HOPE Challenge Seminar

Saturday, June 27th | 2:30 PM PST - 3:30 PM PST


​Join the FREE online video seminar for an opportunity to connect with a group of successful entrepreneurs and scientists, and gain valuable insight on the application of STEM and business in tackling COVID-19! SPOTS ARE LIMITED.


  • 2:30 - Introducing the Seminar

  • 2:35 - Featured Speaker: Teresa Howard

  • 2:45 - Featured Speaker: Frank Martinez

  • 2:55 - Featured Speaker: Trevor Kwan

  • 3:05 - Advice on The HOPE Challenge

  • 3:15  - Open for FAQ

​Our featured speakers include Teresa Howard, a scientist at the UT Center for Space Research and NASA SEES mentor, Le Nguyen, a TEDx speaker and Assistant Deputy Minister for the Government of Ontario, and Shivali Gulati, the founder of Girl Genius Magazine. See below to learn more about the speakers.


Additionally, our HOPE Challenge judges will be answering questions and sharing guidance regarding idea generation and pitch strategy for the competition. Sign up through the button above. We hope to see you there!

Speaker topics:

  • Who the speaker is and what they're passionate about.

  • How COVID-19 has impacted their field of expertise.

  • How the speaker would develop a solution that solves a problem created by COVID-19.

  • Additional FAQ questions!


Teresa Howard is a research scientist at the UT Center for Space Research, and a mentor for NASA's SEES program. She has contributed to multiple emergency activations, including that of Space Shuttle Columbia, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ike, Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Bastrop TX Wildfire, and Hurricane Harvey. She also has extensive experience with geography, working as an archeological illustrator for Minoan excavations in Crete, and going on a LiDAR data collection mission in the Dominican Republic

Frank Martinez has lead multiple product teams building internet scale web platforms. He's ex-IBM, Microsoft; music industry, non-profits, and more. As a startup founder he's lead teams delivering value in healthcare, government, gig economy. In addition to leading or advising other startups in the Seattle area. Frank has been actively involved in teaching Computer Science/STEM and other curricula, as well as a board member at Rainier Scholars.

Trevor is a rising high school senior in the Seattle area who has used his self taught skills in computer science and web development to make an impact in his community. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Trevor founded Notes For Frontliners, which is a non-profit organization that has partnered with over 14 hospitals, nursing homes, and homeless shelters to promote the mental health of essential workers.