BIC Clean Sweep AGAIN at CCNY Grad Symposium

4/15/2016 Unknown 0 Comments

For the second year in a row,  BIC students placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at the CCNY Graduate Research Symposium. The annual event held on April 14th in CCNY's Great Hall was particularly great for BICsters Marika Bailey '16 and Naushi Perera '17 who won first prize in the Humanities and the Arts Division for their TogetHER app, a charitable project designed to create empathy around global gender inequality in a way that  avoids “donor fatigue.” Their app leverages self-improvement fitness devices that people wear every day to improve the lives of women who are less fortunate – and to do so in a way that is long-term and sustainable. Their presentation included print promotions and a video case study that discussed ways in which the app will create a new kind of charitable giving which is transparent for the giver and transformative for the recipient.

Second place went to BICster Megan Fullagar '16 who presented "Effigies for Equality," a project developed with BICsters Benjamin Kent, Karina Ramos Salce, Marta Mugica, and Liana Pantzari for the 2016 YOUNG ONES competition. As a finalist in that international competition, the team will find out if they've won top prize at a ceremony on May 10th. This project highlights the fact that Central Park — the crown jewel of New York City —  has a glaring omission: there are no sculptures of women. On behalf of the organization, Central Park: Where Are the Women, Megan's team mounted a campaign to ensure that women secure their rightful place in this significant public space by building "Effigies for Equality.” Her case study video dramatized the campaign's approach to draw attention to this huge discrepancy and help correct history. Last year, Megan placed third at the Symposium.

Third prize went to Tung-Han Lin '17 for his presentation of a multi-media campaign for Top of the Rock which showcased its amazingly immersive view at night in which the starry sky and New York’s buildings blend together in a magically disorienting combination of pure beauty. His presentation included 2D communication, video, and experiential in order to realize his goal of making people realize that the Top of the Rock is the only observation deck “where New York City becomes the stars.”

Other BIC finalists included Ahmet Reisli's presentation for Turkish Airlines and Wenqian Lin's presentation of her BIC Identity Guidelines. 

Now in its 9th year, the CCNY Graduate Student Symposium is a platform for graduate students to gain recognition for their work by faculty, students and potential employers. It raises awareness about the wide gamut of programs housed at CCNY and helps distinguish the college as one of the premier higher learning institutions in the CUNY system.