ComEd launched its first ever Ideathon in December at the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School in Bronzeville. High school students who live in or attend high school in Bronzeville form teams of up to five students. They partner with college mentors and engineers from ComEd, Silver Spring Networks, Accenture, AECOM, and other technology leaders to develop innovations that have the potential to enhance the ComEd customer experience. Teams advancing to the final round presented their ideas to a panel of judges. Cash prizes of $2.000, $1,000 and $500 were presented to first, second and third place finishers. The Ideathon is part of ComEd’s Community of the Future in Bronzeville. View the Ideathon Flier
First Place – King College Prep
King College Prep High School juniors Ashton Mitchell (left) and Breshayia Kelly (right) won first place at the ComEd Ideathon “Spark Tank” May 5 where 12 teams made final presentations of the projects they developed through the five-month program. The students’ winning innovation is a micro-processor based solution designed to help prevent accidents when emergency vehicles travel through busy urban intersections. The winners are pictured with mentor Derek Burling (center) of Burns & McDonnell.
King College Prep High School Team Wins First Place Prize of $2,000. Young Women’s Leadership Charter School and De La Salle Institute teams finished 2nd and 3rd, claiming prizes, respectively, of $1,000 and $500.
Ideathon Kick Off
ComEd engineers will mentor students participating in the Ideathon; pictured above is ComEd Smart Grid Manager Pat Graves (center), one of several ComEd employees working with students at the launch.
Dr. Vanessa Scott-Thompson, Principal, Young Women’s Leadership Charter School of Chicago: speaking from podium at launch of ComEd Ideathon in Bronzeville
Marlow Colvin, VP governmental affairs, ComEd, speaking from podium at launch of the ComEd Ideathon in Bronzeville
Interview with Dr. Scott-Thompson, principal, Young Women’s Leadership Charter School of Chicago
Ideathon Mentors & Participants
Ideathon Workshop: Meet ComEd Ideathon Mentor Kamaria Massey
Ideathon Workshop: Meet ComEd Ideathon Mentor Tiffany Ingram
Ideathon Workshop: Meet Calandra Davis, Senior Account Representative
Meet Nia Curry, student at the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School of Chicago and ComEd Ideathon Participant
Ideathon Workshop: Meet Serenity Tario, ComEd Ideathon Participant
Ideathon projects feature big ideas
Get to know the ComEd Ideathon teams and their innovations.