$10,000 Grand Prize
Congratulations to this year's SLAM Winners: MOLLITIAM
The $10,000 grant for the winning entry, underwritten by IEEE Standards Association, went to team Mollitiam, which means “resilience” in Latin. They focused on the challenge for many returning veterans who struggle to mainstream into society while suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Conceived by a Keck School of Medicine of USC medical student, Martin Shapiro, and his teammate, Sara Ma, a student at the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation, working with clinical psychiatrist, Margarita Krasnova, MD, of the Veterans Administration, the team proposed a program whereby returning veterans re-enter the workforce as Lyft drivers and are connected through their smartphone app to a “digital coach” for breathing and relaxation exercise reminders to help combat the onslaught of a PTSD episode.