PLEASANTON, Calif. — April 25, 2022 While data is still being analyzed on the lasting impact of the pandemic on adolescents, Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group’s (ITV) Dreammakers and Risktakers Awards, will showcase local teens who responded to the pandemic with grit, creativity and innovation. 

“The pandemic impacting our lives made me shift my attention to building a comprehensive tool that can monitor multi-organ dysfunction. I feel that I have a sense of responsibility towards serving society and doing my bit to help improve the current situation” says fifteen-year-old

Dougherty Valley High School student, Gatik Trivedi. Trivedi’s Accessible Correlative Diagnostic Solution for Multi-Organ dysfunction device is one of seven winning projects to be honored at the awards luncheon on May 5th. When a family member lost their life to COVID-19 after arriving at the hospital when it was too late, Gatik was inspired to find a solution. With real-world application potential, Gatik built the prototype in a local commercial lab and will continue to develop the innovation for future commercial use.

NBC Bay Area’s Jessica Aguirre will host the awards ceremony at the Palm Event Center in the Vineyards in Pleasanton where sixteen young leaders will be honored for their impactful projects using innovation, creativity, and empathy. The annual event, now in its 11th year, shines a spotlight on Tri-Valley students innovating the future while fearlessly pursuing their dreams.

Dublin High School
Ankita Khatri
Ankita Khatri made it her mission to save her classmates’ lives by sharing a better understanding of the science and chemistry behind addiction and prescription drug abuse.

Kyle Johnson
Through his position as an impactful campus influencer, Las Positas College Student Body President, Kyle Johnson led the LPC community through an overhaul of the college’s Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility policy.

Livermore and Granada High Schools
Dorothee Catipon, Caydence Johnson, Caylie Natsch, Calvin Shawler, Naomi Zika
Students from both Livermore high schools turned the uniquely profound experience of being a high school student during the pandemic into an original musical for the stage.

Livermore Middle College
Evelyn Arroyo
As Chair of the Livermore Area Youth Advisory Commission, Evelyn Arroyo mobilized her peers to vote in the last election by producing a teen voter registration drive.

Monte Vista High School
Gavin Ginn
As part of his Capstone AP project, Gavin Ginn raised over $7,000 and organized over 50 volunteers to build part of Livermore’s Goodness Village, a tiny home community that provides affordable and permanent housing options for people experiencing chronic homelessness.

Foothill High School
Vishal Mutharaja, Premkumar Giridhar, Kishore Hariharan, Tarun Prakash, Jacob Bolano
Logan Dickey – accepting the award
After witnessing a significant amount of “false attendance absences” being reported in their engineering class, this group of Foothill High School students disrupted the traditional attendance tracking software industry by developing Nize, a full-stack automated attendance system for their school.

Gatik Trivedi
10th Grade,  Dougherty Valley High School, San Ramon
Created a healthcare device to diagnose solutions for multi-organ dysfunction in COVID-19 patients quarantined at home.

About the 2022 Dreammakers and Risktakers Awards Event:

Join NBC Bay Area news anchor, Jessica Aguirre, Master of Ceremonies for the 11th annual lunch event presented by Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group

Thursday, May 5, 2022
11:30AM – 1:30PM
Palm Event Center in the Vineyards, 1184 Vineyard Ave, Pleasanton


About Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group: 

Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group (ITV) is a collective of leaders and influencers committed to connecting the businesses, educational institutions, research labs, and civic leaders in the Tri-Valley region. ITV showcases the region as a technology and innovation powerhouse, outpacing the Bay Area mega-region in both job creation and economic growth. According to the Tri-Valley Rising report published by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, the Tri-Valley is home to 450 technology companies and the regional innovation economy drives a $42 billion GDP. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Media contact information:  
Katie Marcel
Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group 
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