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Healthy Competition: Prizes Awarded to Two Academy Teams

Over the spring, Academy teams competed for two prizes: The ViaSat Prize, a student design challenge, and The Iovine and Young Prize, an annual Academy recognition.

ViaSat Prize

ViaSat, a global broadband services and technology company, challenged Academy students with designing a new satellite terminal. Design concepts were judged on design aesthetics as well as ease of installation. Three teams traveled to ViaSat's Carlsbad headquarters in April to present their proposed concepts, which were evaluated by a panel of ViaSat's executive management and engineers. The team of Chloe Chan, Jane Byon and Will Erwin were awarded $5,000 for their innovative satellite design.

The Iovine and Young Prize

In honor of entertainment and technology entrepreneurs Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young, the Iovine and Young Prize is awarded to a student or team within the Academy. Student proposals were judged on their demonstration of exceptional creativity and feasibility in the design of a breakthrough business, technology, product, service or system. The panel of judges included Academy founding executive director Erica Muhl, Paul Wachter from Main Street Advisors, Don Wilcoxson from ViaSat Inc. and David Lai from Hello Design. The inaugural prize of $10,000 was awarded to team illisio--Academy students Matt Stern, Joseph May, Ben Taft and Montana Reed--for their proposal for an enhanced virtual reality viewing technology.