Groundbreaking MirmanX Program Launches
Mirman School is excited to announce the launch of MirmanX, a unique program offering funding and support for our students to tackle “moonshot” projects that have the potential to help a community in a meaningful and tangible way.
(MirmanX judges and team members before the first pitch session)
“The idea behind MirmanX is to help students achieve far-reaching goals in an open-source environment supported by the school,” said Mirman’s Director of Technology and program founder, Michael Taggart. “Our older alumni act as advisors – it’s amazing to see the mentorships that have formed already.”
From dozens of initial applicants, 12 students were selected to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges – comprised of Mirman alumni Eric Bollens, Ashley Felts, Eric Gradman, and Monica Ajmera – who debated at length until 3 final concepts remained. MirmanX will provide the material resources and professional knowledge to guide the students as they progress from genesis to market. Thanks to generous donations, each team receives $10,000 in funding to tackle research, development, prototyping, patent/copyright fees, and marketing. Students retain 100% of their intellectual property, which means they can continue to work on, and benefit from, their MirmanX projects long after they have graduated from the school.
The Inaugural Projects
The first project, led by Sabina Y., is a highly adjustable and effective back brace to help those suffering from scoliosis. The second project, led by Ben V., is a facial recognition device to assist those with memory loss or dementia recognize trusted people. And finally, our third MirmanX project, co-directed by Turandot S. and Mina E., is a documentary film that will explore the persecution of Iranian-Americans in our modern culture.
We want to congratulate the 12 members of the MirmanX cohort, who will now be dividing up to help bring these incredible concepts to life. The 2016 MirmanX cohort includes Farid A., Ben D., Mina E., Eli F., James G., Amaan I., Emilynne N., Chris P., Turandot S., Benjamin S., Ben V., and Sabina Y.
“The judges were absolutely looking for a high level of technical complexity, but also that component of social awareness: how the project will benefit a community—a family, the school, the city, or the planet,” said Michael Taggart. “We set out wanting to use the considerable gifts of our students, and the privileges that we have at this school, to make the world a better place for everyone. What we accomplish here at Mirman can become an example for schools across the country.”
To follow the MirmanX projects as they develop, visit https://mirman.org/mirmanx