ReAlign Named Winner of the SXSW EDU 2024 Student Impact Challenge

The SXSW EDU 2024 Student Impact Challenge, presented by The Allstate Foundation, named ReAlign, from Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, as this year’s winner focusing on amblyopia in young individuals using new advancements in technology.

Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Affecting 1 out of every 20 people, amblyopia is a type of neurodevelopmental disorder that is caused by abnormal vision development in childhood and constitutes the largest threat to the vision of children. To address this global issue, they developed ReAlign, a web application that is able to both diagnose and manage amblyopia in young individuals using new advancements in technology. With a 93% efficiency rate, ReAlign provides accessible and engaging treatment for affected youth worldwide.

The Student Impact Challenge celebrates what youth leaders are doing to improve facets of society through projects and solutions they develop to address social, economic, and environmental issues. It also provides high school students who are making an impact in their community with an opportunity to share their talents, validate and refine their ideas, and gain experience. This year, six groups of young entrepreneurs out of over 40 applicants were selected as finalists:

The competition was emceed by Averie Bishop, Miss Texas 2022 and Texas House Candidate. The competition was judged by Sabari Raja, Managing Partner at JFFVentures; Greg Weatherford, Program Officer and Youth Empowerment at The Allstate Foundation; Ehsan Zaffar, Executive Director at The Difference Engine; and Zoë Jenkins, Senior Advisor at Kentucky Student Voice Team. Coaches Ruben Cantu, and Felicia Harrington helped Student finalists refine and perfect their pitch in the months leading up to the live competition.

Congratulations to ReAlign!

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