SOLUTION SIX

Student Presenters

Nick Martinez

WHO ARE YOU?
My name is Nick Martinez, a lover of all things coffee, music, and changing the world. I am a Senior studying Political Science, Leadership, and Challenge 2050, who, among all things wants to change the world. My goal for the future is to become a professor, who bridges the gap and intersection between leadership development and sociology/psychology. I am pursuing a master’s degree in Leadership Development, which will be supplemented by my current research studying the cultivation of healthy and successful relationships. As a Challenge 2050 scholar, I have begun my pursuit for the knowledge that will attempt to solve the world’s most wicked problems.

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT SAVING THE WORLD?
Michael Jackson once said, “If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself, and then make a change.” This sentence encapsulates my desire for change in the world. When we turn on the TV, scroll through our feeds, or open-up a notification, we see our world’s problems not in their entirety, but rather a snippet of them. If we continue to stay in this cycle of half-knowing, we will never solve the world’s problems. I’m passionate about saving the world because things need to change; people are suffering, and I’m tired of waiting for the problem to be solved. It’s time to step up and solve them.

WHAT IS YOUR INNOVATION?
Food, shelter, and clothing are basic needs of human beings. We know food waste is becoming a larger and larger problem, however, did you know that our textile waste closely follows? In short, most people don’t know this. Many donation services provide clothing to third-world countries which seems to be extremely beneficial. However, this deteriorates the economy and creates more waste. My innovation is to create a system that eliminates textile waste by recycling clothes that would otherwise be thrown away. In stripping down clothes and other similar materials, down to their fibers, we would be able to re-use these same fibers to create new fabrics such as: clothing, rugs, carpets, towels, etc. Doing this, we will reduce the number of textiles that are used and wasted, one shirt at a time. 

Kayla Caselli-Bido

WHO ARE YOU?
I am a senior animal sciences undergraduate from Miami, Florida who grew up with little to no experience in the world of agriculture.  In high school my involvement with the National FFA Organization sparked an interest that caused me to immerse myself in different aspects of the agricultural industry during college.  Throughout my undergraduate career I have been involved in Challenge 2050, the leadership minor, and the Field and Fork Program.  My career passions include sustainable agriculture and interdisciplinary problem-solving.  I hope to attend graduate school at the University of Florida in the department of Agricultural Education and Communication.

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT SAVING THE WORLD?
Any of my close family members and friends know I sometimes go to what they deem ridiculous lengths to try and play my part in practicing sustainability.  The last apartment complex I lived in did not provide us with a recycling bin of any sort.  I was determined to keep recycling so I would either walk or drive over our recyclables to the complex next door.  My friends and family thought it was a bit humorous and extreme but I did not hesitate to go the extra mile on a routine basis.  My philosophy for saving the world is seemingly small everyday actions can create reverberating change.  I want to empower people with convenient tools, programs, and incentives they can use to help save the world everyday.

WHAT IS YOUR INNOVATION?
My innovation is a self-sorting waste receptacle that will help prevent contamination in the different waste streams (i.e. a non-recyclable being placed in the recycle bin).  By using an artificial intelligence software the receptacle will be able to determine the proper bin for the item to be sorted into.  The idea is that most people do not know how to navigate the convoluted rules of when an item is supposed to go in the landfill bin versus the recycle bin vs the compost bin.  Our world has a diverse number of products that will ultimately end up being added to the waste stream at the end of its usage.  The hope is this innovation will help keep more products in closed-looped systems where they will be given new life.  

Katt Adrien

WHO ARE YOU?
Raised in the beautiful city of Miami, I have been immersed in a culture that exudes diversity, strength, unity, and compassion.  My zeal for saving the world is derived from the loving home that I grew up in and is the driving force for wanting to preserve our planet. My name is Kattyana Adrien and I am currently a MBA student in the pursuit of a career in Strategy. I am an enthusiast who believes that we have the capability of saving the world with the greatest superpower we possess, which is our mind. Being able to imagine and create breathtaking inventions that will shift the trajectory of history is what I look forward to as a student. Utilizing our current resources to achieve beyond sustainability can only be described as brilliant and it is an event that I hope to witness alongside others with similar passions. Whether we are acknowledged for our efforts, I know that we can positively change the world’s outcome in 2050 by acting together as one.

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT SAVING THE WORLD?
After witnessing within the past months the devastation hurricanes had in the Caribbean Islands, developing a product that would help our world in their time of need is imperative especially to address the environmental crisis. Developing novel ideas to solve present issues faced by mankind is how I plan to contribute to the One World 2050 mission. Seeing life thrive encourages me to fight for its continuation. As a former student of the public health and current student of the business administration program, my combined passion for reducing the environmental impact on a global population and creating a product to alleviate this makes me the perfect representative to convey this information.

WHAT IS YOUR INNOVATION?
An existing crisis currently impacting our world is the rapid change in climate.  With higher rate of occurrences of natural disasters there is an increase in water shortages. Water is the world’s most scarce commodity and with a 55 percent increase of demand the world is facing a dire issue.  While hurricanes increase the burden on clean water supply, they concurrently provide an opportunity to harvest the excess accumulated water. My innovation is a mobile, solar powered water dispensary that filters the flood water produced by hurricanes. This water filtration system will help in combatting year 2050 by producing clean drinkable water and making it accessible to communities impacted by natural disasters.

 

 

Mahdi Kassam

WHO ARE YOU?
My name is Mahdi Kassam, and I’m powered by people – the ones whom I’m lucky enough to call my friends and family, and the ones whose stories have inspired and impacted my daily life.  I stumbled onto passions that led me to pursue a dual major in Food Science and Political Science, with my main mission being to work and lobby on food sustainability domestically and abroad.  I gravitate towards words: The ones that I read in books, hear from speakers, and hope to use in my future career of talking to the change-makers of the world.  I’m honored to provide One World with my own voice, words and narrative in hopes to hear the same from others.

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT SAVING THE WORLD?
I’m a believer of the idea that we manifest what we take in; from our music, the people in our circles, and the food we eat.  And growing up in a low-income, first-generational household of 7 family members, my parents often had to negotiate between food that was healthy or economical – a reality paradigm I aim to shift.  For our sustainability, be it in policies writ-large or the individual mental health of a child, we must be better with our food.  My pursuit of political and food sciences aims to bridge this gap, giving us the agency to choose what we manifest in this world, regardless of income, education or able-bodiedness.

WHAT IS YOUR INNOVATION?
My innovation is a country-wide program aimed to institute student-led gardens in elementary schools, particularly in low-income and mid-western areas.  These gardens would serve both as a living, dynamic learning environment of science and agriculture, but the food of which can then be used by the school itself in their lunch program to ensure healthy, sustainable meals for those students.  Isolated studies have shown an improvement in science, social interaction, and an increased likelihood of choosing fruits and vegetables in a meal with those students who have participated in such a gardening program; the idea isn’t revolutionary, but the determination to reach every public elementary school in America is. 

Megan Lundequam

WHO ARE YOU?
My name is Megan Lundequam and I am currently in my third year here at the University of Florida. My love for the environment started at a very young age, but as I grew older and became more aware of the changes happening around me, my love for the environment evolved into a passion for saving it. I am currently pursuing a dual degree in Environmental Science and Agricultural Education and Communications with a minor in Leadership. My years of environmental study have shown me that one of the most imperative problems associated with environmental degradation is a lack of awareness. I have been working to sharpen my skills in leadership and communication so that I can dedicate my life to working with people and helping our society gain a better understanding of what is happening around us and how we can utilize this knowledge to most effectively and efficiently work together to make a difference.

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT SAVING THE WORLD?
Growing up in Winter Park, Florida, I have been fortunate to spend most of my weekends outdoors. I’ve been able to surf on the Atlantic coast beaches, fish in the Indian River Lagoon, skurf on Lake Maitland, and snorkel at places like Wekiva Springs. I’ve also been fortunate in that most of our travel has been to places where we enjoy the outdoors. Spring breaks and summers I spent traveling through places like Costa Rica and Puerto Rico and sailing in the British Virgin Islands. During Winter breaks I’ve spent time spent hiking through the mountains in North Carolina or snowboarding down the slopes in Colorado. My life, my passions, and all the things I love to do revolve around the outdoors and they require a healthy planet for their existence. My exposure to our natural world has only further expanded the list of places I still want to see and things I still want to learn. I am passionate about saving the world simply because I have had a taste of the incredible wonders our planet holds and I plan to do everything I possibly can to ensure that these places remain in existence for the duration of my life and for generations to come.

WHAT IS YOUR INNOVATION?
One of the most important yet threatened natural resources on Earth is freshwater. Nationwide, over 7 billion gallons of water are used every day for landscape irrigation. My innovation addresses the rapid depletion and pollution of freshwater by targeting our current landscaping practices with the goal of reducing water use in irrigation and water pollution from chemical fertilizers and pesticides. During my research of potential water conservation practices on campus I learned that the University of Florida does not have guidelines in place that regulate landscaping and irrigation. These guidelines are absolutely essential in order to ensure that our landscaping practices are as sustainable as they possibly can be. I also learned that this is the case with many universities across the country. But before any such guidelines can be put in place, there is a need for a tool that allows us to assess our current landscaping practices and thereby develop specific action plans for budgeting and documentation. My innovation is an audit instrument, specifically tailored to university campuses that will allow schools across the nation to inventory their current landscape conditions and landscaping practices and efficiently assess their environmental impact. This tool will be a web-based program easily usable by school administration to capture data and to provide a basis for the future implementation of landscaping guidelines. This tool will give each university a way to understand both the opportunities for improvement and will provide a platform for understanding and establishing the appropriate budgets and timelines for success.

Carlos Perez

WHO ARE YOU?
Carlos Perez. I am a 4th year landscape architecture student from Miami.

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT SAVING THE WORLD?
The world needs saving! There’s plenty of injustices and problems in the world. We should all do our part to make it a better place.

WHAT IS YOUR INNOVATION?
Using widely available technology to bring transportation systems in a developing areas into the 21st century.