Student-Athletes Win Harvard University President’s Challenge

Student-Athletes Win Harvard University President’s Challenge

Harvard Gazette's Release and Video

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard University President Drew Faust announced that Team Nucleik, which includes Florian Mayr of the Harvard lightweight crew and Matthew Polega of the track and field team, was named the grand prize winner of the Harvard University President's Challenge for social entrepreneurship. The group was awarded $70,000 to support its software management information system that aids law enforcement.

"I spoke with the members of Team Nucleik earlier this month at the President's Challenge Demo Day and was struck by their commitment to pursuing an idea and applying what they had learned in the classroom to improve the lives of others," said Faust. "They've built a tool that will help law enforcement professionals better serve and protect communities across the country, and their inspiring work is something I will follow with great interest in the months and years ahead."

Faust created the challenge, which is hosted by the Harvard Innovation Lab, last year to promote development of entrepreneurial ideas to help solve some of the world's challenging social problems.

Team Nucleik's innovative software beat out three runner-ups with its software that has already been adopted by the Special Projects Team of the Massachusetts State Police in Springfield, Mass. The system provides instantaneous, organized and accurate data to police, while they fight gang violence and other violent crimes.

The group is now working towards launching the system in a number of other metropolitan police departments.

Nucleik's use in Springfield, Mass., was also featured on CBS '60 Minutes.' To view the feature, click below.