellon community. The proposed project aims to design an autonomous robot capable of moving itself around specific areas on campus to not only screen the masses for fever, but also alert individuals to wear some sort of facial covering at all times using thermal cameras and Python code with the OpenCV module. In short, our robot will provide the CMU campus with an additional safety measures against the spread of COVID-19.


Team 16

Improving the Efficiency and Safety of COVID-19 Testing

Hannah Clausi, Jocelyn Chan, Thomas Musial, Joseph Jang, Jason Steranko, Suraj Nair

Rapid, safe, and widely available testing is crucial to slowing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. While testing is often available at hospitals or drive-through clinics, these centers are often plagued by long wait times. Wait times have been reported as long as 9 hours. These astronomical wait times mean that fewer people can be tested, that some people will turn away due to the wait times, and that people will be in public and potentially exposed to COVID-19 for longer. Our solution is a wait time tracker app. Medical professionals will check off each step as patients are tested, and patients may place themselves in the queue. This will allow patients to see a live wait time at multiple centers near them, allowing them to spread out and avoiding overwhelming one testing center. This will allow for more and safer testing. While some apps exist that can track wait time at urgent cares, they only support appointments, not walk-ins, and as such are not appropriate for drive through testing, as our app would be.


Team 17

Enhancing Virtual Healthcare Systems

Tate Johnson, Jessica Inacio, Sabine Jung, Maanasi Bulusu

The recent pandemic highlights deficiencies in the current state of the health-care infrastructure. In order to address the needs of patients in the modern era, the system has to be streamlined and more accessible. Most importantly, non-essential physical contact has to be reduced. We developed the problem statement that “Highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic, patients of the healthcare system need a way to more efficiently and safely interact with their care providers because the traditional organization of healthcare relies too heavily on physical contact and outdated methods that create a negative patient care experience.” We are innovating the healthcare industry by creating a software application that efficiently consolidates the resources a patient needs. The app includes virtual check-in, contactless consent to treatment through near-field communication, responsive maps, and contactless documentation that accommodates updated hospital regulations and health compliances. It provides a one-stop portal that makes healthcare more safe, accessible, meaningful, and efficient for the patient and healthcare providers through the current pandemic and beyond.


Team 4

Real-Time Social Distancing Tracking

Hao Chen, Bin Zhao, Enze Long, Kuangcong Tao, Zijun Wu, Haobin Tan, Dongyang Zhu

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, this pandemic has caused serious public health, global social and economic disruption. According to CDC – “Limiting face-to-face contact with others is one of the best way to reduce the spread of COVID-19”. We want to build a system that combines software and hardware to implement real-time social distancing measurements. We think this is a great idea for our campus since we will have in-class teaching in the fall semester. With the help of our system, both instructors and students can be aware of their social distancing with others.


Team 27

Educational Game Simulation of COVID-19 Spread

Bailey O’Malley, Lucy Spero, Isha Gadgil, Roger Lacson, Sarah Xi

The problem we are aiming to solve is the lack of engaging information available to teens and young adults regarding COVID-19. Our solution involves creating an online game that simulates the spread of COVID-19 in a customizable public space. With this, we will have several brief articles that summarize information about the disease and its spread. With the help of Dr. Judith Hallinen sharing our website to a variety of educators, this game will serve as a unique way to present relevant information to our target audience.


Team 34

Redesigned Human-Centered Protective Masks: Maximizing Comfort and Effectiveness

Rejoice Hu, Kaylee Liang, Erin Lee, Mathea Myhrvold

Since the pandemic began, essential workers have faced a certain dilemma when it comes to masks. The current market offers masks that are either medical grade effective or comfortable, but very rarely both. This has deterred mask-wearing in public and unnecessarily burdened essential workers’ lives. Such was the case with one of our very own team members, who works closely with customers in 12-hour shifts at her restaurant, along with fellow essential workers across the nation. Our goal is to design and prototype a mask that wholly addresses these needs with the support of user data and user testing. Made of materials chosen carefully from the scientific and medical literature, our three-layer reusable mask provides much-needed breathability and comfort for extended periods of use and heavy customer-contact. It filters viral particles as effectively as a medical mask and utilizes replaceable filters to lower the overall long-term cost for the user. Our hope is to increase overall usage of masks in public settings and help decrease spread of the coronavirus.

Food Insecurity

Team 3

Digitized Management of Northside Common Ministry

Anna Li, Rain Liu, Sarah Kwok, Caroline Jiang

The team’s focus is on food security within the Greater Pittsburgh area, specifically in helping food banks digitize their functions for greater reach and efficiency. Currently we are partnered with the Northside Common Ministry to develop a web application for food reservation and pickup that allows for real-time inventory tracking. We are also currently in the talks for a partnership with 412 Food Rescue, where we’ll explore how our team can specifically aid in the development and spread of their patented food delivery technology.


Team 23+9

Improved Management and Accessibility of CMU Food Pantry

Angela Sun, Ryan Guan, Tina Lin, Fiona Dubrosa, Fiona Thendean, Sara Song, Wendy Mo, Aidan Pinto, Zahir Saiyed

Currently, the CMU Food Pantry lacks the organization and user accessibility necessary to operate efficiently and effectively during the times of COVID-19. The pantry is experiencing an increase in demand from students, without adequate means to serve them. In order to increase the ability of the food pantry to serve the CMU community, we propose a mobile-accessible website which will have two main portals: for staff at the pantry, and for pantry users. The staff portal will allow a volunteer or employee to document incoming and outgoing inventory. This will help organize and track demand for products. The user portal will allow students to register to use the food pantry, view and order from the inventory, and donate. The goal will be to organize orders, make the pantry easy to access, and track usership.

Educational Impact

Team 21

Virtual Interaction for K-12 Students

Prasann Patel, Jenna Lee, Eshita Shrawan, Yulu Zhu, Varshaa Sekar Jayanthi

Since the breakout of COVID-19, all students began online schooling for everyone’s safety. One biggest change from virtual classes is that social interaction among K-12 students has been heavily reduced. It is important for the young students to build relationships and social skills. To settle this problem, our team plans to create better and more uniform ways of interacting among classmates: an online platform that allows the teaching community to create and manage online events, projects, and any interactive group activities for K-12 students. With this platform, we expect to provide a virtual alternative that closely resembles face-to-face interaction, allows extracurricular and physical team related activities, and increases class participation, productivity, and motivation. This will be achieved through built-in templates and interactive modules suggested by the website for teachers to use and develop with ease. By aiding teachers to customize their plan, personalized engagement among students along with the individuality of the school is elevated.


Team 46

Enhancing the Virtual Experience of College Application and Admission

Caitlyn Baensch, Julian Adler, Nancy Zuo, Tim Mahoney

In conducting user research and interviews, we found that students expressed increased concerns about the changes to the college application and admissions process due to COVID-19. Our proposed solution aims to assist prospective students in their college searches through providing an intuitive, comprehensive online platform that will connect them to current students and college resources in one centralized location. This platform will offer students personalized help with their questions about preparing for and applying to specific colleges through connections with current students, as well as provide online alternatives to traditional admissions events. By aggregating the vast amount of college admission information in one organized place, we hope to prepare students for their futures and add clarity and focus to the admissions process.


Team 14

Omkar Sakhawalkar, Anna Tan, Jingyuan Xing, Jason Gong, Aditi Tripathi

Team 35

A Guide to Transitioning to Remote Learning for Educational Institutions
Renee Nikolov, Tate Arevalo, Hannah Kim, Deene Mohandas, David Fienberg
The emergence of COVID-19 in the United States was largely unanticipated, and continues to present profound challenges in the area of education. The transition to remote-learning during the Spring 2020 semester left many students with a diminished ability to complete their classes. Our team has looked into the factors that have played a role in both helping and hindering the availability of remote-learning resources to secondary school students in Allegheny County, and we are developing a comprehensive research paper that contains our findings and analysis on the matter. Our paper will provide schools, districts, and anyone looking for ways to improve the allocation of remote-learning resources with relevant findings on the best ways to provide remote-learning resources where necessary. We hope our paper will be a guide for many to help improve the efficiency and manner in which resources required for remote learning (computers, WiFi, etc.) are distributed.

Social Impact

Team 1

Personal Mental Health Management of College Students Post-COVID

Meet Wadhwa, Sohil Shah, Nicholas Schenk, Lawrence Xing

Our team’s problem is how might we help undergraduate college students, at a critical turning point in their lives, take care of their mental health due to the unprecedented changes brought upon by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are planning on addressing this problem by creating a prototype for an app that is centered around challenges — by providing weekly challenges for students to complete, we hope to help them combat a lack of motivation, lack of routine, and their inherent boredom. The app we are creating is unique compared to all of the existing ones because it combines many activities that are commonly seen on other apps into one platform: exercise, cooking, books, and many more. By providing a comprehensive platform that allows students to combat the aforementioned pain points, we hope to help alleviate student mental health in these unprecedented times.


Team 18

Influencing Policy Through Inclusive Data Gathering of COVID-19 Development 

Ankita Kalkar, Hv’n O’Neal, William Chen, Grace An, Sean Yuan, Veronique Wright

Information about COVID-19 cases directly impacts numerous policy decisions, such as stimulus checks and other forms of coronavirus relief. Gathering more comprehensive data about coronavirus (especially in regards to minorities and at-risk demographics) should help policy-makers more effectively distribute resources. While initially our plan was to organize data given to policy-makers, we have been stymied by recent developments, such as the federal government’s decision to move reported data from the CDC to the HHS. Currently, we plan to conduct a public survey to gather data about how people are responding to the pandemic. We are speaking with D3 (Data-Driven-Diversity Lab) at CMU about how to conduct surveys.


Team 40

Intersectional Health Collaboration Summit : Health Equity for BIPOC Sex Worker and Transgender Communities

Lena Chen, Ermina Lee, Allison Hu

As the pandemic has exacerbated the economically precarious and systemically racist health inequities in the US, the current moment is a unique opportunity to reflect on health as an intersectional social justice issue. Through Carnegie Mellon’s COVID-19 Summer Innovation Initiative, we will host an Intersectional Health Collaboration Summit to address health inequities which disproportionately impact BIPOC transgender and sex worker communities, many of whom are also at greater risk of housing instability, food scarcity, unemployment, and incarceration. The summit will provide a virtual space for knowledge sharing and coalition-building between Pittsburgh community organizations working to support reproductive justice, health access, trans and LGBTQIA+ communities, and sex workers. By connecting grassroots social advocacy groups with allied health institutions, we will increase the capacity of participating organizations to promote health equity inclusive of the most vulnerable communities.


Team 48

Medical Equipment Supply Chain Management and Education During the Pandemic

Bethany Ricci, Vishal Patel, Sharleen Kong, Kumar Darsh

We noticed that hospitals need a way to keep track of medical supplies as well as predict the need for upcoming orders so that they can prevent PPE and medical device shortages, as experienced during the COVID-19 outbreak. Along with tracking medical supplies, information about the supply chain would also prove useful. These shortages prevent hospitals from properly and effectively treating patients. We also noticed the need for the general public to learn more about proper PPE usage, in order for them to better protect and prepare themselves from the virus. Our team thus decided to create a website to help solve these problems. Our website is split into two parts. The first part is more informative, providing information for the general public to learn and use about PPE. It will also lay out the inner workings of supply chains, breaking down basic supply chain knowledge and issues surrounding this topic due to COVID-19. We are also aiming for another section that would filter through inputted PPE supply data, in hopes to help organizations involved seek assistance in managing their supply chains.


Team 5

SmilingNurse: A Support System for Nurses

Joanne Park, Jason Li, Janice Bark, Justin Chung, Leo Jo, Liana Song, Kimberlyn Cho

During the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses have been lacking resources to connect, share their thoughts, and empathize together with convenience. This has caused mental hardships, additional stress, and a feeling of loneliness. SmilingNurse is a platform for nurses to interact with one another to build a strong social and emotional support system within the community. The platform will provide a forum to encourage peer to peer support to help nurses stay motivated through the pandemic in the form of a mobile application. In creating a mutually welcoming yet controlled space, we hope to connect nurses who share the burden and stress they receive from the workplace. Unlike existing resources on the market, SmilingNurse provides an UI that is simple, compact, and intuitive. Another defining feature of this application is that it provides exclusive users who share an occupational background with a comfortable and controlled environment to share their thoughts.


Team 44

Contact Tracing and Risk Assessment of COVID-19 Contraction

Zhengneng Chen, Phoebe Soong, June Cha, Jinah Moon

As economic activities in the US begin to resume in recent months, maintaining social distance has become difficult. Whenever we need to visit potentially crowded places such as markets or restaurants, we fear contracting COVID-19. However, we don’t have the means to assess that danger. Thus, we intend to address this problem by creating an application that would alert users about the risk of catching the virus based on the places they visited in the past 2 weeks. A database of locations and time inputs from all users could be used to alert users that may have potentially come into contact with confirmed cases. As an extension to that, we also want to implement the application for business owners to benefit from. Ideally, they would set up QR codes and require customers to scan it before entering the facilities, which would further increase the accuracy and efficiency of displaying user risk. We believe that utilizing this application in Pittsburgh (and in the future, throughout the country), would bring more awareness to the risk of spreading COVID-19, as well as encourage more people to get tested and maintain social distancing.


Team 2

Online Tool for Public Assistance Screening

Parikshith Radhakrishnan, Rishi Dalal, Pranav Reddy, Gabriella Ardiles, Anna Gerchanovsky, Aaron Satyanarayana

This pandemic has created economic shocks that have put more households into financial vulnerability. While these households may be eligible for public assistance programs, information obstacles serve as roadblocks to their access to program information and aid. Our proposed solution is an online screening tool for public assistance. Our intention with this tool is to provide users with a simplified questionnaire that determines what kind of support they are likely eligible for and refers them to agencies and organizations that can assist them. We are submitting a project proposal to establish a formal partnership with Allegheny County’s Department of Human Services, a key stakeholder in public assistance programs. Our tool differs from other existing services for public assistance screening, as we focus on simplicity, usability, and accessibility. Our online public benefits screening tool serves as an example of how even the smallest of technologies can be an impactful, innovative solution to pressing social problems.

Economic Impact

Team 45

Jiaxin Wu, Mae Zhang, Yamini Nalla, Andrew Liu


Team 8

A Lens of Unemployment Rates within the United States Based on Demographics

Yuchen Lu, Lifei Zhu, Cheng Gong, Zixuan Wang, Xinzhe Qi, Jinyuan Xing

Our project aims to find out how the the United States unemployment rate has been affected by covid-19. We analyzed the past unemployment rates and built prediction models to give suggestions on future plans. We have collected and analyzed unemployment rate data for different categories. Firstly, we had the overall unemployment rate data for the  United States from 1948 to current time, which we build several broadcast models to predict the unemployment rate in the following year. Then, for the data for different races, age groups and industries, we have plotted line charts, box plots and bar charts to show the changes overtime and to compare within each criteria. Lastly for the unemployment rate of different states, we visualize them in the US map. Finally, we’ve build a user interface in R shiny app to showcase all the results we’ve got. These would give the stakeholder a clearer and more comprehensive view of the unemployment rates under covid-19.


Team 20

A Guide for Operational Reorganization in Small Restaurants During a Pandemic

Daniel Maya, Rita Zhang, Adrian Beaumont, Larry Geng, Indra Periwal

As Covid-19 continues to drastically alter our world, smaller, locally owned restaurants have been hit the hardest by stay at home orders and social distancing restrictions. As such, our team is working on developing a set of guidelines for restaurants to follow in order to respond faster and more effectively in future events similar to this pandemic so that lost revenue is minimized. We found that the three most important aspects of a restaurant’s response would be to establish/expand their online presence in order to stay in the minds of customers, expand the purchase of gift cards and incentivizing frequent orders so to maintain a continuous source of revenue, and to establish a proprietary delivery service in order to avoid the fees associated with third party delivery apps. Given that no event in modern history has altered the operations of restaurants such as this pandemic, all of these problems are novel and as such there are no current solutions being developed.


Team 30

Policy Amendments Addressing Racial Disparities of the COVID-19 Response

Nanxi Wang, Ruijia Qian, Peter Zaccardi, Ayesha Gupta, Arvind Nachiappan

Our project focuses on the unemployment rate caused by COVID, specifically in Black communities, as they have been facing disproportionate effects during the pandemic. After analyzing the CARES Act, the current US response, we proposed a series of policy amendments to make that better address Black communities, such as making application processes for aid easier, prioritizing small businesses more, and resource reallocations. We also outlined possible steps on how to accomplish these goals. We believe this would help address the racial disparities of COVID-19.


Team 31

A Guiding Platform for Financial Assistance and Literacy Education

Tiara Wicks, Anirudh Narayanan, Jiyoon Lee, Devon Barry

In our current world setting, there lacks a credible platform that collects all available economic resources. There also lacks support for financial literacy education for those who are most impacted by the change in the labor market. We are in the process of developing a website to allow users to get a quote for eligibility on different types of financial assistance. We also provide easier access to financial literacy education and information with the help of our partner, Advantage. Our investments in financial literacy education and assistance for those in hard-hit sectors aim to provide people new opportunities in more secure fields. While resources like this have been developed before, our resources are more relevant to the current Covid-19 pandemic.


Team 22

Connecting Customers and Essential Workers During a Pandemic

Jacqueline Zhang, Runtong Yan, Lishan Qian, Corine Britto

Our team aims to create an online platform for customers and essential workers to exchange their concerns toward safety related to COVID-19.

Environmental Impact

Team 19

Effects of Air Pollution on COVID-19 Mortality Rates in Highly Polluted Cities

Nelly Setchie-Tchato, Yingying Yan, Liliana Santizo, Chenyang Deng, Terrance Wong

Air pollution is a major problem in the world that reduces the quality of life for almost everyone. According to the World Health Organization, “ nine out of ten people now breathe polluted air, which kills 7 million people every year”. A factor like long-term (15-20 years) air pollution exposure may be responsible for significantly higher COVID-19 mortality rates in people with underlying lung and heart issues. COVID-19 which we are all aware of is a respiratory disease that is plaguing the world, causing death and heartaches. Cities like Pittsburgh and Philadelphia have been ranked to be the most polluted cities in the US by year round particle pollution. So our objective is to examine if long term exposure to air pollution does lead to higher COVID-19 mortality rates in those cities, propose policies or regulation that will reduce air pollution emission in those cities and educate the public on our findings.


Team 25

Podcast: A Conversation with Environmental Experts 

Elizabeth Barre, Leland Davies, Sanjana Krishna, Clarice Du, Philothei Sahinidis, Rachel Dolle

As COVID impacts the economy, there has been an increased leniency in current regulations on environmental issues. However, the media has focused primarily on the silver linings of COVID on the environment, so we aim to target the general American public in order to create a broader dialogue emphasizing these environmental rollbacks. We plan to bring attention to these issues via an informational podcast and accompanying website. Each episode will feature an interview with an expert that will encourage viewers to look into the current environmental conversation, and the website will provide an engaging interface for the audience to view additional resources and explore the issues more in depth. This modern format will reach out to a larger audience and will transform the complex issues of environmental regulation into more digestible and engaging content for the general public.


Team 41

Data Analysis of Clean Energy Usage, Advantages, and Future Steps

Yufei Shao, Yaxian Zheng, Yash Gokhale, Bridget Tan

Our project uses data analysis tools to indicate the advantages of using clean energy and contribute in drawing fundings and public attention to the clean energy industry during and after COVID-19 pandemic.