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2019 i3 Dates and Events:

  1. Written applications open: January 7, 2019

  2. Written applications close: February 13, 2019

  3. Semifinalists announced: March 1, 2019

  4. Semifinalist pitch to judging panels: March 11, 2019

  5. Finalist showcase and winners announced: April 4, 2019


MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2019

At this event, semi-finalist teams had 5 minutes to present their project to a panel of judges, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A. 



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Rob May is the CEO and Co-founder of Talla, which builds artificially intelligent, digital workers and created BotChain, a blockchain platform for identity and audit of AI bots and RPA software. He is the author of Inside AI, the most popular AI newsletter online, and an active angel investor in the AI space. Previously, Rob was the CEO and Co-founder of Backupify (acquired by Datto in 2014). Before that, he held engineering, business development and management positions at various startups. Rob has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Kentucky.

Paul Holliman


Paul Holliman is the Vice President of Sales at the Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Paul Holliman joined Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures 30 year ago. He has held many positions, including Vice President, Strategic Planning, VP Worldwide Operations, and VP Assistant General Sales Manager.

Paul has played a key role in the introduction of IMAX, Digital 3-D, and Digital Cinema to global motion picture theatres. He serves on the advisory board for Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneer Foundation, is a past VP and board member of Variety: the Children’s Charity of Southern California. He is VP of the Inter-Society for the Enhancement of Cinema Presentation, and a technology advisor to Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition, which is a network of satellite systems for cinema. Paul is an active angel investor and often speaks on angel investing and portfolio theory.

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Stephanie Kaplan is the co-founder & CEO of Her Campus Media, the #1 media brand for college women and 360-degree college marketing agency, with chapters at 350+ colleges worldwide. She has been named to Inc.’s 30 Under 30, Businessweek’s 25 Under 25, EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women, and more. Stephanie is a 2010 graduate of Harvard University, where she majored in psychology and minored in economics. Her Campus has been completely bootstrapped and profitable since its launch in 2009, when it was a winner in Harvard's i3 Innovation Challenge.

Zachary Quinn


Zachary Quinn is the President and co-founder of Love Your Melon, an apparel brand dedicated to making a meaningful impact in the lives of children battling cancer. He founded Love Your Melon in 2012 in a college entrepreneurship class at the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Today, Love Your Melon offers an expanded line of merchandise including its flagship product, knit beanies. Love Your Melon products are made in the USA and 50% of profit is given to the company’s nonprofit partners in the fight against pediatric cancer. To date, Love Your Melon has given over 125,000 hats to children battling cancer and more than 4.3 million dollars to cancer research initiatives and support programs.



Sam Vaghar is the Executive Director and Co-founder of The Millennium Campus Network (MCN), a global student network addressing humanity’s greatest challenges. Sam’s deeply held belief in youth leadership is informed by MCN’s programs which have engaged students from 300 universities worldwide, and by his own experience as a student leader co-founding MCN in his dorm room a decade ago. Under Sam’s leadership, the MCN convenes and trains over 1,000 campus leaders annually through its conference, Fellowship, and campaigns.

As MCN’s Executive Director, Sam represents MCN on the global stage, sharing MCN with US Presidents, US Embassies, the UN, and with CEOs of the world's leading companies and foundations. In 2011, Sam was invited by the State Department as the featured speaker in a tour across Bosnia and Herzegovina. During that summer Sam met with President Barack Obama in the Roosevelt Room at the White House to share perspectives of US youth leaders. In recognition of his leadership, Sam was selected for the 2012 list of the “Top 99 most influential foreign policy leaders under the age of 33″ by The Diplomatic Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. Through his talks on youth leadership and social impact, Sam has directly engaged over 25,000 people at over 100 institutions worldwide.



view THE 2018 finalists here


2019 i3 Dates and Events

  1. Written applications open: January 7, 2019. APPLY HERE.

  2. Written applications close: February 13, 2019

  3. Semifinalists announced: March 1, 2019

  4. Semifinalist pitch to judging panels: March 11, 2019

  5. Finalist showcase and winners announced: April 4, 2019