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HKS Hult Prize Team at Regional Finals

By Natalie Kostich, MC/MPA 2017

Teamwork, creative thinking and a desire to make an impact have paid off for this inspiring trio from HKS.  The Dream Team of the Harvard Hult Prize competition has struck yet again, making it all the way to the Regional Final that was held on Saturday, March 4th at the Museum of Science in Cambridge, MA.

64 teams from all over the United States and other countries pitched their ideas for how to improve the lives of 10 million refugees by 2022.  The team from HKS, Dignify, consisting of first year dual-degree students Marta Milkowska, Alex Choi and Laura Oller was one of the top 6 finalists on Saturday.

One of the judges, Ronald Jonash, Board Chairman of the Global Innovation Management Institute, introduced the team with the quote we all know so well from JFK’s inaugural address: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”  He commended this team for striving to help refugees keep their dignity through their unique project idea that links refugees to digital microwork via a mobile-based platform.

This spectacular team is now strategizing their next steps in addition to catching up on some well-deserved sleep.

This was the first year the preliminary round of the Hult Prize competition@Harvard was held. Nearly 20 teams competed, and we expect to have at least twice that number of teams entering the competition next year!  Big thanks to all of the teams that competed and to Myrish Antonio for CPL’s support.

Please join me once again in congratulating this spectacular trio—well done Alex Choi, Marta Milkowska and Laura Oller!

To learn more about this annual competition, please visit: