Tri-Valley, CA – September 13, 2017 – The Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group, a business organization showcasing the regional Tri-Valley ecosystem of innovation and empathy, announced today the first of its 2017 student award recipients, an extraordinary group of young leaders using technology and innovation to change the world and improve our future.

Christensen Middle School student inventors of the Wheel Chariot from Livermore  have been named the first of several 2017 Dreammakers and Risktakers Award recipients. They have created a modified wheel chair and communications device that allows nonverbal, wheelchair bound students to participate in physical activities alongside their able-bodied peers. Wheel Chariot innovators include members of the school’s Makers Club, and Girls Who Code who were mentored by leaders at Lawrence Livermore National Lab.  The project was also supported by the Livermore Valley Rotary Club and the Livermore Valley Education Foundation.

Several more student innovators will be announced and celebrated at the seventh annual Dreammakers and Risktakers Award Luncheon on October 5th at the Palm Event Center in the Vineyards in Pleasanton.

This 7th annual event salutes the Tri-Valley’s youngest innovators and the awardees represent school districts all across the Tri-Valley region and Las Positas College. “For years, we have been inspired and amazed by these young dreammakers and risktakers” said Dale Eldridge Kaye, CEO of Innovation Tri-Valley. “Their projects are not only technologically advanced but also weave in social innovation components that demonstrates a heartfelt desire to make the world a better place.”

To join the 2017 Dreammakers and Risktakers luncheon celebration, register at

About Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group

Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group (ITV) is a collaborative group of industry leaders dedicated to the Tri-Valley: The Heart of California Innovation. By bringing together companies, non-profits, and regional thought leaders committed to innovation, ITV is improving the innovation climate of the region, spurring job growth, and expanding the vibrant Tri-Valley community. Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group represents the business, education and government stakeholders in the 5 cities and 2 counties that comprise the Tri-Valley region.


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Dale Eldridge Kaye, CEO

Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group


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