- Blvck Door, founded by Iman Carr, is an online platform to connect creatives of color to employers so they can benefit from having an equitable and diverse workforce.
- Compressent, founded by Herschel Ruben, designed a desk chair for autistic people and neurodivergent people that experience overstimulation of the nervous system and need a calming mechanism to be productive in their everyday lives.
- Convo, cofounded by Emma Koramshahi, Aleks Romano and Julia Breskin, uses AI and animation to illustrate how much space a person takes up in a virtual conversation and bring equity.
- Core Immersive Labs, led by Paolo Narciso is preparing people for jobs in the metaverse. It's supplying the training, tools, and opportunities for underrepresented communities to thrive in the mixed reality space of the metaverse through creating a global innovation lab, and job placement services.
- Knock the Block, created by Book Karnjanakit, is a card deck of creative and self care prompts made to inspire creativity and help creatives of all kinds overcome art blocks.
- Mira is a virtual assistant app guided by a custom virtual avatar designed by users to help them achieve their goals. It's designed by a UX designers Jana Thompson, Mackenzie Legg, Kelly Lynch, Justine Cantu and Heather Waugh.
- Pharma-D, created by Kristen Karlovich, is a tool designed to allow users to see the market of at-home/take-home medical devices. It'll allow users to access electronic stethoscopes, heart monitors and cancer monitors, to name a few.
- Storypets, made by Monika Reddy, is a voice assistant that delivers bedtime stories to kids in the voice of the parent or the grandparent instead of a generic AI voice using pre-recorded messages in a cute, pet-shaped product.
Donte Kirby is a 2020-2022 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation.
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