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TechPoint to announce S.O.S. Challenge winners

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) – Indiana’s nonprofit technology accelerator and Governor Eric Holcomb will Friday announce the winners of the TechPoint Summer Opportunities for Students Challenge. TechPoint says the challenge sought solutions to COVID-19 related problems and provided Indiana college and university students a five-week internship experience.

The live Zoom event is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. where three finalist teams will present their ideas to Governor Holcomb.

TechPoint says the winning teams from each category will receive a $2,500 cash prize.

“The students came up with a stunning array of ideas and products. Our judges report that they have had a hard time trimming the list down. The students really took this seriously and impressed us,” said TechPoint President Mike Langellier.

The challenge’s nine category topics include: workplace and work-from-home environments, tourism, schools and colleges, restaurants and small businesses, COVID-19 outbreak detection, community organizations, telehealth, transportation, and sports and entertainment.

Ball State University student Sean Wolfe and his team worked on a proposal called Checkfirst. The website provides visitors with public health and safety information from Hoosier businesses, and users can review businesses on their level of COVID-19 precaution enforcement.

“The Challenge also gave me an opportunity to learn a lot about Indy tech, which I’ve learned to appreciate and love,” said Wolfe. “Originally I didn’t think Indiana has a lot to offer in terms of tech jobs, but now I understand just how much opportunity there is for me here as a software developer and for anyone who wants to be in tech.”

Collectively, TechPoint says the challenge is providing more than $250,000 in stipends to Indiana students.

You can find more information and read the proposals by clicking here.

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