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MIIPS students at Impact-a-thon

April 25, 2019

MIIPS Students Light the Way at 2019 Impact-a-Thon

By Elizabeth Donaldson

MIIPS students lit up the 2019 Rothberg Catalyzer Impact-a-Thon, winning first and second place with their lighting solutions for off-the-grid settlements. 

MIIPS Advanced students Gaurav Asthana, Satyan Chawla, Cem Ergin, Karan Naik, Qicheng Yang, and Sisi Xi Yu received second place with Sole-Tile, a solar-powered lighting module that costs less than $5 to produce. Sole-Tile magnetically connects four light modules, so multiple members of the same household can have access to a light source. 

impact-a-thon-sole-tile.pngSole-Tile prototype: one of the lighting blocks

MIIPS Advanced students Vaibhav Gupta, Ranveer Katyal, Shawn Koid, and Taylor Mau (MIIPS '19) won first place with Light Hub, a solar-powered charging station for four Light Sticks, each capable of producing 50 hours of light.

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Light Hub prototype with charging solar panels

The team was concerned for the safety of refugees in temporary settlements and created a timer that activates when a Light Stick is removed from the charging station. If the Light Stick is not returned after fifteen minutes, the Hub signals an alert to the community. 

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