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Class of 2018

Seed Projects


Facilitating Narrative Play Through an Interactive Tapestry

This project brings together a local fiber artist, an engineer, and a game designer who will use touch responsive thread to create an interactive narrative tapestry that depicts the history, culture, and community of a West Philadelphia neighborhood.


Tabitha Arnold, Fiber Artist
B.F.A., Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

Rich Vallett, Mechanical Engineering Research Assistant 

B.S./M.S., Drexel University


Corey Arnold, Interactive Designer and Project Manager 
B.A., Transylvania University, M.A., Villanova University

CanDeux: Turning Pennies into Real Change by Collecting and Selling Used Aluminum Cans in Smart, Accessible Kiosks 
Inspired by the large amounts of waste college campuses and cities can produce, our team aims to continue the work began at PhillyCodefest 2018 and provide immediate, reactive feedback to incentivize recycling and prove that every can counts.


Nicolena Stiles, Drexel University 
ECE - Computer Engineering 


Nikola Obradovic, Drexel University 
ECE - Electrical Engineering 

Becquerel Jones, Drexel University
ECE - Computer Engineering 


Jennifer Bondarchuk, Drexel University
CCI - Computer Science 

Cameron Graybill, Drexel University 
CCI - Computer Science 

Safa Aman, Drexel University 
CCI - Computer Science 

Lily McClure, Drexel University 
Whesphal - Graphic Design

Map the Gap: Reducing the Burden of Local Housing Insecurity via Evidence-Informed Digital Design
Map the Gap is a digital tool that connects tenants, landlords, community-based organizations, government agencies, and other resources in Philadelphia by 1) providing personalized navigation of Philadelphia's housing system, 2) facilitating communication between parties, and 3) enabling service exchange (a local currency) to help Philadelphians (and eventually people in other cities across the U.S.) to live healthier lives in the midst of epidemic housing insecurity. 


Yvonne Michael, Dornsife School of Public Health


D.S. Nicholas, Whestphal College of Media Arts and Design

Design Research

Samantha Stein, University of Pennsylvania

College of Arts and Sciences

Thanh My Nguyen, Whestphal College of Media Arts and Design

Design Research

Kristin Giordano, Dornsife School of Public Health

Community Health and Prevention