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The 33 Buckets Team: Connor Wiegand, seated, and standing (from left to right) are Varendra Silva, Mark Huerta, Paul Strong and team leader Pankti Shah.

The top 13 EPICS teams presented their projects at the EPICS Project Presentation Palooza (P3) held on March 13 at Skysong. Numerous teams also presented posters before the presentations began. Guest judges were on hand to evaluate the presentations and select the winning teams. Teams competed for prizes ranging from $500 to $2,500.

The EPICS teams:

EPICS Gold I classes:

  • Project KACHINA: Performance Team
  • Project C.U.R.E.: Sorting Database Team
  • Arizona Foundation for Social Justice Team
  • Ballet Arizona: Phone App Team

EPICS Gold II classes:

  • Project TOTO Team
  • Karma Team
  • 33 Buckets Team
  • World Mirror Team
  • Piano Stairs Team
  • SafeSIPP – GSD Innovators Team

EPICS Turquoise classes:

  • Doc Talk Team
  • Ride and Bike Team
  • FlashFood Team

The P3 winners:

  1. 33 Buckets Team
    Grand Prize, Engineering Dean’s Award of Excellence ($2,500)
  2. SafeSIPP Team
    Intel EPICS Award ($1,500)
  3. Ride and Bike Team
    Intel EPICS Award ($1,000)
  4. Piano Stairs and Project Toto (tie)
    Intel EPICS Award ($750 each)
  • DocTalk Team
    Make a Difference Award ($500)
  • Ballet Arizona: Phone App Team
    Spirit of EPICS Award ($500)
  • Well Water
    Project Presentation Palooza Poster Award ($500)

A special thank you to the guest judges:

  • Jessica Catlin, Greater Phoenix Economic Council
  • Carl Davenport, Intel Corporation
  • Jonathan Hall, Dreamspan
  • Paul Johnson, Dean of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
  • Courtney Klein, SEEDspot Incubator and New Global Citizens
  • Duane Miller, DM2 Advisors and Social Venture Partners of Arizona
  • Brent Sebold, Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative
  • Diane Walker, Aid to the Adoption of Special Kids and Social Venture Partners of Arizona

Dell Social Innovation Challenge

As an element of our partnership with the Dell Social Innovation Challenge competition now underway, the top three P3 teams (33 Buckets, SafeSIPP and Ride & Bike) will automatically move directly to the semifinal round of the worldwide 2012 competition (


  1. Robin Hammond March 14, 2012 6:47 pm

    Congratulations 33 Buckets Team!! Since Varendra, or Odx as he’s affectionately known, is also a career peer advisor, the Engineering Career Center HAS to give an extra shout out to the team! EPICS has been a great feeder for career peers as Gabby Palermo from G3Box is also one of our career peer Rock Stars.. We love EPICS!

  2. Erin Donahue March 15, 2012 11:19 am

    Yes, congratulations to 33 Buckets and SafeSIPP on two very well deserved wins! EPICS is an exceptional program and Professor Filley has done a phenomenal job of pulling together extraordinary talent to accomplish amazing feats. Of course another shout out has to be given to Odx and Gabby for being two of the biggest and brightest stars out of ECC. You guys are all awesome!!

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