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The Center for Global Policy Solutions’ (CGPS) 2017 Future of Wealth Summit lived up to its name, as teenagers from Baltimore County, Md., claimed top honors at the event’s Inclusion Revolution Innovation Competition.
Testify Software won the JPMorgan Chase & Co.-sponsored competition for its Mindmap app, which allows teachers in grades K-12 to glean more insights about their students' learning styles.
The judges listen to Femi Adebogun's presentation.
The EdTech startup was founded by a group of high school seniors, including Femi Adebogun and Zack Tasker, who accepted the $10,000 winning prize. Testify will use the money to offer Mindmap free of charge to 5,000 students in Baltimore City Schools. Mindmap is already being used by more than 40,000 students in several East Coast school districts.
"What we are doing with Testify is building applications that we wished existed when we were starting out in middle school and high school," Femi said. "These were applications that really would have benefited us as students; now, we want to help the millions of kids coming behind us."
The competition capped-off the three-day Summit, which convened a wide range of leaders to discuss “Technology, Inclusion, and Social Change.” For the competition, CGPS sought tech-based solutions to help traditionally marginalized communities and recieved more than 100 proposals from around the world. Four finalists were invited to present their plans to a panel of judges at the Summit.
From left - CGPS President and CEO Dr. Maya Rockeymoore, Mercedeh Mortazavi of JPMorgan, winners Zach Tasker and Femi Adebogun, Ted Archer of JPMorgan, and Tom Regnante of JPMorgan.
“The Testify team embodies the reason we started this competition,” said CGPS President and CEO Dr. Maya Rockeymoore. “Not only did we want to generate discussion about the need for more diversity in the tech sector, but also to help the next generation to reach their full potential and prosper.”
“It was a pleasure to experience firsthand the innovative thinking coming from all the presenting finalists at the Inclusion Revolution Competition,” said Tom Regnante, Commercial Bank Maryland Market Executive, JPMorgan Chase. “It’s a tremendous sign for our future business and civic leaders that these two Baltimore teenagers had the ambition to develop Mindmap and improve their every day school environment. Thanks to the Future of Wealth Summit, they now have the resources to make the application available to more students.”
From left - Judges Tom Regnante, May Samali, Angel Rich, and Melissa Bradley (right, rear).
In addition to Testify, the judges – Melissa Bradley of Sidecar Social Finance, May Samali of the Urban Innovation Fund, JPMorgan Chase's Regnante, Angel Rich, CEO of the Wealth Factory, Inc. and the 2016 Innovation Competition winner, and Jessica Norwood of The Runway Project – also heard presentations from Pasadena-based CodeSpark Academy, Olé Education Fund of New Mexico, and Washington, D.C.-based Nafasi, Inc.
The Testify team, which has pitched its app from coast-to-coast, expressed gratitude that a competition and Summit right in its own backyard was focused on addressing such important issues.
“At the end of day, the future of wealth is about Zach and me; it’s about my little brother,” Femi said. “I am glad that at least somebody is thinking about us because a lot of times we are forgotten.”
Testify co-founders Femi Adebogun and Zack Tasker.
Watch Testify present its proposal at the Competition.