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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
    Project Manager, EGS
    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, Nikola Obradovic, and Becquerel Jones
    ECE - Computer Engineering
    Drexel University
  • Jennifer Bondarchuk, Cameron Graybill, and Safa Aman
    CCI - Computer Science
    Drexel University
  • Lily McClure
    Graphic Design
    Westphal College of Media & Arts, Drexel University


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 - Epidemiology
  • D.S. Nicholas and Thanh My Nguyen
    Westphal College of Media Arts and Design - Design Research
  • Samantha Stein
    University of Pennsylvania - College of Arts and Sciences
  • Kristin Giordano
    Dornsife School of Public Health - Community Health and Prevention