March 29, 2016
Mar 29

Four College & University Student Teams Advance to Finals in CGI U 2016 Commitments Challenge

New York, NY
Press Release

Teams from Babson College, DePaul University, University of California, San Diego, and University of California, Berkeley advance to Final Four in effort to raise funds to implement their CGI U Commitments to Action, with more than $11,000 raised among 39 competing teams through CrowdRise

Today, the final four student teams competing in the sixth annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Commitments Challenge were announced. In the spirit of college tournaments, the Challenge is a “bracket” competition of college and university student teams that have made Commitments to Action – new, specific, and measurable plans to address challenges they’ve identified on their campus, in their local communities, or around the world. The final four teams are: PICCPerfect of Babson College; A Mobile App that Searches for News Before it Happens of DePaul University; Uniting Mother and Child: A Battle Against PPH of University of California, San Diego; and Community Water Purifiers for the Underprivileged and Poor of University of California, Berkeley.

CGI U has partnered with CrowdRise for the third year in a row to power the Challenge in which student teams compete by raising funds for their commitments. Similar to the NCAA "March Madness" tournament’s “bracket,” student teams compete against each other, and the winner advances to the next round. The teams that raise the most money for their Commitments to Action each round will advance to the next. Participating teams keep all funds raised throughout the Commitments Challenge and all donations go directly to participating students. The public can donate to their favorite CGI U 2016 commitment at

The winner will be announced on stage on Saturday, April 2, during the ninth annual CGI U meeting, taking place at the University of California, Berkeley from April 1-3. CGI U will bring together more than 1,200 students representing more than 300 universities and 75 countries to address this generation’s most pressing challenges, such as the refugee crisis, securing human rights through data and new technology, food insecurity, and mental health stigma. For the complete schedule, visit

Rules for the CGI U Commitments Challenge can be found here:

More information on the four advancing teams:


Commitment by: Emily Levy, Maria del Mar Gomez, and Julianne Carlin
School: Babson College

Emily Levy, Maria del Mar Gomez, and Julianne Carlin committed to develop functional and fashionable peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) line covers for patients with long-term medical treatments in Boston, Massachusetts. Through the Sponsor a Patient initiative, they will provide PICC lines to patients in need of protective antimicrobial alternatives to the current unsatisfactory and costly covers. They will partner with The Lucky Bracelet and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital to employ a grassroots approach to expand their product distribution channels. They will measure success by product reviews, the amount of covers they donate, and the rate of reduced infections from their PICC lines.

A Mobile App that Searches for News Before it Happens
Commitment by: Tameem Addeeb
School: DePaul University

Tameem Addeeb committed to create a mobile news application to provide individualized information to users in the United States. The application will include over 200 major news sources and will offer 12 languages, providing real-time news filtered based on individual preferences and native language. Tameem will partner with developers from Android, IOS, Interface, and a variety of engineers to assist in creating the application. He will measure success by the number of subscribers and the market share of the application compared to other news aggregators.

Uniting Mother and Child: A Battle Against PPH
Commitment by: Sandeep Prabhu
School: University of California, San Diego

Sandeep Prabhu committed to develop a standard care device to stabilize bleeding women who give birth outside institutional settings in Tamil Nadu, India. Sandeep has created a prototype of his pressure detection device that allows clinicians to monitor their patients in real time, improving overall efficacy. He is currently conducting rigorous tests, applying for FDA approval, and forming partnerships with various local nonprofits. He will measure success by his ability to gain approval of his device and reach a 25% reduction in maternal mortality in his pilot community.

Community Water Purifiers For The Underprivileged And Poor
Commitment by: Devansh Delota
School: University of California, Berkeley

Devansh Delota committed to install water purifiers in government subsidized buildings to alleviate water contamination for low income communities in Mumbai, India. These types of buildings often lack access to clean, potable water; introducing the purifier will increase hygiene and reduce water-borne illnesses. He will partner with the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute to develop three purifier prototypes and with local NGOs and government agencies to determine which prototype is best for a given geographic area. Devansh will measure success by analyzing changes in water quality and incidences of water borne illness in purifier retrofitted buildings.


Media registration for the CGI U 2016 meeting is now open. To apply, please complete the form at The deadline to apply for press credentials is March 30, 2016. Journalists may apply for credentials on-site, but space is limited and pre-registered media will be given priority. For questions about press registration, please email [email protected]

Follow us on Twitter at @CGIU and @ClintonGlobal or on Facebook at for meeting news and highlights. The official meeting hashtag is #CGIU. Plenary sessions will also be live streamed during the meeting at

Support for CGI U 2016 is generously provided by: Ambassador Gianna Angelopoulos, Richard C. Blum, Laureate International Universities, The MasterCard Foundation, Andy Nahas and the Prospect Fund, Peter G. Peterson Foundation, Ramsey Social Justice Foundation, and XQ Institute.


About Clinton Global Initiative University
The Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), a program of the Clinton Global Initiative, brings together college students to address global challenges with practical, innovative solutions. CGI U participants do more than simply discuss problems – they take concrete steps to solve them by creating action plans, building relationships, participating in hands-on workshops, and following up with CGI U as they complete their projects. Since 2008, students have made more than 5,500 Commitments to Action. Previous CGI U meetings have taken place at Tulane University, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Miami, the University of California at San Diego, the George Washington University, Washington University in St. Louis, and Arizona State University, and have convened more than 7,500 students from over 925 schools, 145 countries, and all 50 states. To learn more, visit

About CrowdRise
CrowdRise is the world’s largest and fastest growing online platform dedicated exclusively to charitable fundraising.  CrowdRise is used by millions of individuals, tens of thousands of charities, hundreds of companies and many of the most famous artists and athletes in the world to creatively leverage their resources and networks to unlock the power of the crowd and raise hundreds of millions of dollars to support positive social missions.

Founded by actor Edward Norton, film producer Shauna Robertson and Robert and Jeffrey Wolfe, CrowdRise has conceived, implemented and powered campaigns that have raised over $300 million to date. For more information visit