Contestants

Keith Delk

  •   Keith_400   Hometown: Beach Park, IL
  • Sponsor: National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID)
  • If there was a book that explains about your life, what would the title be and why? “Soul Pancake” would be the title of my book. I love to ponder on questions that provoke thoughts and emotions. I am obsessed with intensive conversations on “what ifs…”.
  • If you had an opportunity to share your idea anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? The United States because of the country’s growing societal change in regards of communication values. With the latest technological advances, we are placing our society at risk of a decline in interpersonal communication.

Allison FriedmanAllison_400

  • Hometown: Wheeling, IL
  • Sponsor: National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID)
  • If there was a book that explains about your life, what would the title be and why? I would have my book named, “Discovering World,” because I am always approaching new situations in life. There is so much more to life.
  • If you had an opportunity to share your idea anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? I would share my idea in Europe. They should be exposed to this information since they already have the technology to do it. Once this idea is exposed, it will become a ripple effect for other countries as well.

Ryan Hait-Campbell Ryan_400

  • Hometown: Seattle, WA
  • Sponsor: MotionSavvy
  • If there was a book that explains about your life, what would the title be and why? “Play Hard. Fly Far. The life of a Deaf Entrepreneur.” My personal motto is “Play Hard Fly Far” which is also the motto of the first company I founded. To fly far, we need to work our butts off, but why work in a field you hate? Find a field you love working in, to the point where it doesn’t even feel like work to you, it feels like playing, hence the term. Play Hard. Fly far.
  • If you had an opportunity to share your idea anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? I want to share my idea at the next World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) Conference in Istanbul, Turkey because what I am currently working on has the potential to change the world. Making the representatives of each country aware of how my idea can change the lives of every Deaf individual will be key to worldwide acceptance.

Elena_400Elena Mayer

  • Hometown: St. Louis, MO
  • Sponsor: CADyouth (California Association of the Deaf)
  • If there was a book that explains about your life, what would the title be and why? The title of my imaginary biography would be “Keep Your Head Up” with a byline of “life is too short to miss little moments.” It would tell the stories of different cities, people in my life and the beauty of observation.
  • If you had an opportunity to share your idea anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? I would share my idea in Los Angeles, CA, a bustling city with millions of people moving around every single day.

Danah Richter Danah_400

  • Hometown: New Kensington, PA
  • Sponsor: Pennsylvania Society for the Advancement of the Deaf (PSAD)
  • If there was a book that explains about your life, what would the title be and why? “Because of Winn Dixie” by Kate DiCamillo because the protagonist, Opal, whose mind is usually in deep thoughts about life which is like me since I am a deep thinker myself.
  • If you had an opportunity to share your idea anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? I will want to share my idea in one of the countries in Africa. I know in my heart that the voices of the Deaf youth in Africa need to be heard.

Satish ThapaSatish_400

  • Hometown: New York, NY
  • Sponsor(s): Gallaudet University
  • If there was a book that explains about your life, what would the title be and why? The title of the book that explains about my life would be  “Be adventurous and take advantage”. This would be the title because ever since I was little I have taken advantage of every opportunity. I love to try new things and participate.  I have always kept myself busy and take advantage of life by always trying new things such as playing any sports, paragliding last winter in Nepal, Zip lining in Costa Rica last spring break and even act in school plays.
  • If you had an opportunity to share your idea anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?  If I had an opportunity to share my idea anywhere in the world it would be in front of the White House on TV so that my message could be heard by millions of people.