BUILD Boston COVID-19 Virtual Design Challenge

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With Boston Public Schools closed and all students learning from home, there is an urgent need for engaging digital content specifically designed for Black and Latinx youth in under-resourced communities. The Boston Virtual Design Challenge was launched, thanks to the support of our sponsors, to address this need and empower our youth entrepreneurs to take action as they work to develop innovative solutions to the question: How might we help people thrive mentally and physically in the midst of COVID-19?

Over the course of several weeks, competing students from 6 Boston Public Schools learned about human-centered design thinking and explored stories of diverse clients, ranging from a healthcare provider to a fellow student. Students then worked collaboratively in teams with mentors from the business community to propose innovative solutions to their clients’ challenges. At the end of the challenge, teams submitted videos pitching their ideas for new products, campaigns or services.

The Winner of the BUILD Bostson Virtual Design Challenge presented by EY is....

Savory Sounds

“A website where we bring taste and music together for you and your family”

To help determine our winning Sophomore-Senior teams, over 100 volunteers from the business community watched our top three student video pitches and cast their votes. We’re so impressed by all of the hard work from our upperclassmen student teams this fall in the BUILD Boston Virtual Design Challenge presented by EY and proud to share the winning team’s full pitch:

Savory Sounds

Glaydson & Kaylen

Dearborn STEM Academy

All three winning teams will receive cash prizes generously donated by Suffolk University and The Sawyer Business School’s Center for Entrepreneurship.

In addition to running this challenge in our 6 partner Boston Public Schools, BUILD is committed to offering our virtual curriculum as a free, Open Educational Resource (OER) to help educators and nonprofits inspire high school students nationwide to utilize entrepreneurial solutions that promote mental and physical wellness in their communities during COVID. To learn more, visit www.build.org/virtual.



1. iPhone, iPad, Zoom and Loom are all choices of recording tools for their video presentation 
2. Record with both students and their presentation in view
3. Record horizontally for the best view of the students and their presentation
4. Follow Presentation Diagram to the Right


- Make eye contact with the camera
- Notecards may be used as cue cards
•Pro Tip: Notecards should avoid having a full script
- Even when you are not speaking, don’t forget the camera is still recording!
•Be aware of your body language while you and your business partners are speaking
- Everyone has an opportunity to speak
- Professional dress is encouraged
- Practice makes perfect
•Practice how you will transition from each speaker
•Project your voice when you speak​

Follow positioning format Above

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