Power Play

Four Rollins social entrepreneurship students are literally bringing power to the people with a portable upcycled battery that harnesses renewable energy for those who need it most.

Photo by Scott Cook Photo by Scott Cook

Nikki Hall-Elser ’18, Matias Meirelles Van Vliet ’19, Dayra Diaz-Marquez ’18, and Kinsley Gerks ’20—the trailblazing team behind BatterEASE—recently won the San Francisco regional finals of the Hult Prize, the world’s most prestigious collegiate competition for social innovation startups.

Teams from more than 1,000 colleges competed in the Hult Prize regional finals all around the world, from Boston and Bogota to Shanghai and Singapore. At the San Francisco competition, the Rollins team bested teams from nearly 50 international institutions, including teams from Yale, Cornell, Brown, and UC Berkeley.

Power Play