San Diego Students Compete at the Global HP Social Innovation Relay

On July 9, I had the privilege of arriving at the JA offices before the sun was up, doughnuts in hand. The early hour was ok by me, given that it was an important morning – one that had individuals from around the world convening in an HP virtual meeting room to share and evaluate ideas.

Countries including Kenya, Venezuela, Greece and Slovakia joined us and pitched their social entrepreneurship ideas.

But wait… this wasn't an important business meeting of adults, this was the global finals for the HP Social Innovation Relay!

The individuals who confidently presented into the webcams and navigated their digital presentations were high school students – the best of the best – the elite 19 international teams, narrowed down from nearly 1,600.

USA team RoboPet (Stephanie Kwik, Stephanie Hernandez and Raymond Perea of Clairemont High School) presented their concept of youth education to curb animal abuse and neglect under the guidance of their HP mentor Robert Seay. (Check out their video.) 

Though RoboPet did not win the global title, they did walk away with confidence in their ability to create an organization that gives back and has superb communication and teamwork skills… and, of course, with their national prizes: HP Elite notebooks for each team member, along with their teacher Mr. Alan Walter.

Congratulations! We can't wait for to see what next year's Social Innovation Relay participants think up!

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