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Honoring Young Innovators Changing the World

Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group’s 12th Annual Dreammakers & Risktakers Awards brings together the regional innovation ecosystem with the young innovators influencing the future of the Tri-Valley and beyond. Join NBC Bay Area’s Jessica Aguirre for this thrilling tribute to students from the Tri-Valley school districts and Las Positas College who are innovating the future as they fearlessly pursue their dreams.

There may be nothing more important any of us can do than enthusiastically support our youngest innovators.

THE 2023 Dreammakers & Risktakers from Dublin Unified School District, Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District, Pleasanton Unified School District, San Ramon Valley School District, Las Positas College, Tri-Valley ROP and the Digital Dreamer will be announced in April.


Please email [email protected] to be placed on the waitlist.




Tri-Valley ROP – Middle College
Taris Keiper

Inspired to find alternative ways to move people and goods, Taris Keiper invented an eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) aircraft whose remote-controlled prototype will be tested later this year.

Dublin Unified – Dublin High School
Meghana Dwaram, Aadya Tomar, Anjana Kidambi, Rhea John

Four Dublin High School athletes managed to get a bunch of Tri-Valley kids out of the house and onto the basketball courts for some post-pandemic team building and exercise. Their DubShot camp was such a hit, they were able to donate $10K in proceeds to the Bay Area Challenged Athletes Foundation.

Las Positas College
Devon Welborn

A Las Positas College microbiology major, Devon Welborn also serves as a research intern at Sandia National Laboratories where she works on groundbreaking CRISPR gene editing research projects that promise to revolutionize medicine and cure genetic conditions previously untreatable.

Pleasanton Unified – Amador Valley High School
Angad Bhargav

Angad Bhargav found a way to help his peers view grade trends and set academic goals by creating an alternative interface for Pleasanton’s grade operating system. By building a layer on top of the current system, Angad upgraded the student experience and found a solution for kids wanting to strategize their academic progress.

San Ramon Valley Unified – California High School
Srinikesh Kanneluru

Srinikesh Kanneluru leveraged the collaborative spirit of his peers by co-founding Cal Commit, a California High School computer science collaboration that teaches tools and skills to students through hack-a-thons and other tech-themed events and programs.

Livermore Valley Joint Unified – Livermore High School
Annika Armstrong, Shrish Premkrishna, Justin Blanton, Thaarak Sriram, Josh Armstrong, Rohan Samtani, Cody Jackson, Ronan Tolla, Daniel Oskolkov, Vincent Nguyen

The GravitechX Robotics team, made up of 40 future engineers, took the club to new heights this year at the Sacramento Regional First Robotics Competition where they competed with robots designed to move cones and cubes into strategic locations.

2023 Digital Dreamer
Amador Valley High School
Tony Wang

Tony Wang is closing the STEM opportunity gap for Tri-Valley students by founding the Alameda County Science and Engineering Fair Student Leadership Board, a team of 50 students representing  20 schools offering free STEM workshops and mentorship programs at Title 1 schools across the region.

2022 DreamMakers and RiskTakers: Photo by Lisa Chow Photography. Pictured from left NBC Bay Area Jessica Aguirre, Pleasanton USD winner Logan Dickey, Dublin USD winner Ankita Khatri, San Ramon Valley USD winner Gavin Ginn, TVROP winner Evelyn Arroyo, Digital Dreamer from San Ramon Valley USD Gatik Trivedi, LVUSD winner Dorothee Catipon, Las Positas College winner Kyle Johnson, LVJUSD winners Caylie Natsch, Calvin Shawler, Caydence Johnson, Naomi Zika, Rick Shumway ITV Chair and President and CEO, Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare




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