During a trip to Bangladesh as part of a UVA January term class on social enterprises, first-year student Daniel Ng (Col '15) noticed children there were playing in unsafe places, largely because there were no playgrounds. Inspired by what he saw, Ng submitted a proposal for an inexpensive playground design that would improve safety and boost school attendance. His idea won the international BRAC Innovation Challenge, a competition sponsored by a Bangladesh-based organization dedicated to alleviating poverty. "Great play spaces can be created with very little financial capital," Ng says.
New efforts at the School of Engineering encourage engineering students to approach problems from an entrepreneur's perspective.